“There are Places I Remember”

Plainsboro Public Library, April, 2016 — This April, the Gallery at Plainsboro Public Library will present “There are Places I Remember”, an exhibit of vibrant oil paintings by East Windsor artist Maxine Shore. A reception will be held on Sunday, April 10, from 2 to 4 pm. The exhibit runs April 2 – 27, 2016.

Ms. Shore’s style is reminiscent of the Fauvists, such as Matisse and Derain, who used strong, pure color and bold brush work to convey emotion. Her landscapes tend toward the abstract, and capture the texture, light and brilliant colors of various picturesque locales. The viewer is thus invited to visit the coastlines of Monterey, California (“Big Sur”) and the Italian Riviera (“Cinque Terre”). Other “Places” depicted include Cape Cod, Central Park in New York, and Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

“Holding onto the memory of a special place, in a particular time, is why I paint. Painting a familiar scene resonates with me as it brings to mind wonderful memories. But I am also inspired to paint unfamiliar settings because I’m dazzled by colors, by light, or by unique feelings I have from being surrounded by unexpected beauty.

Even when a painting is representational there exists an abstract dynamic below the surface. Exploring the interplay of shapes, patterns of lights and darks, and composition all contribute to the final outcome.

So many moments escape our notice because we are caught up in the minutiae of daily life. My purpose in painting is to freeze those fleeting scenes and to invite you to share them with me.”

Originally from New York City, Maxine was educated at Chatham College, Middlebury College, and Parsons School of Design. She has also received training at the Art Students’ League, the School of Visual Arts, and the National Academy in New York. She is a member of the Artists’ Gallery in Lambertville, NJ where her work is displayed year-round. She is also a member of the New York Society of Women Artists and Artsbridge.

After teaching art and French for twenty-five years she is now a full-time painter. Her work hangs in many private and corporate collections. In addition, she has exhibited her work in numerous group and solo shows in New Jersey and New York.

The Plainsboro Library is located at 9 Van Doren Street, Plainsboro, NJ. Hours are 10-8:30 Monday – Thursday, and 10-5 Friday – Sunday.  For more information, call 609-275-2897.


Donna Senopoulos
Plainsboro Public Library

Ken Shore