Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Scholarship Tea at Inn of the Hawke

This year our recipients where treated to a lovely tea on the patio at The Inn of the Hawke.
Attending were; Emily Marley and her mother Nora, Emma Warwinsky and Adam Warwinsky and their parents. Also attending were Sponsors from N.T. Callaway Real Estate, Holly Havens and from the Bank of Princeton, Wilson Weed and Mike Johnson. Mayor Dave DelVecchio also attended as well as Carol Cruikshanks, Judy Henn, Ellen Pineno, Christyl Cusworth and Kevin Griffin.

Thanks to the people at the Hawke. A very nice spread!

Photo, L-R: Mayor DelVecchio, Holly Havens, Emma Warwinsky, Adam Warwinsky, Emily Marley, Mike Johnson and Wilson Weed.

Scholarships Awarded

Here it is. The list of recipients of this year's scholarship award money from the proceeds of the 2011 shadfest poster auction. A total of $30,000. was distributed. Good luck in your creative pursuits students and hope to see you again next year.

Adam Warwinsky, SHRHS (South Hunterdon Regional High School)
Marymount Manhattan College, Performing Arts

Brandon Bacorn, SHRHS
Ithaca College, Performing Arts

Brittney Shurts, SHRHS
College of NJ, Art Education

Dylan Hurwitz, NHSHS (New Hope-Solebury High School)
School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Art/Music

Emily Marley, SHRHS
Moravian College, Education

Emma Warwinsky, SHRHS
Full Sail University, Performing Arts/TV Comm.

Gabriel Stephens, SHRHS
West Chester University, Music Education

Mallory Rotatori, SHRHS
Raritan Valley Community College, Art Education

Shana Dowd, SHRHS
Raritan Valley Community College, Fine Art

Skylar Hurwitz, NHSHS
Berklee College of Music, Music

William Tinsman, NHSHS
Alfred University, Fine Art

Monday, May 2, 2011

Thanks Everyone!

Thanks to all who came out to appreciate and win art posters. We had outstanding entries this year. Big names and little names...all equally important and valuable to the art scholarship fund.

If you are an artist who attended and would like to be included in next year's poster auction event, send your info to the Lambertville Area Chamber of Commerce Office or write to,  and ask to be informed when next year's posters are available. (Usually in January).

A big thanks to artists who contributed.


Award Winners this Year are:

Best in Show Award $500 Luiz Vilela
1st Place Award $500 Anne Kullaf
2nd Place Award $400 John Schmidtberger
3rd Place Award $300 Graham Preston
Shad Humor Award $250 John Costanzo
All about the 'Shad' Award $250 Christyl Cusworth
Outstanding Skill/Technique Award $250 Pat dipaula Klein
Best Original Painting (any Medium) $250 Tom Chesar

Thanks to our Volunteers:

Judy Henn

Jann Kniskern
Carol Cruikshanks
Tracey Costanzo
John Costanzo
Mary Lasko
Melanie McManus
Mark Kimble

Melanie Tinsman
Renee Kiriluk-Hill
Wendy Warren
Marcia Taylor

Amy Coss
Craig Rura

Our Auctioneers: Tom Martin and Chris Wise

River Signs LLC    

Cookies for the preview donated by DeAnna's Restaurant/Bar
Plants and Flowers provided by Boxwoods Gardens & Gifts

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Pat Martin of the Robert Beck Academy. Fantastic!

Artist: Pat Martin, Just Passing Through, Oil on board.

My paintings and drawings are about the process of creation and its endless possibilities. I try to merge or partner with a variety of materials and techniques to create my own visual language.

Born and educated in California, Pat Martin moved with her family to the New Hope area in the late 1960s. Since 1977, she has had many solo exhibitions and has participated in more than sixty group exhibitions, including the James A. Michener Art Museum, the Newark Museum, Ellerslie and the Noyes Museum.

Pat is a well loved local artist and is currently an instructor with the Robert Beck Academy here in Lambertville.  Thanks Pat! Look for her on the Buck's County Elephant's Eye Studio Tour in mid May.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Suzanne Douglass. It's arrived.

Famed Lambertville artist, friend, and good neighbor, Suzanne Douglass, has come through for the scholarship fund once again with perhaps one of her best works. Oil on board, 18 x 28" size.

Entitled: Woman. Thank you Suzanne. We love you.

