Monday Apr 2, 2018
Monday Apr 30, 2018
For the month of April, the Dennis P. McHugh Piermont Public Library presents Art is Fun: New Work by John VandenOever.
A reception for the artist will be held on Sunday, April 8th, from 2:00 - 4:00 PM. All are welcome.
John VandenOever is a painter, photographer, songwriter, musician, and writer, in addition to his work as pastor of the Reformed Churches in Piermont (30 years) and Nyack (2 years). After a B.A. in music in his native Iowa and an M.Div. from New Brunswick Seminary in New Jersey, he studied painting and drawing at Queens College/CUNY. His work has been shown at numerous galleries and art centers around New York City and in the U.K. and finds its way to his beloved Piermont Library every few years.
VandenOever describes this exhibition as follows, "In recent years, I was occupied with painting still lifes focused on odd arrangements, sometimes with reflective elements, and photographs emphasizing unusual events of light including reflections in windows and puddles. All the while I was piling up junk materials and found objects, bits of stone, kitchen utensils, discarded shutters, cigar boxes, river jetsam, small toys. Late last spring, these materials suddenly seemed to suggest projects which would unite them in ways which made me laugh. As I tackled one piece after another, it became clear that the common thread in them, from large painting to interactive assemblage to tiny sculpture, was that twist of the mind’s expectations which is the heart of humor. I’m glad to say this year of work, together with some earlier pieces that fit the bill, reflect the joy and gratitude I feel most days. Art, like life, is fun."