Artist of the Month exhibition: Mike Beckwith, Abstract Acrylic & Resin Paintings

Gallery on Main's "Artist of the Month" series features an exhibition of paintings by Branchburg, NJ-based artist Mike Beckwith, a Somerville native. Admission is free, and the paintings are available for purchase. 

Meet the artist at a free opening reception on Saturday, July 6, 2019 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM.

Born and raised in Somerville to artist parents, Mike was introduced to the art world from a young age. He spent many years in the professional theater world as an actor, director, teacher, fight choreographer, and designer, which firmly rooted in him a love of all the arts. When he moved from a career in theater to a career in teaching, Mike set about learning everything he could about any art form he could get his hands on, including video, photography, drawing, painting and martial arts. He was recently introduced to the technique of acrylic and resin pouring, and since then he hasn’t stopped taking flat objects and pouring liquid pigments over them. 

Mike spent most of his summers in Maine by Acadia National Park. Having grown up both next to the sea and in close proximity to a National Park, his work is inspired by the beauty of the outside world. 

Located at 30 West Main Street in Somerville, New Jersey, Gallery on Main is open Sundays 11:00 AM–5:00 PM; Mondays through Fridays 10:00 AM–6:00 PM; Saturdays 10:00 AM–5:00 PM; and by appointment. To learn more, visit www.GalleryOnMainSt.com, call 908-722-4234 or follow facebook.com/GalleryOnMainSomerville.

 

In town: Live music on Saturdays!

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Somerville’s popular “Summer Stage on Division Street” series continues with live music on Saturdays from 6:00 to 9:00 through Labor Day and beyond! Here's this year's lineup. Performances are just across the street from Gallery on Main, so be sure to stop in and visit us as well!

5/24 - School of Rock

5/25 - Terrance Haupt

6/1 - Band X

6/8 - Venture to Zen

6/15 - Animal Masks

6/22 - Mail Order Bride

6/29 - John Busse

7/6 - Bob Lanza

7/13 - The Tyrone Stackhouse Project

7/20 - The Green Planet

7/27 - The Broadcasters

8/3 - Cafe Racers Band

8/10 - Walnut St.

8/17 - The Wait

8/24 - Mail Order Bride

8/31 - Bob Lanza

9/7 - Ray Gun Tony

9/14 - Art all Day on Division -3 bands - Venture to Zen, John Busse and The Tyrone Stackhouse Project (2 sets)

9/21 - The Paul Nagy Project

9/28 - Remember Yesterday

Date(s): Friday May 24 and Saturdays, Memorial Day to Labor Day
Time(s): 6:00 pm-9:00pm
Location(s): Division Street

In town: Cruise Nights on Fridays!

For 30 years, Downtown Somerville has hosted the largest cruise night on the East coast. From Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend, the coolest classic cars around line up along Main Street for you to check out as you stroll. Don't miss out on the annual tradition! Combine your visit with dinner at one of our fabulous restaurants and be sure to stop by Gallery on Main for more nostalgic blasts from the past!

Date(s): Every Friday, Memorial Day to Labor Day
Time(s): 6:00 pm- 9:00 pm
Location(s): Main Street

Artist of the Month: Donna Gioia Volpe

Gallery on Main's "Artist of the Month" series features an exhibition of works by Somerville, NJ-based artist photographer Donna Gioia Volpe.  Admission is free, and the photos are available for purchase. 

Borne from her lifelong yearly visits to Vermont, Donna Gioa Volpe developed a deep appreciation for nature and beautiful landscapes. After raising her three children, Donna's interest of photography blended with her love of nature.  Her intention is to capture awe inspiring scenes in such a way that the photograph evokes the same feeling of wonder in those who view it as she experienced in the moment of capturing it. In 2018, her newfound passion inspired her visit to Iceland, further igniting her desire to travel, experience, and photograph diverse beautiful landscapes.  This year her travel will take her to Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado.  

This exhibition focuses on photographs from Florida, Iceland, and some of her favorite local areas such as Ken Lockwood Gorge, Ricketts Glen State Park, Duke Farms, and more.

Located at 30 West Main Street in Somerville, New Jersey, Gallery on Main is open Sundays 11:00 AM–5:00 PM; Mondays through Fridays 10:00 AM–6:00 PM; Saturdays 10:00 AM–5:00 PM; and by appointment. To learn more, call 908-722-4234 or follow us on Facebook.

Artist of the Month exhibition: Jan ten Broeke, "Ten’s Art"

Gallery on Main's "Artist of the Month" series features an exhibition of paintings by NJ-based artist Jan ten Broeke, on view April 1 through 30. Admission is free, and the artist’s works are available for purchase. 

