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Sunday and Monday: closed • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: noon 5 p.m.
Saturday: 10 - 3 p.m.

 

The Contemporary Art Group
10th Annual Members Show

May 1 - 31

Opening Reception Sunday, May 1, 1-4 PM

Heinz W. Otto Gallery

This is a themed show inspired by the poem, “Nature” by Emily Dickinson. Painting, drawing, photography, book art and sculpture will be exhibited. The show will also be judged. Our judge this year is Jeanne Brasile, the curator of the Walsh Gallery at Seton Hall University. Ms. Brasile will also speak about the show and her selections at the May 18th CAG meeting at Watching Arts Center at 7:30pm. All are welcome.

There will be light refreshments and live music will be performed by Pam Purvis and Bob Ackerman. From 3-4 there will be a presentation, Living With Art - How It Impacts Our Lives, by Dr. Anthony Nicoli.

Dr. Nicoli is an artist, Senior Professor, and Coordinator of Fine Arts, teaching at Union County College since 1974. Additionally, since 1987, he has served as a Guest Professor at the Academy of Art and Design, in Beijing, China, and as an Advisory Professor at East China Normal University, in Shanghai. He has served as the Director of the Tomasulo Art Gallery for over twenty years. Professor Nicoli has a B.F.A. from the University of Massachusetts and an M.F.A. from Rutgers University.

Participating artists include :
Kathleen Nademus, Virginia Carroll, Maxine King, Tom Perri, Sheilia Lenga, Don Kuhn, Terri Hood, Ruth Brown, Charlann Meluso, Cecilly Sullivan, Linnea Rhodes, Diane Gallo, Christina Poruczynski, Rosalia Verdun, Cynthia Walling, Bob Sharen, Doris Prial, Eugene Prial, Monica Schraiber Otero, Sharon Reed, Barbara Uhr, Thomas Martin, Dorothy Bellew, Avi Kiriakatis, Charles Miller, Sandy Ruda, Linda Lam, Constantine Kiriakatis, Alicia Cotter, Cynthia Weiss, Laura Brown, Ghanshyamtara Patel, Michael Endy, Mel Holston

The Contemporary Art Group is a non -profit, collegial organization of working artists who meet on a regular basis at Watchung Arts Center and exhibit their work together. CAG is a supportive group where there is mutual respect among members, where members exchange ideas, provide information about exhibit opportunities and share their own artistic development. More information about Contemporary Art Group can be found at contemporaryartgroup.org.

 

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Upcoming Exhibitions

June 3- June 28

Heinz W. Otto Gallery

Dan Gordon: "Meditations & Symphonies"

Opening Reception June 5, noon - 4 PM

Dan Gordon - Meditations & Symphonies

“Meditations and Symponies”, an exhibition of paintings by Berkeley Heights artist Dan Gordon will be on display in the Heinz W. Otto Gallery of the Watchung Arts Center during the month of June. The public is invited to attend the opening reception on Sunday, June 5 from noon - 4 pm. Refreshments will be served.

Dan Gordon - He and She

Dan Gordon - He & SHe

Dan Gordon uses oil paint on hard board to create abstract paintings that often celebrate nature. Many of the works are inspired by the landscape of Northern New Jersey. Mr. Gordon says, “We have beautiful sunsets that reflect off our native trees, right here in Union County.  I can see this dramatic light right from my shop windows.  I see beautiful sunrises as I drive North on route 287 each morning to teach woodworking and furniture making at Mahwah High School.  On my drive home I pass through the incredible Great Swamp.  The fall and spring foliage there is truly amazing.  The natural light can rival the most beautiful views I see up in Cape Cod, each summer.”

