we found our 12 acre location in Lambertville, Brion Galleries had
humble beginnings in Chester, New Jersey as The Artists Showcase. It
was an 18 ft. x 19 ft. space with a low profile exterior. It
was founded by Donna Brion in 1994, right after she resigned her position
of Public Relation Officer at the largest museum in the state – The
Artists Showcase opened it’s door in July of that year with a show
of Donna’s mother, Lois Brion’s, beautiful Post-Impressionistic
oil paintings and bronze sculptures by Nancy B. Leeds. Donna’s
father Lester Brion was a welcoming host and the gregarious bartender
at the Grand Opening. It was a successful family affair.
thereafter, originals of published cartoons by Donna’s award-winning
cartoonist brother David Brion were on view. By the time of the
gallery’s Grand Opening, The Artist’s Showcase
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Photograph © 1994 Donna
Artist Lois Brion, the founder Donna Brion’s mother, is pictured
at the Grand Opening. She is standing in front of her oil on
The Brenta Canal.
Architect/artist Karen Bonner (left) and Photographer Kathleen King-Padula are stand in front of Kathleen's photographs
at an opening event at The Artists Showcase in Chester.
© Donna Brion
The Artists Showcase was tucked into the corner of Chestnut Tree Square
at 10 Budd Avenue, Chester, NJ – just across Main Street (Route
24) from the popular
Publick House restaurant.
Photograph ©1994 Donna Brion
David Brion is pictured in front of originals of some of his published
cartoon illustrations. Pictured here are works that appeared in the
Daily News and
New York Woman magazine.
Donna E. Brion
Sculptor Nancy B. Leeds is pictured here with photographer (and our original
webmaster/designer) John Craig at The Artist’s Showcase opening show. Lois
Brion’s paintings are pictured above the sculpture.