Meet the artist at a free opening reception on Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

A prolific artist, throughout his career, Jan ten Broeke has been known and recognized by his simple nom de brosse (brush name), “Ten.”  Ten titles his work with his name and date of each work’s completion — as opposed to traditional, descriptive labels, which he believes confuses the viewer’s perception of his paintings rather than clarifies it.

Says Ten, whose professional background also includes working as a drug designer alongside some of the greatest minds in organic chemistry, “I have always been interested in exploring the scientific miracles of the natural universe, especially within the fragile biosphere that envelops Earth.  The paintings of the last decade draw inspiration from nature—including biological, geological, and astronomical phenomena—and anthropological and prehistoric artifacts. My work does not represent any reality as we see it, but attempts to demonstrate the experience of the forces essential to the continuity of life on Earth.”

Ten was an active member of the vibrant, revolutionary art scene that electrified Greenwich Village in the late ‘50s and ‘60s, where he earned the admiration and friendship of many of the scene’s most influential members. Although that dynamic era in art has sadly receded, Ten has had many domestic and international shows, honors, and awards, and he has consistently garnered enthusiastic praise for the entirely unique biomorphic, geomorphic, and metamorphic imaginings that he renders with perfect technique, brushwork, and style.

Ten’s first encounter with notoriety came on the day of his birth. His mother would often tell how he had entered this world in the wee hours of Pentecost Sunday morning. A severe thunderstorm was raging, and it would ravage the countryside of rural Marienberg, in the province Overijssel in the Netherlands, before the night was through. Within a mile of the ten Broeke family home, two heifers were struck by lightning and killed. Ten was born a blue baby gasping for air. A thin membranous veil—locally believed to signify the gift of second sight—covered his face. The gift conferred in lieu of the supernatural, however, was manifest from early childhood, in the form of his uncommon artistic skill and a profound understanding of—and reverence for—the wonders of the natural world.

Says Ten, “Ultimately, my mind, my eyes, and my hands are merely instruments in producing this work.  Despite knowing better, I do frequently experience the sensation that the work is not created by me, but through me.”

Ten and his wife, Barbara, live in the historic village of East Millstone, NJ, in a Dutch colonial farmhouse that was built in 1763. 

  

Images © Jan ten Broeke, used with permission.

Artist of the Month exhibition: Casey Lynch

Gallery on Main's "Artist of the Month" series features an exhibition of paintings by NJ-based artist Casey Lynch, on view March 1 through 30. Admission is free, and the artist’s works are available for purchase. 

 Meet the artist at a free opening reception on Saturday, Saturday, March 2, 2019 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

 A self-taught artist, Casey Lynch has been painting for a few years now. He says, “I use art to transcribe my anxieties about the world around me onto canvas, cardboard or whatever is around. I don’t finish a painting until it tells a story that I can understand. I mainly paint in acrylics but will use any methods or mediums to have each story be told.”

Images © Casey Lynch, used with permission.

Artist of the Month exhibition: Debra Fedchin

Gallery on Main's Artist of the Month series continues in February with photographs by Monroe, New Jersey-based artist Debra Fedchin. Says the Gallery’s co-owner, Shaun Daley, “Her unique perspective is something that must be seen in person to truly appreciate.”

 Meet the artist at a free opening reception on Saturday, February 2, 2019 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Debra’s work will be on view, and available for purchase, from February 1 through 28.

 Says Debra, "As a self-taught photographer from New Jersey, from the time I picked up my first Kodak Instamatic camera, I have enjoyed capturing moments in time. It truly turned into a life’s passion when I acquired a Minolta SRT-101 at the tender age of 18. My photographic work runs the gamut of photojournalism through fine art photography and has been displayed as a resident gallery artist, used in publishing as well as being featured in regional juried art shows. Some of my work has appeared in Travel & Leisure, Pennsylvania Magazine, and as a contributing artist for Arcangel images, my work has graced book covers and has been utilized for media in both the U.S. and Europe. Through my photography I strive to capture an image  that hopefully will bring to mind a pleasant remembrance long forgotten, or elicit a mood, as well as to offer you a glimpse of the ordinary to view its simple beauty that is often overlooked. My portfolio is diverse with glimpses of the somewhat unusual to the bucolic countryside."

Artist of the Month exhibition: Adrian Collazo

Gallery on Main's "Artist of the Month" series continues with an exhibition of paintings, photography, and mixed-media pieces by Bound Brook, New Jersey-based artist Adrian Collazo, on view January 2 through 30. Admission is free, and the artist’s works are available for purchase. 

