Opportunity for Artists:
New Art Group 2018 Solo Show Competition

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Our Galleries are closed for the summer.
Please see our About WAC page for our Summer Office Hours.
The galleries will open again September 7.

Sunday and Monday: closed • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: noon – 5 p.m.
Saturday: 10 - 3 p.m.

Watchung Arts Center Invitational

Heinz W. Otto Gallery

January 6-27

Opening' Reception, January 7, 1-4 PM

In this exhibit, 6 well-established New Jersey based contemporary artists were asked to choose one artist each whose art they felt had personal resonance and should be seen by the audiences at the Watchung Arts Center. The resulting show highlights the works of invited artists Elizabeth Allison, Craig J. Barber, Keely McCool, Betty McGeehan, Sylvia Taylor and Amy Weil.

The artists who chose the works are Susan Ahlstrom, Francesca Azzara, Orna Greenberg, Nancy Ori, Heidi Sussman, and Katie Truk. Each artist discusses the connection they found in their wall statements.

To help illustrate any overt or subtle connections between the chooser and chosen artists, at least one work created by the choosing artist is on view in conjunction with the works of the invited artists. There is a correspondence of visual thinking that helps to illuminate how creative people think and see.

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Upcoming Exhibitions

February 2-28

Opening Reception, February 4, 1-4 PM

Heinz W. Otto Gallery

DuCret School Show

Lower Gallery

Maia Kumari Gilman

Form for Exhibitors

If you would like to exhibit at the Watchung Arts Center, please contact Paul Pinkman, VP Visual Arts, Watchung Arts Center, e-mail pauledwardpinkman@gmail.com.

Download a sample of our Exhibitor Agreement.

If you have any questions or comments, call (908) 753-0190.

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Sarah Canfield

Lower Gallery

January 6 - 27

Opening Reception, January 7 1-4 PM

image by Sarah Canfield

Sarah Canfield

Sarah Canfield received her BFA in painting, cum laude from Alfred University in Alfred, New York. She has exhibited her work in locations throughout the Northeast, including the Pennsylvania State Museum, Woodmere Art Museum, Salmagundi Club in New York City, Monmouth Museum, Montclair State University, Noyes Museum, Fairleigh Dickinson University, and the Google corporate offices in New York City. Awards have included a purchase prize at the Pastel Society of America in New York City and project grants from the Pennsylvania Council for the Arts. She teaches drawing and painting at the Visual Art Center of New Jersey and is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America.

image by Sarah Canfield

Sarah Canfield
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Canfield says of her work that it “blurs the line between realism and abstraction. I start with still life objects including wires, circuit boards or musical instruments and then distort them in various ways. The fractured or crystallized forms that emerge make the original objects disintegrate. Shapes are liquified by physically manipulating the photographic prints and using them as source images for oil and pastel paintings. An organic and abstract quality is created amid the mechanics of metal and wire. This imagery invites ambiguity, with forms suggestive of technology, the body and landscapes. The intrusion of technology in the natural world begins to suggest a theme of man and machine. The completed works are real and dreamlike, manmade and organic, intellectual and emotional. As the objects in my paintings break apart or melt away, they become as short lived as the latest electronics on the market. I continue to explore this curious relationship between the timeless and transient in my paintings.”

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25th Annual Children's Juried Art Exhibition

Curated by Monica Schraiber Otero


Opening Reception, Sunday, January 21, 1:00 - 2:00PM

25th Annual Children’s Juried Art Exhibition recognizes the budding talents and creative potential of young artists.  The mission of the show is to encourage artistic development in children by providing an opportunity for the display and appreciation of their work outside home and school.  The WAC therefore, hopes to encourage the support of instructors, schools, and parents in our communities to promote student’s participation in this exciting event.

Open to all New Jersey residents ages 4 – 17 years old. Download the flyer here.

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