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Gail Kolflat - "The Observer"

Heinz W. Otto Gallery

June 2 - 30
Opening Reception, June 4 1-4 PM

 Life and the Progresion of Human Bonds - Birth and Demise

Gail Kolflat
Life and the Progresion of Human Bonds - Birth and Demise

An observer is a person who watches or notices something – an onlooker, a spectator, a witness . During the month of June, the Heinz W. Otto Gallery at the Watchung Arts Center will host an exhibit entitled “The Observer”, a collection of paintings by artist and observer, Gail Kolflat. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Born in the Midwest, raised in Winnetka Illinois, Gail Kolflat moved to New York City in 1976, where she studied fashion design at Parsons School of Design and worked in the Fashion industry. Her artistic career blossomed in the '80s after developing a signature style of large-scale colorful canvases, which melded abstract and representational principles.

Through the next decade, she exhibited frequently, giving artist talks and demonstrations, writing a column about art and artists for the county arts council publication, and maintaining a robust studio practice.

At the turn of the century, Kolflat took a 15-year break from art while raising her two, now adult, daughters. In 2013, an invitation from a local university to exhibit in their new two-story art gallery sparked a complete revival in the artist’s practice. Since then, she has produced a new body of work, reminiscent of earlier work but evolved - encompassing new themes, modified techniques, and a distinct, mature sensibility

Evening Activity - Gossip and Floral Design

Gail Kolflat
Evening Activity - Gossip and Floral Design

The paintings are richly textured and colorful, ranging from medium sized canvases to large-scale multi-panel assemblages and triptychs. All the works are drawn from Snapshots, Transitions and the Big Impact themes that the artist recognizes and identifies with - as observer.

Paintings from the Snapshot series are fleeting encapsulations of people gathered together for various reasons. Based on collages and studies pieced together to form a larger composition, these works represent a single moment in time - they are painted like a snapshot. On close inspection the viewer (as observer!) might notice undercurrents of sub-story elements including interpersonal exchanges and situations hinting at the psychology of human interaction.>

Transitions themed paintings present people in a time and place, juxtaposed with changes around them that occur in a different time. One example is Life And The Progression Of Human Bonds: birth and demise, which highlights the maternal bond of a mother and her new daughter as well as the daughter’s compassion and sorrow on the death of her mother many years later.

ParkEvent.musicinthecity

Gail Kolflat
ParkEvent - Music in the City

The Big Impact pieces deal with events and situations that have significantly affected our world. These include natural disasters, terrorism, elections, and cultural movements that instigate, press and instill change. A large-scale triptych portrays the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and the resulting destruction along a portion of the Jersey Shore. A multi-media painting creates a remembrance of an important Women’s Liberation demonstration from the 1970s, recognizing the struggles women have faced and the progress that has been made in overcoming obstacles. These events have changed the world, and find their way into the artist’s mode of expression - as observer.

Additional examples of Gail's work can be found on the ArtSlant/Jersey Arts website where she is Featured Artist for the month of June.

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Monica Schraiber Otero -
"Ink Bleeds Then and Now: A Ten-Year Retrospective "

Lower Gallery

June 2 - 30
Opening Reception, June 4 1-4 PM

 Gleaming Harbor

Monica Schraiber Otero
Gleaming Harbor

This new solo show by Monica Schraiber Otero features pieces that defined the technique where shapes that evolved usually depicted the fantastic and natural occurrences to the present works where urban and bucolic landscapes prevail.

A voyage between the old and the new invites the viewer to assess the similarities and differences in the progression of ink bleeds.

Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Monica Schraiber Otero has a BA in Art from Rutgers University with a concentration in oil painting.

Evening Activity - Gossip and Floral Design

Monica Schraiber Otero
Mythological Oasis

Monica has taught Art at elementary school and high school levels for over 25 years. Currently, she is a tenured faculty member at Mother Seton Regional High School in Clark, NJ where she teaches 2-D /3-D Design, Drawing, Painting, Graphic Design and Ceramics.  She also teaches Drawing and Acrylic Painting to young children and teens at the Watchung Arts Center, runs the Summer Art Camp and curates the Annual Children’s Juried Art Exhibition.

As a professional artist, Monica Schraiber Otero has shown her work in many venues throughout NJ and NY including the Watchung Arts Center, the Somerset County Cultural and Heritage Commission Gallery, the Atrium Gallery and the Art Institutes of New York City to name a few.

Monica has been fascinated with the fluidity of India ink reflected in her abstract and semi-abstract pieces for which has received awards. Using a technique she calls "ink bleeds," the medium expands throughout the wet surface blending with the image to form a complete illusion.

Mrs. Otero’s past and present affiliations include the New Art Group, the Artists Circle and the Contemporary Art Group where she served as vice-president for two terms.

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24th Annual Children's Juried Art Exhibition

Curated by Monica Schraiber Otero

Each year, the Watchung Arts Center holds a juried art competition for children, ages 6-17. The 24th Annual Children’s Juried Art Exhibition was on display in our Studio from October 23 through Novermber 30. The exhibit 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.

The opening reception on Sunday, October 23 was very well attended. Relatives and friends admired the children's work and were mesmerized by the quality of the pieces created in such mediums as acrylic, oil, pen, pencil, watercolor, pastel, tempera,polymer clay and mixed media. The entries were judged by local artist, Virginia Carroll, and awards and prizes were given in five different categories.

View the winning entries here

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Form for Exhibitors

If you would like to exhibit at the Watchung Arts Center, please contact Ludmila Kalivoda, VP Visual Arts, Watchung Arts Center, e-mail pruhonice@aol.com.

Download a sample of our Exhibitor Agreement.

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

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