Meet the artist at a free opening reception on Saturday, January 5, 2019 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Born in Somerville and raised in Bound Brook, Collazo credits his grandfather with being his first inspiration for art. “Whenever he came to visit from Puerto Rico I would watch him paint,” says Collazo. “While painting he would share his vision, his strong faith and his great sense of humor. Many times I would ask him to draw characters I liked on paper and I would always be so amazed at his ‘superpowers’.”

Collazo describes his youth and young adulthood as a difficult time, marked by self-doubt and fear of failure. “Growing up, the world looked very different to me. I didn't speak much, socialize with others or sign up for any extracurricular activities. Every day was a challenge to stay focused throughout my school years. I drew a lot…and I daydreamed about being a successful artist, doing what I love most and making a living out of it.” 

At age 14 he got into graphic design and digital photo editing, then after graduating from high school he began studying visual communications at Katherine Gibbs Institute and later started photography, which he viewed as a hobby. But for a number of years, he says, “All of my ambition burning within was extinguished by fear. Fear of not being ‘accepted,’ fear of being ‘judged,’ fear of not being ‘good enough.’ I became my own worst enemy.”

In 2015, another artist in his family inspired him further: His cousin Jerome Gonzalez, who invited Collazo to watch him learn graffiti art at Terracycle in Trenton. “I took many photos of (Jerome) and others and was so amazed. His art and everyone else's were so inspiring to witness. He commissioned me to do some photography and videography for his book Pothole. I purchased a few cans of spray paint and started some canvas art. My love for art started building up as I painted more and did some more research on Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Vincent van Gogh and Henri Matisse. I picked a brush back up and found myself in early 2017 knowing this is what I was meant to do. Jerome gave me the strength and inspiration I needed to not only to be myself but to also establish something positive for my daughters.”

Sadly, during a 7-month period Collazo’s father passed away, he lost a job he had for 8 years, Jerome passed away, and he lost a woman he loved. He said, “Depression once again ruled my world, but this time I had a weapon that worked. Art became a necessity to get through rough times. The pain became more bearable since I was able to express myself…My goal is to always be a positive influence to others and inspire. Believe in yourself and push through all adversity.”

Artist of the Month exhibition: Louise Reeves

December 1 through 31, 2018

Gallery on Main's "Artist of the Month" series continues with an exhibition of photographs by North Brunswick, New Jersey-based artist Louise Reeves, on view December 1 through 31. Admission is free, and the artist’s works are available for purchase.

Meet the artist at a free opening reception on Saturday, December 8 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

An award-winning photographer whose work has been exhibited in galleries throughout New Jersey, Louise’s subjects of choice cover the various landscapes, architecture and rural vistas of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Tennessee, as well as classic cars and motorcycles. Her photography has been featured three times on Ovation TV as promotional commercials for the channel, including as the winner of their Art is Everywhere Initiative.

Says Louise, “I’ve been an artist since childhood and always imagined I would make my career as such. But as the saying goes, life is what happens when you’ve made other plans. After several dead-end jobs, I went back to school for Visual Communications (graphic design, etc.) and that is when I renewed my passion. I worked for a portrait studio as a designer and retoucher, and in my spare time I took pictures. Lots and lots of pictures.”

She continued, “My design and retouching skills came into play in a big way and I began experimenting with different software and various approaches to transform my photographs. The results have paid off. My artist’s statement is simple: I shoot (photos of) things then I make them pretty.”

Louise’s work has been recognized with several awards, solo shows in East Brunswick and North Brunswick, participation in many galleries, a front-page story in Bordentown’s weekly newspaper, the Current. Known as the “Door Lady,” she has done popular door collage prints for Bordentown, Lambertville, Highland Park, Metuchen and Burlington. 

Shop Gallery on Main online at Etsy and Chairish sites

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All of your favorite Downtown Somerville stores and restaurants offer incredible opportunities to shop from the comfort of your home, or in between those pesky meetings at work... Look out for special deals, and best of all — support small local businesses!

You can shop Gallery on Main 24/7 through our Etsy site, where you’ll find a variety of very cool vintage items. Also, we now offer selected pieces of furniture on Chairish, the leading online marketplace for design lovers to buy and sell chic vintage decor, furniture and art. (For example this gorgeous 1930s Art Deco tall chest with drawers — check out the beautiful grain on it!)

Once an item sells, Chairish orchestrates shipping the item from the seller to the buyer. You can pick your purchase up in person here at Gallery on Main if you like, or you can opt to have Chairish do the heavy lifting (literally) if you need it (and most folks do).

For more on Cyber Monday in Downtown Somerville, click here.