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Art Exhibit Highlights Landscape as a Medium For Ideas At D&R Greenway’s Marie L. Matthews Gallery

Suzanne Dinger, Lake With Fisherman

D&R Greenway Land Trust’s exhibition “Land, Light, Spirit” features artwork that illuminates the connection between person and place, a bond with landscape that is both individual and spiritual: It might be a quality of light, a time of day or season – reasons extend through time, borne out through experience.


Featuring artists Paul Rickert, Eve Ingalls, Suzanne Dinger, Gail Bracegirdle, Nancy Long and Ernest Schwiebert, the exhibit is on view Sunday December 4 through March 10, 2023 at the Marie L. Matthews Gallery at D&R Greenway’s Johnson Education Center, One Preservation Place, Princeton. Gallery hours are 10 am-3 pm weekdays.


The public is invited to a holiday art reception December 4 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm where guests can meet the artists. At 4:00 pm, author Arthur Cola will share some interesting facts he uncovered while researching and writing his new novel, “Murder at Point Breeze.” Following his talk, celebrated poets Lois Marie Harrod, Maxine Susman, Dave Worrell and other surprise guests will present a reading portraying the drama of the book with settings in Bordentown and Princeton, NJ.


Artwork on view includes watercolor, oil and acrylic paintings, sculpture, and embossed archival giclee prints.


Artist Paul Rickert preserves moments in time with settings in Cape May, New Jersey and close to his homes near New Hope, Pennsylvania and Stonington, Maine. The historic property in his painting “St. Mary’s” was preserved and reimagined this year as the Cape May Point Science Center.


“Rickert's work is filled with light and his love of the landscapes he paints," says Linda J. Mead, President and CEO of D&R Greenway Land Trust. "I was introduced to this talented artist – who once served as a Vietnam combat artist - by his friend Norm Johanson, who made it his mission to ensure Paul's vast catalog of never-seen paintings would be shared with the public. Paired with Kate Graves as D&R Greenway's guest curator, an artist in her own right, this exhibit will inspire reflection about personal landscapes important to each of us,” says Mead.


Suzanne Dinger, an artist from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, has created a series of studies based on Mantrap Lake in Minnesota, so named because "its many bays and peninsulas entrapped and baffled travelers in their endeavors to pass by or around it." But for Dinger, the lake is a cherished family hideaway and a place worthy of preservation.


Bucks County plein air artist Gail Bracegirdle captures the effects of direct and reflected light and shadows on her subjects. A member of the Artists’ Gallery in Lambertville and a faculty member of ARTWORKS in Trenton, she inspires groups of artists as they create individual views that reflect different ways of interpreting a single place or landscape.


Eve Ingalls, who paints with acrylics and oils and creates sculptures from various objects, says of her creations: “My work represents the most extreme investigation to date of the state of our environment.” Her sculpture, “Rising Tide,” includes imagery of a beach in Costa Rica related to an artist’s residency that Ingalls visited many times. Ingalls, who works from her studio on preserved land in Hopewell, invites us to contemplate the cause and effect of choices humans make upon our environment.


Prints of Artist Ernest Schwiebert’s trout paintings will be premiered in this exhibit.

Trout Unlimited, an organization dedicated to the conservation of streams and rivers, created the prints in the interest of spreading its message to people across the nation.  The group often partners with D&R Greenway to care for waterways on preserved lands.


Yardley, Pennsylvania artist Nancy Long will show two paintings of Joseph Bonaparte’s estate, a perfect segue for Arthur Cola’s book talk and the dramatic reading of Murder at Point Breeze:


The sixth book of the De Cenza murder mystery series takes you on a whirlwind adventure which begins with a nightmare set in the Colosseum in Rome. Ron De Cenza has finally proposed to Susan Liguri, and they are about to embark on an expedition with their friends back in the United States.


Under the direction of Professor Andrew Pettigrew of Oxford University in Britain, they will seek to prove once and for all whether or not the legendary tale of Joseph Bonaparte is true. Did he, as king of Spain, flee with the crown jewels? Did he create his Point Breeze estate in Bordentown with those stolen jewels? ….  And what happened to those jewels, which to this day, have never been found?


Books are available for purchase, and the author will be on hand to sign books throughout the holiday reception.


“Landscape is a medium for ideas. The true artist, in viewing the landscape, renders it as a living thing. A landscape has got to mean a great deal to anyone before it can be painted in any worthwhile way.” – Robert Henri




D&R Greenway Land Trust is an accredited nonprofit that has reached a new milestone of over 22,000 acres of land preserved throughout central New Jersey since 1989. By protecting land in perpetuity and creating public trails, it gives everyone the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors. The Land Trust’s preserved farms and community gardens provide local organic food for residents of the region—including those most in need. Through strategic land conservation and stewardship, D&R Greenway combats climate change, protects birds and wildlife, and ensures clean drinking water for future generations. D&R Greenway's mission is centered on connecting land with people from all walks of life. https://www.drgreenway.org; info@drgreenway.org. Follow the organization on Facebook and Instagram.

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