This fabulous all-media exhibit opened
Saturday, September 23
If you were not able to join us for the opening, you can view video and photos of the event on the Gallery's Facebook Page. The opening included casual interviews of artists and visitors by priest, speaker and writer Barbara Cawthorne Crafton, followed by presentations by the two jurors of this exhibit, Phoebe Pollinger and Harry Simon.
About the exhibit
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“GOD in the abstract,” an exhibit of all abstract art, opened with a Reception on Saturday, September 23, 2-5pm. Refreshments donated by The Metuchen Inn and live music was provided by the Westerhoff School of Music faculty, the free-and-open-to-the-public event is designed to appeal to a broad audience.
From a total of 300 submitted works, 31 pieces were selected by the St. Luke's Nails in the Wall Gallery Ministry from 27 artists, both local and from places as far-flung as Hollywood and Placentia, CA, Kalamazoo, MI, Georgetown, TX and Wenatchee, WA to name a few. While the theme focused on GOD, and artists were invited to consider their work in that regard, once the art came before the guest jurors, two professionals invited to review the work and select which pieces would actually be included in the exhibit, it was all about identifying the best abstract art in that group.
During the jurying process, one juror remarked to the other, “You know, I’m not thinking at all about GOD in this process.” “Neither am I,” the other confirmed. “I’m just looking for excellent work that will complement each other and develop a great show!”
The Gallery Director agreed, “That’s what we had hoped for in asking you to jury…the artists themselves saw the “God connection”…now we want you to select the highest quality art.”
“What I find interesting, though,” commented Nails in the Wall Ministry Chair Linda LaStella, “is now that all the work is selected, I do find a very clear ‘point of view about God’ that comes through in both the individual selections and in the show as a whole. I believe that reflects both the vision of the artists and, almost unwittingly, the vision of the jurors.”
The exhibit includes work of every media, from bronze and glass sculptures to photography to painting as well as digital art. Since this exhibit marks the fifth anniversary of the gallery, the NITW Gallery Ministry wanted to present a show that would invite its audience to stretch in its understanding of art. Abstract work is often shied away from as “not something people other than artists understand.” In pairing that with the broad conceptual idea of GOD, the NITW Gallery Ministry hoped the exhibit would invite viewers to really spend time, look long and dive deep, as it were, into the art.
To help our audience develop an appreciation for abstract art, the jurors, each with decades of professional experience selecting and working with abstraction in successful businesses, Phoebe Pollinger in Montclair and Harry Simon in Morristown, will speak at the Opening, and about the work they selected and why they saw those pieces of art as strong examples of abstraction.
Their talk and other aspects of the Opening will be carried by Facebook Live, beginning around 2:30pm. This will be especially helpful for the artists who live great distances. It will allow anyone who wishes to log on to the Nails in the Wall Gallery: A Ministry of St. Luke’s FB page and interact with the visitors present at the gallery. That video feed will then be archived both on the FB page and on this website.
“GOD in the abstract” remains on view through December 31, 2017.