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Road Trip: Newark

Road Trip: Newark
Wednesday, November 14, 9:30 AM–4:30 PM

The next Art Center Road Trip will take place on Wednesday, November 14, and features visits to some of Newark’s finest art galleries and artists’ studios, including Gallery Aferro and the Paul Robeson Galleries at Express Newark. Curator Mary Birmingham will provide an experience unlike any other by sharing her insider knowledge of the contemporary art scene during the personalized tour. The day will start with a 9:30 AM departure from the Art Center and will include a catered lunch. We will return to the Art Center no later than 4:30 PM. Sign up today!

Art to Table: Black and Blue

Our Art to Table events are for anyone who loves inspiring art and delicious food! Join us on Wednesday, October 17, from 10:45 AM–2 PM, for a tour of our fall exhibition, Kevin Blythe Sampson: Black and Blue, led by Curator Mary Birmingham, followed by a special prix fixe 2-course menu at Summit House Restaurant + Bar, in Downtown Summit. Bring your friends and enjoy a day of fine art and fine food!

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Members Exhibitions: Linda Jacobs & Leslie Ford

Linda Jacobs
Let’s Go, 2015
Archival pigment print, 18 x 12 in.


Linda Jacobs: Looking at Art
Ann’s Place Gallery
September 1–November 4, 2018

Artist’s Statement
I am fascinated by the physical experience of looking at art. It brings out the best and the worst in us: our vanities, curiosities, and prejudices. A single viewing session can elicit opposite reactions at the same time the wonder of being inspired by and exposed to both enormous talent and achievement may sometimes be offset by the reality of the gallery or art show, with its unspoken demands and hidden rhythms. I am intrigued by the artwork itself, the artists, the engaged spectator, the “aficionado,” the curator, the gallery owner, and the casual passer-by. The juxtaposition of the individual and the setting is often fleeting. But when I catch that instant, where the foreground and background are informed by one another, I can see relationships form and dissolve. We each bring our own unique lens when viewing artwork. I hope you enjoy looking at mine. —Linda Jacobs




Leslie Ford
Seasonal 4, 2018
Digital print, 20 x 20 in.

Leslie Ford: Seasonal
Marité & Joe Robinson Strolling Gallery II
September 1–November 4, 2018

Artist’s Statement
Seasonal began as a series of meditations on beauty and fear, inspired by famous Agnes Martin quote “Beauty is the mystery of life.” All physical matter has a shelf life of which we are not fully aware. Some are long, others are short, but everything vanishes at some point. This thought inspired me to create the digital images that feature deconstructed flowers in snowflake designs. I’ve always been intrigued by snowflakes. Each one is a unique crystalline form that vanishes when it melts and presents as pure white. Flowers also enchant me with their formal structures, short lives, and the amazing assortment of colors. White is the combination of all colors while black is the absence of color. By using my scanner as a camera I capture extraordinary detail and rich color that leaps out in contrast to the black background. Making these works is labor intensive and profoundly meditative. I try to make pictures that capture the spirit of both subjects, embracing elements of design and intention. The final images are a celebration of brief lives incorporating complete beauty. —Leslie Ford

Downtown Summit Art Festival: Arts + Cars

The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit Downtown, and Summit PAL are thrilled to host an outdoor art festival in beautiful downtown Summit! Arts + Cars will take place on Sunday, September 16, 2018, from 10 AM–4 PM (rain or shine) and will work alongside local businesses and the Summit Farmer’s Market. The event will include a car show and a stage with musical performances all day long in addition to a variety of artists showing and selling their artwork.

Road Trip: Wave Hill

Road Trip: Wave Hill
April 26, 2018, 8:30 AM–5 PM

Join us for a road trip to Wave Hill, the spectacular garden and cultural center overlooking the Hudson River and Palisades in the Riverside section of the Bronx. Experience both garden and gallery tours, then sample a taste of an inspired farm-to-table menu in The Café at Wave Hill. We will once again take advantage of Curator Mary Birmingham’s extensive knowledge of the contemporary art scene to provide an insider experience, unlike anything you’ll get from any other museum. Click here to purchase tickets.