Ellmann’s “What I Saw” Exhibition To Open At Union County College Gallery

WHAT I SAW (detail of installation), 2010, Encaustic on wood panel

CRANFORD – From Nov. 12 to Dec. 18, the exhibition, “WHAT I SAW: Paintings from the Hermitage, Gulf Coast, Florida”, by Barbara Ellmann of New York City, will be on display in the Tomasulo Gallery in the MacKay Library of the Cranford campus of Union County College. This solo exhibition of abstract paintings and drawings is the product of Ellmann’s six-week residency at the Hermitage Artist Retreat.

Ellmann explains that in these paintings and drawings she is, “responding to the crystal clear light and the dramatic shifts of weather of this idyllic spot on the Gulf Coast.” Arriving in Florida, Barbara was strongly affected by the sudden change in scenery. Looking out at where the sky touches water and water meets the sand, visually sorting through the abundance of seashells and sharks teeth, and watching the sky and water shift in blueness as light moves, were her preoccupations. What became critical to this body of work was the new way in which she responded to sensations of place. WHAT I SAW recreates her experience through a multi-paneled installation of richly layered encaustic works strung together through her abstract vocabulary of color, line, and shape, and reinforcing the breadth of the horizon.


During 2010, Ellmann has had solo exhibitions at the Ruth S. Harley University Center Gallery at Adelphi University and at The Gallery at R&F in Kingston, New York. She also participated in the group exhibition, “LIC Grid” at Acumen Capital Partners, in Long Island City, New York.

Ellmann was commissioned in 2006 to create “THE VIEW FROM HERE” which was seven faceted glass windscreens for the New York City MTA’s Arts for Transit Program on the platform of the Van Siclen Avenue Station.  As well, she was commissioned by the City of Summit, NJ, in 2004 to design, “WHILE WAITING”, two faceted glass windows for a bus shelter at Broad and Elm Streets.

Her works are included in the corporate and private collections of Acumen Capital Partners, LLC; United States Embassy, Kampala, Uganda; Centre Solutions, Bermuda; Leonard Nimoy; Peter J. Sharp Foundation; Judge Alan C. Marin; and the Banner Estrella Medical Center, Arizona.

Meet the artist at the opening reception for “WHAT I SAW” on Friday, Nov. 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Tomasulo Gallery, located on the first floor of MacKay Library on the College’s Cranford campus, located at 1033 Springfield Avenue. Gallery hours are from 1 to 4 p.m. on Monday through Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. Evening hours are from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday through Thursday. For more information, call 1-908-709-7155 or visit the college’s website at http://www.ucc.edu/go/TomArt.

Union County College is a comprehensive community college serving approximately 35,000 credit and non-credit students. It is committed to serving the higher educational needs of Union County. The College has an open admissions policy for both transfer and career programs and is dedicated to the fundamental values of public higher education. The first of New Jersey’s 19 community colleges, Union County College provides opportunities for higher education for people of diverse ethnic, racial, cultural, educational and socioeconomic backgrounds in a multi-campus setting. The College has campuses located in Cranford, Elizabeth, Plainfield and Scotch Plains. For more information, visit www.ucc.edu.

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