Then..and Now: The Lambertville Artists’ Gallery retrospective presents the exhibition by sculptor Patricia Lange and pastel artist Doug Sardo “Autumn leaves and covered bridges”.
An opening reception with wine and refreshments will take place on Saturday, October 11 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. the show runs from October 9 to Nov 2.
Émile Zola once summed up a lifetime’s work as an artist in four words: “live aloud”. On October 11, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., the Lambertville Artists Gallery invites the public to celebrate a life of evocative works by two famous artists, the metal sculptor and potter Patricia Lange and the pastel artist Doug Sardo.
This fall showcase captures decades of study, experimentation, and the creative presence of two artists whose collective work has been exhibited and published everywhere from the Metropolitan Museum of Art to Grounds-for Sculpture; by Bristol Myers Squibb at the Museum of Modern Art.
Born in Santiago, Chile and a resident of Hopewell, sculptor and enameller Patricia Lange, a former accountant who sees parallels in the accuracy of her enamel work, spent many years in black as a metal sculptor, as well as a committed teacher who taught blind students at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Lange worked with almost any material imaginable, bits of metal and found materials, as well as wall-sized pieces of aluminum, steel and copper; and his works were exhibited at the Grounds for Sculpture and purchased by Bristol Myers Squibb. In 2003, she expressed the experimental approach that marked her bold signature style throughout her career, regardless of medium. “I’m not afraid to ruin a song …”
With fearlessness comes spontaneity, and Lange traces an evolving but always fresh style throughout the Artists’ Gallery exhibition – an ability to make hard metal as soft as flower petals and to make his pieces feel ‘clay, ancient and moving. In this retrospective, Lange collects the first representative works of enamel and metal masterpieces such as “Lovers” and “Midnight Sunset”, as well as the most recent sculptures and clay bowls in deep earth tones of Lange shaped and shaded in autumn leaves.
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For the plein air painter and pastelist Doug Sardo, a resident of Bucks-County, whose creations have been published by the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art, color and light magically blend in the landscapes of Delaware-River Valley: thick trees, covered bridges, water shadows and overlapping skies. Inspired by the natural world, Sardo draws on more than 300 shades of color and demonstrates the trained eye and palette of an impressionist. Using some of the discoveries made by the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists, Sardo composes paintings full of color and evocative life.
“Pastels have become my favorite medium. I’m drawn to the dramatic layers of color and vibrant luminescence that pastels can achieve, ”says Sardo, whose paintings are done without tools. “When I work, I imagine that I paint the color of the light in the scene, not the objects themselves.”
The Then and Now showcase will feature old and current works by Lange and Sardo.
Hours of operation are Thursday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The closing reception is Sunday, November 2, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The gallery is located at 18, rue Bridge, Lambertville. To learn more, visit LambertvilleArts.com or call 609-397-4588.