Sidetracks Art Gallery proudly announces its Seventh Annual Naked in New Hope exhibition, a major group show celebrating the facts and foibles of the human body; beginning with an Opening Reception on Saturday evening, September 7, 2013 and extending through October 26, 2013.  On Saturday evening, from 6 to 9 PM, as in previous years, the portion of Stockton Avenue directly in front of the Gallery will be closed to traffic during the reception for the safety of the opening night crowd, and to provide space for outdoor refreshments and conversation.  As in 2011 and 2012, there will be two venues on Stockton Avenue: the usual Sidetracks Gallery and The “A” Space Gallery on the first floor of New Hope Arts.


Highlighting Naked in New Hope this year is the work of four principal artists: sculptor Gay Malin of Delmar, New York; painter Patrick Webb of Manhattan; painter Thomas Murray of Edinburg, Texas; and Resident Gallery Artist and sculptor Campbell G. Paxton of  Mentor, Ohio (previously featured in 2010).


Eighty-two other artists will participate – thirteen Sidetracks Resident Gallery Artists, as well as guest artists both from Bucks County and from other parts of the nation.  In addition to Malin, Webb and Murray, 38 additional artists are showing at Sidetracks for the first time.


A stellar sculpture collection – in marble, limestone, stainless steel, bronze, copper, terra cotta, stoneware, ceramic and wood – will be on display.  Other media on view at Naked in New Hope will range from oil and acrylic to pastel, charcoal to pen-and-ink and pencil, water-color to photography, collage to embossed paper, etchings to mezzotints, tie-dye to hand-stitched fabric, and egg tempera to mixed media on paper .                       .


Sculptor Gay Malin fashions strong involving works in terra cotta, bronze and stoneware, with cast paper, copperplate, etching and drawing filling out her amazing and abundant oeuvre. 


With her studio just south of Albany and with a career behind her as a New York State Museum specialist, she has concentrated her wit and wisdom in strong “uncertain” narrative sculptures that invite reaction and reward thoughtful reflection.  Four of these works form the centerpiece of her offerings for this year’s Naked in New Hope.


Gay pursued art studies at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, Syracuse University and the University of Oregon in Eugene.   She is represented by the WIT Gallery of Lenox and Hudson Gallery of Provincetown, both in Massachusetts; and is currently exhibiting at the Martinez Gallery in Troy, New York.  She states:


Our senses, although flawed, are the avenue through which we have knowledge of the universe we inhabit and determine how we experience it.


Painter Patrick Webb of Manhattan and the Pratt Institute faculty in Brooklyn is a master of color, structure and surface.  His classic compositions for thirty years now have set the stage for an “uncanny” alter ego (or not) named Punchinello – a “strange clownish figure” with a sexual mask and a seemingly haughty attitude.


Created with the strong influence of Italian late 18th-century Commedia dell-Arte, but influenced by the late 20th-century tragedy of AIDs within the gay community, Webb’s Punchinello has clashed with the changing social, moral and legal circumstances of these past thirty years, choreographed within widely varying pictorial themes and series. 


Over the years, Punchinello has grown, moving from almost doomed observer to almost lively survivor.  He has moved from fruitless cruising to sedate dating, to modest celebration – even in these days to committed marriage.  He now allows himself to be both disarmed and disarming, to move from ensemble to solo acting, mask off – but always within arm’s reach.


Sidetracks is privileged to present a small selection of Webb’s paintings, moments as it were out of time, where the balance of opposites intersect in emotion and in paint, somewhat out of thematic and serial context, but powerful and compelling in their own uniqueness.


After many years with Julie Heller Gallery Patrick is currently represented by Rice-Polak Gallery in Provincetown and by The Painting Center in New York, where a new show, Love’s Progress, can be seen from September 3-28, 2013.


“Patterns, layering, plants and fig ration,” not necessarily in that order, mark the startling and intricate large paintings of Thomas Murray.  Vivid color and space intertwined transform his subjects where they intersect.  His works are as it were a species of garden, overgrown and earthy to a personal point of order.  One layer is a masque for others, with mystery hiding to be discovered by the viewer.


Sidetracks is pleased to exhibit four of this Texas painter’s artworks.  While widely shown in the South, particularly in Texas, Florida and New Mexico, he has been seen in the North only occasionally in New York City, Boston, Wisconsin and New Jersey, with international exposure in The Netherlands..


