On Thursday, September 27, 2018 nearly 100 people braved the Court Street construction zone to join Morris Arts at the free opening reception of the exciting Fall/Winter 2018-19 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.
Utilizing the vast spaces of the four floors of gallery space, this invitational exhibit essentially comprises multiple solo exhibits by eight outstanding, award-winning artists whose works have exhibited in galleries from NYC to Paris and are included in major museum collections. Featured artists include Bascove (New York), Fred Fertik (Clifton), Chris Kappmeier (Lyndhurst), Sue Ellen Leys (Maplewood), Betsy Meyer-Donadio (West Orange), Ruth Bauer Neustadter (Hackensack), John Tetz (Succasunna) and Dennis Joseph Yanoski (Morristown). Working in such media as oils, collages, acrylics, mixed media, cement, glass, paper, photography, and encaustics, their art encompasses styles from abstract to Art Deco, modernism, as well as post Impressionism, and ultra-realism.
On the fifth floor, award winning artist Bascove showcases two facets of her remarkable talents: her iconic, monumental oils of the bridges of New York City and her dynamic, swirling collages of fragmented, echoing imagery. In the fourth floor atrium, plein air artist Chris Kappmeier captures the disorder of city life and dynamic, vibrant landscapes – evoking Van Gogh with his use of thickly applied oils, semi abstract imagery and vibrant colors. Located in the fourth floor hall and elevator lobby areas, the abstract mixed media collages and paintings on paper, canvas and wood by Betsy Meyer-Donadio incorporate vintage paper, fabric remnants, plaster and paint and convey an inspired sense of architecture and geometry. In the third floor hallway and elevator lobby, Fred Fertik’s exceptional eye for color, composition and design capture fascinating images from his travels to over 100 countries. Sue Ellen Leys fills the third floor atrium with her encaustic (beeswax) representational paintings of people enjoying life. Enhancing the stairwell area, the two paper mobiles by John Tetz reflect his fascination with the letter “O,” floating across 40 feet of space or suspending between floors. In the second floor Hallway and Elevator Lobby, the viewer can practically feel the spray of the ocean waves and sense the pull of the tides in Dennis Joseph Yanoski’s vivid and ultra-realistic oil seascapes. And, in the second floor Atrium area, artist-dancer-poet-choreographer and performer, Ruth Bauer Neustadter brilliantly combines found materials, acrylic, oil, cement and other materials to create frequently “sculptural” paintings of great power and dynamic movement.
Here are some PHOTO from the opening:
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 7, 2019.