ABstract EXpressions
Contemporary Art Gallery

70 High Street
Mount Holly, NJ


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Friday 1-9 PM
Saturday 12-9 PM
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Current Exhibition

5 Expressions
Mixed Media Works by the Group of Five
October 9, 2015 - March 25, 2016

ABstract EXpressions Contemporary Art Gallery announces its Fall-Winter show “5 Expressions.”  The show features works by the Group of Five – artists from New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Jean Burdick (Yardley, PA) fuses drawing, painting and silkscreen printing techniques to make repeating patterns and forms that create new, implied and unexpected relationships.  Her process involves successive layers of patterns, textures, shapes and colors, beginning with silkscreen printing and enhanced by drawing, painting, printing and experimental mark-making.  “My creative impulse begins in nature,” she says.  “I mine the landscape for colors, patterns and visual elements that excite and inspire me.  Ultimately, I hope that my work can provide the viewer with a window into my world, and a resonance with their own.”

Susan Kubota (Lawrenceville, NJ) works in fabric collage, three dimensional fiber, wood, and assemblage and has shown her work in many regional shows.  She states “I translate human folly, infirmity, emotional upheaval, and relationships into narrative fabric wall hangings, small stitched fabric figures, and mixed media/wooden idols and muses.”

Renee Kumar (Princeton Junction, NJ) takes an intuitive approach to her work, first by painting with watercolor, gouache, acrylics and wax crayons, then adding handmade paper collage to create textured effects.  “For this show,” says Ms. Kumar, “I focus on global issues relevant to our lives – politically, spiritually and technologically.  Artists sense change.  We try to convey these changes in our work.  The images aren’t always pretty, but neither is life.”

Arlene Gale Milgram (Trenton, NJ) describes her work as abstract, but at its core, it is her way of processing her life experience.  “Reclamation is a concept that drives my practice,” notes the artist.  “Failed works become resources for new pieces.  Mixed-media pieces become dense and layered as life, full of false starts and new beginnings.  Traces of what came before inform what is new.”

Judy Tobie (Lawrenceville, NJ) has been a papermaker for more than twenty years.  She makes her own paper from native plants and plants grown in her garden.  She especially enjoys manipulating paper in the Korean tradition of Joomchi.  “I frequently create objects without an end product in mind,” states Ms. Tobie, “trusting that they will speak to me and eventually become the manifestation of my ideas.”

“Only rarely have I encountered a group of artists whose individual works resonate so profoundly with each other,” states Gallery Director James Kent.  “It is fascinating to observe how similar thoughts and ideas manifest themselves so distinctly yet with such a high degree of commonality.  This show really is a study in the ways different artists process similar inspiration.”

The exhibit is on view at the Gallery from October 9, 2015 through March 25, 2016.  Meet the Artists receptions will be held on Saturday October 10, November 14, and December 12, 2015, and January 9, February 13, and March 12, 2016 from 1:00 until 5:00 PM.  The public is cordially invited.

The receptions are held in conjunction with Mount Holly’s Second Saturday Arts Crawl.  Gallery receptions, book signings, live music, craft beer and New Jersey wine tastings, refreshments and special discounts take place throughout Mount Holly on the second Saturday of each month.  It’s a great time to visit local galleries, museums, historic sites, shops and restaurants. 

Also on display in ABstract EXpressions Gallery are paintings by selected Gallery artists; ceramics by Sara Hawken, Veronica Kairos, Nancy Reese, Helge Speth, Rose Marie Strippoli, and Eric Wolff; sculptures by Dan Becker, Frank Krimmel, Greg Melartin, Charles Palminteri, Donna Payton, Richard Stevens and Michael Taylor; glass by Charles Gigus; turned bowls by Blake Patterson; and furniture by William Robbins.

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