Different Strokes Stand Out at Pine Shores Art Association’s Spring Show

May 03, 2017
Artwork by: Dee Turba ‘Tranquility’ by Dee Turba is a gouache painting.

The Pine Shores Art Association in Manahawkin is now an institution with a dedicated membership that continues to study, exhibit and promote the arts in Southern Ocean County. The group’s annual Spring Show is now in the gallery and the public is invited to a reception on Sunday, May 7 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Year after year, the artists put their best efforts forward and, on the whole, the artwork is astoundingly good. This time, the paintings chosen for review are ones that seem to crack the mold of landscapes, portraits and still lifes that makes up most artists’ subjects. It doesn’t take much to stand out, just a new thought, a new medium or a bit of whimsy.

On the whimsy side, a charcoal drawing of a wide-eyed cat, “Fred in the Box,” by Paul Jablonski is an animal portrait of a favorite friend, but it touches the heart of all cat lovers who know, like little kids on Christmas morning, the cardboard box is an excellent toy.

Charcoal has long been the media of choice for drawing studies of portraits and the life model, so it is unusual to see it used for drawings of flowers such as Diane Lapenta’s “Renunculus.” This may be due to the influence of PSAA instructor Tom Rutledge, who has been teaching classes in charcoal drawing for the past few years.

Mary Walker-Baptiste, who teaches youth classes, is always ready to try something new and promote it to other members. Her lovely “Soft Roses” was an experiment in watercolor pouring.

James Maloney’s “Spring Pond” is a spectacular look into the layers of a koi pond and made by expertly layering watercolor.

Three artists who make the most of the transparent qualities of watercolor are Margaret Kukafka, June Merrifield and Bernie Rappaport. Kukafka’s “The Bluegrass Band” makes a complex composition of fiddle and banjo players sing. Merrifield shows the emotion between pet owner and pet in “Maxx and Charlie” and Rappaport gives us a thoughtful cowboy in “Memories.”

Kimberly Baker uses bold swipes of pastel for the nest that encircles “Lulu’s Eggs,” and stops us with the graphic quality.

Dee Turba grabs our attention by using gouache (a type of refined poster paint) in a photo-realistic technique; the edge of the marsh and the sparkling bay is captured in “Tranquility.”

Lastly, Dennis Millar paints sailboats in dry dock but decides the night is the best way to create a showstopper in “Moonstruck.”

Sometimes just shaking up an artist’s routine, choosing to paint at a different time of day or using a new technique or media is just what’s needed to wake the muse.

— Pat Johnson


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