Posted Wednesday, January 25th, 2017
On Thursday (Jan. 26) from 6-8:30 pm, join Morris Arts at the free opening reception of the special Winter Invitational Exhibit at the Atrium Art Gallery, located on Floors 2-5 of the Morris County Administration and Records Building on 10 Court Street in Morristown.
Meet the gifted artists and view artworks that which span styles from the contemporary abstract to plein air realism, created in a variety of media including oils, cut paper, 3-D works, photography, mixed media and acrylic.
“Morris Arts is delighted to present this special Winter Invitational Exhibit at the Atrium Gallery, in partnership with the County of Morris. The exhibit, which opens January 26 and runs through March 16, showcases 37 outstanding artists whose marvelous artworks will inspire and delight all viewers,” said Lynn Siebert, Director of Arts Participation & Communications for Morris Arts.
“We are glad to offer this gallery space for artistic endeavors in our county government building,’’ said Morris County Freeholder Director Doug Cabana. “It offers a great opportunity for these artists to showcase their works and presents residents and students of our county and visitors to Morris County a terrific cultural opportunity.’’
The fifth floor captures the languid beauty of Venice in the rich, luminous oils by prize-winning and widely exhibited artist, Todd L.W. Doney of Gillette.
In the fourth floor Atrium area, contemporary abstract artist Andrea Epstein of Berkeley Heights excites the imagination with her bold colors, textures and intricate lines very much in the abstract expressionist tradition. In the fourth floor Hallway and Elevator Lobby, Adel Gorgy’s series of abstract photographic works, “Meditation in Five Dimensions,” presents meditative “mandalas for the 21st century.” His conceptual, visual, spatial construct allows the viewer to see his images as either two-dimensional or three-dimensional abstractions and challenges our perception of visual reality.
Also in the fourth floor Hallway and Elevator Lobby, Marsha Solomon follows the tradition of classic New York Abstract Expressionism, but through her unique artistic voice. Her works, likened to those of Robert Motherwell and Helene Frankenthaler, combine the creative force of strong gestural painting surrounding soothing contemplative passages of soft paint.
On the third floor Atrium area, acrylics, oils, and collages by award-winning Pat Brentano of Westfield transform the space into a paradise of greenery, heightening awareness of nature’s layers of light and the infinite gradations of color in forested landscapes.
In the 3rd floor Hallway area, New York artist Elizabeth Gregory Gruen’s “Cut Work” series is an evolving exploration of emotion initiated though free hand scalpel cut multilayered organic imagery – and yielding three dimensional geometric forms of great intricacy and spatial depth. Experiential, contemporary realist artist Charles Newman of Haddon Township paints en plein air (outdoors), harnessing light to evoke moods and emotions. Whether a forest scene, an industrial landscape or a domestic interior, Newman’s works are suffused with atmosphere, warmth and a sense of the moment.
The second floor features an exhibit within an exhibit, curated by New Jersey photographer and Coalition trustee Dwight Hiscano. It is juried by Emmy award-winning filmmaker Eliott Ruga, Kristy Brucale Jach (director of Speakeasy Art Gallery in Boonton), and Anita Fickenburger (Senior Art Consultant for ArtPlus, and judged by Alexandra Willis (Curator for the Morris Museum). The exhibit offers multiple artists an opportunity to reach a wide audience while showcasing the natural and cultural resources of the spectacular Highlands region.
Most works are available for sale, with details and pricing provided in the free catalogues found in the elevator lobby areas on floors 2-5. The Atrium Art Gallery is free and open to the public during business hours, 8:30am-4:30pm on Monday-Friday. The exhibit remains in place until March 16, 2017.