Long a curiosity closed to the public, the Blairsden estate in Peapack-Gladstone will include two landscape paintings by Todd L. W. Doney, professor of visual arts at County College of Morris (CCM), when it opens as this year’s Mansion in May.
“It’s a special honor to have my work on display in this estate, which will be open to the public for the first time ever this spring,” said Doney.
The opulent 38-room Louis XIV style mansion in the Somerset Hills was completed in 1903 as the country home of Clinton Ledyard Blair, an investment banker. He also was director of several railway companies, including the Sussex Railroad and Green Bay and Western Railroad, and a number of other corporations.
The Women’s Association of Morristown Medical Center sponsors Mansion in May each year as the preeminent designer showhouse in the New Jersey-New York area. More than 50 interior and landscape designers take part in the event, which serves as a fundraiser for Morristown Medical Center. Proceeds from this year’s mansion visits will go toward an expanded pediatric intensive care unit and new autism center at the Goryeb Children’s Hospital.
Doney’s work at the estate consists of two large-scale landscape paintings. They will be included in the room being decorated by Broadfoot & Broadfoot, the gallery which represents Doney.
Mansion in May runs from May 1 through May 31. Tickets to the event can be purchased online at www.mansioninmay.org
Doney, who began his higher education at a community college, is widely known for his vivid Neo-Impressionistic paintings of New Jersey’s Great Swamp. His work, reflecting the beauty and variety of nature accented by the bright colors of the sun, most recently was on display at an exhibition of New Jersey landscapes at Drumthwacket, the governor’s mansion. Last year, he also held a solo exhibit at the Morris Museum. He also has held one-person exhibits at Broadfoot & Broadfoot, the Gallery MacEgan in Morristown, the College of Saint Elizabeth, New Jersey City University, Griffin Gallery in Madison and at the Brickton Art Gallery in Park Ridge, IL. His works are in public and private collections worldwide.
Doney earned his MFA in painting from New Jersey City University. He joined the CCM faculty in 2011 and teaches drawing, painting, portfolio and presentation classes at the college.
For additional information on Doney and his work, visit www.todddoney.com/
Photos: Paintings of the Great Swamp by Todd L. W. Doney that will be on display at this year’s Mansion in May.
Courtesy of Todd L. W. Doney