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Wednesday, April 24, 2024


Carole Clarke exhibit reception

By On Deck Staff

Watercolorist Carole Clarke returns in exhibit with her 2008 collection, entitled “Porchscapes.” The exhibit, featuring porches of Cape May (and other vistas and architecture), as well as work depicting other coastal towns like Martha’s Vineyard and Block Island will be exhibited in The Magnolia Room at The Chalfonte Hotel for the month of September into mid-October. To celebrate her exhibit at the Chalfonte, there will be a Wine and Cheese Reception for Clarke in The Magnolia Room, August 31 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Clarke has become an artistic presence in Cape May, and her work appeared in the book “To the Shore Once More” (Volume 2) published in May 2001. Her particular skill is in capturing not only the lighting and angles of the porches during different times of the day, but her style also captures the unique historical atmosphere for which Cape May is known. Along with her husband George, Clarke travels the Northeast seaborad, photographing and painting the inns, porches and porch chair in the seaside towns, making sure to be thee “at the right moment” when the sun casts its deepest shadows.
Clarke, an award-wining artist is a resident of northern New Jersey, and believes she inherited her skill and vision. Clarke is a descendant of artist Margery Ryerson (1886-1989), who, in partnership with Robert Henri, compiled a published work ‘The Art Spirit.’ Currently, Clarke is represented by the Broadfoot and Broadfoot Gallery with locations in Boonton, NJ and in Soho, NYC.
Clarke’s work has been exhibited in many solo and group exhibitions throughout the state, and in addition to her commissioned works, her paintings are included in public and private collections throughout the United States. The exhibit at the Chalfonte features porches from around the city, including The Abbey, The Gingerbread House, The Mainstay and The Chalfonte, the latter of which is featured on the 2001 Cape May Music Festival program.
The exhibit reception is open to the public, and all are invited to attend. Exhibit pieces may be purchased at the reception and claimed at the close of the exhibit on May 30th. Clarke’s exhibit is one of four fine art exhibits that have graced the walls of the Magnolia Room throughout the Summer. The Magnolia Room is located in the Chalfonte Hotel at 301 Howard Street in Cape May. For more information, call 609-884-8409.

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