Driving America's Art Scene - Hunterdon County, NJ USA

SFA Gallery

SFA Gallery

Group Exhibition

Schmidtberger Fine Art Gallery is a contemporary art gallery located in Frenchtown, NJ. Founded by painter John Schmidtberger, the gallery showcases mid to late-career artists in a variety of styles. Check back often for openings, pop-up shows and other events! Hours: Wed-Sunday 11-5, by chance, and by appointment.

John Schmidtberger: The key for me is to be passionate and vital in front of the easel during every painting session. I know I’ve done my job well when I’m completely drained and exhausted afterward, unable to even talk. I’m interested in economy. I start with large areas and masses and their relationships on the canvas. Detail is, for the most part, left out or abbreviated, allowing the viewer to engage with the painting, as opposed to the having all the work done for him/her. Gesture and movement are emphasized. Color is heightened, sometimes dramatically. My paintings use a full tonal range, which emphasizes the quality of light. I like my paintings to feel fresh so I don’t do much if any reworking afterward.  I have many artistic influences, but to name a few: Neil Welliver, Fairfield Porter, Lois Dodd, Alice Neel, Louisa Matthiasdottir, Marsden Hartley, Rockwell Kent.

Dick de Groot: (born 1920) has lived in Hunterdon County for the past 45+ years, and has been an artist all his life. Dick was born in Scheveningen, a beach suburb of The Hague in the Netherlands. After the usual schooling that prepared him for the business world he decided to follow his dream of being a painter. He studied for five years at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts and took post-graduate classes in sculpture. In 1959 Dick came to America with his wife Hans and five children. He started painting gigantic faces, foaming glasses of beer and large murals up to eighty feet long for the advertising industry. A year of this was enough and he went out on his own, doing murals and portraits in oil or bronze, always on commission. A long period of involvement in business followed and he kept painting in his spare time, without the pressure of having to make a living at it. Now, in retirement he can do as he pleases and describes his work as follows: “I refuse to paint “sure sellers”, such as the cute, the corny, the romantic, the sentimental, the narrative. My favorite subject is the contemporary American urban scene, which I find exciting and uniquely suited to my taste. I like to use clues that give an illusion of space, or only a suggestion of it around the corner or beyond the hill. The opposites of mass and space, of volumes and voids intrigue me. They are the basis of my compositions. The urban landscape is rich in geometric planes that can be arranged in expressive combinations of color and light-dark values. I want to see each element in my work in harmony with the total. That includes clouds, traffic signs, telephone poles etc. I will change the subject to suit my purpose. Things are moved, added or left out in a process of translating reality into a painted and new reality, that may be subjectively interpreted.”

Corinne Lalin is an artist (painter), art educator, and craftsperson who lives and works in Upper Black Eddy, PA.  A prolific artist, Corinne works in many media, including oil, encaustic, needle-felting, ink, assemblage, and mixed media. She exhibits widely, and has taught in many area colleges. Corinne studied at the University of Pennsylvania with Neil Welliver, earning a BFA in 1986 and MFA degree in 1989 in Painting. She is also a certified K-12 instructor, with a degree from Moravian College. Before that, she earned a BA in Fine Arts and Latin American Studies from Smith College in Northampton, MA. About her work, Corinne says “my paintings reflect my joy in seeing and absorbing the world around me. During the heightened visual experience of painting, I enter a haven where I feel safe to respond emotionally to events in my life. In this way, by focusing on plastic issues such as color, edges, and the rhythm of inner relationships, I transcend my initial perceptual experience and allow other elements, such as symbolic meaning and visual memories, to enter my work. Through the process of painting, I connect with the world around me.”