Photo of Suzanne Douglass at work on her poster art, on her Lambertville garden patio (today).

A native of McDonald, Pennsylvania, Suzanne Douglass loved to draw as a child. Educated at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, she also studied with Frank Schoonover and Frank Delle Donne, both of the N.C. Wyeth, Howard Pyle school. Later, she studied with portrait painter, Margaret Yard Tyler at her school in Montclair, New Jersey and had an early, successful career as a commissioned portrait painter.

Suzanne Douglass
on artspan.

Artfull Eye Donates Vintage Print of New Hope.

Michael McClintock of Artfull Eye Fine Art and Antiques, and Frame Shop has donated another vintage collectible art piece to this year's auction. (Couldn't fit it on a poster blank so we'll auction it alone).

Artist: Robert Bruce Moyer (1913-1969) was a painter and printmaker in New Hope, PA.
This is a hand-colored print, looking toward the Delaware at the old Martine's building and Farley's book shop c. 1930's. Beautifully graphic in excellent condition. Image area 9 x 12".

Thanks Michael! We appreciate your continued support.

Carol Sanzalone.

Artist: Carol Sanzalone. "Lambertville Spring Color", 18 x 28", Acrylic and matted.

Carol is a member of the Artists' Gallery here in Lambertville and has been contributing poster art since the event began in the 1980's. She has exhibited and taught art throughout the Delaware Valley. A former art teacher at South Hunterdon Regional High School, she has also taught at Douglass College and Tyler School of Art.

Thanks Carol for another fine piece!

Shad Line-up...who's guilty of a great poster?

Joseph Barrett of Lahaska Donates 2 original paintings.

Artist: Joseph Barrett

Left: "Shad Men on the Delaware". Oil on canvas board (14 x 18"), temporarily mounted to 18 x 28" poster board.

Right: "Shad". Oil on canvas board (14 x 18").  

These will be Auctioned Separately.

Born in Midland, North Carolina in 1936, Joseph Barrett was raised on Bentiver, his maternal grandmother's plantation in Profitt, VA. He earned his BFA in painting at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, and completed his MFA at the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA.

Thanks Joseph for your generous donation!

Read more about Joseph on his bio page of the Silverman Gallery.

Shadfest wants shad that tastes good Charlie...

A school of shad posters....

Thanks everyone!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Paul Matthews.

Artist: Paul Matthews. "Our canoe holds water", oversize board, 18 x 28". Acrylic painted on to acid-free poster board.

Excerpt from: Reviews "While he paints in a style that effortlessly combines realism and expressionism, he doesn't construct narratives. He re-creates memories, and especially the way the mind constantly travels back and forth along a continuum connecting past and present."

1957-60 Cooper Union Art School, NYC (highest achievement prize)
1951-54 Kenyon College, Ohio
1946-51 South Kent School, Connecticut
Paul is one of our local treasures. A good neighbor, great artist, and a generous contributor to this event. Thanks Paul!

See his work: Paul Matthews Website


Artist: Judy Henn. "Go Fish", oversize board, 18 x 28".  Mixed media on masonite applied to poster board.

Judy has Robin's Egg Gallery at 24 Church Street in Lambertville. A huge supporter of animal rights groups, Judy always seems to be giving back to the community. Stop in to her gallery of wonderful portraits and fantasy pieces of animals in human situations, lounging in exotic rooms.

Thanks Judy!

See her work:

Robert Beck.

Artist: Robert Beck, South Main. 28" x 18", Oil on canvas mounted to acid-free poster board.

Robert Beck is a leading Bucks County plein-air painter. He has been awarded dozens of significant regional awards and was invited to present 37 of his works at the James A. Michener Art Museum in 1999, and a 40 painting retrospective at the City Museum of Trenton in 2007. His Gallery and academy in Lambertville is a focal point of the art community.

Thanks Bob for your generous donation!

Own this original piece by this highly collected and respected local painter.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Daniel John Gadd and Anne Kullaf.

Left: Artist: Daniel John Gadd, Bathers; Moon is down. 18 x 28", Oil painted directly on to poster board.

We were first introduced to Daniel's work at an exhibit at Sam's Spaces, a design center, shop and hangout for art types at 10 Church Street here in Lambertville operated by Arlen Brown, the new ami des arts and girl about town.

