Artists Focus on "Favorite Things"
At MCCC Gallery Sept. 16-Oct. 23


The perfect 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.

According to 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.

Natalie Featherston 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 private collections.

Jamie Greenfield 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.

John Murdoch's "Pears In Space"
Jamie Greenfield's "It Will Be"

Natalie Featherston's "Lotto Luck"

Alan Klawans' Yellow Plane

Alan 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.

John 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.

This 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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