Members Show To Open At Art Center

SUMMIT — The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey will present its members show this month to showcase the work of 200 members.

Submitted artwork may be in any medium, from painting and sculpture to video and two-dimensional wall works. Cash prizes totaling $1,900 will be awarded in the following categories: best in show, merit, honorable mention, ceramics, innovative expressions and/or media, pastel, photography, portraiture, sculpture and watercolor. Alexis Hale Egan, owner of Gallery Egan in Morristown, will serve as judge. The show will open to the public June 17.

Also opening June 17 is Anne Kullaf’s Loosely Structured, an exhibition exploring the underlying structure and overlay of color and texture in the artist’s recent pastel, acrylic and oil works to reveal their expressive qualities. Kullaf creates a sense of motion, energy and spontaneity by first carving up the space–darks and lights, shapes and colors–to define her compositions.

Perspective, proportion, form and value provide the structure for all her paintings. “I am always telling my students that there is a big difference between loose and sloppy. You have to get a solid underpainting with correct values, perspective and proportion before you can move into color. Once you have that, you are free to be as expressive and loose as you want with color and brushwork but should not touch the canvas unless the mark you are making has something to say,” notes the artist.

Kullaf holds a Bachelor of Science in graphic design and fine art from the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. Additionally, she studied drawing and painting at The Art Students League of New York. Her work has been exhibited at the National Arts Club and was featured in two traveling museum exhibitions, The New Reality: The Frontier of Realism in the 21st Century and 400 Years of Dutch History in Manhattan. Kullaf is currently a faculty member at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, the Hunterdon Art Museum, and the Center for Contemporary Art.

An opening reception for both shows is planned June 17 from 6-8 p.m. The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey is located on 68 Elm Street in Summit. For more information, visit

Anne Kullaf, Hudson & Harrison Streets
2010, oil on canvas, 30 in. x 40 in.

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