Atrium Gallery

John Tetz' work, STRING, soars in Atrium Gallery stairwell

As of January 2008, at the request of the County Administrator’s Office and the Board of Chosen Freeholders, Morris Arts assumed oversight for planning exhibitions at the Atrium Art Gallery, housed in the Morris County Administration & Records Building on Court Street in Morristown. Located on Floors 2-5 of the County’s Administration and Records Building, the Atrium Gallery offers 4-5 exhibits per year which showcase works in varied media by a wide variety of artists including African-American artists, high school students throughout the county (in a professionally juried show), emerging and established individual professional artists, artists with disabilities, Latin American artists, and member artists of various art associations within the county. The Gallery also includes a unique, multi-story open Atrium stairwell area which has allowed the inclusion of unusual art installations such as large mobiles, banners, quilts, and the like.

Most of the artwork is available for sale. Free catalogues, in both standard and LARGE PRINT versions (with information on the artists and the works on display) are available to the public in the elevator lobby of each floor and on tables in the seating area on the fifth floor.The Atrium Gallery is located in the Morris County Administration and Records Building on 12 Court Street, Morristown. The exhibit is free and open to the public during business hours, Mondays-Fridays from 8am-5pm. For more information, contact Dr. Lynn L. Siebert at Lsiebert@morrisarts.org or by phone at (973) 285-5115, ext. 10.


26th Blackwell Street Juried Student Exhibit

March 28-April 29, 2014

On Friday, Marche 28, 2014, from 8:30-9pm, over 400 people attended the Opening Reception for the 26th Annual Blackwell Street Juried Student Exhibit at the Atrium Gallery,  located on Floors 2-5 of the Morris County Administration and Records Building, 10 Court Street in Morristown. Embracing a very wide variety of media (sculpture, oil, acrylic, collage, multimedia, drypoint etching, charcoal, pen and ink, graphite, photography, etc.), the artworks are a stunning tribute to the creativity, skill and passion of these young artists from throughout Morris County.

A panel of five professional artists (Elaine Provost, David Gruol, Annette Hanna, Linda Aldrich, John Power – with help from Roy Provost)  from the Blackwell Street Center for the Arts comprises the jury selecting approximately 300 works from nearly 650 submissions by talented high school students from throughout the County. The show is then organized, hung and administered by the all-volunteer members of the Blackwell Street Center for the Arts, their friends and family.  There were multiple ribbon categories, with Best In Show and the 1st Place ribbons receiving monetary prizes. The opening reception included an awards presentation (on the 5th floor, in the Freeholder meeting room) and the opportunity to meet these talented young artists in person.

Above:  Best in Show, Joy Liu’s acrylic, April Rain (Mountain Lakes)

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L-R: Aliston Duerwald’s pastel wash on board, Delicious ( Mendham); Katherine Lathrop’s oil, Sargent McQueen (Mendham); Tori Fessenden’s egg tempera, Tori; Michelle Mueller’s oil, David (Roxbury).

  

L-R: Joy Liu’s acrylic, The Starving Artist (Mountain Lakes); Ella Cusano’s paper and wood, Ballando Con Le Colori (Mendham); Sam Baker’s mixed media, Junkbot (Parsippany Hills); Taylor Hempstead’s acrylic, Step into my Shoes (Academy of St. Elizabeth).

 

    

L-R: Gabby Petrocelli’s ballpoint pen work, Rejected (Raphael meets Tim Burton) (Mendham); Peter Testa’s clay and glaze, Aldun (Roxbury); Danielle Winkler’s colored pencil, Untitled (Butler); Meghan Cooper’s bronze, Cephalopod (Mendham).

Evolving from an exhibit that, in 1988, featured approximately 90 pieces of art,  to this current, massive undertaking, the Juried Student Show is unique in its democratic approach:  there are no restrictions on the number of pieces a school can submit and submissions are open to public, private, parochial and home-schooled high school student artists from throughout Morris County.  Each year, hundreds of students, parents, teachers and friends attend in support of these exceptional young artists.

