Dozens of Monmouth County’s most acclaimed visual artists will be featured in the Center for the Visual Arts (CVA) Gallery this semester as part of the Spring 2018 Visiting Artist Series, which kicked off with a public reception on the Lincroft campus Jan. 19.
The series, sponsored by grants from the Monmouth County Arts Council and Brookdale, will feature free workshops, gallery talks and other programming headlined by local painters, sculptors and award-winning mixed media artists.
“We are so excited for this year’s Visiting Artist Series,” said Brookdale art professor and CVA Gallery coordinator Marie Maber. “Many people don’t realize the caliber of artistic talent we have here in our community. This will be a great opportunity for our students and local artists in our community to connect, share ideas and open themselves up to different styles and expressions of art.”
The series begins with a mixed media exhibit featuring work by nearly 50 artists belonging to the Exhibiting Members of the Guild of Creative Art in Shrewsbury. From traditional painting and photography to avant garde composite pieces and intricate metal sculptures, the exhibit offers a unique window in the beauty – and diversity – of the Monmouth County arts scene, said guild member Robert Almeida.
“It’s a very important show,” said Almeida, a Rumson-based mixed media artist who contributed two large works to the exhibit. “Not only the fact that we are exhibiting for the public, but that we are exhibiting for students. It’s a tremendous benefit for young students to see art that is unusual, art that is different from what they are used to seeing on a daily basis. It helps spark that creativity, which is vital.”
The exhibit opened with a standing-room-only public reception in the CVA Gallery, featuring presentations by acclaimed Middletown-based artists Eileen Kennedy and Rick Tierney.
Kennedy gave a comprehensive overview of her approach to silver point drawing and egg tempera painting, two labor-intensive processes she uses to craft intricate, story-driven works.
Tierney, a professional iron worker and sculptor, explained his own artistic process, which includes crafting miniature models of reimagined furniture that can be built, full-size, for patrons interested in sitting on – or eating off of – a living work of art. Tierney also spoke more generally about contracting the “disease” of artistic passion, and how he and his colleagues can help spread that disease to the artists of tomorrow.
“All the education in the world can’t help if you don’t have drive, if you don’t have motivation, if you don’t put your heart into things,” he sadi. “Everyone I know here at the guild, they pretty much have that disease too. And that’s what makes it fun.”
Both Kennedy and Tierney will return to Lincroft on Feb. 19 to host hands-on workshops with Brookdale art students and members of the community.
The Visiting Artist Series will continue in March with a mixed-media exhibit featuring work by members of the Art Alliance of Monmouth County. The exhibit, running from March 9 to March 29, will open with a free public reception at 4 p.m. on March 9 in the CVA Gallery. Award-winning visual artist Jill Kerwick will present on her unique style of sculptural tableau photography.
The CVA Gallery is open from Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To learn more about upcoming gallery events click here.
Check out more photos from the Jan. 19 Opening Reception here.