Daniel is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts, B.F.A. (with honors). His subjects of choice are the places and people in his life. Vibrant, impressionist, dramatic, abstract, moving. This is the Hot New Artist that is the buzz of the east coast. Here is your opportunity to own an original piece by this skyrocketing talent.

Thanks Daniel! See more of his works and detailed bio: Daniel John Gadd


Right: Artist: Anne Kullaf, Riverside Reflections, 18 x 28", Acrylic painted directly on to poster board.

Anne Kullaf studied graphic design and fine art at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut and at The Art Students League of NY. Her work has been exhibited at the National Arts Club, and was featured in two traveling museum exhibitions, "The New Reality: The Frontier of Realism in the 21st Century” and "400 Years of Dutch History in Manhattan". Additionally, Anne is a faculty member of the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, the Hunterdon Museum of Art, and the Center for Contemporary Art.

Thanks Anne for a fantastic piece.

Visit her website:

How much is that Shad Poster in the window?

Artist's choice. It's all good. (very good)

Left: Artist: John Schmidtberger, Wooden Boat. 18 x 28" (overall poster size).  Oil on board.

John was recently written about in Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, in an article about contemporary children’s portraiture. His work has also been reviewed in the New York Times. Prominent collectors include Kate White, author and editor-in-chief at Cosmopolitan, and Charles Cawley, former CEO at MBNA. 

From 1984 to 1987 John studied with painter Neil Welliver (1929-2005), sculptor Robert Engman, and printmaker Hitoshi Nakazato (1936-2010) earning a BFA and MFA from the University of Pennsylvania.
John’s work has been exhibited at the James A. Michener Museum, Doylestown, PA; The Prince Street Gallery, New York, NY; Elan Fine Arts, Rockland, ME; Camden Falls Gallery, Camden, Me; The Quiet Life, Lambertville, NJ; and many other venues.

John is currently showing at the Quiet Life Gallery at Ferry and S. Main Streets here in Lambertville. It's a very inspiring show and portrays the beauty of our river towns with a fresh eye and a new hand. Thanks John for agreeing to create an original poster for us at the last minute. We appreciate it.

visit: Quiet Life Gallery and John Schmidtberger to see more.

Right: Artist: Jane Gilday, Illuminated text: water planet. 18 x 28" (overall poster size). Watercolor, crayon, acrylic interference pigment painted directly onto acid-free board.

Jane simply states she's a 'Pisces' and that's all. She is a talented painter, musician and philosopher among other things. Thanks Jane for another great piece.

Jane is represented by the Hrefna Jonsdottir Gallery on Bridge Street here in Lambertville.

These are all original paintings, NOT prints.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Fishy, fishy in the brook, you must be Shad, a second look.

Artist: Moose, Underwater Dance. 11 x 17", Fabric & Acrylic Collage. (Philadelphia)
Artist: Moose, Grace in the Deep. 11 x 17", Fabric & Acrylic Collage. (Philadelphia)
Artist: Catharine McGurk Kelble, For-shad-ythia. 11 x 17", Oil. (Ringoes, NJ)

Thanks artists...nice work!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Like a bridge over shad-filled waters...

Left: Artist: Pat Pickard, Fishing for Compliments. 11 x 17". Mixed Media Collage
Pat is a graphic designer from Flemington, NJ who loves working with alternative photographic printing techniques and typography. Thanks Pat! Nice Job.

Right: Artist: Kathleen Semko, Bridges. 11 x 17". Photographic copies from Kathleen's own archives of vintage photography.

The New Hope Lambertville Bridge:  Wooden Bridge, 1841, Metal Replacement Bridge, 1904.

Thanks for Sharing your photos with us Kathleen!

Locally grown art.

Artist: Jann Kniskern, Evening River Walk. 11 x 17". Acrylic w/uv protective coating on board mounted to poster.

Jann attended the Fashion Institute of Technology and the New School for Social Research. She is a talented graphic designer, textile designer, and screen printer and loves living here in Lambertville.

Jann volunteered her services to help out by photographing shad poster entries this year which has been a huge time saver and allows us to get the posts up faster.

Thanks Jann! Nice work. Own this piece by bidding live at the May 1 Auction!


Left: Artist: Anita Crandall, Evening Light on the Delaware. 11 x 17". Photograph.
I am always in awe of the beautiful sunsets that are visible from the Lambertville-New Hope bridge and the area near Lewis Island. I was fortunate to capture one of those moments in this photo.