Morris Arts manages the Atrium Art Gallery, selecting artists and scheduling exhibits on behalf of the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders.  The Atrium Gallery is free and open to the public during business hours, from 8am – 5pm on Mondays-Fridays. Free parking is provided during the reception in the garage underneath the building (accessed via Schuyler Place). The exhibit will run from March 28 through April29, 2014. For additional information about the show, contact Dr. Lynn L. Siebert, Gallery Director, and Director of Arts Participation & Communication for Morris Arts, (973) 285-5115, ext. 10 or Lsiebert@morrisarts.org

 

Hot off the press: Photos from the Opening Reception:

  

 

L-R: Best in Show artist Joy Liu with her mom in front of April Rain; SRO crowds at award ceremony; Blackwell St. artists Annette Hanna and David Gruol, two of the organizers of the exhibit; more crowds viewing artwork; Blackwell Street Center for the Arts organizers of the exhibit, Linda Aldrich, Dave Gruol, John Power, Roy Provost, Annette Hanna, and head of it all, Elaine Provost.

 

L-R: Crowds viewing the exhibit, on stairs and hallways; Mendham HS student Meghan Cooper with some of her prizewinning bronze sculptures; more crowds.

Art in the Atrium’s 22nd African American Exhibit

“Your Crown is Bought and Paid For”


January 24-March 14, 2014 

Over 200 people attended the Opening Reception for the 22nd annual African American Art Show and Sale presented by Morris Arts’ grantee, Art in the Atrium, Inc. on January 24th, 2014 from 5-9pm. Located on floors 2-5 of the Morris County Administration & Records Building, this year’s exhibit features renowned artist, James Denmark, whose collages, watercolors and woodcuts are in high demand throughout the art world and are found  in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. A delightful and inspiring evening, the opening reception offered a chance to meet artists, view the art, hear James Denmark’s inspiring remarks (captured in Kevin Coughlin’s  MorristownGreen.com article), enjoy the DJ’s music, and sample a delicious buffet (catered by Martin Little Catering and graciously served by Delta Sigma Theta alumnae)!

Celebrating the civil rights struggle and commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, this exhibit runs from January 24th through March 14th. The title of the exhibition, is “Your Crown has Been Bought and Paid For…..,’’ a quote from African-American author James Baldwin. The second line is “… All you have to do it wear it.’’

 “The theme celebrates the struggles we’ve been through and the efforts of civil rights workers,” says Victoria Craig, director of administration for Art in the Atrium.

Watercolors and collages by the exhibition’s featured artist, James Denmark of South Carolina, fill the entire 5th floor. Works by nearly 30 other top African-American artists, including Leroy Campbell, Maceo Mitchell, Bisa Butler, Janet Taylor Pickett, Sandra Smith, Dwight Carter and Alonzo Adams,  fill floors 2-4. Additionally, this year’s show features the works of Andre Woolery, a Morristown High School graduate, who was named one of 40 African-American Artists to Watch in 2014 by the MSNBC website,theGrio.com, which features news for African-Americans. Works by Newark artist Jerry Gant, who is also on theGrio.com‘s list, are included in the exhibit as well.

Art in the Atrium’s annual exhibition, which showcases the work of African-American artists, is the largest of its kind in New Jersey. “It really helps to expand people’s idea of what African-American art can be,” says Craig. “We have works in all mediums and genres. It’s not just figurative paintings with a mask in them.” The non-profit organization began in 1992 after Craig’s husband, attorney Charles Craig, noticed that none of the art work exhibited in the Morris County Administration building was by African-American artists. Art in the Atrium was formed to mount an exhibition of black artists and has expanded to include other events such as seminars, jazz brunches and collectors’ workshops. The first exhibition was held on the second floor, but now, art work is displayed throughout the building.

In addition to its other programs, Art in the Atrium co-sponsors artist residencies in the Morris School District that benefit between 200 to 500 students each year. It also awards an annual scholarship to a student artist, whose work is often exhibited in the show.

Above: James Denmark’s Sheer Elegance.

James Denmark
James Denmark was born in Winter Haven, Florida on March 23, 1936 into a family of Artists. He was exposed to color and form at an early age by his grandmother, a wire sculptor and quilt artist, by his grandfather, a bricklayer noted for his unique custom design molds and his mother who was gifted with an intuitive feeling for design and a fastidiousness for detail which she expressed in all aspects of her daily life. This rich beginning is the root of James Denmark’s creative expression.

He attended Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) in Tallahassee, Florida on a sports scholarship. While pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Art at FAMU, Denmark came under the tutelage of the artist and acclaimed African-American art historian, Dr. Samella Lewis, who exposed him to great traditions and accomplishments of the African-American art movement. After graduating from FAMU, Denmark moved to Brooklyn and began a career as an art teacher in the public school system.

