Sidetracks Art Gallery proudly announces its Eighth 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 6, 2014 and extending through October 25, 2014.  On that 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 for the safety of the opening night crowd, and to provide space for outdoor refreshments and conversation.  As in the past few years, 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.


Headlining Naked in New Hope this year is the work of three principal artists: sculptor Adam Capone from Lambertville, New Jersey; painter Steven Frim from Ridgefield, New Jersey; and ceramicist Marsha Karagheusian from Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky.


Ninety-seven other artists will participate – twenty Sidetracks Resident Gallery Artists, as well as guest artists both from Bucks County and from other parts of the nation.  In addition to Capone and Karagheusian, 44 artists are showing at Sidetracks for the first time this year.


A stellar sculpture collection – in marble, limestone, stainless steel, bronze, copper, mosaic, terra cotta, stoneware, ceramic, polyclay, beadwork, rubber and wood – will be on display.  Other media on view at Naked in New Hope will range from oil and acrylic to pastel and watercolor, charcoal to pen-and-ink and pencil, photography to etchings, collage to embossed paper, woodcut to linoleum cut, hand-stitchery to glass, and egg tempera to that old-time favorite – mixed media.                        .


Sculptor Adam Capone will be introduced as a Resident Gallery Artist with his own one-man show at Sidetracks in the Spring of 2015 – further information to follow. A preview of his work debuts in the current show – his salvaged-wood sculpture, White Queen.


Adam has been a strong addition to the artistic community of New Hope and Lamberville over the past decade.  Recently Doylestown’s  The Intelligencer ran an excellent article by Gwen Shrift  – A sculptor reclaims wood in the service of mythic themes – summing up Adam’s approach to his materials, his themes and the resulting artworks. White Queen was among the accompanying illustrations. 


As that article reports, Adam explains that he draws with pieces of wood.  Composition kind of sets up an expectation of pattern, then I disrupt that pattern.  His disruption is both serious and playful, the artwork both startling and fun.


The work of Steven Frim has graced the walls of Naked in New Hope for most of its seven previous incarnations.  A well-known artist and art-director, Steven for many years coordinated the weekly Gay Men’s Male Figure Drawing Group in Manhattan.  His sensitive watercolors and pen and ink drawings are contour drawings from life, with stippling imagination applied.


This year Sidetracks is featuring a suite of six 2014 pen and ink drawings  – the Snail Series – in addition to two larger works.  Yes the snail’s trail is slimy, but Steven senses mostly the beauty of the architecture and design of its shell.  And, as he states, the snail is always in, always “at home” within the shell’s confines.


While Steven recently retired from his long-time service as art director for Pearson Publications, he keeps busy with art, his work most recently displayed in the 2014 Ridgefield Association Member exhibition.


Drawing has been his passion from his earliest years as a student at the Ridgefield Association, followed up by private instruction and academic instruction as an illustrator, his work later appearing on the covers of magazines, such as Screw.  His work is now in the collection of the Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art as well as in many private collections.


Ceramacist Marsha Karagheusian is soon to lose the prized summer freedom of her Kentucky studio as she prepares to return to academia as a full professor in the Department of Art at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.  In her absence Sidetracks is proud to display her most recent bas-relief works in Ceramic Earthenware. 


Marsha has returned to teaching after a 10-year stint as Department Chair.  An MFA graduate of Arizona State University, her work appears in the latest 2014 Lark publication, 500 Figures in Clay. 


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, Elizabeth Miller McCue of Yardley, Sean Turrell of Mt. Pocono and Larry Wood of Wyalusing (NiNH featured artist in 2012); From New Jersey: André Gomes of Hillside, Tai Lin of Linden and Gary Bykowsky of Roebling (NiNH featured artist in 2010); From New York: Charles Devigne, Jane Henry and Patrick Webb (NiNH featured artist in 2013) of Manhattan, Gay Malin of Delmar (NiNH featured artist in 2013), and McWillie Chambers of Catskill (NiNH featured artist in 2007); From Ohio, Campbell G. Paxton of Mentor; From Colorado, G Thornton Hunter of Denver; From Florida, Tyrus Clutter of Ocala; From Massachusetts, husband and wife Robert Henry (NiNH featured artist in 2008) and Selina Trieff, parents of Jane Henry, from Wellfleet: and the estate of the late Norma Holt.


Local Guest Artists from Pennsylvania include: Judeth Pekala Hawkins of Airville; Anthony Ortiz of Carversville; Wayne Hibschman and Dalissa McEwen-Reeder of Chalfont; William Earle of Coatesville; Robin Crowley and Oz Freedgood of Doylestown; Martha Markovich of Eagleville; Will Hübscher of Easton; Helena Domenic of Exton; Charlene Rendeiro of Fallsington; Dave Hoke of Furlong; Joan McAvoy Austin of Glenrock; Frank Burd of Glenside; Kelly Vetter of Hillsboro; Warren Keyser and Phillip McLaughlin of Jamison; Krzysztof J. Bratun of Lansdowne; Hally Abbot, Christiane Casella, Donna Lillo, Jim McGinniss, G. F. Morgan, Edward Wright and Barbara Zietchick of New Hope; Dan Comisky of Newtown; Reed Mitchell of Perkasie; J. C. Turner of Pipersville; Hanna Aufschauer, Gerard DiFalco, HannMartha Knox, Bill Myers, Sherman Oberson and Alison Parisi of Philadelphia; Ron Bevilaqua of Quakertown; Joseph Sears of Richboro; and Michael V. Pascucci of Yardley.


From New Jersey: Dan Rosa of Annandale; Arturo Moreno of Bernardsville; Bill Wolak of Bogota, Lina Hsaio of Branchburg; Sean Carney of Ewing; Laura J. Spector of Hillsborough; Dorothy Fine, Cara London and husband and wife Ronald MacKinnon and Christina S. MacKinnon of Flemington; Ro-z Esposito of Frenchtown; Cathy Begg, husband and wife Harry Gordon and Wendy Gordon, Ramón Robledo (NiNH featured artist in 2011) and Dana Stewart of Lambertville; SL Baker of Lawrenceville; Elizabeth Sowell-Zak of Lincroft; Steve Flom of Maple Shade; Steve Smith of Pennington; Richard Stabbert of Red Bank; Guy Ciarcia of Ringoes; Luis Alves of South Orange; Pat Feeney Murrell of South Plainfield; Howard Berelson of Teaneck; Candace Brearly of Trenton; Abby Violet of Washington Township; Amy Frankel of West Windsor; Rhoda Yanow of Whitehouse Station; and Maxine King of Woodbridge.


From New York: Dan McCormack of Accord; J. Oyer Tomas and Carolyn Weltman of Manhattan; Anita Cimino of Staten Island; and Ray Felix of Troy.


Additional Guest Artists include: from Connecticut, Gina Ryan of Fairfield and David Schulz of Middletown; from Delaware, Sarah Baptist of Wilmington; from Texas, Thomas Murray of Edinburg; and the estate of Peter Belmont Jr.


From 2007 now through 2014, Naked in New Hope has been privileged to exhibit the artworks of 361 individual artists.


Sidetracks’ special thanks go to Christine Ramirez, director of The “A” Space Gallery and to the late Paul Beckwith for their wholehearted support.