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Concert in the Gallery: Mary Bichner and Molly Zenobia

In conjunction with our exhibition Radiant Energy, the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey is thrilled to host composers and performers Mary Bichner and Molly Zenobia for an evening of music in the gallery on Saturday, March 10, from 6–8 PM. Radiant Energy focuses on visual artists who’s work centers around color and color theory. Both performers have synesthesia, a neurological condition that causes them to “see” splashes of specific colors when they hear their corresponding pitches sounded and this is how they compose their music!

Mary Bichner is an orchestral classical-meets-pop composer who also has perfect pitch, the ability to recognize notes and chords by name upon hearing them played. She was once invited to Harvard University’s prestigious neuroscience lab to be studied for her brain’s unusual wiring, Mary creates richly-colored compositions that delight classical enthusiasts and indie-pop rockers alike.

In the autumn of 2017, Mary collaborated with Boston’s Museum of Science for the premiere of “Synesthesia Suite: Constellations”, a new collection of chamber works inspired by the New England night sky in spring. The suite was performed live in concert by Mary Bichner and Planetary Quartet during two sold-out concerts at the Charles Hayden Planetarium. The performances were accompanied by customized synesthesia-inspired dome visuals created by the museum’s award-winning planetarium team, giving audience members the unique opportunity to “hear” color and “see” sound just as Mary does when she listens to music.

Molly Zenobia’s music has been described as soulful, visceral, and vast. Molly has opened for the Foo Fighters, and played on the same bill with Hans-Joachim Roedelius, Rachel Sage, Edie Carey, Mila Drumke and the Dresden Dolls as well as at numerous festivals around the country. She is also currently collaborating with Roedelius on an album as well as working on her fourth album with one of the founding members of the Counting Crows, Matt Malley.

Regardless of whether she is playing a large rock club, intimate piano bar, collaborating on experimental improvisations, or scoring a film, Molly’s music will leave you sated. “We have so much input these days that we forget that simple is powerful. I may have a lot of production or no production on my albums, but what emerges is always one message, raw, simple, and yours.”

The concert will take place on Saturday, March 10, from 6–8 PM, Tickets are $10 per person and can be bought here or at the door. Click here for purchase!

Creative Holiday Gifts at the Art Center

This winter, let the Art Center ease your holiday stress by providing you the perfect gift for the art-lover in your life: Studio School Gift Cards! Gift Cards are valid for tuition to classes, workshops, and art camps and are available in any denomination. Click here to buy one today…or better yet, be your own Secret Santa and register yourself for a class.

 

And don’t forget, we’re offering a special session of classes and workshops during Winter Break. Sign up for a super-condensed mini-session and get a month’s worth of classes in just a week! Take a class with a loved-one over the holidays, or gift an art class to a niece, nephew, grandchild. You can also sign up for a Studio School Workshop. These one- and two-day classes offer the perfect opportunity for parents and grandparents to make art with returning college students or adult children. Whatever your art-making need is this winter, the Art Center has you covered. Visit our site today and gift the gift or art this holiday season.

Member Exhibition: The Students of Anne Kullaf

Dolly Llama by Alexis Joseph

Show Me What You See: The Students of Anne Kullaf

Celebrated artist and instructor Anne Kullaf has curated the current member exhibition as part of her course “Preparing for an Exhibition: Are you Ready?” Show me What You See, which opens on November 17, features the work of seven artists participating in Kullaf’s professional development course that includes instruction in writing an artist statement, preparing promotional material, planning a reception, and discussing work with prospective collectors. The exhibiting students include:

  • Sally Fica
  • Karene Infranco
  • Alexis Joseph
  • Alex O’Neill
  • Marisa Picardo
  • Hope Saladino
  • Sylvia Smith

Assembled Circle II by Sally Fica

“Working with students to develop their own artistic voices is one of the best things about my job,” said Kullaf. “It’s exciting when a student reaches a level where they have mastered the basics and gained the confidence that is necessary to become more expressive with their work. It’s exciting for me to look at a work they’ve created, and to understand the unique message they are seeking to convey.”

Show Me What You See: The Students of Anne Kullaf opens on November 17, 2017 and runs through January 15, 2018 in the Marité & Joe Robinson Strolling Gallery II and Ann’s Place Gallery. There will be a public opening for the exhibition at the Art Center on Saturday, December 2, from 2-4pm.

Getting Graphic

The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey presents “Getting Graphic: Novels, Memoirs & Comics.” The December 2 event will feature graphic novelists and comic book artists showcasing and discussing their work, offering workshops and book signings, and selling merchandise. The event was conceived in conjunction with the exhibition Drawing it Out, currently on display in the Eisenberg Gallery at the Art Center. “In delving into the genre of graphic novels and memoirs, our staff and artists discovered so many interesting and unique stories,” said Sarah Walko, Director of Programs at the Visual Arts Center. “We wanted to create an event where the audience would be exposed to as many of these works as we could manage and could then meet the artists themselves.”

The event will take place at the Art Center on Saturday, December 2, from 12-5pm and is free for all ages. Tables will be set up throughout the building for the entirety of the event featuring books and merchandise by graphic novelists, memoirists, and comic book artists and food and drinks will be available from the Taquería Auténtica food truck. Following a brief introduction to the event, two artist talks will take place in the main gallery: Howard Saunders and Julia Alekseyva will discuss their respective work from 2-2:30pm and Darrell Goza and Dana Walwrath will do the same from 4-4:30pm. Additionally, two Comic Book Cover workshops** will be held during the event. One for children ages 6-9, from 12:30 – 2pm for $35 and one for children ages 9-12, 2:30 – 4pm  for $50.

 Artists appearing include:

Julia Alekseyeva

Doug Baron

Howard Saunders

Glenn Whitmore

Michael Parla

Lauren Purje

Seamus Liam O’Brien

Kirsten Kramer

 

 

Criss Madd

Darrell Goza

Dana Walwrath

Neil Vokes

Amanda Scurti

 Edward Dippolito 

Tom Schloendorn

** – You can preregister for the day’s workshops by emailing swalko@artcenternj.org. Drop-ins are also welcome.

Member Exhibitions – Jill Crouch & Carol Nussbaum

Friday, September 8, the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey launched its new series of member exhibitions in the Art Center’s community galleries. The series of shows, chosen by the Center’s Membership Committee, highlights the work of both members and students selected through an open call process that was available to the Center’s more than 800 members. The first two shows in the series run through November 6, 2017, and feature work by Jill Crouch and Carol Nussbaum.

Did You Say Chocolate?
by Jill Crouch, watercolor on paper.

 

Jill Crouch: A Journey in Watercolor

Jill Crouch, from Scotch Plains, New Jersey, presents her paintings in a showcase titled “A Journey in Watercolor.” New to the medium after a career in medical research, Crouch enrolled in classes at the Art Center and under the tutelage of some of the Center’s best instructors, created the work presented in this show. Her paintings on display chronical her journey and progression with the medium and are a perfect illustration of the heights that artists can achieve through the classes and workshops offered at the Art Center.

 

 

 

 

Mizrahi Coke Mandala
By Carol Nussbaum, print on archival pigment paper.

 

Carol Nussbaum: Mandala

Carol Nussbaum, from Short Hills, New Jersey, is presenting her work in a show titled “Mandala” which features photographs taken during her travels throughout the United States and abroad. Nussbaum takes her photos and manipulates them digitally to create a circular pattern that both transforms the image and references a mandala, an ancient Hindu and Buddhist symbol that represents unity and harmony.