From 1973 to 1976, Denmark earned his Master of Fine Art Degree at the prestigious Pratt Institute of Fine Art in New York. While at Pratt, Denmark met and was nurtured by an immensely talented community of artists. During this period he was heavily influenced by such abstract expressionists as Jackson Pollack, Clifford Still, Willem de Kooning. The African-American Masters Norman Lewis, Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, and Ernest Crichlow instilled in him an appreciation of his African-American artistic heritage. He began experimenting with collage. Prior to this period, he worked primarily in watercolors and charcoal.

Denmark has a natural affinity for the difficult and largely improvisational medium of collage and quickly developed his own unique and easily identifiable style. With brightly hand colored papers, found papers, fabric and objects, Denmark creates compositions that go beyond the superficial and transitory and focuses, instead, on what is eternal and universal.

Denmark’s collages, watercolors, woodcuts and reproductions are consistently and eagerly sought after by galleries and collectors worldwide. His level of acclaim is reflected in the number of prestigious collections in which is works are represented most notable that of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.

James and his wife, Ethel now enjoy living in rural Yemassee, South Carolina.

Denmark’s website ~ http://lowcountryartshop.com/

Morris Arts manages the Atrium Art Gallery, selecting artists and scheduling exhibits on behalf of the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders.  The Atrium Gallery is free and open to the public during business hours, from 8am – 5pm on Mondays-Fridays. The exhibit will run from January 24 – March 14, 2014.   For additional information about the show, visit www.artintheatrium.org or contact Dr. Lynn L. Siebert, Gallery Director, and Director of Arts Participation & Communication for Morris Arts, (973) 285-5115, ext. 10 or Lsiebert@morrisarts.org.

Reception photos: 

 

L-R: Artists and their works: James Denmark with Midnight Session; Bisa Butler with her art quilt, inawordfab; Jerry Gant  with his work, Metal with Red Hat (photo by Kevin Coughlin, MorristownGreen.com).

  

L-R: Stephen Ellis with his painting of Serena Williams (photo by Kevin Coughlin, MorristownGreen.com); Ceaphus Stubbs with his work, Sincerely Deceitful (photo by Kevin Coughlin, MorristownGreen.com); Andre Woolery’s painting, Ali (Trust the Code).

 

L-R: Amira Feldman with her mom, Morristown Councilwoman Rebecca Feldman; Fascinated crowd at James Denmark’s presentation; Art in the Atrium Organizer Viki Craig with her granddaughter Victoria Charleigh and daugher Simone.

  

L-R: Kimmy Cantrell’s sculpture, What If? Bisa Butler’s art quilt, Paris is Burning, for Josephine Baker; Leroy Campbell’s Wisdom; James Denmark’s Royal Heritage.

Media Coverage:

http://morristowngreen.com/2014/01/27/feed-your-eyes-sage-advice-from-morristowns-art-in-the-atrium-show/ 

http://www.dailyrecord.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014301240023

http://newjerseyhills.com/entertainment/new-exhibit-in-morristown-celebrates-civil-rights-struggle/article_32d52e88-8527-11e3-a98e-0019bb2963f4.html?mode=jqm

http://newjerseyhills.com/morris_news_bee/news/african-american-art-show-in-morristown-reception-jan/article_ca1b94dc-7a3f-11e3-bfee-001a4bcf887a.html

http://morristowngreen.com/2014/01/22/art-in-the-atrium-celebrates-civil-rights-struggle-with-exhibition-jan-24//

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/19/nyregion/events-in-new-jersey-for-jan-19-25-2014.html?_r=0

http://morristown.patch.com/groups/events/p/art-in-the-atrium-opening-reception

http://livemorristown.wordpress.com/

http://www.topix.com/wire/city/morristown-nj

http://njmonthly.com/events/29307.html

http://macdst.org/calendar/

Atrium Gallery Reopens

FALL/WINTER 2013-14 EXHIBIT: 10/25/13-1/7/14

Opening Reception, October 25th

After closing for renovations all spring and summer, the Atrium Gallery is back with a dramatic Fall/Winter 2013-14 Exhibit, located on Floors 3-5 of the Morris County Administration and Records Building, 10 Court Street in Morristown.

Left: Marsha Solomon’s acrylic, Tunnels in the Wood.

