Jersey City Art & Studio Tour (JCAST): Saturday, 10/5/13 & Sunday, 10/6/13, 12-6pm
For this year's Jersey City Art & Studio Tour (JCAST) exhibition, DRAWING ROOMS has assembled a true cross section of the Jersey City artist community, individuals who are involved and invested in their art careers as well as in furthering the arts, education and good government in our city area. Some are teaching in elementary schools, high schools and universities. Some have run art-spaces and galleries or organized exhibits and public art projects. There are several involved in city government, and some who have helped build programs in the arts with a variety of organizations and institutions around the city. All are people who draw. At DRAWING ROOMS, we think the art of drawing engages a multitude of ideas, and can be a direct visual expression of a concept, impression, or emotion. The exploration, interconnection and interaction of drawing as visual thought is the subject of RAW DRAWING, a group show curated by James Pustorino and Anne Trauben, featuring drawing by Eileen Ferara, Elizabeth Onorato, Ibou Ndoye, Steve Singer, Margaret Weber, Sandra DeSando, Maggie Ens, Mike Markman, Kim Wiseman, Greg Brickey, Jasmine Graf, Glenn Garver, Orlando Reyes, Winifred McNeill, Phil Pellicane, Nyugen E Smith, Heidi Curko, Anne Trauben, Loura van der Meule, Demetrio Alfonso, Geraldine Gaines, Cheryl Gross, Jill Scipione, Stephanie Daniels and Megan Klim. The JERSEY CITY ART & STUDIO TOUR (JCAST) weekend show will also feature an exhibition of students’ artworks from St Peter’s Prep’s Metro Arts Program.
Megan Klim’s ink and charcoal interplays of structure and organic growth, Eileen Ferara’s sprawling multi-form, pictorial narrative on the Old Man and the Sea, Sandra DeSando’s masterful Kingsland Point Park, Sleepy Hollow, New York, a large, intensely colored, pencil drawing of trees, Margaret Webber’s mysterious owl drawings with a sky that is a blanket of feathers, Gallery 57’s Orlando Reyes’ wildly colored creatures, and Jill Scipione’s imposing installation of drawings that pair pencil renderings of skulls from historical peoples with bold sweeps of dark veil-like forms. Nyugen E. Smith’s large color and line drawings refer to life in the West Indies where he was born. In the same room, Loura van der Meule’s dense, abstract Fishing Nets derives from images of the harbor in her Dutch hometown, and Gerri Gaines mythic drawings on wood come from a rich African heritage. Glenn Garver’s bold abstract works on paper create an exciting tension in a place between drawing and painting that is mirrored in the drawing/sculpture relationship of Anne Trauben’s 3D wire “drawings” that throw shadow lines on the gallery walls. Steve Singer’s loose, dynamic, figure drawings play off of the structured softness of Heidi Curko’s grids of delicate pinks and yellows. Cheryl Gross’ ink drawings of engaging and playful distortions of various characters, animals and types of people, are displayed opposite NJCU Professor Winifred McNeill’s insect vignettes. Greg Brickey’s panels of strong graphics that veer between abstract painting and comics are the mainstay for a wildly colorful, animated room that includes works by Kim Wiseman, Mike Markman and Reyes.