Meet Union’s Youngest Artists

Reception Saturday May 5  Noon – 2pm

Our current exhibit features artworks produced by students attending Hannah Caldwell, School in Union, NJ. Their works take over the gallery, it becomes more like an installation than an exhibit! Walk into the gallery and every inch of space is covered by the colorful paintings, drawings, and collages of these students. From the quality and quantity of the artworks, you are very aware of Leslie Jenkins’ love of teaching art to children. In this day when school budgets are so ready to cut the arts to save a penny, it’s nice to see these children given the opportunity to be actively engaged in the visual arts at these schools.

 

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The Traveling Teen Art Show Returns

Come out and support our teen artists. This new exhibit <link to page>is the annual Union County Teen Arts Festival Touring exhibit. Acrylics, Oils, collages, a wonderful collection by aspiring artists.

This is an annual event and the students look forward to creating works that could have a chance to be hung in a gallery. It’s a way for those teens who are interested in art to have a shot at exhibiting their works in real galleries across Union county.

After you’ve seen the show, take some time to leave your comments on this blog. I will make sure the students receive them.

Union County’s youngest artists display their creativity

Our current exhibit features artworks produced by students attending Hannah Caldwell, NJ. Their works take over the gallery, it becomes more like an installation than an exhibit! Walk into the gallery and every inch of space is covered by the colorful paintings, drawings, and collages of these students. From the quality and quantity of the artworks, you are very aware of Leslie Jenkins’ love of teaching art to children. In this day when school budgets are so ready to cut the arts to save a penny, it’s nice to see these children given the opportunity to be actively engaged in the visual arts at these schools.

Metamorphosis, Journey to the Universe

we are one with the universe

we are one with the universe

In discussing his work, David believes that colors should resonate in the mind. The concepts of time, space and the origin of the elements should provide an intellectual framework for the viewer upon which profound and difficult ideas can be explored. These ideas touch on philosophy, spirituality, and the nature of time, space and consciousness. He feels that a painting is like a song and he wants his colors to sing together because colors do not work in isolation but in harmony.

the cosmos within

the cosmos within

Of his Metamorphosis series, which is on view in the exhibit, he says, “The series reflects on the sacred divine connection between God and mankind. It is an acknowledging through my art that I am living out my spiritual purpose and progression towards my destiny God ordained for me when he created me. Every painting I create, from beginning to end, is a plan of God and for His glorification. When I paint the universe inside the man or woman, I am showing that mankind is the microcosm of the Macrocosm. My paintings are designed to illustrate that God created us and the Cosmos to express his purpose in material reality. I hope to continually evolve through my calling as an artist to illustrate man’s higher consciousness and his connection to the Unverse.”

doradus nebula

doradus nebula

If you missed the reception…

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If you missed the reception on July 12, here are some photos of the delightful food table by Allisann Chavez of Elegant Creations, allisannapap@yahoo.com

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the sign-in table and information about the artist

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It had a great turnout and Doris’ artwork was superb

"Equanimity", glass beads, acrylic, steel

“Equanimity”, glass beads, acrylic, steel

"Unity Strength in Numbers", 2013, glass beads, acrylic fiber

“Unity Strength in Numbers”, 2013, glass beads, acrylic fiber

 

 

It takes trust to share ones art

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“Weaving #2”, 2007, Copper, fiber

Here is what Doris says about the inspiration for this exhibit: “There is that experience that is like connective tissue and shared by all who are human, nothing exclusive by any means.  When someone unabashedly trusted and very highly thought of (maybe for a long period of time) does that unthinkable thing, whatever ‘that’ may be, it causes an almost irrevocable obliteration of a valued friendship.

Trust is the very bedrock of all our relationships and shapes how we see ourselves; we stand on it, build on it with such attentiveness.  So when the foundation of trust is shaken or taken away and the jolt of it seems too much to handle, just hold on, time and experience teach it is okay to trust again and again.

This work is a commentary on trust: trust of self, trust in others, trust in what can’t be seen or felt or easily explained away and even trust in the phenomena of daily life sometimes overlooked and perhaps taken for granted.  Art is an incredible conduit of expression of thoughts and ideas that are universal to us all.  It communicates these ideas in ways that can be amazingly clear or masked and only deciphered through the creative powers of the subconscious. It takes an incredible amount of trust and faith to create from the soul and then become vulnerable by sharing it.

Meet Doris on Tues July 12, 2016 from 5 – 8 pm

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“Uncommon Threads #2”, 2007, copper