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Pennswood Art Gallery Features Exhibit by James Bongartz, Opening Sunday, January 19, 2020

Posted on January 16, 2020 in Uncategorized

Alley Tryp, Acrylic on Canvas, 24 x 30

On Sunday, January 19, an exhibition opens in the Pennswood Art Gallery, 1382 Newtown Langhorne Road, Newtown, PA, featuring paintings by local artist and educator James Bongartz. An Artist Talk will take place in Penn Hall at 2:00 p.m., followed by a wine and cheese reception in the gallery from 3:00 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

Early in his career Bongartz painted realistic Spanish landscapes. Eventually his subject became the city of Philadelphia. The man-made and natural light of dusk and evening intrigued him. Inspired by his photos of Philadelphia streets, he painted acrylic impressions of the images — loosely interpreted in boldly enhanced color.

Recently experimenting with the process of pouring acrylics, he has been creating vividly colored abstract paintings, again referencing his city photographs, this time computer-manipulated — enlarged and cropped.

A native of Pittsburgh, Bongartz earned a B.S. Degree in Art Education at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. After moving to the Philadelphia area in 1989, he began a twenty-two year career as a full time art teacher for a private, special education, K-12 school in Fort Washington, PA. While teaching, he kept a working studio in pursuit of his painting career.

Bongartz is the Director of Education for Artists of Yardley, (AOY) coordinating adult and youth classes and workshops. He also teaches painting classes and youth summer classes. A resident of Morrisville, Bongartz is an active member of ART+10, a Princeton-based artist collaborative and a member of ArtsBridge, Stockton, NJ.

The Pennswood Art Gallery, which has been exhibiting artists for 34 years including such well-known names as Harry Leith Ross, Daniel Garber, and more recently Jon Redmond, Earl B. Lewis, Pat Martin, and William Hogan is a non-profit, fine art gallery located in Pennswood Village. For information about the exhibit and pre-opening artist’s presentation call 215-968-9110.

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Pennswood Village is a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) for people 65 and over. Nestled in the beautiful countryside of Bucks County, PA, Pennswood is a welcoming place of true hospitality that offers many opportunities for physical, intellectual, social and spiritual growth. Find out more at pennswood.org.

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