78 First Avenue, Atlantic Highlands, NJ located above The Painted Frame

Zeet Peabody and Robert O’Connor – “Neighborhood Dogs” Mar 19 – Apr 16

Zeet Peabody and Robert O’Connor – “Neighborhood Dogs” Mar 19 – Apr 16

Zeet Peabody and Robert O’Connor are veteran artists. Both live in Atlantic Highlands and both have long resumes of exhibitions locally and nationally.   “You have to have broad shoulders to make art and a high tolerance for frustration” O’Connor says. “When it’s working it’s magical, but then there are moments when it’s just you all alone with a painting that doesn’t work and pictures that no one else is interested in – yet, you keep at it for some unexplainable reason.” So these two artists, who’ve admired each other’s work for some time, decided they wanted to collaborate on a show and began looking for shared images and themes in their work. They noticed one constant – the inclusion of dogs in their pictures. O’Connor says: “Often I’m looking for an idea or image and my dog is there – staring at me for attention or sleeping at my side. They’re an easy muse – they keep my life in perspective. They remind me of what’s important.”
“We decided on the title ‘Neighborhood Dogs’ as both a literal and figurative title” says Peabody. “The literal part is that all images are all of dogs, but the figurative side is about us as artists – we’re a little beat up and worn by the art making process, but we keep going, living in the moment with an innocence that’s probably a bit crazy.” In spite of the challenges, art making remains central to both artists’ lives – Peabody says: “The act of painting is my continual access to the world of my personal mythology.”
OPENING RECEPTION MARCH 18th – 5-7pm
Infanta Jezebellina
Zeet Peabody – “Infanta Jezebellina”, graphite on paper