Exhibition duration: November 4th –November 24, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday, November 14th @ 8pm
Alfa Art Gallery Hosts 5th Annual New Brunswick Art Salon
About this Exhibition
Originating in Paris in the 18th century, art salons were the most anticipated annual and biannual events, celebrating the farthest advances in academia and the arts. These salons provided artists with the opportunity to exhibit their work alongside their contemporaries while received critical as well as public response. Inspired by the Parisian Salons, Alfa Art Gallery holds Salons to showcase the talent of local artists to the New Brunswick public.
2014 will mark the 5th year of these juried exhibitions. The featured pieces will be in either watercolor or mixed media and from a variety of emerging and professional artists. Through exhibiting the work of local artists, the New Brunswick Art Salon seeks to bridge the gab between artists and their communities.
The opening reception of the New Brunswick Art Salon runs from 8-10pm on Friday, November 14th, following the “End of Summer Nights Dream” Alfa Gala Benefit Event, which is taking place at Crossroads Theater from 6-8pm.
This exhibition with include watercolors and mixed media works by the following artists:
- Dustin Garafolo
- Edwin Santiago
- Ginny Nagy
- Joanne Amantea
- Joel Rudin
- Juana Rodriguez
- Karen Terry
- Lynn Varga
- Marilyn Rose
- Rita Herzfeld
- Rita Koch
- Sam Caponegro
- Sean Carney
- Steve Zazenski
- Teriz Michael
Much like the various media with which these artists create, the works in this exhibition are highly multifaceted in form and style. From the familiar nature scenes painted by Marilyn Rose to the harlequin-like colors and figures of Ginny Nagy, the pieces in this exhibition explore a wide range of themes. The thematic diversity of the exhibition is coupled with its stylistic variety. While Dustin Garafolo’s paintings are bound together by their photorealistic undertones, Rita Herzfeld’s pieces resonate with an abstract quality. Joanne Amantea also embodies this abstraction through the alluring composition of each of her watercolors. Juana Rodriguez’s creates a similarly enticing effect through the raw emotion of her subjects. Emotion is also portrayed in Karen Terry’s ink on paper works, although this artist does so without the help of color.
Not only do these artists differ from one another in style, but there is also variation in form among each artist. Sean Carney and Terez Michael, for instance, do not adhere to one particular style of painting, but, rather, excel in many media and forms. Although all the works in this exhibition are diverse, the pieces balance one another to create the unique identity of the collection.
Alfa Art Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information about the gallery, see https://www.alfaart.org/.