Remembrance of Things Past

Nearly 200 people attended the Arts Council of the Morris Area’s opening reception for its latest juried exhibition entitled Remembrance of Things Past, featuring works by 50 artists who live or work in New Jersey. Curated by Virginia Fabbri Butera, Ph.D., Director of the Therese A. Maloney Gallery and Chair of the Art and Music Departments at the College of St. Elizabeth, the exhibit showcases these artists’ unique and creative interpretations of the theme (suggested by Marcel Proust’s novel of the same title). The works utilize an extremely wide variety of media, including pen & ink, stitched muslin, galvanized wire, gum bichromate, wood, bronze, steel and more. Remembrance of Things Past pays homage to the tenth anniversary of 9/11 through art that evokes the power of memory. Works by the 50 artists present very distinctive and unique visions which range from the personal to the cosmic, from the sense of loss and tragedy to the humorous and touching. “This is a powerful and very meaningful tribute to events which have touched our lives in profound and moving ways,” said Anne Aronovitch, Executive Director of the Arts Council.

Participating artists include Linda Aldrich (Boonton Township), Peter Aldrich (Boonton Township), Sam Awad (Summit), Aileen Bassis (Jersey City), Ron Brown (South Orange), Monica Camin (Fair Haven), Liz Demaree (South Orange), Ellen Denuto (Denville), Doug DePice (Secaucus), Amy Evans (Califon), Michael Fenton (Morris Plains), Carlos Frias (Bloomfield), George Garbeck (Washington Township), Raul Gil (Montclair), Bonnie Gloris (Jersey City), Jaz Graf (Jersey City), Miriam Jacobs (Montclair), Monica Kane (Collingswood), Kay Kenny (South Orange), Mohamed Khalil (Little Falls), George Kopp (West Orange), Neal Korn (Union), Theodore Largman (Morris Township), Patricia Malarcher (Englewood), Len Merlo (Plainfield), Kendall Messick (Jersey City), Thomas F. Miller (Whippany), Marian Mundy (Mendham), Don Myles (Belvidere), Irmari Nacht (Englewood), Joel Naprstek (Park Ridge), James L. Occi (Mt. Laurel), Amy Puccio (Howell), Betsey Regan (Little Egg Harbor), Bob Richardson (Madison), Jose Rodeiro (Madison), Joann Ross (West New York), Diane Savona (Passaic), Rocco Scary (North Caldwell), Catherine Schmitt (Park Ridge), Fausto Sevila (Elizabeth), Agniewszka Solawa (Summit), Laurinda Stockwell (Lebanon), Mike Tesi (Madison), Peter Tilgner (Tenafly), Natalie Tyler (Jersey City), Raul Villarreal (Verona), Michael Wiley (Ewing), Yagid Joy (Maplewood), and Barry Zawacki (Mountain Lakes).

The public is invited to see this exceptional exhibit, and to meet the artists and the curator, at the free opening reception on September 8th from 6-8pm at the Gallery at 14 Maple, a distinctive space located on the 3rd floor of the LEED certified “green” building at 14 Maple Avenue in Morristown, NJ.

View the exhibit catalogue HERE.

The Arts Council gratefully acknowledges sponsorship for this exhibit by

, with additional support from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.


The exhibit is open to the public Mondays-Thursdays from 10am to 4pm and on Fridays from 10am to 1pm and by appointment, and will remain on display until February 15, 2012. Visit or call (973) 285-5115 for additional information.

The Gallery at 14 Maple is a barrier-free facility. Individuals needing special accommodation should contact Kadie Dempsey at (973) 285-5115, x 17 or