FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PEONIES: The Art of James Lahey
J. Cacciola l Gallery W, 35 Mill Street Bernardsville, NJ 07924
Dates: April 30- June 3, 2016
Opening reception: Friday, April 1st 6-8pm
Sometimes an artist’s work and an event of nature combine in a moment of sublime fortune. This moment of art and nature is celebrated in PEONIES: The Art of James Lahey. This exhibition by J. Cacciola l Gallery W cooincides with the first bloom of New Jersey’s peony season. In celebration of this moment of nature and art, J. Cacciola l Gallery W will host two opening receptions. The first, on Saturday, April 30th, 3-5 pm, gallery attendees are invited up the hill to the Peony’s Envy nursery and display garden for a champagne toast, view the nursery’s woodland and tree peonies, and enjoy seven acres of the world’s finest peony collection. The second, Saturday, May 21st, also at 3-5 pm, will coincide with the nursery’s blooming of coral herbaceous peonies.
The natural beauty of peonies is matched by James Lahey’s seductive paintings and photographs of these exquisite blooms. Lahey’s mixed media imagery, paintings, and photographs, several as large as fifty-two inches, capture the peonies’ natural drama and delicacy in equal measure, along with their lush color. Like the flowers themselves, Lahey’s imagery has great “presence,” commanding their space and holding the viewer’s attention. But a mere ex- travagance of presentation is not the viewer’s only reward; Lahey lures us in with extraordinary sensitivity and awareness of the peonies’ structure, their exterior details and internal life force. The flowers seem to breathe not just on their surfaces of canvas or paper, but within their created environment. Lahey often places a single or simple pair of blooms in an environment of bold color, and affords them a monumentality of scale not found in nature, thus marrying natural beauty with the power inherent in human created art. The overall experience is one of grandeur, an awe of nature in unison with the human capacity to
redefine nature and create art.
James Lahey has been honored by the Royal Canadian Academy, and holds memberships on the Acquisitions Committee for the Photography and Draw- ings Department of the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Advisory Board of PEN Canada, and previously served as a member of the Acquisitions Committee for the Prints and Drawings Department of the Art Gallery of Ontario. His work has been exhibited across Canada, the United States, and London. It is with great pride that J. Cacciola l Gallery W presents the work of this esteemed artist.
Please join J. Cacciola l Gallery W and Peony’s Envy for PEONIES: The Art of James Lahey, and two evenings of art and nature, a union of extraordinary beauty. -Ann Aptaker
For additional information, contact John Cacciola, Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212.462.4646