Birds and Beetles


Birds and Beetles

featuring: Beatrice Bork and Richard Harrington
This show runs from October 7, 2021 until October 31, 2021
Opening Reception: Friday, October 8, 6-8 pm

Birds and Beetles

Artists Beatrice Bork and Richard Harrington are pleased to announce the opening of their joint show, "Birds and Beetles," which runs from Thursday, October 7, to Sunday, October 31. The exhibit features wildlife paintings rendered in watercolor and gouache, and paintings of classic Volkswagen Beetles worked in watercolor, gouache, and acrylic on paper and wood panel.

"Birds and Beetles" will debut with an opening reception to be held on Friday, October 8, from 6 to 8 pm.

Harrington has earned a reputation as an automotive artist, while Bork is well known for her wildlife paintings. Both have been members of Artists' Gallery in Lambertville for more than 10 years, but this is the first time the two have collaborated in a joint exhibition.

"I have always admired Bea's work," says Harrington, "and I thought it might be fun to combine our subject matter in a show like this."

"Like Rich, I've been looking forward to this show ever since we decided to exhibit together," says Bork. "I think Rich and I have similar reactions to our subjects, in that they tell a story and are an expression of the artist."

Particularly well-known for her paintings of birds, Bork is a Signature Member of the prestigious Society of Animal Artists. In preparing for the "Birds and Beetles" exhibit, says Bork, "my mind has been on a more reminiscent and even light-hearted approach to many of the pieces I'll be exhibiting."

"I think in these times, it's more fulfilling to the soul—both to the artist and to the viewer," Bork adds.

Harrington, too, sees the "Birds and Beetles" exhibit as one of joy and playfulness. "It's hard to do a painting of a Volkswagen Beetle that doesn't look happy," he notes.

Harrington's work is inspired by his love of the automobile. "I've always liked the look of the first-generation Volkswagen Beetle, known as the Type 1. They have such a quirky shape and sound, almost as if they have their own individual personalities," he says. "People often ask me what's my favorite vehicle to paint and draw, and I always reply ‘The cars that reflect light well.' The shape of the original VW Beetle definitely does that."