Now in the Gallery
Dharma in the 21st Century
Curated by Hetal Mistry
May 8 – June 24, 2017
Opening Reception Sunday May 21, 4 – 6 pm
The gallery of the West Windsor Arts Center now features the works by artists of the Indian diaspora and their interpretations of “Dharma in the 21st Century.” Curated by artist Hetal Mistry, the sales of artwork will also raise funds to support the Clean Ganga Fund, an Indian national effort to save the endangered holy river. An opening reception is set for Sunday May 21 from 4 to 6 pm at the art center.
Hetal invited artists to submit work that explores and interprets what Dharma means to them in the current day. Dharma has multiple meanings in Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh and Jain traditions and is a topic of interest worldwide. Perhaps the simplest interpretation is living a life that embodies: Satya (truth), Tapa (persistence), Pavitrata (purity), and Daya (compassion). The work in this show reflects the personal, inspirational and introspective journey of self as experienced by artists whose cultural upbringing was informed by the concept.
One of the works selected for the show is a mixed media painting called “Srishti” by Anusha Saran. About the work, Saran says, “To me, ‘Srishti’ or world is Dharma. The painting shows that Srishti is the essential order of things, an integrity and harmony in the universe and the affairs of life that cannot be disturbed without creating chaos. That which supports, nourishes, harmonizes and unites the individual, society and the world.”
Accomplished local artist and curator Hetal Mistry (B.F.A.) has created renditions of historical sites in Princeton including The Miller Chapel. Recent solo exhibitions include the Erdman Art Gallery at Princeton Theological Seminary and Premier art gallery in Lambertville. Hetal has had the opportunity to exhibit at the Artexpo in New York and internationally in India. Hetal’s recent trip to India included visiting the oldest living city of Varansi through which the holy Ganga river flows. She witnessed the evening prayers on the banks of the river that have been performed for thousands of years. It was truly an enlightening experience that inspired her to explore Dharma in the modern context.
Participating artists include: Vimala Arunachalam, (Plainsboro, NJ); Divya Attri, (Princeton Junction, NJ); Anjana Babu, (Monmouth Junction, NJ); Sheetal Bagewadi, (Monmouth Junction, NJ); Ketut Budiawan, (Ubud, Bali); Aparna Deshpande, (Monmouth Junction, NJ); Uday Dhar, (New York, NY); Rochana Dubey, (Princeton, NJ); Spriha Gupta, (Skillman, NJ); Parul Mehta, (Mumbai, India); Jyoti Menon, (Lawrenceville, NJ); Hetal Mistry, (Princeton Junction, NJ); Kavin Mistry, (Princeton Junction, NJ); Suvarna Nagaraju, (Belle mead, NJ); Anusha Saran, (West Windsor, NJ); Aparajita Sen, (Princeton Junction, NJ); Vishal Shah, (West Windsor, NJ).
June 26 through September 9, 2017
The Generation Next focuses on the artists and art of comic books, graphic novels, gaming art, and more. This will be an open call.
September 11 through November 4, 2017
The STEAM Series: Technology and Art is the second in a series of exhibitions relating to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math). This will be an open call.
November 6, 2017 through January 6, 2018.
Off the Wall, our annual affordable art exhibition and sale. This will be an open call for art.
Sunday, November 12, 2017.
Drawing an audience from the greater Princeton area, it is a great place to sell your work. This will be an open call to Artisans.
About Exhibitions at WWAC
The West Windsor Arts Center (WWAC) establishes a calendar of exhibits that draws on emerging and established local and regional artists and beyond that reflects the diverse ethnic makeup of our community. The WWAC Exhibition Committee selects themes based on media, community interest, tie-ins to cultural events and educational value.
The six exhibits we present each year focus on high artistic quality art that showcases diverse multicultural themes and genres. For each exhibit the committee selects a juror from notable regional art educators, professional artists and museum/gallery directors, who choose works consistent with their standards of excellence and our artistic selection criteria.
Criteria for selecting artwork to exhibit at WWAC:
- Competent use of media and artistic technical skill
- Artistic sensitivity and emotional impact
- Creative and innovative work to educate the public
- Wall appeal to attract the public
- Relevance to show theme (if applicable)