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Title Poster: Capturing Hoboken: The Paintings of Judy Schmitt. May 10 - July 5, 2015, Hoboken Historical Museum, Upper Gallery.
Object Name Poster
Catalog Number 2015.003.0017
Collection Hoboken Historical Museum Archives
Credit Museum Collections.
Scope & Content Poster: Capturing Hoboken: The Paintings of Judy Schmitt. May 10 - July 5, 2015, Hoboken Historical Museum.

Printed cardstock, 11" x 17" high.

An Upper Gallery art exhibition of 14 paintings.

Poster designed by McKevin Shaughnessy.

Notes Text as prepared by Melissa Abernathy for website and promotion, 2015:

"Capturing Hoboken: The Paintings of Judy Schmitt"

May 10 - July 5, 2015

The accomplished artist Judy Schmitt may be based in Cape Cod, but since her daughter and son-in-law moved to Hoboken 15 years ago, this city has been a second home for her. Inspired by the artistic tradition of Provincetown, Mass., and many of the experienced artists who live there, Schmitt strives to capture the soul of her subjects in her paintings. She will exhibit 14 of them in the Museum's Upper Gallery from May 10 to July 5.

Schmitt grew up in the blue collar town of Waterbury, CT, so she appreciates the hidden beauty of the many factory buildings tucked into Hoboken's cityscape. She is enamored of the beauty and sounds of Hoboken, which she soaks in on walks through the city, or while visiting its parks with her grandchildren. She loves the way the light bounces off the brownstones, and imagines the voices of the families who grew up in them. Her goal is to portray each building's individual character and charm, using a rich palette of Veneitan red and burnt sienna.

She starts the paintings in plein air, on the street, taking color notes for the trees, the different red-browns of the bricks and grays of the sidewalks, and finishes the canvases in her studio.

"A major influence was Edward Hopper, who lived and painted in my town," she says, "and I learned about capturing the light, from my mentor, Steve Kennedy, a wonderful plein air artist."

Living near the sea in New England, Schmitt is especially sensitive to Hoboken's waterfront and its rich shipping history. She was so struck by the image of an old pier with the "Hoboken" tugboat, that she felt compelled to use a large canvas to convey the scene in all its rich detail, with the New York skyline in the background.

The exhibit is supported by a block grant from the State/County Partnership program for the Arts, administered by the Hudson County Division of Cultural and Heritage Affairs.

Text of checklist.

The Paintings of Judy Schmitt

Checklist for an exhibition in the
Upper Gallery, Hoboken Historical Museum,
May 10 - July 5, 2015

1. On the Waterfront 2015
30 x 48, oil on canvas

2. Schnackenberg's Luncheonette
20 x 16, oil on wood panel

3. Hudson Street House
14 x 18, oil on canvas

4. The Climbing Tree - Elysian Park
14 x 18, oil on canvas

5. Old Hoboken Tugboat
9 x 12, oil on canvas

6. N.Y. Skyline from a Park Bench
6 x 12, oil on wood panel

7. A Snowy Day at Elysian Park
9 x 12, oil on wood panel

8. An Urban Ghost
16 x 20, oil on canvas

9. Stacks
16 x 20, oil on wood panel

10. Records Building
16 x 20, oil on canvas

11. View from a Window, 10th & Hudson Sts.
14 x 18, oil on canvas

12. Court Street - an ancient passageway
16 x 20, oil on wood panel

13. Hudson River Waterfront Walkway
16 x 20, oil on wood panel

14. 9th & Bloomfield
16 x 20, oil on wood panel
People Schmitt, Judy
Date 2015
Year Range from 2015.0
Year Range to 2015.0
Search Terms HHM (Hoboken Historical Museum)
1301 Hudson St.
Classification Museums
Cultural Activities