Moorestown artist Jeff Gola recently had his artwork added to the walls of the governor's house.
Well, technically not the place where Gov. Christie lays his head—the 55th governor makes his home in Mendham—but in the halls of the "official" governor's residence at Drumthwacket in Princeton.
Gola is one of 13 artists statewide whose work will be displayed at the historic property, which doubles as a museum, as part of the Drumthwacket Foundation’s arts education initiative.
The exhibit, titled New Jersey Impressions, features artwork using a wide range of media, including pastel, oil, acrylic, watercolor and photography to capture New Jersey’s landscapes in all dimensions.
Two pieces from Gola's "Sourlands" series—named after the mountainous region of Mercer County where Gola drew his inspiration—were selected. He painted the works using egg tempera.
"It's a great honor," said the artist.
A South Jersey native, Gola grew up on a farm in Chesterfield and said he draws much of his inspiration from natural landscapes.
"It just very much resonates with me," he said.
The New Jersey Impressions exhibit will be on display at Drumthwacket through July 2014.
Individuals can view the new exhibit during public tours of Drumthwacket, which are scheduled on any Wednesday at 1 p.m. To participate in a tour, visitors must register at www.drumthwacket.org. For more information or questions regarding tours and exhibits, email email@example.com or call 609-683-0057, ext. 5. School groups should follow the same process to schedule a tour.