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Side by Side

Soulmates in Life and Art

August 5 - 27, 2023

    Three couples share their artworks “Side by Side” in Peninsula Gallery’s August exhibition. Showing August 5th to 27th, this collection asks viewers to compare the artistic styles of coupled artists, discovering how a personal connection between two professionals influences their creative output. “Side by Side” includes original paintings from Kristin Blanck and Dan Graziano, Jean Brinton-Jaecks and Harry Jaecks, and Emily Thompson and George Thompson.

 

   “Side by Side” is an exhibition with no specific theme, allowing the partners to decide how to represent their shared vision. Known for her highly detailed still-life paintings, Kristin Blanck’s images feature alcohol bottles that correlate with Dan Graziano’s motion-filled bar scenes. The Brinton-Jaecks both focus on waterways and landscapes. Jean opts to depict scenes across the European countryside and Harry finds inspiration in working docks and boats on the Chesapeake Bay. While the Thompsons' subjects differ from one another, with Emily painting vintage signs and architecture and George's pieces mainly showing landscapes, the pair share a similar painterly style that makes their artwork complimentary. 

 

    Kristin Blanck is a realist painter working with traditional techniques to capture the beauty of the ordinary and elevate it to the inspired. Before becoming a full-time artist, Kristin worked as an award-winning fashion designer for 25 years. Largely self-taught, she paints in a highly detailed style that is influenced by historic and contemporary Dutch artists. Working primarily in oil, Kristin finds voice in minimal compositions and familiar subjects coupled with a strong sense of light and shadow to establish a counterpoint between the classical and contemporary.

 

    Dan Graziano is an award-winning, nationally exhibited artist, whose paintings capture the hidden beauty found in the unexpected places and fleeting moments of everyday life. Incorporating dramatic light, shadow, color, and perspective, his compositions feature a diversity of subjects — from a simple still life to rugged coastlines, active urban life, lively cafes and bars, small rural towns, and forgotten roadside relics. His work has been featured in numerous publications and is in the collections of private and corporate collectors throughout the world. For “Side by Side,” Dan’s exquisite bar scenes perfectly accompany Kristin’s liquor bottle still-lives.

 

     Jean Brinton-Jaecks is a plein air landscape painter, who received an MFA from George Washington University. In 2016 Jean received the Annie Award for Fine Arts from the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County. She was a recipient of the Alfred and Trafford Klots International Program for Artists Residency in Brittany, France. Jean has taught plein air painting on the Amalfi Coast, Sonoma, San Diego, New England, and the Brandywine River Valley. She is a painting instructor for St. John’s College Annapolis, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the US Botanic Garden and Corcoran, and the National Arboretum. 

 

    Harry Lloyd Jaecks produces figure studies, landscapes, and portraits in oil, egg tempera, watercolor, and graphite. His body of work focuses on the people and landscapes of California, coastal New England, his native Chesapeake VA, and rural Piedmont. He has exhibited at various locations around the U.S. including the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Easton Maryland Academy Art Museum, the Washington Society of Landscape Painters Plein Air Exhibitions, and the Baltimore Watercolor Society Mid Atlantic Regional Watercolor Exhibitions. Original works by H.L. Jaecks are represented in corporate and private collections throughout the country. Although they both use watercolor as their primary medium, Harry and Jean’s “Side by Side” pieces showcase their contrasting vision. Jean’s landscapes capture the opulent colors and lush scenery of Europe and Harry’s embrace the brutish environment of working fishermen.

 

    Emily Thompson attended the prestigious High School of Art & Design and earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York. She is a nationally recognized, award-winning artist. Through her painting, she documents the iconic, the disappearing, and the abandoned elements of the American identity. Emily’s pieces are filled with nostalgic architectural design, taking the viewer back in time with vintage signs, classic storefronts, and quaint beach cottages.

 

    George Thompson earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Pratt Institute in New York and studied painting and drawing at The Art Students League. He specializes in landscapes, portraits, and figure painting in a transitional style. His nationally recognized, award-winning work has been exhibited at the Woodmere Museum in Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Sketch Club, and The Trenton City Museum in New Jersey. His paintings are part of the permanent collection at The Art Students League and Doylestown Hospital, as well as collections throughout the United States. While the subjects of Emily and George’s “Side by Side” paintings vary, their shared textural and graphic styles turn everyday scenes into intriguing visual stories.