Embracing a wide variety of subject matter (landscapes, abstracts, portraits, etc.) and media (oil, acrylic, photography, “found object” installations, etc.), the artworks highlight the creative energies of 4 select artists 118 of whose works now appear on the  top three  floors of the Gallery. Dramatically vibrant oils by Karen Lundquist grace the 5th floor while a host of brilliantly colored abstracts and realist/figurative acrylic works by prizewinning artist Marsha Solomon occupy the 4th floor. On the 3rd floor, viewers will find Rebecca Zagoory’s powerful and striking architectural and fine art photographs.  The creative and whimsical “found object” figurative sculptures and installations by award-winning artist Suprina were recently removed from the 2nd floor  for courthouse security reasons but they are available in a “virtual exhibit” – via YouTube videos HERE. (Additionally, a portion of the sculptures are on exhibit at Gallery Aferro in Newark for the first portion of November.)

L-R: Karen Lundquist oil, July Afternoon in the Garden; Rebecca Zagoory’s  photograph, Inside the Harp; Suprina’s sculpture, Toupée; Marsha Solomon’s acrylic, Still Life in Venetian Red.

Here are some additional photos:

       

 

L-R:  View of the 4th and 5th floor exhibits (Solomon and Lundquist art respectively);  view of oils by Karen Lundquist – on 5th floor; 2 views of sculptures by Suprina on the 2nd floor, before removal; visitors examining photographs by Rebecca Zagoory.

 

  

L-R: The artists: Photographer  Rebecca Zagoory answers questions about her work;  Karen Lundquist in front of her oil, Redeemer; sculptor Suprina with videotaped “virtual exhibit” showing her sculpture, Seduction; Photographer Rebecca Zagoory with her photograph of Grand Central Station, entitled The Grand Hall; Michela  Musolino, Adel  and Mary Gorgy, the artist Marsha Solomon and Dr. Virginia Butera.

Morris Arts manages the Atrium Art Gallery, selecting artists and scheduling exhibits on behalf of the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders.  The Atrium Gallery is free and open to the public during business hours, from 8am – 5pm on Mondays-Fridays. The exhibit will run from October 25, 2013 through January 7, 2014.  It will be open on the evening of December 31, 2012, from 7pm-midnight, for First Night Morris County.

Click HERE to see the catalogue for the exhibit.

For additional information about the show, contact Dr. Lynn L. Siebert, Gallery Director, and Director of Arts Participation & Communication for the Arts Council of the Morris Area, (973) 285-5115, ext. 10 or Lsiebert@morrisarts.org.

 

 

Blackwell St. Juried Student Exhibit celebrates 25th year with March 22nd opening

 On Friday, March 22, 2013 nearly 400 people attended  the Opening Reception for the 25th annual Blackwell Street Juried Student Show at the Atrium Gallery, located on Floors 2-5 of the Morris County Administration and Records Building, 10 Court Street in Morristown. Embracing a very wide variety of media (sculpture, oil, acrylic, collage, multimedia, drypoint etching, charcoal, pen and ink, graphite, photography, etc.), the hunreds of artworks are a stunning tribute to the creativity, skill and passion of these young artists from throughout Morris County.

 Left: Cara Peslak’s ceramic piece, Luna Sol.

A panel of five professional artists from the Blackwell Street Center for the Arts (led by Elaine Provost, Dave Gruol and Annette Hanna) comprises the jury. This year, they had the daunting task of  selecting 415 works from 759  submissions by talented students drawn from 20 high schools  from throughout the County. The show was then organized, hung and administered by the all-volunteer members of the Blackwell Street Center for the Arts, their friends and family. There were 16 ribbon categories, with Best In Show and the 1st Place ribbons receiving monetary prizes. The opening reception included an awards presentation (on the 5th floor, in the Freeholder meeting room) and the opportunity to meet these talented young artists in person.

 

L-R: Kramer Campisano’s oil, A Deeper Look On Life (Mountain Lakes HS); Leandra DeVito’s earthenware clay, glaze work, Octopus (Jefferson Township HS); Sarah Berek’s  acrylic-watercolor-marker,Tree Pangolin (Mount Olive HS); ;Kyuri Park’s pencil work, Inside the Cathedral (Montville Township);Sydney Prusso’s mixed media Manhattan Matrix (Morristown).

Evolving from an exhibit that, in 1988, featured approximately 90 pieces of art, to this current, massive undertaking, the Juried Student Show is unique in its democratic approach:  there are no restrictions on the number of pieces a school can submit and submissions are open to public, private, parochial and home-schooled high school student artists from throughout Morris County.  Each year, hundreds of students, parents, teachers and friends attend in support of these exceptional young artists.

 

L-R: Best in Show, Meghan Cooper’s bronze, Cirque Acrobat (Mendham HS); Emily Niehoff’s oil, Untitled (Mendham HS); Mary Bond’s oil, Marie Calloway (Mendham HS); Michael Aromondo’s acrylic Self Portrait (Mendham HS).