Woman in the Mirror - CBAnderson

Dan Gordon - Force of Nature

A graduate of Drew University, Mr. Gordon is essentially self-taught in the mediums of inlay/marquetry, paint and carving. Although his parents were not artists, he gives them the credit for giving him the core ingredients to work as an artist. “They gave me a sense of the possibility and joy that can be found in each day.  My work is the physical manifestation of the yearning, tenacity and exuberance for life that I felt as a child and feel now as an adult.  For me, art really does allow one to express that which cannot always be articulated; a lifelong pursuit for spirit and technical ability, one I embark upon-- with gratitude and dedication--each day.”

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Form for Exhibitors

If you would like to exhibit at the Watchung Arts Center, please download and complete the Exhibitor Agreement.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Ludmila Kalivoda, VP Visual Arts, Watchung Arts Center, e-mail pruhonice@aol.com.

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"Patterns"
by Marvin Cline

May 1 - 31

Opening Reception Sunday, May 1, 1-4 PM

Lower Gallery

Patterns - logo

Patterns is an exhibit of graphic abstract black and white photography with no shades of grey - just pure black and white. The eleven large prints in this show represent a new departure for Marvin Cline, who has started working in this form in the last year. This is their first solo exhibition.

Marvin says, "This collection of black and white graphic images represents a significant departure from everything I've done previously. They are photographs that have been transported out of their real-world setting into a new kind of existence where only lines, shapes and patterns matter and everything is either black or white.

Marvin Cline - Blowdown

Marvin Cline - Blowdown

"The patterns in these works are what speak to me. I find them throughout the environment and am very strongly attracted by them. I feel each image delivers a compelling message regarding basic themes such as simplicity, complexity, orderliness, randomness, repose and action, which I hope is appreciated by the viewer. For me there is a special joy in all aspects of their creation - from their inception to the final piece, and I believe it is because of the surprising metamorphosis that occurs each step along the way, especially when the print appears for the first time.

Marvin Cline - Mask

Marvin Cline - Mask

"Abstraction has always been a hallmark of my work and I've used it consistently over the years to obtain an original look. While working with some promising geometric images recently, it became clear to me that they needed to be rendered in pure black and white to realize their full potential. I expanded and refined the selection and processing of my images to arrive at what is now a significant collection of work in this idiom.

"The transformation from photograph to black and white graphic print varies widely depending on the original composition but generally involves reduction (removing undesired elements), amplification (highlighting and delineating desired elements), toning (conversion to black and white) and orientation.

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Upcoming Exhibitions

June 3- June 30

Lower Gallery

Kat Block: "Eternal Spring"

Opening Reception June 5, noon - 4 PM

Awakened Poppies - Kat Block

Kat Block - Awakened Poppies

Kat Block is particularly inspired by spring landscapes which she photographs, and the flowers of spring which she paints from still lifes. Because of the ephemeral nature of her subjects, she is forced to work with urgency, enthusiasm and passion.

The landscapes are mixed media collages which combine patterned papers that are rearranged to appear natural, watercolors, photography and graphite. These same elements are the components of her mandalas.  Despite the diversity of materials, her work is so meticulously designed that it reads as inevitable. Her watercolors are based on still life; however, she enhances the compositions by extending the image out to all edges of the picture plane. The resulting paintings are simultaneously real and surreal. Her compositions are complete. In spite of its complexity, her artwork is comforting to behold, and yet, at each viewing there is something new to notice.

For the Lover of Sunflowers - Kat Block

Kat Block - For the Lover of Sunflowers

After graduating Summa Cum Laude from college with a degree in English Literature/Creative Writing, Kat Block attended the Visual Art Center of New Jersey. Within one year, she was selling her artwork, and never looked back. Eventually, she was invited to join the faculty there. She also attended the duCret School of Art, where she currently teaches as well.

In addition to creating and teaching art, Kat is the published illustrator of a childrens book, and has designed posters for the Union County Jazzfests. She has taught workshops throughout the region and has juried several art shows. She has won numerous awards. Additionally, her work was featured in the 2010 release, "Remember Me", starring Pierce Brosnan and Robert Pattinson.

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