Right: Artist: Max Crandall, The Apparition of Alosa Aestivalis. 11 x 17". Ephermeragraphic assemblage.

Max is Art Director of CranCentral Graphics and also does pet portraits in charcoal, chalk and pastel.

Max and Anita are long time Lambertville residents and have contributed art to this event many times before. Great examples from talented residents and neighbors. Thanks guys!

Fish Stories. The New Generation of poster Artist.

Left, Artist: Graham Preston, Hold on to your Cap!, 18 x 28", Acrylic painted directly onto acid-free board. (Inset detail)

I saw Graham at the Giordano Studio on Coryell street late one night while I was walking my dog. He was on the floor in bad light intensely working on a piece. Gary was letting him use his studio. The next day I saw this wonderful painting leaning on the glass there. I needed to invite this artist to do a poster. Graham was flattered and excited to be involved and quickly said yes. What a great piece. A page from a storybook of past come to life.

Thanks Graham for turning out an outstanding poster.

Visit his website:


Right, Artist: Chad Lassin, Reflections of Shad, 18 x 28", Watercolor and Colored Pencil painted directly onto acid-free poster board. (Inset detail)

"I always start abstractly, letting my imagery come from the mental process, and not going off a set plan or idea." Chad Lassin has been an artistic, creative individual his entire life. In 2005 he received his BFA from Alfred University, School of Art & Design, with concentrations in painting, drawing, and printmaking. Chad's love for art has always been fueled by a deep connection and endless study of the natural world, with a passion for sacred geometry, cosmology, and the study of consciousness.

Everyone is talking about Chad Lassin and his Geometric works shown at Reinboth here in town. Chad is working helping Tony Lasalle at his studio behind Rojo's Roastery and producing his own body of work in his spare time. Chad also jumped at the opportunity to do one of our large posters this year and also opted to take a storybook illustration approach.

Thanks Chad for a great shadfest poster entry!

Visit his website:

Shad I Stay or Shad I go?...Go see the posters during shadfest.

Pat Shamy, Lambertville's Recent Past,  11 x 17", Photography.
Evelyn Doyle, Shad Running , 11 x 17", Oil.
Kay Casavant, Which way to Bikini Bottom? 17 x 11", Antique Crayon.
Jeanne DeMoss, What Goes Around, Comes Around!. 11 x 17", Mixed Media.

Thanks Everyone...great posters!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Free at last.

Artist: Kathy Ann Finch, Free at Last, 17 x 11", Watercolor.

South of the Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead on the bike path is a pedestrian bridge that crosses over the spillway at Alexaukin Creek. An old stone train track support abutment still stands there and a Canada goose pair return to the same spot on top of it every year to nest. It is literally only a few feet away from where bikers and walkers pass and gawk at the unflappable pair, but just far enough away to be safe. This painting depicts that scene. Momma goose keeping an eye on her freshly hatched gosling.

Thanks Kathy Ann for recording it down on paper in this beautiful rendering. Kathy Ann is a member of the Hunterdon Watercolor Society.

Cloudy with a chance of Shad.

Left, Artist: Michael McCullough, Renewal, 11 x 17", Mixed media, mounted to poster.

Michael is a landscape designer/installer with Natures Way Gardens in Bucks and Hunterdon Counties and has been for 10 years.

Thanks Michael!

Right, Artist: Allison Lucerne, Cloudy with a Chance of Shad, 11 x 17", Oil on canvas board.

Allison received her BFA in Illustration from The University of the Arts in 1996. She has worked in her career as a medical/scientific illustrator, art director and has been featured in many publications as well as product packaging designs and corporate marketing campaigns. She is now focusing on painting and building a new body of work. We look forward to what she does.

Visit her website:

Thanks Allison!

Something to sing about...more shad poster entries!

Left, Artist: Roy Reinard, Canal Light, 17 x 11", Oil on board mounted to poster.

Roy grew up surrounded by the natural beauty of Bucks County and neighboring NJ. After many years of viewing local art as a patron Roy started to paint in 2007 to fulfill a natural desire to capture the beauty here. Roy went from self study to working with talented artists like Myles Cavanaugh, Ty Hodanish, Alex Cohen and Trisha Vergis of the Robert Beck Studio. A Member of Artsbridge, The New Hope Art League and the Michener Museum.