 

   

L-R: Ashley Weber’s stoneware Fairy Tale Fish (Randolph HS); Juliana Balluffi-Fry’s scratch board piece, Peacock (Mountain Lakes HS); Caitlin Cavanaugh’s oil, Still Life (Mendham HS); Tom Geannakakes’ mixed media painting, Unicorn Self Portrait (Randolph HS).

Scenes from the opening reception, March 22nd…

L-R: Student artists, parents, teachers and families showed up in force for the opening of this exhibit; Elaine Provost presents awards; closeup of Elaine Provost, one of professional artists of the Blackwell St. Center for the Arts who heads the yearly efforts for this outstanding exhibit.

    

L-R:  Best in Show winner Meghan Cooper (Mendham HS), with her bronze, Cirque Acrobat; more young award winners with their ceramic works; 1st place in pencil drawing winner Ashley Granato (Whippany Park HS) in front of her work; a wall of  beribboned art;.

Morris Arts manages the Atrium Art Gallery, selecting artists and scheduling exhibits on behalf of the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders.  The Atrium Gallery is free and open to the public during business hours, from 8am – 5pm on Mondays-Fridays. Free parking is provided during the reception in the garage underneath the building (accessed via Schuyler Place). This new exhibit will run from March 22 through April 26, 2013. For additional information about the show, contact Dr. Lynn L. Siebert, Gallery Director, and Director of Arts Participation & Communication for Morris Arts, (973) 285-5115, ext. 10 or Lsiebert@morrisarts.org

 

 Art in the Atrium’s 21st African-American Art Exhibit
January 25-March 8, 2013:

On Friday, January 25, 2013, nearly 150 members of the public attended the free Opening Reception for the 21st Art in the Atrium African-American Art Exhibit entitled “Generation Next” at the Atrium Gallery, located on Floors 2-5 of the Morris County Administration and Records Building, 10 Court Street in Morristown. The featured artist,  Janet Taylor Pickett, whose works are on display on the 5th floor,  gave a talk as part of the evening’s festivities. Many of the artists whose 183 works are on display were available to meet the public and discuss their art.

Distinguished guests attending the festivities included U.S. Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen along with members of the arts community including Tom Werder, Executive Director of Morris Arts.

Left: Featured artist Janet Taylor Pickett’s Patterns of Memory (fabric, acrylic & collage on canvas).

Embracing a wide variety of subject matter and media (oil, acrylic, collage, photography, fabric, multimedia, etc.), the artworks highlight the creative energies of over 30 artists drawn from throughout the United States, including  Alonzo Adams, Peter Ambush, Indira Bailey, Terry Boddie, Bisa Butler,Lynn Cabbell, Leroy Campbell, Ray Clark, Jacqueline Collier, Viki Craig, Jerry Gant, Keidra Hoskins, Marian Howard, Cassandra Jennings Hall, Glenda Jones, Oliver Lake, Thomas Malloy, Ray Mobley, Rosalind Nzinga Nichol, Wannetta Philllips, Cephas Stubbs, Sandra Smith, Janet Taylor Pickett, Gwen Verner, and Bisa Washington, among others.

Art in the Atrium, Inc. (ATA) is a nonprofit, volunteer arts organization that has proudly exhibited African-American fine art in many venues throughout northern New Jersey since its founding in 1992 by Charles and Victoria Craig.

 

 

L-R: Janet Taylor Pickett’s acrylic on canvas, Spring Rain; Janet Taylor Pickett’s acrylic on wood panel, White Tulips;  Bisa Butler’s artquilt, Afrodite.

L-R: Leroy Campbell’s Night Stroll; Rosalind Nzinga Nichol’s fabric work, The Day it Rained Butterflies; Ray Mobley’s Untitled.

 

 

 

 

 

Here are some shots from the January 25th, 2013 reception:


   

L-R: Indira Bailey with her painting, Marketplace; Cephas Stubbs with Pilgrimage 2011;  artist Keidra Hoskins with her daughter Olivia; Bisa Butler with her quilt, Afrodite; B. Curtis Grayson with Rhythm of the Drum; Janet Taylor Pickett with Roots of Intention and Desire.

 

 

 

 

 

L-R: Delicious buffet service; Lauren Craig, Viki Craig and Janet Taylor Pickett; Former Executive Director of the Morris Museum, Steve Miller with his wife.

 

 

 

 

 

L-R: Viki Craig with Congressman Frelinghuysen and Morris Arts Executive Director Tom Werder; The Carcich Family; Crowd attending the Pickett talk.

