April 3, 2019

“Mélange” Exhibit at East Amwell Museum

“SUMMIT”: This painting by Florence Moonan is featured in “Mélange,” her exhibit at the East Amwell Museum April 6 through May 12. An artist reception is Friday, April 12, 7 to 9 p.m.

Contemporary artist Florence Moonan will be mixing things up for her solo exhibition at the newly-dedicated East Amwell Museum. “Mélange,” a medley of art, will run from April 6 through May 12, with a free public reception with the artist on Friday, April 12 from 7-9 p.m.

Moonan says an expressive language felt deep inside her directs her work as an artist. Its song is aroused by family memories, the natural world, her travel experiences, and vivid recollections of performing in St. John Terrell’s Lambertville Music Circus, a cultural attraction in Hunterdon County from 1949 to 1970. Her love of performing merged into painting in adulthood after her father gave her a set of acrylics and told her to paint.

“Mélange” will include tactile venetian plaster paintings, charcoal drawings capturing the essence of nature, and a medley of upcycled LP records. Some discs have the appearance of ancient artifacts and others suggest connections to the song tracks beneath the newly painted surface. Her paintings evoke a range of moods from playful to mysterious. The viewer need only bring his imagination.

The East Amwell Museum opened last September. Located at 1053 Old York Road in East Amwell, has been restored and decorated to reflect the building during the period 1880-1920. It fronts Marion F. Clawson Memorial Park. The new home of the East Amwell Historical Society, the museum in the former Clawson House features several furnished rooms and provides two exhibition rooms.

The East Amwell Museum is open Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. For more information, call (908) 237-3303 or email eahsmuseum2018@gmail.com.