Roy volunteered to help us recruit artists for this year's event and succeeded too!

Well done Roy. A sweet painting from an artist we will keep our eyes on.

Right, Artist: Pearl Mintzer, Something to Sing About, 11 x 17", Digital print mounted to acid-free board.

Pearl has a BFA and MFA from Brooklyn College and studied with Ad Rheinhart, Philip Pearlstein and Carl Holty. "Dramatic Color" and Whimsey are the defining characteristics of her work.
Recent exhibitions in New York City at the Artsource International Showroom and Artsbridge in Lambertville.

Thanks Pearl for your contribution of great art!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Two of our Best Woman Artists.

Left, Artist: Annelies Van Dommelen, The Rescue, 18 x 28", Acrylics on 300lb arches watercolor paper, mounted to acid-free poster board.

Annelies is alumna of The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA). Always a generous contributor to this event and other causes including FACT Bucks County. Annelies is a prolific painter, printmaker and crafter whose work is included in private collections nationwide. We love her for her amiable disposition and omnipresence on the streets of Lambertville, riding her bike to and fro.

Thanks Annelies for a great piece and rescuing the froggie....

Visit his website: Annelies Van Dommelen

Right, Artist: Stacie Speer Scott, Liberty Fish, 18 x 28", Collage of objects, paper, paint and fabric applied to acid-free poster board. (Inset detail)

“ I collect fragments of paper, ephemera, objects and segments of my own paintings. When I put the works together it is usually based on relationships that I see between the fragments. The process can sometimes feel like chaos but through drawing, painting, sanding, rolling and encaustic, they come together. It is the journey that I crave. The resulting work of art provides as Julian Levy once wrote “a persuasive, convincing new species, made from the irrational discovery of joining the utterly dissimilar”.

Stacie has been living, working, and creating these wonderfully fascinating works in the Bucks County area since 1980.

Thank you Stacie for assembling this original piece just for us.

Visit her website:

Etta my dreams.

Artist: Susan Roseman, Etta Shad, 18 x 28", A wax, crayon frottage, watercolor & collage. Applied directly to the 18 x 28" acid-free poster board.

Susan has Riverbank Arts in Stockton and Rose Moon Studios.

"Etta Shad is happy to welcome spring and taking in the sights and sounds of her favorite springtime event, the Shad Festival of course."

Thanks Susan for another (and there have been many) shadfest poster work of art!

Sam I am.

Artist: Elise Dodeles, Homage to Samuel Steward, 11 x 17", Oil, acrylic, ink and pencil.

We love this painting. Outsider, but insider. Thanks Elise!

Visit her website:

more fun and clever submissions....

Dwight Harris, Shad Buster. 11 x 17", Digital Photo.
Lonni Merrill, Return of the Geese. 11 x 17", Watercolor.
Carolyn Weger, Broken Windmill. 17 x 11", Watercolor.
Jack Sacalis, Two Happy Anglers. 11 x 17", Watercolor.
Norma J. Walako, Walking the canal path. 17 x 11", Watercolor.
Susan S. Richardson, Country Station. 17 x 11", Watercolor.
John Varga Jr., Mallard in Spring. 17 x 11", Watercolor.

Thanks Everyone...great posters!

They keep on coming....

Eleanor Eick, Scene from the Towpath. 11 x 17", Watercolor.
Kathleen Amon, Morphing Shad. 11 x 17", Pen & Ink Collage.
Terry Meehan, WANTED. 11 x 17", Mixed Media.
Lynn H. Tippett, Spring & Shad - Come Again!. 11 x 17", Color Pencil & Ink.
Karen Hoffman, C'mon In. 11 x 17", Collage, Mixed Media.
Barbara Zietchick, C'mon In. 11 x 17", Hand- colored etching.
Trish Oinskey, Off to the Market. 11 x 17", Paper Collage.
Lynn Cheng Varga, Catch the Moon. 11 x 17", Watercolor.

Thanks Everyone...great posters!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Small works. Accomplished artists.

 Holy Mackerel, I mean Shad.... 2 more gorgeous paintings!

Left, Artist: Tom Chesar, Lewis Island, 11 x 17", Acrylic painted directly on to acid-free poster board.

