“Two Of A Kind”, showing at the Mark Gruber Gallery

NEW PALTZ — “Two Of A Kind”, showing at the Mark Gruber Gallery, features Marlene Wiedenbaum and James Coe. Incredibly accomplished, extraordinarily talented, these two nationally and internationally known painters, although painting in very different styles and media, seem to be “cut from the same cloth”. The exhibition starts on Saturday, September 25th and runs through November 20th. In lieu of an artists’ opening reception please enjoy the show during the gallery’s regular hours.

Both Marlene and Jim, brilliant award-winning artists, feel a deep love of nature. Both are very active in artistic and environmental communities—promoting green space, protecting wildlife habitats, and empowering the artistic experience for themselves and others. Although these two “peas in a pod” greatly reflect each other’s accomplishments, they differ significantly in style and media preference.

Marlene Wiedenbaum paints in soft pastels on sanded paper. Precisely observant and a passionate realist, Marlene looks keenly at her environment to reflect the world she lives in. She demonstrates a sharp understanding of shapes and forms as they manifest themselves in the natural world. She is dedicated to the preservation of the landscape.

James Coe is like minded. However his approach to painting differs vastly. Jim is an insightful oil painter with a passion for birds. His fresh, vigorous brushwork, developed through plein air painting, captures the fleeting light and dynamic conditions of the landscape (along with the fleeting birds!). Plein air painting demands careful observation, practiced visual memory, speed, and instinct. Through his buttery palette and luscious application, he evokes the poetic quality of the landscape—a place characterized by the birds he sees or hears while immersed in the moment.

The Mark Gruber Gallery is located in the New Paltz Plaza, New Paltz, NY 12561 (Tops Supermarket). Gallery hours are: Tuesday-Friday 10-5:30; Saturday 10-5; Sundays and Mondays by chance or appointment. For more information, please contact Mark Gruber at (845) 255-1241 or visit their website at markgrubergallery.com.

MARK GRUBER GALLERY

13 New Paltz Plaza, New Paltz, (845) 255-1241

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