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Members' Juried Exhibition
The Center for Contemporary Art

Heinz W. Otto Gallery

Saturday, February 4 – Saturday, February 25

Dr. Van Beveren - Giant Bubbles

Dr. Van Beveren Giant Bubbles

The Center for Contemporary Art in Bedminster, NJ will be holding its annual Members’ Juried Exhibition at the Watchung Arts Center. The exhibition will be in the Watchung Arts Center’s second-floor Heinz W. Otto Gallery from February 4-25, with a public opening reception on Sunday, February 5th from 2-4 p.m. The reception and exhibition are free and open to the public.

Susanna Kopchains - Fragmented No. 1

Susanna Kopchains - Fragmented No. 1

This year’s Members’ Juried Exhibition features 30 pieces representing the work of 28 of The Center’s members. Juror Michael Wolf, a sculptor, teacher and writer based in New Jersey, said about his selection process, “I strove to select work that was technically proficient, made a bold visual statement, and considered the formal elements of art while addressing current ideas in contemporary art.”

Israeli Abundance by Najwan Zoubi

Najwan Zoubi - Israeli Abundance

The Center for Contemporary Art is a vital regional art center with a vibrant studio art school, extensive exhibition program and important community outreach component. Each year The Center offers over 200 art classes for adults and children and 50 summer art camps for its over 600 members and the community. Classes are offered for artists with all levels of expertise in a variety of media including oil and acrylic paint, pastel, gouache, watercolor, drawing, photography, and ceramics.

More information about the Center for Contemporary Art can be found on their website: www.ccabedminster.org

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24th Annual Children's Juried Art Exhibition

Curated by Monica Schraiber Otero

Each year, the Watchung Arts Center holds a juried art competition for children, ages 6-17. The 24th Annual Children’s Juried Art Exhibition was on display in our Studio from October 23 through Novermber 30. The exhibit recognizes the budding talents and creative potential of young artists.  The mission of the show is to encourage artistic development in children by providing an opportunity for the display and appreciation of their work outside home and school.  The WAC therefore, hopes to encourage the support of instructors, schools, and parents in our communities to promote student’s participation in this exciting event.

The opening reception on Sunday, October 23 was very well attended. Relatives and friends admired the children's work and were mesmerized by the quality of the pieces created in such mediums as acrylic, oil, pen, pencil, watercolor, pastel, tempera,polymer clay and mixed media. The entries were judged by local artist, Virginia Carroll, and awards and prizes were given in five different categories.

View the winning entries here

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"Abstract Photography"
Charlann Meluso

Lower Gallery

Saturday, February 4 – Saturday, February 25

With a Master’s Degree in Fine Art and Art Education, Charlann spent nearly 40 years as a teacher in the Bayonne School District”, while creating and producing her own individual artwork. Her early works were based in Commercial Art and Design.

Charlann says of this exhibition:” An abstract photograph, by nature, is the essence of the subject matter, not necessarily the literal view. The end result is the culmination of intense scrutiny of the photographer who “finds” or “discovers” something in the ordinary. My love of artistic composition and design has an overwhelming effect on how I choose my subject matter and what becomes of it after capture. I may labor for hours or discard an image immediately if it is not to my satisfaction."

Charlann Meluso - Storm Approaching

Charlann Meluso - Storm Approaching

For the last two decades, Charlann has focused on Photo Art and Digital Photography, exhibiting her work in numerous juried shows and participating in local, national and international competitions.. To date, she has received 38 awards for her efforts. In June of 2014, she retired from teaching to pursue her Photo Art and Photography full time and continue exhibiting her work.

Describing her photos, Charlann states “The abstract images in my portfolio are diverse. The majority of them are created from natural occurrences, such as rust, decomposition, erosion, scaling and flaking paint on surfaces. Others are created by the hand of man. Nevertheless, each image bears its own identity and has its own beauty and appeal. It is those images that excite me the most…the accidental, randomness of the elements of art amassed on a visible surface…the obvious “unidentifiable” subject matter which holds the viewer’s interest and piques his curiosity.”

Additional information about Charlann Meluso’s photography can be found at www.charlannmelusophotoart.com.

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Upcoming Exhibitions

March 3 - 31

Opening' Reception, March 5 1-4 PM

Heinz W. Otto Gallery

The New Art Group

Lower Gallery

Judith O'Donnell: Gallic Journeys

Form for Exhibitors

If you would like to exhibit at the Watchung Arts Center, please download and complete the Exhibitor Agreement.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Ludmila Kalivoda, VP Visual Arts, Watchung Arts Center, e-mail pruhonice@aol.com.

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