Morris Arts  manages the Atrium Art Gallery, selecting artists and scheduling exhibits on behalf of the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders.  The Atrium Gallery is free and open to the public during business hours, from 8am – 5pm on Mondays-Fridays. The exhibit will run from January 25-March 8, 2013.  For additional information about the show, visit www.artintheatrium.org or contact Dr. Lynn L. Siebert, Gallery Director, and Director of Arts Participation & Communication for Morris Arts, (973) 285-5115, ext. 10 or Lsiebert@morrisarts.org.

Fall/Winter 2012-13 Exhibit  Sept. 28, 2012- January 11, 2013

On Friday, September 28, 2012, approximately 150 people attended  the Fall/Winter 2012 Exhibit at the Atrium Gallery, located on Floors 2-5 of the Morris County Administration and Records Building, 10 Court Street in Morristown.

Left: Detail from intricate embroidery,Flowers in the Window, by Natalia Margulis.

Embracing a wide variety of subject matter (landscapes, portraits, abstracts, etc.) and media (oil, acrylic, collage, photography, fabric/embroidery, etc.), the artworks highlighted the creative energies of 12 artists whose 260 works are displayed on the four floors of the Gallery.

 On the fifth floor, the exquisitely detailed seascapes of Dennis Joseph Yanoski shared space with the intriguing, atmospheric multi-media oils of Robert Gagauf. The fifth floor stairwell featured colorful art quilts by Victoria C. Craig and Wannetta Phillips of Javiwa & Jo while the elevator lobby included a continuation of the photo/painting, joint exhibition by Laurie Harden and Pam Hasegawa which began on the second floor.

 

L-R: Dorrie Rifkin’s watercolor, Da Subway-168 Street, Bronx, NY; Dennis Joseph Yanoski oil, Before Irene; Pam Hasegawa photo, Ethiopian Man;  Robert Gagauf oil, Sin City.

L-R: Lisa Ficarelli-Halpern’s oil, Booty; Nina Nemeth’s liquid acrylic/collage, Into the Day; Laurie Harden’s oil, Warrior;  Jyoti Godhani’s rendition of Georgia O’Keefe’s Oriental Poppies; art quilt by Victoria C. Craig.

 The fourth floor featured the brilliant cityscape watercolors of Dorrie Rifkin and vibrant landscapes and portraits in fluid acrylic/collage and drawing by Nina Nemeth. In the third floor Atrium area, Lisa Ficarelli-Halpern’s sly humor abounded in her silkscreens and oils while the Hallway area featured the exquisitely detailed and intricate embroidered “paintings” by renowned Russian-born fabric artist Natalia Margulis. Artist Jyoti Godhani filled the third floor elevator lobby with “fabulous fakes”…her excellent renditions of classic works by Van Gogh, O’Keefe, Renoir and Munch. On the second floor, Around the World: Memorable Faces and Less-Traveled Places was the subject of the joint photo/painting exhibit by photographer Pam Hasegawa and painter Laurie Harden (which also continues in the elevator lobby of the fifth floor). In the atrium stairwell area between the second and third floors, John Tetz’s showed his fascinating mobiles, Feather Pieces and wall-mounted Totems.

Click on  Fall-Winter Exhibit, 2012-13 catalogue to see the full catalogue of the exhibit.

The exhibit ran from September 28, 2012 through January 11, 2013.  It was  open on the evenings of December 14, from 5-8pm, for Art Around the Park and on December 31, 2012, from 7pm-midnight, for First Night Morris County. For additional information about the show, contact Dr. Lynn L. Siebert, Gallery Director, and Director of Arts Participation & Communication for the Arts Council of the Morris Area, (973) 285-5115, ext. 10 or Lsiebert@morrisarts.org.

Spring/Summer Exhibit runs from May 18-Sept. 5, 2012

Running from May 18-Sept. 5, 2012, the Spring/Summer 2012 Exhibit at the Atrium Gallery was located on Floors 2-5 of the Morris County Administration and Records Building, 10 Court Street in Morristown.

   

L-R: Carol Manochio’s oil, 42nd St. Evening Rush; detail from Theresa Kubert’s watercolor, Flower Girls; Linda Aldrich’s colored pen/ink, Reclamation; Nora Winn’s watercolor, Tricycle.

