Upcoming Hunterdon Art Museum Exhibition Richard Wengenroth: Water to Paper Opens at HAM

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What better place for an art exhibition about water than at a Museum on the banks of a river?

The Hunterdon Art Museum welcomes Richard Wengenroth: Water to Paper beginning Sunday, May 21 with an opening reception from 2 to 4 p.m. There will be an artist talk and refreshments; everyone is welcome.

The exhibition will focus specifically on rivers Wengenroth painted in Sussex County, New Jersey.

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Wengenroth holds a special connection with this section of New Jersey. Before joining the military, he enjoyed idyllic summer days in a simple wooden cottage built by his German immigrant grandfather on Culver’s Lake in Frankford Township. Years later, work brought him to Manhattan, but he never forgot that rural oasis in northwestern New Jersey. He returned to Culver’s Lake and found a rare century-old farmhouse which he purchased as a vacation home. A long-neglected barn was converted to an attractive light-filled studio.

“Weather permitting, it was my practice to work en plein air at one of a group of familiar sites in the area,” Wengenroth noted. “During winter months, ink wash drawings and color studies were developed into large-scale paintings. I have described these painting, not as transcriptions of nature, but interpretive responses which incorporate both abstract and metaphorical concerns.”

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Wengenroth is an accomplished artist who has been painting and exhibiting for more than 50 years. He has won numerous awards, and his work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in the United States, France and Germany. His art is represented in more than 100 public and private collections.

“There is a special connection because of the Museum’s location on the banks of the South Branch of the Raritan, but certainly anyone who enjoys nature and who appreciates painting will want to see his work,” said Marjorie Frankel-Nathanson, executive director of the Museum, who is curating the show along with Ellen Siegel.

“Richard makes beautiful paintings that combine realism and abstraction,” Nathanson added. “We are very excited to be introducing our audience to his work.”

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Wengenroth has had a storied academic career. He has taught drawing, painting and art history, did organizational work and program development at Ohio Wesleyan University, University of Kentucky and City University of New York.

GENERAL INFORMATION FOR THE PUBLIC

The Museum is at 7 Lower Center St. in Clinton, New Jersey, 08809. Our website is www.hunterdonartmuseum.org and our telephone number is 908-735-8415. Hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 11 am – 5 pm and suggested admission is $5.

ABOUT THE HUNTERDON ART MUSEUM

The Hunterdon Art Museum presents changing exhibitions of contemporary art, craft and design in a 19th century stone mill that is on the National Register of Historic Places.  Founded in 1952, the Museum is a landmark regional art center showcasing works by established and emerging contemporary artists. It also offers a dynamic schedule of art classes and workshops for children and adults.

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Programs are made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and by funds from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, New Jersey Cultural Trust, Hunterdon County Cultural & Heritage Commission, Investors Bank, The Large Foundation, The Provident Bank Foundation, and corporations, foundations, and individuals. The Hunterdon Art Museum is a wheelchair accessible space. Publications are available in large print. Patrons who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired may contact the Museum through the New Jersey Relay Service at (TTY) 1 (800) 852-7899