Published On: Thu, Mar 5th, 2015

Scott Riether photos and Drew Montesano glass spotlighted at ‘A’ Space in New Hope Arts Center

Lambertville night scene by Scott Riether

Lambertville night scene by Scott Riether

Night scenes of New Hope and Lambertville by photographer Scott Riether, along with the fanciful hand-blown glass of Drew Montesano, will be on display at the ‘A’ Space on the first floor of the New Hope Arts Center March 7-29.

An opening reception is scheduled for Saturday, March 7 from 6-8 p.m.

Said Riether of his work, “In 1997, I transitioned from taking conventional snapshots to taking long exposures with a used 1967 Polaroid Land camera I bought on the streets of Philadelphia. Being self-taught and now shooting almost exclusively digital, I have a lot of fun experimenting with light, texture and movement in my adopted locale of the New Hope-Lambertville area.”

Riether said he utilizes a unique finishing touch on his photographs, “treating my photos like canvases and painting over them with a clear protective acrylic coating, mimicking the photo underneath with my brushstrokes.”

“For this reason, I consider my finished works as hybrids between painting and photography,” he added.

Drew Montesano at work

Drew Montesano at work

Sharing the spotlight with Riether’s work will be the hand-blown glass creations of Drew Montesano.

Montesano apprenticed with Master Glassblowers Doug Merritt and Stephen Smarr of Vandermark Merritt Glass Studios in Somerville, NJ. While there, he honed his skills in creating cased floral designs, as well as traditional, colonial reproduction, and art nouveau blown glass.

Montesano is currently developing his own line of hand-blown, decorative-yet-functional art glass, including perfume bottles, ring holders, paperweights, vases, bowls, ornaments, sun catchers, wall hangings and free-form sculpture.

Two unique, yet complementary artists on display this month at the ‘A’ Space, 37 W. Bridge St. at the New Hope Arts Center.

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