Verde Art Gallery in Kingston to host a ‘quiet’ exhibitArtist Joe Kazimierczyk will hold ‘meet and greet’ Sunday
BY SAM SLAUGHTER
To local artist Joe Kazimierczyk, there is nothing sweeter than home, sweet home.
Starting Feb. 27, local residents and all those who appreciate art will be able to see just how sweet it is, when Kazimierczyk’s landscape paintings will be on display at the Verde Art Gallery in Kingston.
“Painterly Poetry of Quiet Places” will showcase a wide selection of Kazimierczyk’s work, which focuses on the local area, according to gallery spokesperson Nicole Robinson.
Residing in the Sourlands Mountains near Neshanic Station, Kazimierczyk rides his bike to access, observe and then paint onsite — or en plein air — the local landscapes of Hunterdon, Mercer and Somerset counties in New Jersey as well as Bucks County in Pennsylvania.
“The wonderful thing about Joe’s work is that it’s scenes in central New Jersey that we see day after day,” Robinson said.
Robinson said that many of Kazimierczyk’s works are around 11 inches by 14 inches, since he needs to be able to transport all of the materials — the paint, brushes, canvas and his painting box — with him on his bike.
“Any larger canvas he does,” Robinson said, “he makes sure he knows where he’s going to go and takes his larger setup.”
“He chooses his spot by the lighting, by the landscape and by the weather, and then he’ll return to the spot and paint it,” which is what makes Kazimierczyk’s paintings so special, Robinson explained. “As the light changes, you can almost see it on the canvas. Maybe it takes him a few minutes to get it down, and by then the light’s shifted. You really see that.”
A painter for over 25 years, Kazimierczyk has had numerous gallery showings and has won a variety of awards for his work. Most recently, he received “Best in Show” in 2009 and 2010 at the Hillsborough Cultural Arts Commission shows.
Kazimierczyk’s work is part of the permanent collections of the Mercer County Cultural & Heritage Commission and the New Jersey Department of Human Services. He is also a member of the Lambertvillebased The Artists’ Gallery co-operative.
The Verde Art Gallery will host Kazimierczyk’s work Feb. 27 to March 30. A reception with Kazimierczyk will be held 3-5 p.m. Feb. 27. The gallery is located at 4492 Route 27 in Kingston, next to Eno Terra’s restaurant.
This summer, the gallery will be showing two juried shows, one open to all artists and one for the Princeton Photography Club, Robinson said.
The Verde Art Gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and by appointment.
For more information, call Robinson at 347-249-9387.