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Ayami Aoyama, of Pennington, NJ, originally from Nishio, Aichi, Japan, received her BFA in painting from the Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music. She moved to New York City to launch her painting career but soon began pursuing stone carving after taking a sculpture course at the Art Student League. An apprenticeship at the Johnson Atelier Stone Division in 1998 led to a full-time position as an art instructor and sculptor for the Atelier, where Aoyama worked with world renowned artists including Magdalena Abakanowicz, Manolo Valdes, Wopo Holup, Jon Isherwood and Barry X. Ball. Since 2010 she has worked as the lead sculptor and finishing supervisor for Advanced Stone Technologies. She continues to exhibit her work in the greater tri-state area, most recently with a solo exhibit at the Michener Museum in Doylestown, PA (2010).

Florence Moonan works primarily in acrylics, collage and mixed media. A resident of Stockton, NJ, Moonan was born in Trenton and raised in Lambertville. She earned a BFA from The College of New Jersey. Her paintings, often painterly, non-representational works, have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums across the United States. Her work, for which she has won numerous awards, is in many private and public collections including the permanent collections of Mercer County, BARC Developmental Services, and The College of New Jersey. She is featured in Doris Brandes' book Artists of the River Towns.

Florence Moonan, left, and Ayami Aoyama

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