This Spring, Alfa Art Gallery is proud to host the New Brunswick Art Salon’s “Resonant Becoming” Exhibition. This exhibition showcases works from artists who have won or been nominated for the NBAS, which the Alfa Art Gallery has hosted for a decade. The NBAS and the artists displayed are a vital part of the local art scene and culture. Past artists will have the opportunity to showcase their latest works, their creative evolution, and their overall growth as artists since their past NBAS nomination. This season’s exhibition includes several renowned artists including Charity Henderson, Michael Price, Sajal Sarkar, Wes Sherman, and many more!
As per our nation’s new normal, the Alfa Art Gallery is equally excited to include a virtual version of our exhibition. Visitors will be able to view and interact with works through a fully interactive online experience, allowing all to enjoy the gallery as if in person from the comfort and safety of their homes. International artists will be displayed exclusively in the digital version of the exhibition, so be sure not to miss it! Hosted by artsteps.com, the NBAS “Resonant Becoming” Exhibit will be available virtually and physically from March 30th through May 8th.
Exhibition duration: March 30th through May 8th, 2021
Virtual Reception: Friday, April 2nd, 2021 at 6:30pm
Drop-off Dates: March 23rd through March 28th, 2021
Charity Henderson explores psychological states emoting on the human face through blurred edges and textured strokes. Her portraiture series presented here uses oils and graphite on Dura-Lar, depicting precise details that become fragmented as the view expands beyond the face. Her use of a translucent medium for a background evokes obscured sensibility, one of Henderson’s signature techniques, as the sharpness of the subjects’ features demand notice. The eyes lock with the viewers’, establishing a deep sense of intimacy as spectator and spectacle share an unspoken story, lacking full explanation yet consuming full attention. Henderson received her BFA in Painting from SUNY Brockport and her MFA from University of Massachusetts Dartmouth on a Distinguished Artist Fellowship.
Ethan Patrick Sherman is questioning the significance of authenticity and identity in his works. He was born in Philadelphia, and currently resides and works in New Brunswick, New Jersey. His paintings are connected to the places where they come from. He uses bold colors, different materials, textures, elements of architecture to tell the story of each unique object.
Jim McKeon is constantly inspired by those he comes across as he journeys through life. His passion for the performing arts and involvement with theatrical set design plays into how he paints backgrounds of his scenes. The simple, geometric forms are hint and movement, anticipating players on the stage of his works. The concept of the individual is at the forefront of his work, celebrating what it means to be human in each and every one of his pieces.
Karen Terry is a painter inspired by her love of nature. Her greatest inspiration comes from the change of seasons, and her daily interactions with nature. She paints what she takes in of the natural world, using a painting technique that emulates visual and sensory memory. The result is low light images without hard lines. They are an exploration of space and form, ambience and energy, using the traditional east Asian medium of Sumi ink and acrylic painting.
Karissa Gannon hopes her works create a pause that signals everyone to collectively stop and take a breath. Her series employs alcohol ink to create compelling petri dishes as paintings. Her work is reflective of this past year—2020—which Gannon characterized as overstimulating in many facets. She has used her work as a way to soothe herself, and by extension provide a sense of relief to her viewers, whom she hopes can walk away with that feeling fully absorbed. Gannon received her BFA from Mason Gross School of Arts at Rutgers University. She displayed in several solo and group exhibitions, primarily in the New Jersey area. Along with creating art, she has a taught cartooning, drawing, other art, and English.
Libby Ramage is transforming the scraps of life into poems of wide range of visual emotions by using abandoned children’s drawings. Her technique is to use charcoal, watercolors and acrylics on her collages and handmade papers. She has been teaching art for over 20 years therefore her inspirations come from her students – children, their excitement and boldness in creating. Ramage biggest guides as she calls them herself form the art world are Paul Klee and Robert Rauschenburg.
Michael Price questions the psychological relationship between imagination and reality, fixating on the archetypes of myths and religions. He seizes on the quintessential imagery that transcends cultural barriers, seeing these trends as the spark of inspiration. His pieces use natural pigments hand-ground from rocks and crystals, his palette reminiscent of the Renaissance painters. In his reliefs, figures burst from the picture’s plane to highlight the tension between illusion and materiality, while triptychs and paneled works investigate the functionality and limitations of the poetic narrative. He graduated from Stoke-on-Trent College of Art with a pre-degree Foundation Course and earned a BA with honors from London Central School of Art and Design (now Central St. Martins). Along with exhibiting his works in the US and Europe, Price contributed to and published research on mineral pigment production.