We feel very privileged to have this original piece to auction this year. The landmark boat house on Lewis Island never looked so good. If you visit Tom's website you will see his lengthy list of professional associations, awards and examples of other works by this talented Stockton, NJ artist.
Tom works in gouache, casein and acrylic and often paints scenes of the Delaware Valley and the Coast of Maine.

Thanks so much Tom. 

Visit his website:

Right, Artist: Steve Zazenski, Hard Winter on Franklin Street, 11 x 17", Watercolor on paper applied to acid-free poster board.

It was a hard winter no argument but if it inspired Steve to do this we are grateful for it.

Steve is a resident of New Hope and has been painting since 1978. Winner of numerous awards and member of respected artist groups like the Salmagundi Club, The NJ Watercolor Society, American Artists Professional League, Washington Square Outdoor Art Show, Rockport Art Association, Phillips Mill, Artsbridge and the list goes on and on.

Thanks a lot Steve. Great piece.

Visit his website:

The Delaware captured in oil by two (generous) pros.

Left, Artist: Ty Hodanish, Twilight on the River, 18 x 28", Oil painted directly on to acid-free poster board.

One of the area’s most widely recognized artists, Ty paints in the great tradition of the New Hope School of Impressionist painters. Because he paints “Plein Air” (always outdoors), his canvases capture color and light in a fashion that has gained him a reputation as a master colorist.
Devoted to his art, Ty maintains a gallery and open studio at the Prallsville Mill in Stockton. The “Art Colony”, which he founded in 1998, allows him the opportunity to share his colorful technique with others in workshops he conducts in the fall and spring each year, attracting students from far and wide.

Thanks Ty for your great contribution of original art.

Ty is represented by:

Right, Artist: J. Stacy Rogers, Delaware Theatrics, 18 x 28", Oil painted directly on to acid-free poster board.

Art is, first and foremost, about life and more specifically about the dignity, beauty, comedy, tragedy, romance, fantasy, pride and nobility of the human spirit. All the precious and powerful emotions that form and define the human experience.

I am truly blessed to be among the generations of painters who have recorded their time on canvas.
Happily, my paintings have found their way into the homes of a growing list of art lovers and continue to win awards at important juried art exhibitions.

Thanks J. Stacy for a stunning piece.

Visit his website:

Be the lucky bidder that takes home one or both of these incredible original paintings. Come to the live auction, 3 pm, May 1 at the First Presbyterian Church, 31 N. Union Street. Absentee and phone bids accepted. Contact the Author:

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Fishermen. Two Exceptional Works.

Left, Artist: Myles Cavanaugh, Shad Fisherman, 18 x 28",  Oil on Panel (16 x 22").

Myles was one of our first scholarship recipients in 1992, and has submitted this wonderful original painting called “Shad Fisherman”, depicting the familiar scene witnessed by anyone passing over the free bridge this time of year — a lonely boat adrift in the blue early morning light hoping for the catch of the day. Yes, that would be Shad.

Myles' complete bio can be found on his homepage and is represented by Silverman Gallery in Buckingham, PA.

Thanks Myles. Really Nice!

Right, Artist: Luiz Vilela, Gentry, as a Fisherman, 18 x 28", Oil painted directly on to acid-free poster board.

Luiz won Best in Show last year for his stunning winter painting of Lewis Island, and First Place the year prior. We were thrilled to receive one of his portraits this year. Luiz seems to do everything amazingly well. Gentry is a friend of Luiz and was excited to see himself portrayed this way, against the backdrop of New Hope, PA, with the seining nets of Lewis Island. So we have a connection between last years and this. This is one of those paintings where the eyes follow you around the room.

Thanks Luiz! We love everything you do.

See his website:

Own one or both of these gorgeous original paintings. Come to the live auction, 3 pm, May 1 at the First Presbyterian Church, 31 N. Union Street. Absentee and phone bids accepted. Contact the Author:

Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Shad, in all its forms.

Left, Artist: Rik Viola, Th SHADow Knows, 11 x 17", ink and markers.

Rik is a retired commercial artist, actor, model and singer from down river in Haddonfield. He worked as a staff artist with the Old Philadelphia Bulletin Newspaper and is on the board of the Philadelphia Sketch Club.

A real fun piece Rik — and that's no fish story!

Right, Artist: Kathleen Amon, Peony Shad, 11 x 17", fabric, embroidery thread and yarn. (like a quilt section).

Kathleen is a Lambertville resident and has submitted wonderful fabric posters before.

