Momentum at Rest


Momentum at Rest

featuring: Richard Harrington and Laura Rutherford Renner
This show runs from October 5, 2017 until November 5, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 7, 4-8 pm

Momentum at Rest - Laura Rutherford Renner and Richard Harrington
Artists Laura Rutherford Renner and Richard Harrington are pleased to announce the opening of their joint show, "Momentum at Rest" on Thursday, October 5th, at Artists' Gallery, 18 Bridge Street, Lambertville, NJ. The exhibit, which runs through Sunday, November 5th, features watercolor, gouache, acrylic, and oil paintings by the two artists. An Opening Reception with the artists will be held on Saturday, October 7th, from 4 to 8 pm.  

Laura Rutherford Renner, who maintains her studio in Collingswood, NJ, often uses the sights from her hometown and Southern New Jersey as the starting point for her work.

Rutherford Renner finds that the light at different times of the year can make something that may appear as mundane an interesting subject for a painting.

The title of the exhibition, "Momentum at Rest", was initially proposed by Rutherford Renner after sketching her cat, Lulu, dozing in the sun in her studio. "Momentum at Rest is a celebration of reflective light on objects and figures in a defining moment. My inspiration for these painting is light on forms, especially reflected light within shadows. That is something that attracts me to paint a certain scene or subject" says Rutherford Renner. "I also find the reflections of light on water to be especially intriguing, and I enjoy the challenge capturing that effect in my work. I always have a camera and a sketchbook with me, so I can do a sketch and take a photo whenever I'm inspired."

An Occupational Therapist in Brooklawn, New Jersey, Rutherford Renner has been a painter her entire life. She has won many awards in juried competitions in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania, including Third Place in the prestigious 154th Annual Small Oils Exhibition at the Philadelphia Sketch Club. All of her work in this exhibition is executed in oil on wood panels.

Richard Harrington, of Newtown, PA, finds his inspiration for Momentum at Rest in the mid-20th century chromed and finned marvels produced by Detriot automakers. "When Laura approached me with this title, I immediately thought of vehicles that were designed to look fast or powerful even while standing still" says Harrington. " Some of the works in this exhibition of vehicles left sitting in fields I painted plein air, while others of lovingly preserved or restored vehicles were painted from photographs. I enjoy the beauty in their designs and character whether they are rusting and dented, or look as if they had just been sold off the showroom floor."

An Associate Professor of Illustration at Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia, Harrington has worked as an illustrator for more than 30 years. His training and practice are evident in the work he creates.

"Sometimes, people ask me what are my favorite vehicles to paint; I always reply 'Those that reflect light well.' Like Laura, I am interested in capturing the light on the surface and forms of these vehicles, and the surrounding environment. It's just a bonus that the subject may happen to be a 1959 Edsel or a 1963 Chevy Impala. I find the older vehicles more compelling with their sculpted shapes and decorative trim and details."