On Friday, September 22, 2017 from 7-9 pm, nearly 200 people joined Morris Arts at the free opening reception of the exciting Fall/Winter 2017-18 Invitational Exhibit at the Atrium Art Gallery, located on Floors 2-5 of the Morris County Administration and Records Building at 10 Court Street in Morristown. They had a chance to meet the six gifted artists whose 170 works demonstrated great variety of media, utilizing oils, acrylics, mixed media, ink, etc. and a wide range of styles, from the abstract to hyper-realism and pop surrealism.
Featured image: Allan Gorman’s oil, What Iron Hath Wrought
Click HERE for the Catalogue of the Exhibit.
The fifth floor Atrium will feature the hyper-realistic oils by prizewinning artist Allan Gorman (West Orange, NJ) whose works evoke artists as Edward Hopper, George Bellows (and others) and reveal Gorman’s fascination with the hidden patterns, aesthetic tensions, mystery and power of machines and industry. In the fifth floor Lobby, Mark Oberndorf (Wyckoff, NJ), Another realist painter influenced by Hopper (and by Vermeer), portrays communal landmarks before their gentrification and/or demolition, combining vivid colors and a keen appreciation of natural light, creative composition and perspective. The fourth floor showcases the extensive and highly varied portfolio of Joe LaMattina (Hackensack, NJ), a longtime artist and art educator whose vast, mixed media output ranges from representational to “abstract/organic” – and includes his “human essence” works that eloquently capture states of mind and abstract feelings. A riot of brilliant colors from Valerie Verona’s (Chester, NJ) vibrant acrylics energizes the third floor Atrium, blending representational and abstract imagery, while David Nicolato’s (Verona, NJ) pop surrealism explores themes such as darker dreams, child development and the treatment of animals – with vividly imagined animal forms, fantastical beasts and whimsical yet unsettling imagery. Featured on the second floor, prizewinning artist Lisa DeLoria Weinblatt (Bayside, NY) shares her insightful and thought provoking School Lunch series of oils, a fascinating, expressive pictorial essay of contemporary student life which touches on cross cultural issues and emotional attitudes explored in the shared experience of school lunch.
Among the distinguished visitors at the opening were Kevin O’Brien, Second Vice Chair of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and Stephanie Haboush Plunkett, Deputy Director/Chief Curator of the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA.
Here are some photos from the reception:
Most works are available for sale, with details and pricing provided in the free catalogues found in the elevator lobby areas on floors 2-5. The Atrium Art Gallery is free and open to the public during business hours, 8:30am-4:30pm on Monday-Friday and will be open from 7pm-midnight at First Night Morris County on New Year’s Eve. The exhibit remains in place until January 5, 2018.