Kristin Blanck

Artist Kristin Blanck

“Crystal Blue Persuasion” 16” x 20” image 21.5” x 25.5” framed oil $1,000

Artist Kristin Blanck

“A Most Unusual Martini” 10” x 10” image 15.5” x 15.5” framed oil $575

Artist Kristin Blanck

“Pretty in Pink” 18” x 18” image 23.5” x 23.5” framed oil $1,000

Artist Kristin Blanck

“Shaken or Stirred?” 10” x 8” image 15.5” x 13.5” framed oil $500

Artist Kristin Blanck

“Slainte” 15” x 30” image 20.5” x 35.5” framed oil $1,250

Artist Kristin Blanck

“Brunch at the Buena Vista” 12” x 12” image 17.5” x 17.5” framed oil $700

Artist Kristin Blanck

“Dark, Short, and Sweet” 8” x 8” image 13.5” x 13.5” framed oil $425

Dan Graziano

Artist Daniel Graziano

“Blue Moon for Magritte” 18” x 12” image 23.5” x 17.5” framed oil $2,900

Artist Daniel Graziano

“Sapphire Martini” 8” x 8” image 13.5” x 13.5” framed oil $1,000

Artist Daniel Graziano

“Red and Gold” 14” x 11” image 19.5” x 16.5” framed oil $2,200

Artist Daniel Graziano

“Shuckin’ at Pearlz” 12” x 12” image 17.5” x 17.5” framed oil $2,000

Artist Daniel Graziano

“The Barista” 18” x 12” image 23.5” x 17.5” framed oil $2,900

Artist Daniel Graziano

“Three of a Kind” 12” x 16” image 17.5” x 21.5” framed oil $2,800

Artist Daniel Graziano

“In the Pink” 11” x 14” image 16.5” x 19.5” framed oil $2,200

Jean Brinton-Jaecks

Artist Jean Brinton-Jaecks

“Ben Franklin’s Bar” 8” x 16” image 18” x 24” framed oil $1,600

Artist Jean Brinton-Jaecks

“Cassis Harbor” 8” x 11” image 15.5” x 18.5” framed watercolor $780

Artist Jean Brinton-Jaecks

“Saint Paul de Vence Vineyard” 7” x 10” image 14” x 18” framed watercolor $750

Artist Jean Brinton-Jaecks

“La Palette, Left Bank Paris” 9” x 12” image 17” x 19” framed watercolor $780

Artist Jean Brinton-Jaecks

“L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue” 9” x 10” image 17” x 18” framed watercolor $820

Artist Jean Brinton-Jaecks

“Market Day, Cassis France” 11” x 9” image 18” x 16” framed watercolor $780

Artist Jean Brinton-Jaecks

“Breton Lace” 9” x 12” image 17” x 20” framed oil $1,400

Harry Jaecks

Artist Harry Jaecks

“Passing the Buy Boats” 7.5” x 17” image 16” x 25” framed watercolor $2,200

Artist Harry Jaecks

“When Oysters Was Plenty” 9.5” x 14” image 19” x 22” framed watercolor $1,900

Artist Harry Jaecks

“Ice on the River” 18” x 36” image 26” x 44” framed oil $9,500

Artist Harry Jaecks

“Rockfish” 8.5” x 7” image 16” x 14” framed watercolor $1,600 sold

Artist Harry Jaecks

“Lorraine Rose” 14” x 10” image 22” x 17.5” framed watercolor $1,400

Artist Harry Jaecks

“Auld Crow” 13” x 8” image 20” x 15.5” framed watercolor $1,500 sold

Artist Harry Jaecks

“Fogged In” 8.5” x 12” image 16” x 19” framed watercolor $1,400

Emily Thompson

Artist Emily Thompson

“Angler’s” 8” x 8” image 10” x 10” framed oil $850

Artist Emily Thompson

“Evening Cottage, Lewes” 8” x 8” image 10” x 10” framed oil $800

Artist Emily Thompson

“Sea Garden Motel” 6” x 6” image 8” x 8” framed oil $475

Artist Emily Thompson

“Surfside Motel” 6” x 6” image 8” x 8” framed oil $475 sold

Artist Emily Thompson

“Lambertville Light Study” 6” x 6” image 8” x 8” framed oil $475

Artist Emily Thompson

“Lewes Cottage” 8” x 8” image 10” x 10” framed oil $800 sold

Artist Emily Thompson

“The Voyageur Motel” 8” x 8” image 10” x 10” framed oil $850 sold

Artist Emily Thompson

“Gus & Gus, Rehoboth” 8” x 8” image 10” x 10” framed oil $850

Artist Emily Thompson

“Dry Docked” 8” x 8” image 10” x 10” framed oil $800 sold

George Thompson

Artist George Thompson

“Springtime” 12” x 12” image 16” x 16” framed oil $900

Artist George Thompson

“Waiting Room” 20” x 20” image 26” x 26” framed oil $2,000

Artist George Thompson

“Lonely Road” 11” x 14” image 17” x 20” framed oil $900

Artist George Thompson

“Illuminare” 20” x 26” image 26” x 32” framed oil $3,000

Artist George Thompson

“Along the River” 20” x 16” image 26” x 22” framed oil $2,500

Artist George Thompson

“Beach Day” (Triptych) 8” x 18” image 12” x 22” framed oil $700

Artist George Thompson

“Angler’s” 11” x 14” image 17” x 20” framed oil $900

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