Meet the artist and view the unique artwork

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Meet Maite Trabadelo on Thurs  Jan. 14th, 2016 5 pm – 8 pm

And view “The World of Lollipop” a unique collection of mixed media: paintings and sculptures

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Enter Leona’s Weird Digital World!

You have to see these photographs to believe it. 15 were not touched by any form of digital manipulation (except cropping and light/dark enhancement). Then she rolled up her sleeves, and got creative, altering each by a different method.

Reaching Out From the Other Side

Reaching Out From the Other Side

Talking about the first series, which she did in 2013, “My first series of reflections photographs were unaltered images. Inspired by this serendipity, I then started to not only to look for these happenings, but to actually create them using only the camera’s viewfinder. Gallery exhibits netted a wide range of images as the reflective glass and lights on the hung artwork played all kinds of tricks depending upon the viewing angle. Many of these photographs were ‘staged’ compositions resulting in spectacular eerie effects.”

The Cosmic Fashionistas Arrive

The Cosmic Fashionistas Arrive

For this series she pulls out all the stops: “I had two goals as I worked on this series: Have fun, and try to relate the second image to the first. Some make a statement on the original, others take it and distort it so that it becomes an abstraction, while others were created to elicit a laugh.”

On Tues June 10 you’ll have a chance to meet her and as you view each image ask “How did you do that?”!

Spotlight on Ben Venezio

Ben’s work is very inspiring to anyone who holds a camera! He is passionate about his work and willing to discuss his techniques. His awards, winning top image in the New Jersey Federation of Camera Clubs 12 times and being past president of the Cranford/Milburn Camera Club and later President of the Camera Naturalist Club in Basking Ridge, speaks to his dedicated professionalism. He has also judged numerous photography contests over the years including such clubs as the Monmouth County Camera Club, and the Staten Island Camera Club. He has also taught classes for Essex County Nature Photographers.

On March 6th I had the opportunity to meet him at an intimate reception in our gallery. He talked with us about the topics that inspire his photographs, how he takes them, and that what you see is what was there, no Photoshop “tricks” used! It was only till a few years back that he was convinced to go digital, and I must say they are just a stunning as the printed from film ones.

So stop down and see the exhibit during the month of April. You’ll be delighted.

  Painting With Words” – Leona M Seufert

Here a few more images of the photographs in the exhibit.  

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Abstract Art – Where Are We Now?

If you’ve visited our exhibit of Rosanne Potter’s works you would have seen a good example of Abstract Art. Forms, brush strokes, and color are the hallmarks of this style of art.

We are all familiar with examples of this genre done by well known 20th century abstract artists Wassily Kandinsky, Piet Mondrian, and Marcel Duchamp. The Abstract Art movement of the 20th century had its beginnings in Romanticism, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, and Expressionism. “Abstraction indicates a departure from reality in depiction of imagery in art. This departure from accurate representation can be only slight, or it can be partial, or it can be complete. Abstraction exists along a continuum. Even art that aims for verisimilitude of the highest degree can be said to be abstract. Much of the art of earlier cultures – signs and marks on pottery, textiles, and inscriptions and paintings on rock – were simple, geometric and linear forms that might have had a symbolic or decorative purpose. It is at this level of visual meaning that abstract art communicates. One can enjoy the beauty of Chinese calligraphy or Islamic calligraphy without being able to read it.” Wikipedia
For a comprehensive treatment of this era in art history visit wikipidia  
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abstract_art

20th century abstract art followed trends that the well known painters initiated. Today the abstract art genre, like all art, presents the viewer with a confusing selection of variations in differing mediums. Elizabeth Baker, writing in the July/August issue of the Brooklyn Rail states in her essay “What’s New?”  “The profusion of art being made is daunting.” “Nowadays exhibitions of the latest thing attract enthusiastic crowds.” In our 3D quick moving world, abstract artists no longer see the canvas or pure sculpture as their primary means of expression. Multimedia works combining painting and other materials, large building wall murals, and other hard to describe pieces have taken center stage. Ms. Baker comments, “In the heyday of the modern period, new art unsettled people or even scared them. Those days are long gone.” “It requires repeated viewing and sustained attention to ascertain what is quirky, personal, and surprising; yet those qualities can still be found.” Oh, and you can even wear abstract art as this season’s fashion fabrics  and styles are showing.

To our reality centered world of iPhone photographs and HD TV, abstract art can be confusing. What on earth do all those blobs of color mean? Does the artist have a message to convey or is it all just randomness? Abstract sculptor Edward Tufte writes in his essay “See Now…Words Later”, “Abstract sculptors make objects that generate unique optical experiences in the real world.” “Our minds are quick to convert new optical experiences into familiar stories, favored viewpoints, comforting metaphors.” He goes on to advise, “In looking at abstract artworks, once words and story-telling starts, it’s hard to see anything else.” “ To see with fresh eyes and an open mind requires a deliberate, self-aware act by the observer. Abstract artworks represent themselves and should be first viewed for themselves.” This Peanuts cartoon says it all:

However, the process of creating a work of art has to start somewhere regardless of whether the artist is famous, or a hobbyist or 20th century or 21st century. As Rosanne Potter wrote in her artist statement “I start with a blank canvas and paint, without a plan and using whatever medium comes to hand from pastel chalks to watercolors, India inks to ecaustic waxes, acrylics to oils; I begin to lay color on and move paint around until something begins to emerge.”  A friend of mine, Theodora Tamborlane  who has been studying abstract painting and creating it for the last 6 years starts with ideas of what she wants to put on her canvases and how that will vary from painting to painting to create a “series”. My approach, and I’m just a “Saturday Painter” is that I see emotions as color. I take an emotional theme current in my life and select the colors to represent it, then just go wild on the canvas creating forms that “speak” to me.

So are our current trends in abstract art good or bad? No, they just are. More art is being produced then ever before in history. Artists don’t answer to patrons anymore and the great majority of artists don’t even care about the “market”. They just want get their ideas out on the medium of their choice. Will the current trends in abstract art survive a decade, a century? Only time will tell.
                                   “Painting with Words” – Leona M Seufert

New Exhibit – “Four Walls of Abstraction”

“Four Walls of Abstraction” abstract paintings by Rosanne Potter, our new exhibit, is an exciting journey through color and shapes that are as clear as Chagall’s and as energetic as Frankenthaler’s. Rosanne has an extensive pallet and has tried a number of styles. This exhibit displays the different phases of her work. Her website is http://rosannepotter.com/

Meet her at the reception this Thurs 5:30 – 7:30pm in the gallery.