HIGHLAND PARK – Evan Brownstein, the owner of B. Beamesderfer Gallery, will celebrate his renovated framing gallery and showroom by showing Robert Moylan’s artwork.
Brownstein, who has owned the Highland Park showroom since 1989, recently renovated the studio and expanded the space from 800 to 1,200 square feet.
“We opened up the gallery and knocked down walls. It’s a newly developed space,” said Brownstein. “We needed more space for a larger selection of molding and art work. This allows us to do more, be more efficient and to work on larger projects.”
B. Beamesderfer Gallery, named for Brooke Beamesderfer, a founding member of the gallery, was once a garage that was attached to a commercial building. Brownstein first renovated the space at 6 N. Second Ave. in 1989 to transform it into an art and frame studio. The latest renovation started about three years ago.
“Evan always does an extraordinary job and we’re pleased to see him thriving. It was particularly satisfying to watch the evolution of this space,” said James McCrone, executive director of Main Street Highland Park, which promotes the businesses along Raritan Avenue in the borough. “This space used to be a garage, but you feel like you’re in a gallery in Chelsea (NY). He has a really good eye.”
While Brownstein said B. Beamesderfer is known for its custom, hand-finished moldings and frames, he hopes the new space will increase the visibility of artists.
“We’ve had nice exhibits for years. Artists hear about us through other artists and sometimes we recruit artists. We’ve had local and regional artists, but also some from as far as Seattle and California,” Brownstein said.
Artist Robert Moylan is from upstate New York and his work will be on exhibit from Nov. 18 to Jan. 15, 2011. Brownstein will host a reception for Moylan from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 18. The event is free and open to the public.
Moylan’s landscapes are brightly colored celebrations of the rural beauty of Renesselaer and Washington counties in New York. In the tradition of the Hudson River School, luminous sunsets and dramatic skies ride above farmhouses, barns, silos and fields that serve as reminders of the human existence within these natural settings. Painstakingly rendered with intricate detail, Moylan’s pieces convey a view that is both cast and expansive.
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