January 24 – March 15, 2015
Opening Reception – January 24, 2015
Artists and members only 6-7 pm – Public reception 7-9 pm
Gallery Talk with the Artists – February 22, 2 pm
In Black and White…with a touch eleven highly acclaimed graphic artists and sculptors from New Jersey and Pennsylvania present unique, personal interpretations of organic forms depicted in graphite, charcoal, ink, steel, and stone. Although the works as the exhibit title suggests are largely rendered in black and white, several artists have heightened the drama in their works with touches of color. Frequent visitors to Ellarslie will be delighted to find new pieces by artists they know well and excited by the works of several area artists who are new to the venue.
Among the Delaware Valley artists, five from Bucks County are featured. Multiple award winner Mavis Smith was honored in a solo show last year at the Michener Museum in Doylestown, PA; several of her large depictions of complex organic forms in graphite on linen are on exhibit. Diane Greenberg, who has also won many awards for her sensitively rendered portraits, has six pieces in the show taking the art of portraiture to new heights. A new exhibitor at Ellarslie, Lambertville sculptor Harry Georgeson is showing stone carvings of the female form.
From their art studios in Buckingham, works by Raymond Mathis and Bonnie McLean are on view. Mathis of Tutto Metal Design has created several new sculptures for this show, forged in bronze, iron, and stainless steel. MacLean expands the graphic theme of the show with several highly detailed drawings on paper.
From Philadelphia, Dolores Poacelli brings her powerful charcoal still life drawings. She was awarded the New Jersey Fellowship in Fine Arts in 2011. Sculptor Katherine Stanek, who has been showing her work at the Rosenfeld Gallery on Arch Street, contributes her mythic figures: Grace, Deliverance, Doubt, Endurance, and Fallen.
Familiar New Jersey artists whose works have been shown previously at Ellarslie include Paul Mordetsky and Kyle Stevenson; both are instructors at Mercer County Community College. Ewing artist Maurice Galimidi, whose work has been shown extensively in the area, contributes four large figure drawings from his ongoing series of studies from life. Rory Mahon, preparator at the Princeton University Art Museum, exhibited his sculpture at Morpeth Gallery in Hopewell last November.
Black and White…with a touch was curated by Joan Perkes and Susan Hogan.
Gallery Talk with the Artists – Sunday, February 22, 2 pm
This is an informal event – each artist will talk conversationally for 5 or 6 minutes about their materials, process, subject matter, inspiration, why they love what they do….
For Ilene Dube’s review of this exhibit and Sweethearts: Creative Couples in WHYYs Newsworks: click here.