Focus on Princeton at the George Segal Gallery

March 7, 2011—Montclair State University’s George Segal Gallery will present Focus on Princeton featuring 50 contemporary works of art from the Princeton Artists Alliance, a non-profit organization of established New Jersey artists committed to providing enriching visual arts experiences to the community.  The exhibition will run from March 13 to April 16, 2011, with an opening reception scheduled for March 13 from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The exhibition showcases the latest works by the Alliance’s 21 participating artists, who include sculptor Tom Francisco, painters Joanne Augustine and Carol Hansen, photographer Clem Fiori, and potter Shelly Jacobson.  

Environmentalism is a recurring theme of the exhibition.  The works are “products of emotional and intense observations of nature with caring and sometimes profound messages about the environment, many packaged in unconventional materials,” said M. Teresa Rodriguez, director of the George Segal Gallery and curator of the exhibition.  
Francisco’s Gulf Oil, for example, addresses last year’s disastrous BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico through an installation in which the surface of a pool of pristine water is covered with thousands of painted oil droplets.

On the other hand, the beauty of flowers is celebrated in Augustine’s painting entitled Exuberance while Harry Naar’s intricate, meticulous drawings of the woods record every tree, branch, and stem.    

Two lectures will be presented at the George Segal Gallery during the exhibition.  Transformation and Regeneration, Panel Discussion with the Artists, featuring Heddy Baiz, Shellie Jacobson, Marsha Levin-Rojer, and others, is scheduled for Thursday, April 7, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Rajie Cook, an internationally known graphic designer and a Design Excellence Presidential winner, is the speaker at The Designer as a Problem Solver on Wednesday, April 13, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The exhibition, reception, and lectures are free and open to the public.  For lecture reservations and more information, please call 973-655-6941 or 973-655-3382.     
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