Miriam Stern is a painter, printmaker and installation artist. She works with the series of photographs and collages constructing layers of abstraction with elements of reality which then she uses in her paintings. With each piece produced the original elements from her prints become more and more abstract. The themes of her works are often connected to values and ideas prominent in Jewish philosophy. In 2016 a monograph of her art was published titled Miriam Stern.
Sajal Sarkar uses his art to change the world, orienting trajectory away from needless violence and instead towards peace and stability. Deeply impacted by the story of his family, who fled from ethnic riots to India from East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) in 1947, Sarkar themes his works around socio-political issues that persistently foment conflict in all corners of the world. His recent works toy with the notion of the multiverse, a belief that our universe exists amongst a myriad of parallel ones. These works express sadness and loss, conveying the nuances of risk and uncertainty plaguing people’s lives. Sarkar received his post graduate diploma in Graphics from Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda and Graduated from the Government College of Art and Craft in Kolkata.
Steve Cavallo examines the human figure in his works, drawing viewers to both find beauty in fellow beings and ponder weighty subjects within human rights. A graduate of the School of Visual Arts, Cavallo uses watercolor to paint victims of human trafficking—a majority of them women—with great respect and overwhelming empathy. As colors emphasize the difficult reality of those impacted by cruel and brutal practices, while the forms manifest memories and dreams of what and who they wanted to be before inhumanity twisted them. In 2010, Cavallo designed the United States’ first memorial to Comfort Women, sexual slaves of Imperial Japanese soldiers in World War II, in Palisades Park, New Jersey. His striking works compel viewers to connect with victims of intense trauma and ponder what it means to be human.
Susan Ward is not only an artist but also a mother, wife, sociologist, and insurance broker. Her inspiration comes from nature’s awesome patterns and mysterious rhythms. Her detailed graphite drawings and vibrant acrylic paintings convey the relaxing, stress-free atmosphere offered by the forests she hikes through. Her series “Ice Forest” is based on minute ice formations that covered a small wooden bridge she and her dog passed over daily during the pandemic. Her bold colors and abstract shapes act as escapism, yet a careful viewer can discern their real-life sources. Equally, as the viewer gazes upon the products of many months’ laborious effort, one can think of how nature creates these forms effortlessly every day.
Wes Sherman seeks to understand humans’ conflicting relationship with nature, as people desire control over the unconquered yet crave a retreat into its tranquility. He believes painting is one of the earliest acts of human beings, deepening his interest in history and illustrating his view on art’s impression on humanity. His love for abstraction and landscape is evident in his works, as painting defines life and contextualizes people as a part of nature. He begins his work by drawing to refine and capture the composition, then painting to broaden the narrative and tell a story. Sherman received an MFA from Mason Gross School of Arts at Rutgers University and currently serves as Chair of Exhibitions at the Center for Contemporary Art in Bedminster, New Jersey.
Alfa Art Gallery is a non-profit organization devoted to the discovery, growth, and support of emerging and established artists within the art community. Since establishment, Alfa Art has conducted multiple shows featuring local, national, and international artists and various materials including oil color, water color, mixed media, sculptures, photography, crafts and glass works. As an open art studio – gallery, Alfa’s exhibiting artists are welcomed to demonstrate their creative process in the space provided, while collectors and visitors are capable to learn and follow the artists’ technique, style and motivations. Additionally, Alfa plays a vital role among local to national visual arts organizations by supporting and presenting artists’ works, and functions as a space for interdisciplinary art and criticism. Each season, Alfa invites professional art curators to provide criticism and guidance to artists and artworks on display which helps collectors and visitors to identify a style of artwork that expresses their personal or company image and purpose.
NBAS’2021 is sponsored by:
With the assistance of grants from organizations such as Amboy Bank, Magyar Bank, Johnson & Johnson, New Brunswick City Center, Middlesex Country Cultural and Heritage Commission, Bristol Myers Squibb, and Pfizer Inc. Alfa Art is confident that all who come to the 2020 Oil Painting New Brunswick Art Salon will leave with a greater appreciation of the arts and the gallery’s showcasing of a variety of artists.