The Upper Gallery will feature The Contemporary Art Group 7th Annual Members’ Show. This colorful and varied exhibition will feature work judged by Donna Gustafson PhD., art historian and current Andrew W. Mellon Liaison for Academic Programs / Curator at Rutgers University. The Contemporary Art Group is an organization of active artists from Hunterdon, Middlesex, Morris, Somerset and Union counties. Members’ work ranges from realism to abstraction.
This show features the following media: sculpture, photography, oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels,
inks, colored pencil, print making, book arts, and mixed media. Visit the CAG website at: www.contemporaryartgroup.org
The Lower Gallery will feature the exhibition “On the Wings of a Dreamer” by artist Alev Necile Dinc. Mrs. Alev Necile Dinc studied painting and fashion design at the Institute of Technology in Europe. After immigrating to the United States, she continued her education at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC studying textile design, and the Ridgewood Art Institute in New Jersey, studying advertising design.
She started working at an international design studio in Paterson, NJ, and since then has been working in New York’s textile industry for leading corporations and studios. Her contract designs have sold in Spain, Canada, England, and Hong Kong.
Besides being a fabric designer, Alev is a renowned surrealist painter. Her works of art have been described as transforming the viewer to a mystical world of beauty and fantasy, where everything has a fluid motion. Her creativity and craftsmanship combine to create dynamic compositions of amazing depth and expression, which are at once intriguing, and disarming. The artist extends an invitation to enter into her private dreamscape where ethereal creatures celebrate their existence in vibrant colors, derived from her Turkish background, and heartfelt vision.
She has displayed her work in many solo exhibits and has participated in numerous group exhibitions in Europe and the United States, including The Paterson Museum in New Jersey, The Peace Museum in Detroit, The Musavi Arts Center in NYC, National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., The Nabisco Gallery in Fairlawn, NJ, Lambert Castle Museum in Paterson, NJ, The Innsbruck Austria ,Turkish House in NYC, as well as the Hamilton House Museum in Clifton, NJ. Her works are also included in several corporate and privately owned collections. Her art has been reviewed in many publications and she has had multiple television appearances. Mrs. Alev’s poetry also reflects the same captivating spirit as her art.
The Artists Reception will be held on Sunday, May 5 from 1 – 4 pm with entertainment by jazz musicians Pam Purvis and Bob Ackerman. The public is cordially invited to meet the artists and enjoy light refreshments.
Gallery hours are Wednesday through Friday from 12 – 3 PM or Tuesday and Saturday by appointment only.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION contact:
Stacy Gannon, Executive Director
Watchung Arts Center
18 Stirling Road, Watchung, NJ 07069