Landmark Homes is hosting a unique event that will be a combined Open House and Art Opening.
The Open House showcases Landmark Homes' recently completed house at 482 Princeton-Kingston Rd., Princeton. And the Art Opening features the work of Princeton artist, Jennifer Hawkes, who has created a series of paintings inspired by the house and property at 482. Both the house and the paintings will be for sale.
The house at 482 Princeton-Kingston Rd. becomes the gallery for Hawkes' art on Friday, Oct. 15, from 6 to 9 p.m., with a wine and cheese reception. And on Sunday, Oct. 17, from 2 to 6 p.m., there will be a light lunch available. Events both days are free and open to the public.
"We wanted to do a fun event to show the house," said Joel Schwartz, a Princeton resident, architect and principal with Landmark Homes. "It's a party with some food and wine to highlight not only the property but this very talented artist."
Hawkes is a long-time Princeton resident, and graduate of Princeton Day School and the Art Institute of Chicago, who recently had a one-woman show at the Nassau Club.
The idea for the Art Meets Architecture event came from Matt Leshetz, the project manager, "Matt is always thinking outside the box, whether it 's about selecting just the right granite or marketing a house. He is absolutely passionate about every detail of the work we do together at Landmark," stated Schwartz.
Schwartz met with Hawkes at 482 Princeton-Kingston Rd. where she was inspired to create her original paintings based on the house and property. She has a background in 'plein air', or on-location painting. She loved the backyard of 482, which is entirely ringed with mature hard wood trees, evergreens and a bluestone terrace tucked under the spruce trees.
"The grounds have a very 'Maine' feel about them," Schwartz added. "You can enjoy the best of living within walking distance of bustling downtown Princeton, yet enjoy the privacy of this one-acre, secluded lot. "What we've created here is a 'new old house.'"
482 was designed to have a classic Princeton look with an exterior of real brick, stone, copper and white porch columns. Yet the interior is fully loaded with all the modern amenities that people have come to expect in new construction. The comfortable rooms flow together in a relaxed way and there is a perfect sense of scale and right proportions throughout the house. The large windows lend a light and airy feel to the rooms and provide dramatic views of the landscape beyond.
Those interested in art or architecture or the art of fine building are invited to attend the Open House/Art Opening. For more information about the house call Leshetz at (609) 577-4888, or visit the website: www.482Princeton.com. To find out more about the artist, Jennifer Hawkes, visit: www.jenniferdhawkes.com.
Landmark Homes, 609- 577-4888. www.482princeton.com