Arts Guild Presents NEXUS NJ Art Show

Lisa Ficarelli-Halpern, Bounty, oil on canvas

RAHWAY – Arts Guild New Jersey (formerly The Arts Guild of Rahway) will present NEXUS NJ, a juried exhibit of artworks by 31 NJ artists.  The exhibit runs Oct. 17 through Nov. 4.  The public is invited to attend the opening reception on Sunday, Oct. 17, from 1 to 4 p.m.  Admission is free to the exhibition and reception.

The featured New Jersey artists are:

  • Kathleen Anderson of Hawthorne
  • Aliza Augustine of West New York
  • Amy Becker of Madison
  • Rosemary Boehm of Westfield
  • Aric Calfee of Stanhope
  • Joyce Collura of Jamesburg
  • Lisa Ficarelli-Halpern of Shrewsbury
  • Richard Gerstner of Flemington
  • Janice Gossman of Garwood
  • Andrew Harrison of Hightstown
  • Alison Hooper of Chatham
  • Patti Jordan of Montclair
  • Owen Kanzler of Linden
  • Dana Lane of Milford
  • Allison Lindblom of Highland Park
  • Susan Lisbin of Orange
  • Kevan Lunney of East Brunswick
  • Miranda Maher of Camden
  • Alex Mambach of Cranford
  • David Mazure of Oxford
  • Caroline McAuliffe of Jersey City
  • Michael Metzger of Westfield
  • Wade Miller of Highland Park
  • Gina Minichino of Westfield
  • Joan-Marie Permison of Union
  • Matt Roberts of Montclair
  • Jane Thompson George of Summit
  • Peter Tilgner of Tenafly
  • Doreen Valenza of Livingston
  • Diane Whitebay of Montclair
  • Sue Zwick of Summit

Aric Calfee, Martyr’s Last, acrylic on paper

NEXUS NJ follows in the footsteps of “Celebrating Excellence”, a juried exhibit presented at Arts Guild New Jersey from 1999-2008, which featured artists from Union County, NJ.  For NEXUS NJ, the scope of the exhibit has been expanded to provide an opportunity to all artists who either live or work in New Jersey.  Overall, artists from 11 of New Jersey’s 21 counties were selected to participate in the 2010 show.

The juror for the 2010 installation of NEXUS NJ is Sharon Matt-Atkins, associate curator of exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum. The role of the juror is to act as a judge – to review the submitted artwork and select the work to be included. This year, 47 pieces were chosen from more than 210 submissions.  Works include photography, drawing, painting, sculpture, fiber, and mixed media, in a range of materials and styles.  Many featured works are for sale.

Art exhibits at Arts Guild New Jersey focus primarily on the works of talented artists from New Jersey. According to AGNJ executive director, Lawrence Cappiello, “Too many people seem to think that great art in the Eastern U.S. only can be found in our neighbor to the north—New York City, where, granted, many of the notable contemporary artists are represented by some of the best galleries in the country, if not the world.”

However, Cappiello believes that without exception, the talent of New Jersey artists rivals that of artists found anywhere else in the world.  He explains, “During the course of each year, in order to organize the art exhibits we present, it is necessary to review a LOT of art by a LOT of people, and we have found, without exception that the art created by New Jersey artists can be every bit as innovative, technically excellent and insightful as artwork found anywhere else—including New York City. During our past season (2009-2010) we featured dynamic artworks by no fewer than 100 artists and nearly 70% of those artists were from this state.”

Gallery hours are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 1 – 4 p.m. The exhibit can also be viewed during regular office hours, Monday – Thursday, by appointment. Call 1-732-381-7511 for more information.

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