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Blank Canvas Gallery in New Hope unveils abstract art show Saturday

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Work by artist Bob Thomas

Blank Canvas Gallery in New Hope welcomes the work of two distinct abstract artists at the opening of “Hue and Form” on Saturday, Sept. 13 from 5-8 p.m. The work of artists Robert Noonan and Bob Thomas is front and center, with their contrasting styles of abstraction.

Artist Robert Noonan believes that in order for art to be genuine, the artist must work from a core of beliefs. He is inspired by nature’s innate power to heal and teach, and views the natural world as  presenting openings through which the hidden sacredness of the seemingly mundane is revealed.

Noonan attempts to experience and explore these openings in his creations. Working in wood and a homemade paper clay, he builds up forms that can hold a variety of shapes and textures, and then finishes them with oil paint. He was recently featured in the ‘Continuum’ show at New Hope Arts Center.

Texture is the starting point for Bob Thomas from Edgecomb, ME. Thomas starts his canvas by creating textures with acrylic paste and then finishing his pieces with color, which echos his seasonal Maine environment. One of the members of the Stable Gallery in Damariscotta, Maine, Thomas developed his artistic skill late in life and is virtually  self taught.

The event is free and open to the public, with light refreshments available. The show will remain on exhibit through Oct. 25.

Blank Canvas Gallery is located at 19a West Bridge Street in New Hope. For more info, contact Dara Zuckernick at

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