Focus on "Favorite Things"
At MCCC Gallery Sept. 16-Oct. 23
apple, a moth from the rain forest, a beloved dog, a yellow tin
plane from a distant childhood - these are just some of the evocative
images captured by the four artists whose works are presented in
"Favorite Things," the first exhibit of the 2008-09
season at the MCCC Gallery. Featured artists are Natalie Featherston
of Trenton, Jamie Greenfield of Lawrenceville, Alan Klawans of Willow
Grove, PA, and John Murdoch of West Windsor The show runs from Tuesday,
Sept. 16 through Thursday, Oct. 23. The Gallery is under the direction
of curator Tricia Fagan and is located on the second floor of the
Communications Building on Mercer's West
Windsor campus at 1200 Old Trenton Road.
An exhibit reception
takes place Wednesday, Sept. 17, 5 to 7:30 p.m. A Gallery Talk follows
on Monday, Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m. Regular Gallery hours are: Tuesdays,
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.; Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.;
and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Fagan, the artists share objects from their personal worlds to create
philosophical musings, artistic explorations, and even private jokes
on the two-dimensional stage of their artwork. "These artists
demonstrate some of still life's finest elements: thoughtful design,
classic technique, a personal vision, and components that are both
part of today and timeless. Visitors to "Favorite Things"
will definitely find some favorites of their own," she said.
creates a contemporary take on trompe l'oeil (illusionist) paintings,
resulting in works that simultaneously generate smiles and awe in
her viewers. An accomplished cellist, Natalie discovered her love
of painting only after moving to New York City to pursue an MFA
in Music. Classes at the Art Students League, the National Academy
of Design, and other venues culminated in a six-year apprenticeship
with artist Michael Aviano. Natalie is represented in galleries
from New York to Santa Fe. Her paintings have received numerous
awards and have appeared in American Art Collector, Southwest Art,
The Artist's Magazine, and Santa Fean Magazine, and are in many
shows drawings and mixed media works that draw upon "...inner
sources of personal history in combination with close observation
of light, form and space..." Her objects, seemingly unrelated,
are woven into floating planes of information that are almost Jungian
in their impact. In addition to being an accomplished artist, Jamie
is currently director of the Hutchins Gallery and chair of the Visual
Art Department at The Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, NJ.
She earned her MFA in studio art at SUNY/Albany.
Murdoch's "Pears In Space"
Greenfield's "It Will Be"
Natalie Featherston's "Lotto Luck"
Alan Klawans' Yellow Plane
Klawans is exhibiting recent computer prints - assemblages that combine
photographed images, scanned objects, and computer-generated elements
into perceptive commentaries on the world around him. He has pursued his
art since childhood, taking classes at the Corcoran Gallery Art School
in Washington, DC. He received his BFA at Philadelphia College of Art
(now University of the Arts), where he majored in advertising design.
For more than 25 years, he worked as a corporate art and design director
(SmithKline and French Labs, and SmithKline Beckman Corporation). He has
taught at the University of the Arts, the Tyler School of Art, and Moore
College of Art and Design. He is a past president and curator of the Philadelphia
Sketch Club and was director of design for the Graphic Consortium of Philadelphia.
A member of The Artists Gallery in Lambertville, he continues to exhibit
widely at venues that include the Whitney Museum, Smithsonian Institution,
and the Corcoran Gallery of Art. His work has received numerous awards
and is in many public collections.
Scott Murdoch is exhibiting works painted in his signature, classically
influenced style that incorporates gold leaf with oils. John pursued his
art in academy and atelier settings, including the American Academy of
Art in Chicago, Atelier LeSueur in Excelsior, Minnesota, and The School
of Representational Art in Chicago. His work has been exhibited in the
United States and in Europe, and is in many private collections. Recent
venues included The Lancaster Museum of Art, PA, and The Ernst Museum
in Budapest, Hungary. John and his work have recently been featured in
American Artist Magazine, The New York Times, The Times
of Trenton, The Asbury Park Press and Time Off Magazine. His
studio is located at Art Station in Hightstown.
exhibit is supported, in part, by the Mercer County Cultural & Heritage
Commission through funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department
of State, a funding partner of the National Endowment for the Arts.
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