“Common Ground” Opening Reception

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SFA Gallery in Frenchtown, NJ will present a two-person show featuring new paintings and prints by Bovina, NY artist Richard Kirk Mills and gallery founder John Schmidtberger. The show runs from April 30th through June 3rd, with an opening reception on Saturday, April 30th from 4-8pm. Light refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public.

Richard Kirk Mills, “River Bend” oil on linen, 19″ x 15″

New to SFA Gallery, Richard “Rick” Kirk Mills is a painter, printmaker, educator and environmental artist from northern New Jersey and the western Catskills. Rick will be showing recent oil paintings and prints, while John shows recent oil paintings. “Common Ground” refers to both artists’ love of the “familiar” landscape, which encompasses the Delaware River Watershed from north to south, as well as their mutual admiration and respect for each other’s work.

Richard Kirk Mills was born in NYC and raised in NY and Long Island. He currently divides his time between studios in New Jersey and the Catskills. A Graduate of City College of New York, it was while driving a cab in NYC that he began to draw, paint, and make prints, culminating in several print editions co-published with Orion Editions. He became a master printer, taught at the Pratt Graphics Center and helped found the Manhattan Graphics Center. Frequent trips to Maine led to a poetry print collaboration with Frenchtown poet Fred Lowe. Rick taught at Long Island University, where he directed the printmaking program for 28 years.

From 1996 to 2010 Mills collaborated with artists, scientists, historians, and educators on diverse eco-art and public art projects such as community gardens, wetlands rehabilitation, etc. 
He received grants from numerous arts foundations and State and Federal agencies for his environmental work.
 Mills has been artist in residence at the Teaneck Creek Conservancy and a visiting Fellow at the Jentel Foundation, Ucross Foundation and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. He has exhibited in New York and internationally.

Today, Mills’ primary focus is painting. His subjects include the landscapes, gardens, buildings and interiors that surround him. He finds inspiration in the work of preceding painterly realists (Fairfield Porter, Lois Dodd, Jane Freilicher) seeking to extend the possibilities they explored. His years of eco-art work add another layer of feeling for our landscapes, our “Common Ground”.