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originally published: 03/24/2022

(PRINCETON JUNCTION, NJ) — West Windsor Arts Council (WWAC) currently presents Member Show: Horizon. The exhibition now runs until May 14. A horizon is defined as the limit of a person’s mental perception, experience, or interest. This exhibition aimed for its artists to go beyond the horizon. The juried exhibition includes original works of art for sale featuring 39 different artists.

The goal was to broaden your horizons, broaden your horizons, explore new horizons or aspire to greater horizons. During this Spring 2022 season, West Windsor Arts asked artists to explore their own styles and push beyond their perceived limitations. They encouraged artists to share their horizons with the community and the art world. West Windsor Arts is delighted to introduce the incredible work of our artists to the community and to encourage expansion among their audiences. The exhibition can be viewed at West Windsor Arts and Whole World Arts during opening hours or by appointment. Jurors included Carolina Blatt, Ph.D., and Matthew Stemler, MFA.

Dr. Carolina Blatt is currently an associate professor at the College of New Jersey, where she teaches arts education, community-engaged art, and arts administration. She obtained a doctorate. from the University of Georgia and an MA from Savannah College of Art & Design. Previously, she taught at Georgia Gwinnett College in Atlanta, Georgia, where she pioneered their public art collection in the form of artist-student partnerships and large-scale collaborations. His research exploring collective artistic creation and its cognitive and civic potential has been published in scholarly journals and the popular press ranging from Studies in Art Education to, and presented at national and international venues ranging from TATE Liverpool to the Stanford University.

West Windsor Arts Council Presents WWAC 2022 Members Lounge: Horizon

Matthew Stemler is known for creating contemplative drawings, sculptures and installations. He finds a poetic language in unexpected materials while examining the social and technological structures of contemporary society. Stemler’s manipulation of materials is as intimate as the introspective themes that saturate the work. His creations often accentuate the links in the assembly, thus the literal and figurative links are as much a part of the work as the forms that seem taken in their configuration. Stemler received an AA from the Antonelli Institute of Art and a BFA from Temple University, Tyler School of Art before receiving his MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. He currently teaches in the Department of Visual Arts at Cairn University in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, where he is also curator of the Connie A. Eastburn Gallery. Stemler currently resides in Yardley, PA. Exhibitions of Stemler’s work include the James A. Michener Museum of Art, Square Halo Gallery, and Art in City Hall. His installations have been exhibited at the Eastern State Penitentiary Museum and the LGTripp Gallery.

The exhibit was free to WWAC members and offered the opportunity to be selected as cash prize winners, chosen by jurors. Dr Carolina Blatt commented: “Congratulations (to West Windsor Arts) for attracting so many outstanding works of art to your exhibition! It was a pleasure to judge the work.

Highlights of the many extraordinary works in the exhibition include those by Meta Arnold, who works in assemblage and mixed media. His mixed media work titled Perspective won best in show. While recently playing with ideas of scale in landscape, responding to medieval art, miniature art and stage settings, Meta’s assemblage features multiple layers of landscape in multiple orientations. Meta says, “Windows and doors are another motif I keep coming back to, the idea of ​​a threshold between two states of being. PerspectiveIt features multiple layers of landscape in multiple orientations, all framed by a large Gothic window. The effect is confused and whimsical, like daydreaming or playing with building blocks. Meta sees creating and teaching art as a treasure hunt and asks the public to join her excursion.

Also included in the exhibit is Christine Seo. His work of art titled Last table (shown at the top of this article) consists of watercolor techniques and won the best use of medium. Seo uses painting and drawing to process his experiences. Her paintings are the harmony of natural colors where her creativity goes beyond herself and into nature. Seo aims to express the story of his soul and his energy through his paintings. Seo is also an active member of the Orange Fine Arts Association, West Windsor Arts, New Hope Art League, The Station, NJEAA, Arts Bridge and Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club.

West Windsor Arts Council Presents WWAC 2022 Members Lounge: Horizon

The Exhibition Committee’s Choice Award went to Zakia Aziz Ahmed for her work, Happiness in Horizon. Zakia’s work reflects the homes and living conditions of the working poor in her native Bangladesh. Zakia says, “These structures are built randomly. The people who live there also face uncertainty and chance. Despite these difficulties, there is a certain contentment and a certain beauty in them. This randomness and beauty is reflected in her work through her use of loose brushstrokes and random colors.

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Exhibiting artists include: Brigitte Aflalo, Divvya H Atrii, Zakia Aziz Ahmed, J. Bettina, Karen Brodsky, Tom Chiola, Connie Cruser, Magda Dodd, Ilene Dube, Gary David Fournier, Joseph Goldfedder, Michael F. Graham, Adriana Groza, Spriha Gupta, Barry Hantman, Marzena Haupa, Margaret Kalvar-Bushnell, Donna Kaye, Nelly Kouzmina, Joy Kreves, Lori Langsner, Eleni Litt, Concetta A. Maglione, Sheila Mashaw, Hetal Mistry, Tatiana Oles, Neelam Padte, William Plank, Helene Plank, Karen Schoenitz, Nancy Scott, Rooma Sehar, Christine Seo, Deirdre Sheen, Kelly Silver, Margaret Simpson, Prachi, Barbara Weinfield, Susan Winter and Jane Yuan.

The mission of West Windsor Arts Council is to provide high quality cultural programming that brings people together and transforms the world around us by inspiring, educating and promoting the arts and the appreciation of the arts for our diverse community. The West Windsor Arts Center is located at 952 Alexander Road, West Windsor, and a five-minute walk from Princeton Junction train station. Opening hours of the secretariat and the gallery: by appointment.

IMAGES: (TOP) Last table by Christine Seo (MIDDLE) Perspective by Meta Arnold (BOTTOM) Happiness in Horizon by Zakia Aziz Ahmed

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