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Schmidtberger Fine Art shows local color in “Favorite Things”

Frenchtown painters John Schmidtberger and Corinne Lalin are showing recent works in the exhibition “Favorite Things.”

The public is invited to an artists’ reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at Schmidtberger Fine Art, 10 Bridge St., Frenchtown, N.J.

“What makes the exhibition special – ironically – is that it’s ordinary,” said Schmidtberger. “I am showing hyperlocal scenes painted in a three-mile loop of Frenchtown: Uhlerstown, Upper Black Eddy, and Milford.

“These are scenes a casual visitor might overlook, but having lived and painted here for years, I’ve noticed things that deserve attention. I’m bringing those forward in this show. These are some of our favorite things.”

Another distinctive aspect of the show is that the painter will debut large-scale paintings of small scenes, as well as his usual detailed observations in smaller-sized canvases. “The big size is not a gimmick. I’m saying these small details deserve close inspection. They deserve the spotlight.”

Lalin’s paintings will include color studies, paintings of nasturtiums, and encaustic landscapes – more local color. “It can be meditative to sit with and contemplate things close to hand, that are part of our daily life,” she said. “They are worth looking at.”

The show continues through May 29, and the gallery is open noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. Visit SFA Gallery online.