Really nicely done. Would make a lovely piece framed and hanging with your poster collection in your home. Thanks Kathleen! As always, we love your work.

Henry the VIII I am!

Artist: W. Carl Burger, Henry the Eighth I Am. 11 x 17".  Ink and watercolor painted directly on to board.

W. Carl Burger is one of New Jersey's most decorated and beloved artists. Working notably in watercolors, Burger has emphasized the “garden in the Garden State”, presenting landscape and natural scenes with passion and exuberance.

A Professor of Fine Arts for 40 years at Kean University, he is now Professor Emeritus.

He has exhibited throughout the US, including Lincoln Center and the National Academy of Design in New York, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Institution, the Newark Museum and Morris Museum, to which he gifted 62 paintings, and the Noyes Museum of Art.

His work can be seen at Coryell Gallery in Lambertville and the Riverbank Arts Gallery in Stockton.

We are proud and honored to have W. Carl create another fantastic piece for this event. Thanks Carl!

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A work of art, high skill, and decorative beauty.

Artist: Pat dipaula Klein, Shadfest 2011, 11 x 17", Hand-Stitched on Linen. Pat has offered to rewash and re-stretch this piece after the sale.

Ok, you will not believe the intricate detail of this hand-stitched piece. Exceptional skill and design make this one of the best art posters ever submitted. It's simply mind boggling. Please come and see this in person at the exhibit/auction on shadfest weekend. You must not miss this one.

Thanks Pat for your generous donation!

Shining Athena, swift aegis-bearer,
friend of warriors, fair daughter of Zeus.
In bravery, in fine hand stitchery,
in knowledge and in understanding,
in crisp, clean thought, in artistry and skill,
in these, your realms, we see your dexterous hand.

Own this incredible original handmade piece. 
See it in person on display on shadfest weekend, April 30, May 1, at The first Presbyterian Church Rec. Room, 31 N. Union Street here in Lambertville. Register to bid at 2, Live Auction Begins at 3PM.

We accept absentee and phone bids! contact:

James Feehan Donates Outstanding Original Piece.

Artist: James Feehan, Shad Revel, 18 x 28",  Oil and wax.

If I could live inside the brain of an artist it would be James Feehan's (the right side please). He puts you in a place of pure fantasy. I sometimes imagine life that way. And this painting portrays the shadfest in the way I imagine it in my head. The filtered light of the circus, c. 1935. Floating, flying, dreaming....characters of yesteryear, or today, playing their roles.

Own this incredible original painting by one of our most inspired and generous local artists.
visit the site: Rose Moon Studio

See it in person on display on shadfest weekend, April 30, May 1, at The first Presbyterian Church Rec. Room, 31 N. Union Street here in Lambertville. Register to bid at 2, Live Auction Begins at 3PM.

We accept absentee and phone bids! contact:

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Doylestown and Ringoes artists.

Left, Artist: Betty Jacobsen, Outboard, 11 x 17",  Mixed Media. Carefully stitched in the corners to the poster board with red thread. Green and acid-free! It may be hard to see in the photo, but a simple house shape is impressed into the center of this piece.

'Outboard' is part of my current 'mom' series, a body of work exploring universal connections. I am represented by New Hope Sidetracks Art Gallery and I also teach advanced level art classes at Hunterdon Central High School. Betty lives in Doylestown.

Thanks Betty. Well done!

Right, Artist: Phil Tunison, No Shad Here (I bet there are Phil!), 11 x 17", Watercolor on paper, taped to board.

Phil paints in watercolor, acrylics and oil. He is a member of the Hunterdon Watercolor Society, Somerset Art Association and associate member of the Garden State Watercolor Society. Phil hails from Ringoes, NJ.

Thanks Phil. Nice piece!

Shad I be an artist? We say yes...

Left, Artist: William H. Tinsman, Bird in Hand (Hands Across the Water), 11 x 17", 1 of 6 prints from the original of acrylic on board. The original of this work is in an exhibit at school. He plans on studying dimensional design. Will went to New Hope/Solebury and is from Lumberville, PA.

Will impressed us with his sculptural works of art last spring and we awarded this first year student at Alfred University a shadfest Scholarship. He and his mother were very appreciative.

Thanks Will!

Right, Artist: Jacob Stephens, Dreaming, 17 x 11", Inkjet Print.

