Lucie Maragni states: “I have been an artist for over 40 years. As long as I can remember, I have always had a passion to create art. I have exhibited my work from New Jersey, New York, Washington DC, to Atlanta, Ga. Primarily, I create paintings or sculptures. My paintings are usually representational, boarding on semi impressionist or realistic work. My sculptures are more abstract. Art is the joy of my life. I hope the viewers will feel this and also that they will understand how this creative streak is passed on to the next generation.”
“This creative trait in the Maragni family is now exemplified by my nephew, Michael Maragni. He also has a love for the visual arts. Throughout his school years, he immersed himself in drawings and watercolors. His portfolio was exceptional – so much so that he was accepted into the renowned art school of Pratt Institute in Brooklyn of which I am an alumna. Michael intends on going into the digital field, for which he is now majoring in animation. This is something I think is a natural progression for him in the visual arts.
I hope viewers will come to realize that this show is an example of two generations which have united to celebrate the passion and beauty of visual art. Please enjoy!!”
All Shook Up
Back in the days before social media, people, especially teenagers, gathered in places called “Soda Fountains”. There you could have plain soda like a Coke, or a mixed one called an “egg cream” which really didn’t have any eggs and the ingredients I can’t remember. (yes, I’m old enough to recall the 50’s!). Adults would gather for lunches at the local “diner” of which there are only a few left standing today. Sandwiches and big platters of scrambled eggs with home fries were on the menu. And each booth or table had a small device that allowed you to select a song from the diner’s jukebox (for 25 cents!)
Joes Soda Fountain
Donald B David, in his 20 oil paintings has captured this now gone iconic Americana. Soda fountains, old gas pumps, diner fronts, old neon signs, all this comprises an exhibit not to be missed. If you lived through the 40s, 50’s and 60’s it will be a trip back in time. If you are younger, see what your parent’s and grandparent’s generation had as a part of their daily lives.
As Donald says, “In preserving the majesty of the past, I endow each moment with light and atmosphere, capturing the essence of a bygone culture and the lives that have graced it.” These gems are a part of our cultural history and Donald has made certain they will continue to exist in all their antique splendor, if only on canvas!
David’s gorgeous oil paintings focus on representational scenes of fading icons in urban and suburban America, many of them familiar to those in Union County, NJ. By capturing these rich and vivid memories, he is endowing each moment with light and atmosphere, capturing the essence of a bygone culture and the lives that have graced it.
Donald B. David’s encounter with the arts began with a pencil and pad in early childhood, which led him to discovering oil paint. His experimentations with rich tones launched a lifelong journey with the medium. “I find the process of oil paint and brush alluring in and of itself,” explains David. “And going out to find the vanishing subject matter with the heartfelt stories of the people attached to this Americana is very moving and profound. It is my responsibility as a painter to visually represent them to the best of my ability.”
Stop by the gallery on Sat March 5, 2016 from 10:00AM – Noon to meet and chat with Donald.