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"Ageless Art; Boundless Creativity" Meet The Artist at JCC MetroWest

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JCC MetroWest presents “Ageless Art; Boundless Creativity,” bringing together the art work of six well known contemporary senior artists: Phyllis Carlin, Philip Drill, Joan Goldsmith, Ed Hoffner, George Tarr, and Fran Willner, September 18-November 6, 2011, in the Gaelen Gallery East at the Leon & Toby Cooperman JCC, Ross Family Campus, 760 Northfield Avenue, West Orange.  On Sunday, November 6, a “Meet the Artists” event will take place from 11:00-1:00pm during the JCC Creative Maturity Expo.

The six artists work in painting, sculpture and mixed media, creating professional, accomplished, and personal art work.  Residents of MetroWest, each has been an artist for many years and has been widely exhibited and won numerous prizes. Though diverse in media and sensibility, as a group their creativity is impressive.

Phyllis Carlin had a wide ranging career as a Broadway set designer, an art director, and a sketch artist. She has won many awards including the NJ State Council on the Arts fellowship. Her work is in museum collections statewide. Carlin’s paintings and sculpture are mysterious, thoughtful, and ironic. They frequently have a sense of surrealism and often incorporate words and commentary.
Sculptor Phil Drill works in glass and metal. His concern is with expressing abstract movement and creating a novel perspective in his sculptures. In 2011 he was awarded Best in Sculpture in the Gaelen Juried Art Show & Sale.

Joan Goldsmith is an abstract expressionist whose paintings express her personal vision of nature by modulating color and line. She states, “Painting for me is a spontaneous act, fueled by my emotions and their release. I try to present a dichotomy of the tranquility and energy that is me.” She often works with handmade paper and collage. Her work is represented in selected public art collections around the country.

Ed Hoffner uses a rich and subtle palette of colors in his abstract and figurative paintings. Though often whimsical in subject, they show accomplished paint handling and a sophisticated color sense. Hoffner is an active member of Exhibitors’ Coop, a well known exhibiting and critiquing group.

Jeffrey Kesper, former director of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, describes artist George Tarr as “multifaceted …His understanding of the nature and inherent qualities of his media is evident in his intuitive treatment of each piece.” A metal worker by trade, Tarr pursued his artistic endeavors throughout his long career. He works in all media, an unusual accomplishment for an artist.

Fran Willner is a well known as a teacher and widely exhibited creator of found object sculpture. She describes her current work as follows, “Pieces of old lace and abandoned dolls inspired me to dress the dolls. With a few improvements they become art pieces.” Over the years she has accumulated an extensive resume of exhibits, publications, and awards.

Painter Amy Charmatz exhibits her brightly colored images of people, animals, and patterns in the Roland Exhibition Corridor and Arts Lobby. An artist with disabilities, she states “My art has been shaped by the process of living my life, and now my art shapes my life.” Her paintings have been included in museums and galleries throughout the country. She describes her style as “primitive yet contemporary…Each painting has a caption expressing “truths” that I have learned and am still learning.” 

The Arts Lobby Showcases contain ceramic sculpture by Evelyn Gurland, Beverly Stern, and Debora Meltz. The sculptors formerly shared a studio and though they each work in a different style, their works complement each other and accentuate each artist’s strengths.

For more information, please contact Lisa Suss at 973–530–3413 (lsuss@jccmetrowest.org).

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