6:00 pm — 9:00 pm
Alfa Art Gallery
108 Church Street

New Brunswick, NJ 08901 United States
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Juror: Jeffrey Wechsler
Exhibition: July 1 to August 15
Opening Reception: July 13, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.


Alfa Art Gallery is proud to announce its collaboration with M-SHAC in an upcoming juried exhibition entitled “A Summer Pavilion.” The exhibition will feature the works of many prominent members of the Millburn-Short Hills Arts Center, and will be given judged by a panel with a monetary prize. There will be six awards including: Best in Show, two Awards of Excellence, and three Awards of Merit. The exhibition will run from July 1st to August 15th with a reception held on July 13th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

M-SHAC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the development of local artists. It was founded in 1940 and is the oldest art association in northern and central Jersey with more than 150 members hailing from cities and towns across the state as well as nearby New York and Pennsylvania. The members mainly work in oil, watercolor, pastels, collage, sculpture, and photography. From the photography of Mike McKenna to the paintings of Dorothy Siclare and Michael Fenton, there will be an array of mediums in this exhibition.

The host of the exhibition, Alfa Art Gallery, works to serve the community by integrating the visual arts with the surrounding area. The gallery’s goal is to connect art and the community through these collaborations. M-SHAC organizes several exhibitions annually at such venues as the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn and the Mayo Center for the Performing Arts in Morristown as well as at libraries, hospitals, community centers and corporate offices with all of their shows being free and open to the public.

The artists that will be exhibiting in the show include:


Awards for the MSHAC 2013 Summer Pavilion Exhibition 

Juried by Jeffrey Wechsler



“Manhattan Mystery”, by Kumar Parvathi

Jeffrey’s comments:   “This very interesting image has impact far beyond its small size.  At first, the fragmentary “mystery” subject, which turns out to be a partial view of someone’s legs, engages the viewer.  But it is ultimately the visual power of the cropped arrangement of bright primary colors that creates a strong, memorable composition.”


“Night Shadows”, by Paula Pearl
Jeffrey’s comments:   This is a sensitively rendered, highly atmospheric work, with small details offering focal points within the darkness.  The subtle shading and slowly emerging subjects invite close looking.
“11 Pipers Piping”, by Mike Dziomba
Jeffrey’s comments:    The vertical format strengthens this composition, which is also marked by very carefully painted small details, such as the flecks of sea foam and pebbles.


  “Red”, by Dorothy Siclare
 Jeffrey’s comments:   This work is a good straightforward example of a classically composed still life, heightened in effect by the careful positioning of the red fabric.

  “Ruth”, by Michael Fenton
Jeffrey’s comments:     The intriguing combination of the three-dimensional steps with the painting is this work’s evident strong point, which is enhanced by the textural quality of the painted imagery, evoking decay and the passage of time.

  “Nymph”, by Harriet Leff
Jeffrey’s comments:     This sculpture’s appeal is derived from the quality of the carving technique, enhanced by the active curves within the figure and the cloud-like environment.


More information about the organization can be found at http://www.mshac.org/


July 13, 2013
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
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