Brief Encounters With the Fleeting Await at MCCC Gallery Exhibit ‘Transient Brevity’ Through Dec. 19

‘A Conversation With the Artists,’ Opening Reception, Nov. 6

WEST WINDSOR – The surreal, the ephemeral, and all that is fleeting awaits visitors to The Gallery at Mercer County Community College (MCCC) for the exhibition “Transient Brevity,” on display through Dec. 19.

The public is invited to “A Conversation With the Artists” from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Communications Building, Room CM107, on MCCC's West Windsor Campus. A community reception with the artists will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 6 in The Gallery.

“This exhibition examines the notion of ephemerality and how each of the artists chooses to represent that which is fleeting,” said Alice K. Thompson, director at The Gallery at Mercer. “The ephemeral quality of the work displayed varies from artist to artist."

Five Philadelphia artists, representing a variety of media, will take part in the exhibit. The intent of the show, Thompson said, is to bring works together from a cross-section of the visual arts community that speak both singularly and collectively.

“Some of the works represent direct interactions or interpretations with the surrounding environment; other works are somewhat autobiographical, with the collective works creating a narrative we are privileged to witness,” Thompson said. “Still, other works consider architectural elements in a deliberately ephemeral manner.”

Featured artists include:

Phillip C. Hart, whose work is based on an exploration of pattern recognition. The composition of his mobiles is based on form, order, and balance, constructed with simple materials, such as wire, sheet metal, and fishing line. The materials and scale of the work provides an element of interactivity simply through the air movement created when one approaches it.

Sandra Hoffman, a watercolorist and oil painter, has been featured in many solo and group art exhibitions throughout the greater Philadelphia area, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Hoffman is inspired by nature, and reworks and interprets subjects, with the paintings becoming environments generated by her imagination. The textures in her paintings reflect the textures found in nature.

Nicole J. Michaud, who creates landscapes based on memories of places intermixed with echoes of other senses. With memory altering the landscape and altering the emotion and context, Michaud strives to produce works that are reflective of not only external, physical landscapes, but the internal landscape of the mind.

Robert Sampson, whose work is influenced by the chaos of urban living, particularly what most people overlook. He works to capture his initial reaction to these scenes, starting with a drawing and gradually building and adjusting color, leaving traces of the underpainting and evoking the way the urban past is simultaneously preserved and destroyed.

Ekaterina Vanovskaya, born in St. Petersburg, Russia, received a BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago, and an MFA from Indiana University-Bloomington. Her work has been exhibited nationally at such venues as Sullivan Galleries in Chicago and Trestle Gallery in New York. Vanovskaya teaches at Drexel University and Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia.

Gallery hours for this show are Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. For updates, directions, and other information, visit or

More information about this and other exhibits at the MCCC Gallery is available here. The MCCC Gallery is located on the second floor of the Communications Building on the college’s West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. Directions to the campus and a campus map can be found here.


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"Eighty Three," oil pastel on paper by Nicole Michaud.

"My Favorite Color Was Black," oil on linen by Ekaterina Vanovskaya.