Yearning for color, vibrancy and a sense of life in these difficulty times? Morris Arts invites the public to the free opening reception on September 30, from 7-9pm, for THE COLOR OF LIFE, its exciting Fall/Winter 2021-22 Invitational, at the Atrium Art Gallery, located on Floors 2-5 of the Morris County Administration and Records Building at 10 Court Street in Morristown. Meet the six gifted artists whose works utilize oils, alcohol ink, digital media, soft sculpture, acrylics, printmaking and photographic techniques – providing imagery ranging from the abstract to the naturalistic – to embody the theme, THE COLOR OF LIFE.
Masks and social distancing are required for all entering the building.
L-R: Gregory Egan’s digital painting, Blue Circle; Bryant Small’s alcohol ink painting Love.Balance.Truth; Danielle Master’s acrylic and various media, Passages.
The fifth floor will feature the intriguing figurative works by artist Gregory Egan (Mendham, NJ) whose images utilize pencil ink, watercolor and digital media to capture subjects from vintage cars to beachscapes employing intensive and distinctive colors and a delicacy of line that creates a unique emotional connection to each work. The fourth floor is ablaze with the intense colors of monumental abstracts by artist Bryant Small (Jersey City). Through the medium of alcohol ink, Small’s works capture a unique shimmering quality, dynamism and vibrancy. Emerging artist, Danielle Masters (South Orange), inspires with her distinctive and definitively colored, geometrically inspired – and often whimsical – abstracts which combine painting and soft sculptures in the Atrium area of the third floor. Viewing abstraction through a different, softer lens, photographer Daniel Sroka (Morristown) creates astonishing botanical abstracts which challenge the viewer to see the ordinary objects of nature in extraordinary ways – on view in the third floor Hallway area. And, complementing the botanical theme but approaching it from a naturalistic vantage point, photographer and printmaker Yvette Lucas (Montclair) showcases deeply moving and inspiring portraits of remarkable trees, capturing their poetry and wisdom – in works seen in the Elevator Lobby area of the third floor. Finally, the second floor is awash in the color, movement and imagination of the prolific and award-winning surrealist, Santiago Cohen (Jersey City) whose rich imagery invokes multiple metaphors and symbology combined with sense of wonder and sheer fun.
L-R: Dan Sroka’s photo, Glass Slipper; Yvette Lucas’ photo intaglio, Mother II; Santiago Cohen’s oil, Crossroads.
The concept behind THE COLOR OF LIFE is to not only provide gifted artists with the opportunity to showcase the range of their talents but also to help restore a sense of life and excitement for viewers during these difficult times. Seeing the variety and vibrancy of these artworks brings a sense of renewal, resilience and beauty into our beleaguered lives.
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. The exhibit remains in place until January 10, 2022.