Friday, August 29, 2014

Krieg and Hendershot: Two-Person Exhibition at Historic Yellow Springs

Katharine Krieg and Bradley Hendershot

 Historic Yellow Springs - Chester Springs, PA
Opening Reception - Friday, September 12, 5:00pm until 8:00pm. Public Welcome!
Gallery Hours - September 13 through 21, 2014 
10:00am - 4:00pm Monday through Saturday 
and 12:00pm - 4:00pm on Sunday. Public Welcome!

Artists will be painting in the gallery on both weekends (see text below).
Come out and see the process!

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Bradley Hendershot
Watercolour on Paper, 17-1/4 x 29 inches

Katharine Krieg
Oil on Canvas, 20 x 27 inches

Artists Katharine Krieg and Bradley Hendershot are pleased to announce a two-person exhibition entitled Viewpoints. The show will be held in the Lincoln Building located at Historic Yellow Springs in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania from September 12 through 21, 2014, with the opening reception being held on Friday September 12.

Although both Katy and Brad are attracted to similar subjects and paint in a realistic style, they tend to see things from different viewpoints, hence the title of the exhibition. Katy and Brad have both exhibited in the popular annual Yellow Springs group show for many years, but this will be the first time the two have shown a large body of work in the gallery.

The artists will be present and painting on location in the gallery on both Saturdays and Sundays, September 13 and 14, and September 20 and 21. This is wonderful informal opportunity for the public to chat with the artists about their process as they share their most recent paintings in the works.

Katharine Krieg (b. 1970) is a traditional realist artist working in the mediums of watercolor, oil and charcoal. Inspired by her surroundings, she feels her paintings are her answers to what she observes. A quiet sense of Introspection and the passing of Time are themes that recur in her works of still life and landscape.

After earning a degree in art education, she continued her training through the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and Chester Springs Studio as well as private instruction in the studio of Carlo Russo.

Katharine maintains a studio in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania and holds an annual open studio on Monhegan Island, Maine each summer, where she also teaches plein air workshops. She is honored to have been accepted into national as well as regional open juried shows and invitational shows. She is a signature member of the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society and has been a juror for the Philadelphia Sketch Club.

Bradley Hendershot (b.1958) is a contemporary American representational artist, working mostly in the water media. Brad paints with an intense devotion to realistic detail while at the same time employing artistic license for the sake of composition and to evoke a certain feeling or mood in the viewer. Using creativity in the overall planning of a work, Brad emphasizes the features and details that best capture and produce the desired effect or emotion.
Bradley is primarily a painter of coastal Maine and rural Pennsylvania – regions that he knows well, regions that have special meaning to him.

“My Pennsylvania paintings depict the rural community and a way of life that is quickly fading into the past. Many of the timber and stone barns and mills, the houses and outbuildings, which are part of the Pennsylvania heritage, are rapidly disappearing. I’d like to feel, in a way, that I have preserved them in my paintings.”

“In Maine, I paint the rugged shoreline of the mid-coast region and Monhegan Island where I enjoy the smell of salt air and the feeling of sea spray. I've always loved the sea, probably a combination of things –the boats, the energy of the surf, the rocks, the storms and the romance of it all. I hope this comes across in my paintings of the weathered clapboard lobster shanties and the granite towers of the lighthouses.”

Bradley’s Pennsylvania studio is located in rural Upper Hanover Township in Montgomery County. He also holds an annual open studio on Monhegan Island, Maine each summer, where he also teaches plein air workshops. Brad is a signature member of American Society of Marine Artists, a Signature Professional Artist of International Society of Marine Painters, a Signature Member of Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, and a Signature Member of Philadelphia Watercolor Society.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Return from Monhegan Island

We're back from Monhegan Island and finally have the Pennsylvania studio up and running! Upon our return, there was a great deal of unpacking, data entry and tax accounting, and shipping out of paintings and prints. So, I'm finally getting around to writing a little bit about the summer.

This year marked my 20th year on Monhegan and Monhegan's quadricentennial (meaning 400 years since Captain John Smith landed on Island in 1614).

It was a fantastic summer, highlighted by beautiful weather, sea salt, ocean spray, lobster, wonderful friends, the open studio, and, of course, plenty of painting. Many thanks to Katharine Krieg ( for sharing the studio with me and making Monhegan extra special. Thanks also to our many Monhegan friends for joining us at breakfasts, dinners, parties, or just for a mug-up in the studio or ice cream in the evening. And, to all of the people we met on Island or in the open studio--whether you are a long-time Monhegan person or a first-time day-tripper--thanks for the wonderful chats. It was a pleasure to meet all of you and we really enjoyed exchanging Island stories.

The open studio was a huge success. Katy and I were known to be constantly bantering to the amusement of many first-time visitors and Island regulars alike--gotta keep it interesting! Thanks to those of you who dropped by the studio on a daily basis to sit and enjoy a Moxie with us. The open studio allowed for the display of about thirty paintings gallery-style. In addition, visitors were able to learn more about the painting process itself from the numerous unfinished works strewn about the studio as well as being able to watch us paint and describe our most recent work. We had two evening wine and cheese receptions that were very well received and we thank all of you who came out to the studio.

For those of you who follow me on Facebook, I hope that you enjoyed my posts from the Island. This year was the first time that I attempted shooting video on Island, and hopefully some of you who have not been out to Monhegan were able to get some sense of what life is like twelve miles out to sea on one of Maine's wildest islands. I also posted, on Facebook, a video tour of our studio and some still shots of works in progress. And, of course, personal experiences from Katy's lobster dinner to the early morning retrieval of a paper wasp nest from under a porch were shared as well.

Both Katharine and I have been asked to do painting workshops on Monhegan next summer. In addition to the 3-day workshop that Katy taught this year and will be doing again next year, she will be doing an additional plein air workshop for oil painting. My workshop next year will be in watercolour. Specifics, including dates, will be posted in an upcoming blog, on my website, and on Facebook, or you can e-mail me with questions and I will answer everything that I can as we develop the programs.

Finally, many paintings were "adopted" into fine homes and I thank all of my collectors, both repeat and new, for their enthusiasm and support. I hope that you enjoy your pieces. Please keep in touch.

And, in conclusion, below are images of some of the paintings that I did while on Island.

BURLAP       2014
Drybrush, 20 x 29-1/4 inches
signed lower right

 study for SADIE H., VI       2014
Watercolour, 10-1/2 x 14-1/2 inches
signed lower left

Watercolour, 14-1/2 x 10-3/4 inches
signed lower right

 POLE       2014
Watercolour, 10-1/2 x 14-1/2 inches
signed lower right

study for MEMORIAL, I       2014
Drybrush, 11-1/2 x 10-3/4 inches
signed lower right

I hope that you've enjoyed my Monhegan Island 2014 summary. If you haven't experienced Monhegan before, consider coming out to see us next summer.

Until next time...
All the best,