NEW BRUNSWICK — Aside from being a community center to donate whole blood and platelets, New Jersey Blood Services (NJBS), a division of the New York Blood Center (NYBC), is now host to the Gallery at 167 New Street in New Brunswick, which is presently exhibiting until Aug. 19th, Flashes of Hope, the works of three New Jersey artists who have been affected by cancer.
Yvonne Love, a sculptor and installation artist, explores issues of identity memory and self, and the conversations that take place between juxtaposed images and materials. Both her sculptural work and installations place familiar objects in unfamiliar setting change the functions of the objects from utility to anxious memory and are often laced with ambiguity.
Artist Teresa Pyskaty-Lamicella says her images on exhibit are meant to provoke contemplation, feelings and uneasiness. Mannequins, dolls, personal medical x-rays and scans are recurring images that support her themes and visions. Often she incorporates phrases and typefaces into the body of her artwork.
Also exhibiting is JoAnn Kudisher, a custom floral designer whose work has appeared in many national publications, including House Beautiful, Country Living and Elegant Bride, to name a few. JoAnn uses flower and foliage made of silk, velvet, parchment and synthetic materials with either molded or hand wrapped stems. Many of her arrangements are custom tinted to complement a room’s palette. She often also uses natural materials, such as freeze dried flowers, which remain malleable unlike those that are air-dried.
While their works are on exhibit at the present time, there will be an artists’ reception open to the public on Sunday, August 1st, from 11 am to 1pm. Guests are encouraged to donate blood while at the same time enjoying the works of these talented cancer survivors. Persons with questions of donor eligibility should call 1-800-933-BLOOD (2566) or visit the website at www.nybloodcenter.org
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