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Art and Healing

August 31 to October 23, 2020

As we cautiously emerge from the quarantines of the past few months, the West Windsor Arts Center has created an exhibition that looks at art as a healing tool. Reflecting on the realities, feelings, and experiences during the surreal Covid-19 pandemic or from other past events, either personal or public, this art show explores the theme of art and healing and the profound impact and lasting effect it can have on our lives.

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Opening Reception

to be held online via Zoom
September 11, 2020 from 7:15 – 9:00 p.m.

Join us to view the works in the exhibition and hear from the artists as they discuss their work. Juror Lisa Freeman will also discuss her selections.
This event is free and open to the public.

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Artists

Hamish Abrahms, Zakia Ahmed, Maureen Bennett, Joe Bucciano, Vincent Bush, Thomas Chiola, Connie Cruser, Ceil Diskin, Joann Donatiello, Ilene Dube, Gary David Fournier, Jay Goldberg, Spriha Gupta, Joelle Hofbauer, Margaret Kalvar, Joy Kreves and Ivia Sky Yavelow, Joe LaMattina, Sang-Yeol Lee, Yun Li, Kathleen Hurley Liao, Eleni Litt, Beth Malcolm, Judith Marchand and David P. Horowitz, Kim Matthews, Lucretia Ellen McGuff-Silverman, John Piccoli, Helene Plank, William Plank, Karen Schoenitz, Alok Sharma, Anubha Sood, Ilana Visotsky, and Lauren Vroegindewey.

As we cautiously emerge from the quarantines of the past few months, the West Windsor Arts Center has created an exhibition that looks at art as a healing tool. Reflecting on the realities, feelings, and experiences during the surreal Covid-19 pandemic or from other past events, either personal or public, this art show explores the theme of art and healing and the profound impact and lasting effect it can have on our lives.

A total of 35 artists have explored these evocative themes through a variety of media. The exhibition will be viewable online from August 31 through October 23, 2020 at westwindsorart.org. The juror was Lisa Freeman, co-creator of the Holistic Medicine Program at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital-Hamilton Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. An opening reception with the juror and artists will be held Friday, September 11, 2020 from 7:15pm to 9pm via Zoom. Artists will be on hand during the online event to discuss their work. Registration for the event is available at www.westwindsorarts.org/events.

Highlights of this extraordinary exhibition include works by Maureen Bennett, Joe LaMattina, and Anubha Sood.

Maureen Bennett is a former art director and currently a visual artist, artist-in-residence educator, and community activist. She created the global traveling art project, Peace by Piece, and has been awarded numerous grants for social change through art and was the recipient of the New York City Circle of Mercy Award. She leads creativity workshops encompassing education, earth awareness, nonviolence, wellness and peace. Her work is inspired by nature and human nature, working in graphite, pastels, watercolors, acrylics, oils, mixed media and photography/computer technology. “My well-being is woven into my love of nature. During this self-quarantine time I have been creating mandalas, including Quarantine Backyard Mandala – Azalea Harmony, with the intention to share with others. All work is inspired by my backyard and woodlands in New Jersey.

Joe LaMattina is a retired art educator with the Hackensack, New Jersey Public School System and P.I. Art Center, New Jersey. LaMattina currently focuses on integrating his studio time, exhibiting in local and international gallery shows, and private teaching. “Being creative can seem daunting in a world that seems to value logic over imagination and practicality over dreaming. In my work I love to experiment and to play. ‘Play is not the antithesis of something that is important! To have playful thinking requires a sense of lightness and fluidity.’”

A recent graduate of Parsons School of Design (MFA), Anubha Sood’s work is centered around sustainable ecology that provokes a sentiment addressing our current systems of production, accessibility, and inequality, and how they aggravate the larger climate crisis and devastate minorities. Table Cloth Series explores the urgency of making a work and reorienting it from the overwhelmingly dissonance of COVID-19. The artist reflected on this time by exploring healing through weaving. The fabric scraps used to make yarn were over-dyed using onion skins, turmeric, seaweed and rust. Ordinary furniture was repurposed as looms.

Juror Lisa Freeman has more than 25 years of diversified experience in both profit and non-profit business sectors in the tri-state area. She has created several health-related programs and initiatives, including the Holistic Medicine Program for the Rutgers Cancer Institute (mentioned above) and the trademarked Robert Wood Johnson Hospital-Hamilton “We vs. C. (Cancer)”. Her holistic program was developed for patients undergoing treatment and their family members, and is curated to engage local artists, performers, community and spiritual leaders to provide a diverse and healing line of services.

 

 

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 cultural makeup of our community. The WWAC Exhibition Committee selects themes based on media, community interest, tie-ins to 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)