Resident Gallery Artist Campbell G. Paxton has a national reputation as a sculptor both in terra cotta and in bronze.  His classic and finely detailed male and female figures are created both in full figure and in high relief.  His titles combine classical scholarship with high wit.  Framed as small plaques or standing on elegant bases, Paxton’s figures exist squarely in the tradition of fine anatomical sculpture.  He writes:


I want to wrest secrets, essential means of expression, from those who came before, and to absorb them so completely that they become an integral part of my own evolving style.  I hope my delight and energy in pursuit of victory are evident and that, though I have created works which are traditional, I have not become merely academic.


Sidetracks Resident Gallery Artists exhibiting in Naked in New Hope include: from Pennsylvania: Aaron Kreydt of New Hope (NINH featured artist in 2010); Richard Gabriele of Langhorne; Robert Steven Koffler of Cheltenham, Yvonne Love of Chalfont,  Elizabeth Miller McCue of Yardley and Larry Wood of Wyalusing (NINH featured artist in 2012); from New Jersey: Tai Lin of Linden and Gary Bykowsky of Roebling (NINH featured artist in 2010); from New York: Jane Henry and Charles Devigne of Manhattan and McWillie Chambers of Catskill (NINH featured artist in 2007);.from Portland, Oregon, G Thornton Hunter; and from Wellfleet, Massachusetts, Robert Henry (NINH featured artist in 2008), father of Jane Henry.


Local Guest Artists from Pennsylvania include: Stephen Burndick of Brookhaven; Anthony Ortiz of Carversville; David Sommers of Center Valley; Charles Hanson of Easton; Richard N. Jacobson of Exton; Frank Burd of Glenside; Warren Keyser and Phillip McLaughlin of Jamison; Robin Crowley, David Gilleece, John Huber and Marie Lukomski  of Doylestown; Joe Trovato of Effort; Norman F. Simms of Fairless Hills; Dave Hoke of Furlong; Krzysztof J. Bratun and Thelma McCarthy of Lansdowne; Ray Mansfield of Morrisville; Hally Abbot, Brant and Melissa Bayer, Normandy Glack, Daniel T Gramkee, Lisa Rosen Orrell and Barbara Zietchick of New Hope; Charles Pellegrino of Newtown; George Gospodinov, Martha Knox, Kelly A. Kozma and Daniel Wilder  of Philadelphia; Jeanne Trivellini of Pineville; Linda Rohne of Pipersville; Sean Turrell of Pocono; Ron Bevilaqua of Quakertown; Joseph Sears of Richboro; J.A. Panetta and Peter Smyth of Upper Darby; and Sherry McVickar of West Chester.


From New Jersey: Bill Wolak of Bogota, Bonnie Shanas of Cherry Hill; Kevan Lunney of East Brunswick; Dorothy Fine, Cara London, Carol Magnatta  and Helen Lee Meyers of Flemington; Ro-Z Esposito of Frenchtown; Cathy Begg, Bill Jersey, Helen Laesker, Ramón Robledo (NINH featured artist in 2011), Dana Stewart and Annelies van Dommelen of Lambertville; SL Baker of Lawrenceville; Steve Flow of Mapleshade; Laura J. Spector of Piscataway; Steven Frim of Ridgefield; Luis Alves Collage of South Orange; Pat Feeney Murrell of South Plainfield;  Martin Blender of Southampton; Holly Lehmann of Stillman; and Jack D. McGovern of Voorhees.


From New York: Emily Barnett and Manuel Macarrulla of Carle Place: and Carolyn Weltman of New York City.


Additional Guest Artists include: from Florida, Tyrus Clutter of Ocala; from Maryland, Louis Borgenicht of Baltimore; from Massachusetts, Gordon Nebeker of Boston and Heather Blume of Harwichport (NINH featured artist in 2011); from New Hampshire, Ralf Feyl (NINH featured artist in 2009) of Portsmith; and from South Carolina, Martha Manco of Tega Cay.


From 2007 now through 2013, Naked in New Hope has been privileged to exhibit the artworks of 315 individual artists.


Sidetracks Art Gallery would like to dedicate this Seventh annual Naked in New Hope exhibition first to the memory of Norma Holt, photographer and sculptor, of Greenwich Village and Provincetown, who was a Resident Gallery Artist since the first year of our existence in 2008, and who died at age 94 in New York City July 12, 2013; and second to the memory of Lee Musselman, found-object sculptor and activist, of Hudson, New York, and also Provincetown, who began to exhibit as a Resident Guest Artist only this past March and who died at age 55 in Michigan July 25, 2013.  They will be truly missed in New Hope.


Sidetracks’ special thanks go to Christine Ramirez of The “A” Space Gallery and to Paul Beckwith of New Hope Arts’ Board of Directors.