Twenty established fine artists reflecting the contemporary art scene from Frenchtown to Trenton can be seen in the historic Prallsville Grist Mill in Stockton, NJ daily from 1 to 4 p.m. through July 27.
The premiere list of regional artists includes Paul Matthews, Colette Sexton, Pat Martin, Tom Chesar, Myles Cavanaugh, John Schimdtberger, Florence Moonan, Glenn Harren, Gordon Haas, Peter Hunt, Jerry Cable, Alix Bacon, Ty Hodanish, Gail Bracegirdle, Annelies van Dommelen, E.S. Sharp, Robert Lowe, Mare McClellan, Michael Mann, and Trisha Vergis.
The exhibit is inspired by the “Missing Link” exhibit, held in the late 1950’s by artists who came together to call attention to the region’s natural beauty, and the need to preserve, protect and improve river road, New Jersey’s Route 29. Most of the artists of the “Missing Link” exhibit, are now known as the Pennsylvania Impressionists.
There is a $3.00 admission to see the exhibit, which benefits the work of the Delaware River Scenic Byway Management Committee (DRSB).
Today, New Jersey’s Route 29 has been designated as a National Scenic Byway and has the distinction of being New Jersey’s first State Scenic Byway.
Steady progress has been made to protect and preserve the beauty of the region’s natural resources. The Delaware River’s Wild & Scenic River designation and the national designation of the Delaware River Scenic Byway (Route 29) continued that progress. However, challenges to the area still remain and have changed to involve larger issues facing our local and national economy. The DRSB Management Committee believes that creating a sustainable economic environment by embracing the regions tradition of visual artists, cultural arts, history and the beauty of the regions natural resources is one of the most powerful ways to protect this Byway.
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