Jacob received a shadfest Scholarship last year and also the two prior years. Jacob attended South Hunterdon High School and is studying Graphic Design and Multimedia at Ramapo College.
During his interview last May Jake presented some very professional and beautifully executed examples of his work.

Thanks Jacob!

The Shad-ow knows.

Artist: Rita Koch, Spawning Shadows on Union St., 11 x 17", Watercolor.

"One early afternoon in Lambertville I noticed the shadows on this house that had an uncanny resemblance to fish — the Shad, of course!"

Rita studied watercolor at the Somerset Art Association and the Hunterdon Museum of Art and is a member of the Hunterdon Watercolor Society.

A lovely tranquil piece. There are many signs (besides in the river) that the shad are arriving.

Thanks so much Rita!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Frenchtown checks in.

Left, Artist: Patricia Baumlin, Shadfantasia, 11 x 17", Fiber Art/ Mixed Media.

Patricia is a retired teacher and likes to work her knitting and crocheting skills into her art.

Very nice piece. We love it!

Right, Artist: Ed Baumlin, Real Lookers, 11 x 17", Watercolor painted on to acid-free board.

This piece is really amazing, and it is very clear that Ed is a professional commercial illustrator.
(We lured Ed out of retirement just to create this outstanding piece for us! Ed is president of the Hunterdon Watercolor Society.

Thanks to the Baumlins' of Frenchtown, NJ.

A friend of Shad, the Frog.

Artist: Bruce Michael, Pond, Sweet Pond. 17 x 11", Watercolor on paper, mounted to board.

Bruce has two first names and considers himself an amateur artist. I dunno Bruce, this green frog (Rana Clamitans) looks pretty professional to me.

Nicely done. Thanks for your donation of fantastic art!

Own this piece. Be the high bidder at the May 1st auction, 3pm at the First Presbyterian Church Rec. Room, 31 N. Union Street.

Florence and the Mann, Mike Mann.

Left, Artist: Florence Ashton Schadler, Hearth Baked Shad, 11 x 17", Watercolor.

Florence has always been an artist and craftsperson. She lives in New Hope and is a lifelong resident of Bucks County.

"As an artist and teacher, I endeavor to inspire, encourage, entertain and capture the light of creativity that illuminates my mind and spirit".

Thanks Florence, we are illuminated!

Right, Artist: Mike Mann, Many Shads of Grey, 11 x 17", Acrylic painted directly on to board.

Mike is a plein air painter from Stockton who studied at the Art Students League in NY and has been painting local scenes for over 38 years.

FYI: The First Presbyterian Church, prominent in this painting, is where our exhibit and auction will take place on shadfest weekend, April 30 + May 1.

Thanks Mike, always great! See you out in plein air!

Washington slept and ate Shad here.

Artist: James (Jay) McPhillips, Hibbs House, Washington's Crossing, PA. 17 x 11", Oil on canvas mounted to poster board.

A nicely done impressionistic painting of a familiar landmark.

Jay is a prolific painter of local scenes and has worked in the area for over a decade.

Also a graphic designer, Jay is locally famous for designing the ubiquitous "Lamb-Bert-Ville" bumper sticker. Yep, that was Jay.

Thanks for another outstanding piece! 

Own this piece. Be the high bidder at the May 1st auction, 3pm at the First Presbyterian Church Rec. Room, 31 N. Union Street.

Two Lambertvillians.

Left, Artist: Alex Pietersen, Illuminated, 17 x 11", Photograph with applied shad. Mounted to art poster board.

"I am an artist and photographer for more than 40 years. My work has been published numerous times. In 1997 I was part of the 'Colors of Invention' at the Smithsonian Institute".

Thanks Alex, Nice Work!

Right, Artist: Susanne Pitak Davis, Song of the Shad, 11 x 17", Paint on Ceramic Tile. Mounted to art poster board.

Susanne has supported this event for many years and we do appreciate her talent.

Thanks Suzanne for another wonderful entry!

Frannie and Annie drank the water. :)

Artist: Dan Morley, Frannie and Annie Go Shadding. Both 11 x 17". Photographs with applied paper and paint, mounted to the poster board.

We can always count on the ladies of the shad (with help from Dan) to come through with another over the top vignette.

Dan is an amateur photographer living in South Plainfield.

Thanks Guys....that's the spirit!