A Beautiful & Powerful Art Exhibit

“Beautiful and Powerful Statements” is an art exhibit featuring the arts of calligraphy and re-purposed materials.  It opens Saturday, January 28, 2-5pm at Nails in the Wall, the Gallery at St. Luke’s, 17 Oak Ave., Metuchen.  The exhibit includes nearly 70 pieces in many media, from photography and video to fabric, ceramic and glass as well as all manner of re-purposed materials. Work from all over the U.S. and as far away as Israel is included in this show, along with the work of New Jersey artists. The approach to calligraphy was a very broad one and was open to any work that was text-predominant. That has allowed us to include not only work with elegant traditional calligraphy in many diverse languages, but other pieces that are very powerful and direct. “Anatolia” by Woodbridge, NJ artist Gozde Ture includes a quotation from the Orkhon Inscriptions with calligraphy in the Goturk alphabet that speaks about time. Ruth Schreiber’s works, from Israel, while connected to the Hebrew Scriptures, employ a “fantasy writing” using porcelain and other images. And California calligrapher Beverly Womack creates her work using layers of materials and images. The photography-based altered prints of East Orange artist, Onnie Strother, on the other hand, use bold text to speak directly to their viewer, and Georgia-based Craig Wilson’s almost stream-of-consciousness words dance all over the page. The art from “repurposed materials” makes their statements by way of the material itself…employing everything from actual bees and beeswax as Montclair artist Art Paxton does in “Buzz”, to the steampunk-related cast-offs used by NY artist and teacher Seth Apter, and another Steampunk influenced 3D piece by Lauren Curtis, as well as a piece by  Metuchen artist Amy Brooks in her work “Post-Truth Apocalypse”. “We were sought to incorporate in the show work featuring calligraphy or text that made, individually and collectively, a powerful statement. We were also interested that the work accepted using re-purposed materials had an inherent, accessible beauty. We were constantly weighing those two interests as we reviewed the work and decided what would fit well in this show, so that each piece really was appropriately “Beautiful and Powerful, “ noted Gallery Board Member Robert Hopkins. The Opening will be carried by Facebook Live, beginning around 2:30pm. This will be especially helpful for the artists who live great distances. It will allow anyone who wishes to log on to the Nails in the Wall Gallery FB page and interact with the visitors present at the gallery. Nails in the Wall is in the midst of its fifth year presenting international, interfaith exhibits of high-quality fine art. To learn more about the gallery, visit www.nailsinthewall.org or call the Director 732.322.6512.  Link to the Facebook invite:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1765730973753205/

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I’ll have this large, 3-D Steampunk style box in the show.

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NJ Brings the Art in March-April!

Greetings!  There are so many artistic treasures in NJ & now that the temps are warming up a bit (finally) many exciting, new art events are waiting to be discovered!  I hope you’ll join me at these 3 up-coming shows…

MARCH 4 (FRI.) 7-11PM: FREEZE Group Art Exhibit opens at Art House Productions in Jersey City!  I have a new photo accepted to this juried show which is part of Jersey City Fridays Arts Events!   http://www.arthouseproductions.org
Hamilton Square, 1 McWilliams Place, 6th flr., Jersey City, NJ
Show runs thru April 1.

MARCH 5 (SAT.): ASBURY PARK ART FAIR at the Collective Art Tank.  I’ll be vending/showing artwork & hand-crafted items from 1-9pm!  Tons of local artists of all types will be at this weekend long event!  658 Cookman Ave., Suite 20, Asbury Park, NJ  07712  thecollectivearttank@gmail.com (see flyer)

APRIL 3 (SUNDAY) 1-3PM: OPENING RECEPTION OF MY SOLO PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT AT GOURGAUD GALLERY, CRANBURY, NJ!!  This show will feature my 35mm travel photography!  Gourgaud Gallery @ Town Hall, 23-A Main St.,
Cranbury, NJ 08512  FREE event! Light refreshments served!!
Feel free to email me with any questions about these exciting art events & I hope to see you there!
~Lauren
www.LaurenCurtisArt.com
www.laurencurtisart.mosaicglobe.com
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Art News for June; Outdoor Fest & More…

Greetings! It’s that art update time once again, & the longer, Spring days & nice weather have been inspiring many of us artists (of all types) to create & exhibit new art. So, here’s where you can see my work (& sometimes me) next:
On Sat. June 5 (rain date June 6) I’ll be at the juried 8th Annual East Brunswick, NJ Fine Arts Fest! This FREE art event for the whole family will take place from 10am-4pm @ Municipal Pond on Ryders Lane, E. Bruns., NJ. For more info: www.eastbrunswick.org
Come out & enjoy work from a variety of local artists!

BULLETIN:
Prints are now available of my award-winning photo collage, “Microcosm/macrocosm Tree (1st Place, Ray Bradbury Art Contest, Illinois): 8×10: $50, 11×14: $75 (signed & matted, please add $5ea. s/h/ins. for 8×10, $7ea. for s/h/ins., 11×14) Paypal, checks & $ orders accepted!) Note: 8x1o prints matted to 11×14, 11×14 prints matted to 16×20.

More shows & events coming soon: hint about a future project; BARCELONA photos! And I’ve posted NEW ARTWORK on http://www.laurencurtisart.mosaicglobe.com (see the Mystics, Mourners, etc. page 2 & Digi Photos page 2.)
Stay tuned & thanks again for reading! Hope to see you at an event soon!
🙂 Lauren
http://www.LaurenCurtisArt.com (commercial & fine art)
http://www.laurencurtisart.mosaicglobe.com (fine art, photography, art updates)
http://www.laurencurtis.imagekind.com (cards, T-shirts, photography, illustration)
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