Common Ground opened March 8, 2017 in Gallery at 14 Maple

On March 8, 2017 nearly 100 people attended the opening reception for the Gallery at 14 Maple’s seventeenth exhibit, entitled COMMON GROUND – along with the presentation of the Ehlers and Coladarci Scholarships. It was a fascinating and inspiring evening.

Here are some photos from the Opening:

For this show, the Exhibition Committee of Morris Arts and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, with guest curator, Jeanne Brasile, selected works by six outstanding New Jersey artists, including Alaine Becker (South Orange); Dominant Dansby (Jersey City); Dahlia Elsayed (Palisades Park); Heejung Kim (Bogota); Mel Leipzig (Trenton) and Alex Piccirillo (Nutley). As Curator Brasile states, “There are many sayings in many cultures that note the importance of the collective.  Unfortunately, in difficult times such as now, we tend to focus on the things that divide us…This group exhibition, Common Ground endeavors to express the interconnectedness of the human experience through a variety of artistic impressions.” 

Click HERE to see the exhibit catalogue.

Featured image: Mel Leipzig’s June Wilson


Using graphite on paper, Alaine Becker suggests flesh and bone with her intriguing organic forms that investigate the body and its internal structures while Dominant Dansby bridges nature and artifice with his found materials assemblages that evoke compartments of the brain and the way we store and retrieve information. With whimsy and sly humor, Dahlia Elsayed draws on pop culture, using thought clouds to capture random sensations we all have had throughout any given day. Taking a more spiritual approach, Heejung Kim’s works reference the meditative aspects of mandalas and, with great delicacy, reveal the very neurons that power our thoughts and feelings.  By contrast, Mel Leipzig’s works focus on the human experience, portraying friends and family and the places they inhabit, utilizing the external landscapes to illuminate the internal qualities of each individual portrait. By contrast, Alex Piccirillo’s portraits exclude a “setting” and focus entirely on the individuals portrayed, capturing the mood and emotion of private moments, of stillness and solitude.

 The exhibit runs through August 24, 2017. The Gallery at 14 Maple is free and open to the public from 10am-4pm Monday-Friday and by  appointment.

Morris Arts gratefully acknowledges sponsorship for this exhibit by