Embracing a very wide variety of subject matter (landscapes, portraits, abstracts, sculpture, etc.) and media (oil, acrylic, collage, photography, pen and ink, mixed media, etc.), the artworks highlighted the creative energies of artists whose 217 works were displayed on the four floors of the Gallery. On the fifth floor, the Blackwell Street Center for the Arts showcased 43 works by artists Linda Aldrich, Peggy Dressell, David Gruol, Mary Guidetti, Annette Hanna, John Power, Joe Terrone, and Nora Winn.

L-R: Details from Virginia Puskar’s watercolor, Rockland View; Pat Albee’s mixed media, Mushrooms; Susan Kadar’s oil, Storm Warnings over Normandy; Joe Wallace’s photo, Tell Me a Story.

On the third and fourth floors, the Art Association in Roxbury presented 103 works by artists Pat Albee, Marjorie Barrett, Dolores Bruzzi, Carol Campbell, Martin Chapkosky, Jean Davidson, Dee DeJuilio, Jerily DeWorken, Elmer Dey, Dorothy Fleming, Theresa Fleming, Terri Forester, Joseph Gilligan, Caroline Goldsmith, Rose M. Goldstein, Connie Lucas Halliwell, Nina Harlan, Daniel Herczak, Susan Kadar, June Knopf, Theresa Kubert, Donna Kusama, Annette Lange, Ruth Long, Anastasia Mancuso, Rose Mandala, Carol Manochio, Linda Olinger, Karen Paz, Jack Quinn, Lorraine Robertson, Leina’ala Schwartz, Doris Schwindt, Joyce Sciacca, Liza J. Smith-Simpson, Wendy Stamer, Roberta Tarnacki, Antoinette Troy, Norman Volz, Joe Wallace, and Joan Winter. The second floor featured 71 works by member artists of the Myhelan Artists Network, including art by Judi Case, Elmer Dey, Buel Ecker, Holly Fazelat, Abi Fellows, Mef Gannon, Kim Griswold, Kathleen Kirchner, Jean Leigh, Kristina Lloyd, Parvathi Kumar, Gail Mardfin, Sher Weston Stec, Shirley Supp, John Tetz,  Marianne Trent. In the atrium stairwell area between the second and third floors,  artist John Tetz’s fascinating mobiles, Feather Pieces and wall-mounted Totems were on display.

      

L-R: Shirley Supp’s acrylic on canvas on Indian Rug, The Ancestors: Elmer Dey’s mixed media, Rainbow Connection; detail from Mef Gannon’s mixed media art quilt, She Dreams; Gail Mardfin’s acrylic, Day Lilies in the Garden.

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the opening on May 31st, viewers enjoyed refreshments and the chance to meet many of the artists.

Click on MorristownGreen.com for additional coverage of the opening reception, with brief interviews of artists John Tetz, Annette Hanna and Sher Weston Stec in front of their works.

The Arts Council of the Morris Area manages the Atrium Art Gallery, selecting artists and scheduling exhibits on behalf of the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders.  The Atrium Gallery is free and open to the public during business hours, from 8am – 5pm on Mondays-Fridays. The exhibit will run from May 18 through September 5, 2012. For additional information about the show, contact Dr. Lynn L. Siebert, Gallery Director, and Director of Arts Participation & Communication for the Arts Council of the Morris Area, (973) 285-5115, ext. 10 or Lsiebert@morrisarts.org.

24th Annual Blackwell Street Juried Student Show ran from  March 30th to May 11, 2012

On Friday, March 30, 2012, hundreds of  young artists, art teachers and parents attended the Opening Reception for the 24th annual Blackwell Street Juried Student Show at the Atrium Gallery, located on Floors 2-5 of the Morris County Administration and Records Building, 10 Court Street in Morristown. Embracing a very wide variety of media (sculpture, oil, acrylic, collage, multimedia, drypoint etching, charcoal, pen and ink, graphite, photography, etc.), the artworks are a stunning tribute to the creativity, skill and passion of these young artists from throughout Morris County.

 

L-R: Jae Huyn Cho’s book-foamcore-rope and glue piece, Information Pirates (Roxbury); Paulo Carandang’s acrylic, In the Fast Lane (Mt. Olive); Best In Show, Mike Kwilos’ etching, Reaching Heaven (Delbarton); Kathleen McGlynn’s acrylic, Jamie (Morris Knolls).  

  A panel of five professional artists from the Blackwell Street Center for the Arts comprised the jury selecting nearly 400 works from 600 submissions by talented high school students from 19 schools spread throughout the county. The show was then organized, hung and administered by the all-volunteer members of the Blackwell Street Center for the Arts, their friends and family. There were at least 14 ribbon categories,  including a new one for paper sculpture. Best In Show and the 1st Place ribbons receiving monetary prizes. The opening reception included an awards presentation (on the 5thfloor, in the Freeholder meeting room) and the opportunity to meet these talented young artists in person.  

