"Dream Africa" Coming to the ARTWORKS Gallery
"Dream, Africa," a multiple media exhibition, opened at Mercer County Community College’s ARTWORKS Gallery in Trenton on Tuesday, Sept. 13. The show, which will remain on view through Saturday, Oct. 15, features paintings by Nancie Gunkelman, photographs by Diane Levell and sculpture by J.C. Sarpong. A reception for the artists will be held Friday, Oct. 14, from 6 to 8 p.m., coinciding with Trenton’s “Second Friday” events. A gallery talk takes place on Tuesday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m.
“Those of us who have not been lucky enough to visit the vast and wondrous continent of Africa, and to experience first-hand the rich, varied cultures and daily traditions of its people, find ourselves depending on a patchwork of images, illusions, and impressions from books, television, and the news,” says Tricia Fagan, MCCC’s Gallery curator. “In this show, we are very pleased to offer three unique perspectives on Africa by three artists who have either come from Africa or who have spent significant time on the continent.”
Nancie Gunkelman (Monroe
Township, NJ) holds degrees in both fine arts and zoology. Throughout
the 1970s and 80s she spent more than half her time living, working, and
traveling in African countries, including Kenya, Nigeria, and Sao Tome
and Principe. “Inspired by this experience,” she said, “I
have tried to capture in my oil paintings everyday life in the developing
world.” Gunkelman, who studies with Steve Kennedy at ARTWORKS, is
also Commissioner of Monroe Township’s Cultural Arts Commission.
The ARTWORKS building is located on Stockton Street between Market and Front Streets in Trenton, directly across the street from the New Jersey Department of Motor Vehicles building, just off route 1 south. For more information call ARTWORKS at 609-394-9436 between 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Tuesdays or Wednesdays.