When Work Is Done

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the art begins. 


The Pound Ridge Library is bringing a show to its gallery that is as inspiring in theme as it is in visual presentation.  The exhibition showcases the work of three local working men, husbands and fathers, who create art after first satisfying life’s other demands.  The three artists, Richard De Palma, Floyd Rappy and Peter Romeo, met two decades ago riding Metro North to their “day jobs” in Manhattan.  They have been painting together, and apart, ever since. 

De Palma is a lawyer, Rappy owns his own design firm, and Romeo is a creative director.  “It’s a struggle to balance the need to make a living and raise a family with this drive for creative expression,” says Rappy.  However, all three artists agree that the “struggle” gives texture and richness to their work.  “I view my work as a kind of ‘visual diary,’” explains De Palma.  “These are images of the people, places and things that make up my life.”  Romeo adds: “These are moments I need to capture.  I just do it with paint and charcoal.”  

Many of the scenes will be as familiar to the audience as they are to the artists. While each of the artists has a different style, there is a unifying theme to the show: passion and compassion combined to share with the viewer the extraordinary nature of ordinary life.  With works in oil, watercolor, charcoal, pastel and graphite, When Work Is Done is a tribute to the simple wonders that surround us.  And, a not-so-gentle reminder to heed your own call now, whatever it may be. 


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