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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.

Visual Arts Center of New Jersey at the Rahway Culture Crawl

The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey nurtures the capacity for personal expression, expands the creative experience, and fosters stronger communities by empowering people to see, make and learn about art. Through exhibition, studio school and community programs, the Art Center engenders connection, curiosity and creative risk-taking among its constituents. To this end, the Art Center will be participating at the Rahway Culture Crawl on September 23, 2017, and will be featuring the work of artist Jennifer Hughes.

As a photographer, Hughes leaves herself open to the stories unfolding all around us, contained in the briefest of moments and the most unexpected of places. These “glimpses” are found in everyday things–the sudden alignment of shape, color, lines, and light that comes together for a moment and points to something bigger than itself. She sees her photographs as an opportunity to transform a perception of something or someone. Through the manipulation of scale, perspective, and surroundings, the subject can shed its old familiar “self” and take on an alternate identity and thus a new meaning. A pile of rusty scrap metal becomes a magnificent sculpture. A tiny insect becomes a larger than life creature that dominates the frame. Hughes reminds us there is beauty everywhere–look closer, look deeper, and look often.

The Rahway Culture crawl is a one-day explosion of arts, culture, and music that takes place in downtown Rahway, New Jersey. Taking place from 1pm-6pm on Saturday, September 23, the event features live performances, interactive art, sculpture, video, audio installations, music, and unique vendors. This arts-based event is an opportunity for artists, musicians, and performers to create and present new work, and offers the public a chance to experience and engage with the arts and business communities in a unique and innovative way. For more information, visit CultureCrawl.org.

Members Art Show Winners Announced

 

The weekend of September 8 – 10, 2017, saw the Art Center host its inaugural Members Art Show & Collectors Weekend. The three-day event celebrated the Center’s members and their artwork with a public exhibition and sale. The Friday night opening event featured several members receiving awards for their submitted work. Juror Nany Ori. a respected corporate photographer, fine art exhibitor, and caring teacher awarded the following prizes.

  • Marian Anderson Memorial Award for Portraiture: Barbara Beeman
  • Martha Barns Memorial for Ceramics: Rhoda Roper
  • Martha Venturo Award for Landscape: Sally Abbott
  • Curtis Hillyer Memorial Award for Watercolor: Jill Crouch
  • J. Jurgen Tieck Memorial Award for Photography: Charlann Meluso
  • Emeriti Award: Isabella Pizzano
  • Marylou Hillyer Award: Jill Kerwick

 

Jill Crouch’s painting received the Curtis Hillyer Memorial Award for Watercolor.

 

The following artists also received Honorable Mentions:

  • Neela Pashparaj
  • Linda Jacobs
  • Marilyn Pfaltz
  • Denise Cocchiaro
  • Jennifer Markovitz
  • Miron Abramovici

 

The Art Center will host another juried pop-up show for members April 2018.