Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The NYC Impressionista finds Art in Jersey! Part 3- The West End Garage cont'd...

Featured Artist #2- Dennis Dowe
 As I continued through the West End Garage in Cape May, NJ, I found some of the coolest utilitarian (usable) art pieces. They were these incredible sculptural candles! 
 I fell in love with this one piece of his, a 3D replication of Gustav Klimt's painting, "The Kiss"! The color and detail of his work was breathtaking. I don't think I could ever make myself light one of these candles. The artistry is incredible.
 As I came to the end of the gallery space, I found a long hallway packed to the rafters with little, sectioned off stores. It held everything from old antiques, jewelery, fashion, even old paintings and artwork dating back to the early 1900s! All in all, you could spend a whole day at the West End Garage and no feel sorry for it. Every corner holds a delightful surprise. Its a vacation experience not to pass up if you find yourself in the Cape May area!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

The NYC Impressionista find Art in Jersey! Part 2 The West End Garage

Walking into the town of Cape May, NJ, you wouldn't expect to find a hip art scene. Pastel houses line the streets, each giving off and air of Victorian gentility. As you get closer the the shore, the smell of salt mellows the atmosphere. Old Mansions turned B&B's, as well as modern hotels and motels, line Beach Avenue. All a guest has to do is cross the street to hit the busting boardwalk. A few yards of Dune grass is all that separates you from the actual beach. Bicyclists, young and old, ride along the walkway at all hours of the day. It's a small, all American town in south Jersey, with a few surprises up its sleeve!

Halfway through our vacation, my friend and I stumbled upon the West End Garage.
Being an artist myself, I couldn't help but be drawn in. Here in New York City, we tend to take for granted all the art that surrounds us. I wanted to see what was going on in the minds of artists outside of the realm of the metropolitan area. What was interesting them? Boy was I surprised!

Featured Artist #1- Linda Pendrak
The work I saw by this artist was inspired by personal scenes and situations, as well as her own take on some Master works, such as Edouard Manet's Un bar aux Folies Bergère. This painting was made around 1882, and was considered a culmination of the artist's work in his time, as well as by art historians today! It was interesting to see how she changed it around. The original piece by Manet is on the left...her interpretation on the right.

Pendrak also makes lovely miniatures, each a unique slice of Cape May to take home with you. When the chocolate fudge and salt water taffy is all gone, the painting will last!
Next post...candle sculptures by Dennis Dowe, another Cape May artist!

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