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CATALYST: Reactions to the art of Jim Fuess
The New Art Group

Heinz W. Otto Gallery

Friday, March 3 – Friday, March 31
Opening Reception, March 5, 1-4 PM

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Gail Winbury - Incandescence

Gail Winbury - Incandescence

Gail Winbury - Incandescence

Francesca-Azzara - Catalyst

Gail Winbury - Incandescence

Heidi Sussman - Black and White

Gail Winbury - Incandescence

Nancy Ori - Digital Photograph

Gail Winbury - Incandescence

Paul Pinkman - Golgotha

Gail Winbury - Incandescence

Susan-Ahlstrom - Ceramic tile

     

The New Art Group gives the word "Catalyst" a whole new meaning in their annual March exhibit at the Watchung Arts Center. Catalyst will be on display from March 1 – March 31, 2017 in the Heinz Otto Gallery at The Watchung Art Center, 18 Stirling Road, Watchung, NJ. The opening reception will be held on Sunday, March 5, 2017 from 1-4 pm featuring artist talks, great wine and an opportunity to network. The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public.

The exhibit title and theme came about through the influence and inspiration that the group’s founder, Jim Fuess, gave to the members over the years. Jim, who was the director of the New Art Group for about 20 years, passed away four years ago. Jim was a painter who created abstract canvases that were filled with intense colors and intricate patterns of motion. Due to essential tremors in his hands, he was never able to hold a brush so he devised a special method of applying paint onto his canvases. Jim became a “Catalyst” and driving force to each artist in the group who bring their own style and vision to the new works. It is with gratitude, admiration and respect that the New Art Group honors the legacy that belongs to Jim Fuess.

The New Art Group today consists of New Jersey based artists Susan Ahlstrom (Stirling, NJ), Francesca Azzara (Westfield, NJ), Nancy Ori (Berkeley Heights, NJ), Paul XO Pinkman (Plainfield, NJ), Heidi Sussman (West Orange, NJ) and Gail Winbury (Westfield, NJ).

For more information about the New Art Group, visit their website at www.newartgroup.com

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Upcoming Exhibitions

April 4 - 30

Opening' Reception, Sunday, Apri l 9 1-4 PM

Heinz W. Otto Gallery

New Jersey Pastel Society

The Heinz W. Otto Gallery at the Watchung Arts Center will host the Pastel Society of New Jersey’s 12th Annual Members’ Exhibition during the month of April. The show will be on display from April 4th through April 30th. An opening reception will be held on April 9, from 1 to 4 PM, at which time awards will be presented to the winners. The reception and the exhibition are free and open to the public.

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Life In Bloom

Life In Bloom

Mirror,

Mirror, Mirror

Reaching Into the Fog

Reaching Into the Fog

     

The Pastel Society of New Jersey was founded in 2005 and currently has about 150 members in New Jersey and beyond. The 12th Annual Members' Exhibition provides and opportunity for all of its members, both amateur and professional, a chance to exhibit their paintings. All paintings are done in soft pastel and encompass a wide variety of subject and theme from traditional landscape, portrait, and still life to experimental and abstract.

Lower Gallery

TBA

"Gallic Journeys"
Judith O'Donnell

Lower Gallery

Friday, March 3 – Friday, March 31
Opening Reception, March 5, 1-4 PM

Judith O'Donnell - Caherdaniel, County Kerry, Ireland

Judith O'Donnell
Caherdaniel, County Kerry, Ireland

With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, the Watchung Arts Center will present “Gallic Journeys”, an exhibit of the works of New Jersey artist Judith O’Donnell, in its Lower Gallery from March 3 through March 31. The public is invited to attend the opening reception on Sunday, March 5 from 1-4 pm to view the exhibit and meet Ms. O’Donnell. Refreshments will be served. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

Judith O’Donnell is a fine artist residing in Stirling, New Jersey. She utilizes the medium of oils almost exclusively, but when traveling only works in watercolor and pastels. Judith paints from her sketches, but will also take a number photographs to get the overall feel and atmosphere for what she wishes to create.

Judith O'Donnell - Cadgwith Cove, Cornwall.

Judith O'Donnell - Cadgwith Cove, Cornwall.g

While some may think that ‘Gallic Journeys’ would refer exclusively to Ireland, the Gallic Nations are considered to include Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Cornwall (England) and Brittany (France) and the paintings and sketches are from trips made to these countries. All watercolors were done on-site whereas the oils were painted back in the studio.

Judith’s landscape and garden paintings are mostly about taking the viewer on a journey both in time and place, a good escape and a place to rest in a world that is frantic. As peace gets harder to find and we never seem to slow down, Judith feels that it becomes more important than ever to have a quiet place. That quiet place, she feels, can be as simple as looking at a restful painting.

Judith O'Donnell  - Ty-Coch Inn, Porthdinllaen, Wales

Judith O'Donnell - Ty-Coch Inn, Porthdinllaen, Wales

Judith has studied at Kean College, New Jersey, but has almost exclusively studied with teachers and artists that she admires; her mentor being Margie Cochran. She has studied in the United States with Albert Bross, Adolph Conrad and Alex Piccirillo and in England with Catherine Duckworth-King and Gerald Tucker. In association with Rene Robles, with whom she worked closely, she travelled to the Philippines for an art exhibition and jointly presented his book “Assersionisim” in which her work was featured.

Judith has had many exhibitions in the United States and overseas, both singularly and with a number of like-minded artists with whom she paints. She has previously exhibited at the Watchung Arts Center in September 2013 and June 2015

To see more of Judith’s paintings, visit her website at www.judithodonnell.com.

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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 download and complete the Exhibitor Agreement.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Ludmila Kalivoda, VP Visual Arts, Watchung Arts Center, e-mail pruhonice@aol.com.

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