June 21, 2023

Works by DeFay, Jersey at Artists’ Gallery in Lambertville

“DEEP OCEAN”: This acrylic work by Joseph DeFay is featured in “A World Reimagined,” his dual exhibit with Bill Jersey, on view at the Artists’ Gallery in Lambertville July 6 though August 6.

“A World Reimagined,” a new exhibit of works by Joseph DeFay and Bill Jersey, will be on view at the Artists’ Gallery in Lambertville July 6 through August 6. An opening reception is on Saturday, July 15 from 4 to 7 p.m.

Photographing subjects up close, Joseph DeFay provides the ability to see details that would not ordinarily be noticed. His intention is to compel each viewer to linger with the same vision that he enjoys behind the lens: the interplay between vibrant colors and that special quality of light. DeFay spends a great deal of time with composition, searching for the precise arrangement of the subject. The work allows him to preserve these moments and share these valuable experiences with others.

As a painter, DeFay creates colorful abstract paintings that seek to reconnect with a sense of play and embrace the unexpected. He enjoys working in the abstract expressionist style for its looseness, freedom, and the elements of surprise. He is fascinated by the ways abstraction allows for the individual interpretation by each viewer. Seeing that connection happen is one of the highlights of being an abstract artist.

DeFay is a member of the Photographic Society of Philadelphia and the Plastic Club. His work has been exhibited at Penn Medicine Rittenhouse, the Plastic Club, the Art Alliance, Perkins Center for the Arts, Bucks County Audubon Society, and the Hamilton Township Public Library.

“MORNING LIGHT”: This painting by Bill Jersey is part of “A World Reimagined,” his joint exhibit with Joseph DeFay, on view at the Artists’ Gallery in Lambertville July 6 though August 6. An opening reception is on July 15 from 4 to 7 p.m.

Residing in Hunterdon County, Bill Jersey is surrounded by creeks, forests, fields, and hills — an abundance of scenes he wants to capture or interpret on canvas. Over time his paintings evolved from more realistic scenes of the natural world to more interpreted representations, using dramatic colors to evoke fresh perspectives. As a documentary filmmaker of many years, he learned to catch a moment in time and use it to tell a larger story. That is what he seeks to capture in his paintings.

Jersey has produced and directed award-winning documentary films for network television for over 50 years. Eventually his focus shifted to painting landscapes, and when he turned 91, he became a painter full time. He paints every day in his studio in Lambertville.

Artists’ Gallery is located at 18 Bridge Street, Lambertville. For more information, visit LambertvilleArts.com, call (609) 397-4588, or email contact@lambertvillearts.com.