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2021 Member Show: Floral Persuasion

Dates of show: Tuesday, March 16 to Friday, May 14, 2021

Online Opening Reception: March 19, 7:15 to 9pm

Available for viewing on most Tuesdays and Wednesdays by appointment. Please contact kimberly@westwindsorarts.org

Exhibiting Artists: Zakia Ahmed, Sherri L Andrews, Clara S Beym, Tom Chiola, Connie Cruser, Jayme Fahrer, Janet Felton, Michael F. Graham, Jeanette Gaston Hooban, Joy Kreves, Lori Langsner, Sonya Legg, Eleni Litt, Hetal Mistry, Abelardo Montano, Tatiana Oles, William Plank, Maia Reim, Martin Schwartz DDS, Christine Seo, Deirdre Sheean, Margaret Simpson, Sally Stang, Zina Umyn, Janet Waronker.

West Windsor Arts Council presents

2021 WWAC Member Show: Floral Persuasion

Exhibition from March 16 – May 14, 2021
Virtual Opening Reception Friday, March 19, 2021, 7:15-9 pm

West Windsor, NJ (March 11, 2021) – Perhaps one of the most universal and timeless subjects in the history of art, botanical themes offer a world of possibility for artists. Evidence of floral art and design dates back over 2,000 years, starting with the ancient Egyptians, and remains immensely popular today. Artists have used flowers for their symbolism in history, evocative qualities, and their ability to represent everything from decay to passion. During this Spring 2021 season of rebirth and renewal, West Windsor Arts Council invited artists to share floral-themed ideas and visions. The exhibition is on view on the West Windsor Arts Council’s website (westwindsorarts.org) and the gallery by appointment. Jurors Thomas Kelly and Megan Uhaze are Commissioners from Hamilton Township Cultural and Performing Arts Advisory Commission. 

Thomas Kelly is an award-winning Hamilton, NJ-based painter. He has a signature style that has its roots in expressionism. His work is widely collected and is in private, public, and museum collections. Kelly has served as a Commissioner on the Hamilton Township Cultural and Performing Arts Advisory Commission for the past two years. Kelly’s work is represented by The Artful Deposit Gallery in Bordentown NJ, Bethlehem House Gallery in Bethlehem PA, Euphemia Gallery in Spring Lake NJ, and Life Arts Designs in Manasquan NJ.

Megan Uhaze is a Professional Painter and Printmaker. She received her BFA degree from Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia majoring in Art History and Two Dimensional Design a focus on Painting. She is a full-time working artist for the renowned Seward Johnson Atelier in Hamilton NJ. Her paintings and prints have been shown in many venues around the North East. She has worked in three permanent collections including the Capitol Health Trenton Campus collection, the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission Collection, and the Trenton Free Public Library Collection. She is also currently a Commissioner for the Hamilton Township Cultural and Performing Arts Advisory Commission.

The exhibition was an open call to WWAC members and featured prize winners, chosen by the jurors. 

While describing the show Juror Thomas Kelly explained, “The West Windsor Arts Council members show is a floral theme. What a heartening idea in this long winter we have been having. The submissions were full of joy and color! We had some difficult choices and were very happy to see so much quality work from the WWAC members. To see the interpretations, some distant vistas, and some close-up details, truly says that we all seem to be anxiously awaiting Spring and all that it brings. Kudos to the members who have been busy working on their art during these trying times. Congratulations.”

Juror Megan Uhaze added, “It was a pleasure to judge this body of work, the variety and skill we saw was a true testament to the enormous talent of West Windsor Arts Council’s members.”

Highlights of the many extraordinary works in the exhibition include those by Christine Seo, who works in both watercolor and oil. Her oil painting titled Peonies in the Sunroom won Best in Show. While painting she feels free and loose, utilizing these natural feelings to develop sharp contrasts in both color and details throughout her works. She explores the nature of color whilst her passion for equine inspires her with dynamic energy. She also enjoys painting floral, landscape, and portraits with rich and intense color. 

Also included in the exhibition is Hetal Mistry. Her work of art titled Dawn consists of ink, pencil colors, and acrylics and won Best Use of Medium. Hetal has spent over fifteen years as a local artisan in Princeton, New Jersey. Her unique style is inspired by her understanding of healing colors and love of nature. She utilized a self-taught ink-drop technique throughout her works. The pigments in water form surrealistic vibrant backgrounds for her works. From these abstract frameworks, she is able to create diverse subject matter using various media.