Saturday, October 12, 2019 7pm-9pm
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Exhibition Peter Loeber's Folklore of The Water Witch
“Originally Rip van Winkle was the idea for a fall series of folklore, but I thought to myself, what about the Water Witch?” Valerie later explained the cafe + streets of the Highlands were based on a 19th century book named ‘The Water Witch’ by James Fenimore Cooper. Val gave Pete a copy of the book. “I gave it a shot to see if it had visual potential. After 100 pages, I had to give up. As cool as it was that the Raritan Bay was the setting, the old English was unbearable to read. However, the idea of painting an actual Water Witch in the Raritan Bay seemed to be a way to express my love for our area”
The Water Witch collection is Peter Loeber’s 1st exhibition to feature a human as the focal point. “Involving a human like creature pushed my comfort level as an artist. I tend to use paintings as a vessel to create awareness of the great outdoors. I can go on about mankind’s vanity, but the point of the Water Witch to tie the beauty of Mother Nature with human nature. In terms of who she is, I always wanted to make a Christina Applegate tribute. In a way you can say this was a hybrid series. The poses for the Highlands + NYC piece were inspired by the poses of local model, Elisabeth Burnhard. The spirit of the Water Witch is based on comic book heroes such as Captain Marvel, Aquaman, and Wonder Woman.