 

 

 

 

 

L-R:  Samantha Sernekos’ book-wire-glue piece, The Dragon from Down Under (Roxbury); Kelly O’Grady’s glazed ceramic Turkey Burger (Mountain Lakes); Yelitza Herrera’s Mosaic (Dover) and Rachel Powell’s oil, I.O.P. (Mendham). 

To see a brief interview of Elaine Provost, guiding force behind the Blackwell Street Juried Student Exhibit, click HERE.

Evolving from an exhibit that, in 1988 (featured approximately 90 pieces of art) to this current, massive undertaking, the Juried Student Show is unique in its democratic approach:  there are no restrictions on the number of pieces a school can submit and submissions are open to public, private, parochial and home-schooled high school student artists from throughout Morris County.  Each year, hundreds of students, parents, teachers and friends attend in support of these exceptional young artists. Free parking is provided during the reception in the garage underneath the building (accessed via Schuyler Place).

            L-R: Chuan-En Wong’s watercolor & ink, Program (Montville Township); Julia Rosenblatt’s oil, Storyteller (Butler); Marlaina Lutz’s multimedia, The Woman in Words (Roxbury); Kaleigh Hennet’s collage, The River Maiden (Montville Township).  The Arts Council of the Morris Area manages the Atrium Art Gallery, selecting artists and scheduling exhibits on behalf of the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders.  The Atrium Gallery is free and open to the public during business hours, from 8am – 5pm on Mondays-Fridays. The exhibit will run from March 16 through May 11, 2012. For additional information about the show, contact Dr. Lynn L. Siebert, Gallery Director, and Director of Arts Participation & Communication for the Arts Council of the Morris Area, (973) 285-5115, ext. 10 or Lsiebert@morrisarts.org

Atrium Gallery’s Winter 2012 Exhibit 

The Arts Council of the Morris Area’s Winter 2012 Exhibit before  closed on March 13, 2012. Embracing a very wide variety of subject matter and media, the 181 artworks highlighted the creative energies of 8 artists whose works are exhibited on the four floors of the Gallery. On the fifth floor, Raymond Sicignano’s Urban Expressions features bold, colorful renderings of cityscapes captured the singularity and distinctiveness of neighborhoods all too often replaced by sterile franchises, malls and corporate logos. On the fourth floor, Adel Gorgy’s recent body of work, Seeing Art Anew, presented a collection of photographs whose subject is art itself, honing in on visual phrases from great paintings as the basis for new compositions or exploring the world or realism and abstraction. On the third floor, Michael Paxton’s photographs captured the serenity and devotion of monastic life in Laos and Myanmar (Burma) while Sandra P. Smith’s multimedia abstracts captured deep emotions and Karen Lundquist’s post -Impressionist oils burst forth in a riot of color and energy. In the atrium stairwell area between the second and third floors,  artist John Tetz’s fascinating mobiles, Feather Pieces float on the air currents. Finally, on the second floor, viewers could see the unique “naïve” style of Romanian artist, Alex Chereches and the intriguing, contemporary canvasses of Jennifer Levine.

Located at the Atrium Gallery, located on Floors 2-5 of the Morris County Administration and Records Building, 10 Court Street in Morristown, it offers 181 artworks by 8 artists.

To see the catalogue of this exhibit, click Winter 2012 Exhibit final catalogue.

 To watch the Morris County Office of Public Information’s short video on the exhibit, click  Morris Minutes.

  

L-R: Raymond Sicignano’s oil, Ideal Hosiery (featured above); Adel Gorgy’s photographA Hundred Veils Fall, after Matisse; Michael Paxton’s photograph, Columns; Sandra P. Smith’s multimedia work, Inner City.    

     

L-R: Karen Lundquist’s oil, Deep Ravine, November; Jennifer Levine’s oil, Strolling on a Cloud; Raymond Sicignano’s oil, Baobab Tree;  Alex Chereches’s reverse painting on glass, Wild Boar Hunting.

 The Arts Council of the Morris Area manages the Atrium Art Gallery, selecting artists and scheduling exhibits on behalf of the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders.  The Atrium Gallery is free and open to the public during business hours, from 8am – 5pm on Mondays-Fridays. The exhibit ran from January 20 through March 13, 2012.