A new exhibit is hung every month
If you are a HAC member and interested in exhibiting your artworks at the Hammonton Library, please contact Gary Moore at his email address for signing up for one of the available months. His email address is GaryRMoore898687@aol.com
2013 -April - Sam Moffa
2013 -May - Peter Ehlinger:
The Hammonton Arts Center 219 Bellevue Avenue is pleased to exhibit the art work of Haddonfield artist, Peter Ehlinger at the Hammonton Branch of the Atlantic County Library System, 451 Egg Harbor Road, Hammonton through out the month of May
Ehlinger is an artist who works in watercolors with pen and ink. He has been exhibiting since the 1960’s with showings in Philadelphia, New Jersey and upstate New York.
The majority of his works are Asian influenced. Unlike Oriental artists, Peter’s works are structured and time-consuming. He uses liberal applications of gold, bronze and copper water-based paint for dramatic backgrounds. His designs are very detailed and bold with color. Subjects range from pottery to geishas to intricate florals, integrated with air, earth and water themes. Peter describes his work as ‘heavy handed’, meaning that there are no simple brush strokes. He uses multiple washes and attempts to disguise the medium. Many of the vase paintings appear as if they were done in oil. Originally an oil painter, Peter tried his first vase in watercolors and achieved a unique result. Since that time he has produced a large number of works for business enterprises and private homes.
The detail is accomplished with pen and ink and then the watercolors are applied. Backgrounds often look like tapestries with flowers peeking through fields of twisted grass and branches. Often the detail is in the foreground, on a ginger jar or kimono. Or they might be presented in an interesting collage.
Peter also has an affection for stained glass works and his portfolio includes some Tiffany inspired subjects. There are storybook themes and Nouveau inspired designs surrounded by dark borders. He combines classical ballet figures with flora to create whimsical flights of imagination.
Peter was active in the art community at Gardner’s Basin in Atlantic City. He maintained a shop there a few years ago where he was able to paint all day and develop some new styles incorporating Asian design with undersea residents. These paintings are especially pleasing to younger fans. His designs and illustrations have won numerous awards and he continues to explore new ways to create “something so beautiful, you can’t resist it.”