POUND RIDGE, N.Y. – Usually the phrase, “Don’t quit your day job” is a pejorative remark meant to disparage someone’s effort to excel at something other than the way they earn a paycheck.
But for three local artists it’s more of a rallying cry. None of them have “quit their day jobs,” yet they manage to find time to paint and draw while still providing for their families. And it’s that very theme that is at the center of a new art exhibit that will open at the Pound Ridge Library on Saturday.
The Pound Ridge Library will showcase the work of these three local working men, husbands and dads who create art after satisfying life’s other demands in an exhibit entitled, “When Work is Done: The Artwork of Three Men With Day Jobs.”
Richard DePalma, Floyd Rappy, and Peter Romeo met 20 years ago riding the Metro-North Commuter Railroad to their day jobs in Manhattan and they’ve been painting together and apart ever since. DePalma is a lawyer from Pound Ridge. Rappy, a Goldens Bridge resident, owns a design firm, and Romeo is a creative director from Mount Kisco.
According to the artists, this exhibition demonstrates what happens when three working guys realize they have no choice but to pursue a calling within themselves. They said “When Work is Done” is the result of heeding that irresistible call and spending the afterhours capturing the essence of local people, places and things on canvas and paper.
“It’s a struggle to balance the need to make a living and raise a family with this drive for creative expression,” Rappy said.
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,” DePalma said. “These are images of the people, places and things that make up my life.”
Romeo said he is almost compelled to create his art.
“These are moments I need to capture,” he said. “I just do it with paint and charcoal.”
While each of the artists has a different style (the exhibit will feature works in oil, watercolor, charcoal, pastel and graphite), they said there is a unifying theme to the show: passion and compassion combined to share with the viewer the extraordinary nature of ordinary life.
The exhibit’s curator, Curtis Lew, says that “When Work is Done” is a tribute to the simple wonders that surround us and a not-so-gentle reminder for one to heed their own calling now, whatever it may be.
Lew added that he wants the Pound Ridge Library to become renowned for its art exhibits, especially those featuring local talent.
“Our goal is to make the library a cultural destination by continually spotlighting resident artists,” he said. “Over time, we want to move towards inviting artists from nearby towns to exhibit to expand our sense of community for the entire region.”
The reception will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. and will feature wine and cheese. For more information, call the library at 914-764-5085.