Then & Now

The Artists:
October, 2014

Then & Now

featuring: Patricia Lange and Doug Sardo
This show runs from October 9, 2014 until November 2, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 11, 4-7pm
Closing Reception: Sunday, November 2, 3-6pm
Wine & Design: Sunday, November 2, 3-9pm

Then and Now
THEN...AND NOW: Lambertville's Artists' Gallery Retrospective Features

Sculptor Patricia Lange and Pastel-Artist Doug Sardo

Autumn Leaves and Covered Bridges

Opening Reception with wine and refreshments will be held on Saturday, October 11, from 4-7p.m.; Show runs from October 9 through November 2, 2014

A Sculptor's Alchemy and the Color-Palette of an Impressionist

Émile Zola once famously summed the lifetime work of an artist up in four words: "to live out loud." On October 11th, from 4 to 7 pm Lambertville-based Artists' Gallery invites the public to celebrate a lifetime of evocative works by two celebrated artists, metal sculptor and potter, Patricia Lange and pastel artist, Doug Sardo. This autumn showcase captures decades of study, experimentation and the creative presence of two artists whose collective work has been exhibited and published everywhere from the Metropolitan Museum of Art to Grounds-for Sculpture; from Bristol Myers Squibb to the Museum of Modern Art.

Born in Santiago, Chile and a resident of Hopewell, NJ, sculptor and enamelist Patricia Lange--a former accountant who sees parallels in exactitude in her enamel work, spent many years moonlighting as a metal sculptor--as well as a committed teacher who instructed blind students at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Lange has worked with almost every material imaginable, metal scraps and found materials, as well as wall-sized pieces of aluminum, steel, and copper--and her works have been exhibited at the Grounds for Sculpture and purchased by Bristol Myers Squibb. In 2003, she voiced the experimental approach that marked her bold signature style throughout her career no matter the medium. "I'm not afraid to ruin a piece...."

With fearlessness comes spontaneity, and Lange charts an evolving but consistently fresh style throughout the Artists' Gallery exhibit--an ability to make hard metal look as soft as flower-petals and render her clay pieces, ancient and soulful. In this retrospective, Lange collects representative early works in enamel and metallic masterpieces such as "Lovers," and "Midnight Sunset," as well as Lange's more recent deep earth-toned clay sculptures and bowls shaped and shaded into autumn leaves.

For plein-air painter and pastel artist, Bucks-County resident Doug Sardo, whose designs have been published by the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art, color and light blend magically in Delaware-River Valley landscapes—thick trees, covered bridges, watery shadows and layered skies. Inspired by the natural world, Sardo draws from over 300 shades of color and demonstrates the trained eye and palette of an impressionist. Using some of the discoveries made by the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists, Sardo composes paintings filled with evocative color and life.

"Pastel has become my medium of choice. I'm attracted to the dramatic layers of colors and the vibrant luminescence that can be achieved by pastels," says Sardo, whose paintings are crafted without tools. "When I work I imagine that I am painting the color of the light in the scene, not the actual objects themselves."

The showcase of Then and Now will display both former and current works of Lange and Sardo.

About: Patricia Lange is a sculptor and potter who resides in Hopewell New Jersey. Featured locally and nationally, her pieces have been displayed in a wide range of venues including The Ground for Sculptures in Hamilton, NJ, Bristol-Myers Squibb Gallery, and Johnson & Johnson, to name a few. Discovering a love of pottery and sculpting in her native country, Chile, Lange began exploring art at a very young age. She works mainly with stainless steel and aluminum when creating outdoor sculptures and combines metal and colored enamels when creating three-dimensional wall structures for indoor pieces. When sculpting with clay Lange creates both large hand crafted pieces and usable ware.

About: Doug Sardo is a pastel artist who resides in the Bucks County area. His concepts and designs have been published by the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art. Sardo owned and ran a full service graphic art studio from 1983-2001 in New York, specializing in advertising and product design for non-profit arts organizations. His pastel paintings are crafted without tools, as his pastels are used in a hand held pure pigment stick form. Sardo works with the color palette of an impressionist, applying pastels to a prepared sanded paper. Working with a range of over 300 colors, Sardo captures a more "realistic approach to light and color."