Joint exhibition “Auto Parts” at the Galerie des artistes de Lambertville


“A WRECK”: This photograph by Alan Klawans is featured in “Car Parts,” his joint exhibition with Richard Harrington, on view July 7-31 at the Artists’ Gallery in Lambertville.

Artists Alan Klawans and Richard Harrington have announced the opening of their joint exhibition, ‘Car Parts’, which will be on view July 7-31 at the Artists’ Gallery, 18 Bridge Street, Lambertville. A vernissage will take place on Saturday July 16 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The exhibit features artists’ interpretation of automobiles and auto parts in photos and paintings.

Harrington has earned a reputation as an automotive artist, while Klawans is well known for his graphic interpretations of themes as varied as fishing, board games and travel. Both have been members of the Galerie des Artistes for more than 15 years, but this is only the second time that they have collaborated on a joint exhibition.

An exhibition focusing on automobiles and the components from which they are assembled was offered for the first time by Klawans.

“Recently, I had taken my car in for body work at a shop in Hatboro, Pennsylvania,” Klawans said. “While waiting to retrieve my car, I wandered around the property and discovered a huge pile of damaged car parts awaiting salvage. I was captivated by the visual appearance of these abandoned parts and I began photographing them, and the result of my ongoing work is my exhibition of digital photographs of these damaged pieces.

“I’ve always admired Alan’s work,” Harrington said, “and thought it might be fun to combine our subjects in a show like this.”

“FUEL INJECTION”: This painting by Richard Harrington is part of “Car Parts,” his joint exhibition with Alan Klawans, on view July 7 through July 31 at the Lambertville Artists’ Gallery. Opening on Saturday July 16 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Like Klawans, Harrington’s work is also inspired by automobiles.

“I’ve always been interested in cars and trucks…well, pretty much anything with an engine,” Harrington said. “I also enjoy the challenge of capturing the reflective surfaces and dynamic perspective of various vehicles in watercolor and gouache. When I saw the images Alan had captured for the show, it inspired me to create a body of work that would compliment them.

The artists’ gallery is open Thursday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, visit lambertvillearts.com.

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