What: Studio Montclair Exhibit "Portraits: Beneath the Surface"
Where: SMI Gallery @ Academy Square, 33 Plymouth St., Montclair, NJ
When: May 18 – August 14
Gallery Hours: Monday–Friday, 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Studio Montclair Inc. (SMI) announces its latest exhibition – "Portraits: Beneath the Surface" – which will be on view May 18 – August 14, at the SMI Gallery @ Academy Square, 33 Plymouth St., Montclair, NJ. An opening reception will be held at the gallery May 18, 6:00 to 9:00 pm. The gallery is open to the public Monday through Friday, 7:00 am to 7:00 pm .
"Portraits: Beneath the Surface" was curated by Janet Boltax and encompasses a broad interpretation of the genre. Artworks in the exhibit comprise a range of media and span from traditional to contemporary art.
Technology is transforming the medium and subject matter of portraiture, as well as how we think of human identity. To portray the essence of a person, do we focus on the face? The DNA? How much of the artist's nature should be reflected in a portrait? Boltax believes that a compelling portrait should reflect the character and inner life of sitter and artist.
Several portraits in the exhibit are autobiographical — the many faces of photographer Bill Westheimer; the torso of sculptor Monica Litvany, expressive of the hardships she has endured due to physical illness; and the witty representations of Ruth Bauer Neustadter's inner life. More traditional are the drawing and paintings of Brian Stymest and the paintings of Andrea Geller, all exuding sensitivity, strength, and a skilled hand. In the vein of the great expressionist painters is the work of Paul Weingarten and Alaine Becker. Neil Korn's drawings merge traditional draftsmanship with experimentation, his use of crumbled paper adding unexpected interest to his work. Monoprints, assemblage, and photography, traditional and computer-based, further expand the parameters of portraiture.
Artists featured in this exhibit are: Marjori Abramson, Alaine Becker, Ron Brown, Marcie Cooperman, Marilyn Deitchman, Andrea Geller, Joyce S. Hollander, Peter Jacobs, Neal Korn, Freyda Lazarus, Julie Levine, Monica Litvany, Clarence Mather, Ruth Bauer Neustadter, Anne Oshman, Arthur Paxton, George Saj, Karen Shala, Linda Streicher, Brian Stymest, Heidi Sussman, Paula Sweet, Paul Weingarten, Bill Westheimer, and Jodi Csaszar Zielinski.
Studio Montclair Inc. (SMI) unveils its new gallery space at Academy Square with two inaugral
shows that celebrate the rich past and bright future of visual arts in the Monclair area.
Studio Montclair Inc. is a nonprofit organization of exhibiting professional artists and others interested in the visual arts. Its mission: to promote culture and education in the visual arts and encourage emerging artists. As a liaison between artists and their community, SMI offers exhibitions, lectures, art demonstrations, scholarships and other educational programs. We give artists a chance to show and Montclair the opportunity to grow.