GUILD 2020 HOURS, Sundays 10 AM - 2 PM
Date: October 30th, 2020
Time: 6:00 PM- 8:00 PM
Date: November 1st, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM- 2:00 PM
Gallery 1: Dot Johnson - "The Joy of the Still Life" - There is so much beauty in all of our lives. It is in the simple things around us. The colorful foods we eat, the handwoven baskets made by artisans, the pottery, the flowers, plants and vegetables in our own backyards. These everyday objects make me want to tell the world I’m here, I see what you offer me. I feel alive and inquisitive when I look at you. Trying to capture the beauty of the everyday things I see is why I paint.
Watercolor is a medium that permits me to play with the hardness of a garden trowel to the softness of a pussy willow. It helps me create the rich deep purple in an eggplant and the muted shades and loose background colors of the “Still Life.” I choose to paint “Still Life” because I am always seeing new angles, shapes and perspective. They challenge me to capture what I can of their beauty. I try to capture the peace and tranquility of what I see and feel when painting them. They give me a reason to wake up every morning ready to tackle a new project. I hope that people viewing my show will feel some of what I try to capture.
Gallery 2: Mariellen Smith - Watercolor Wanderer - I always wanted to be an art teacher, so while in high school, I saved all of my electives for my senior year. All of them were in art. At the fall show, I was creating a watercolor, when my instructor told me that it wasn’t too bad considering that I had no talent. I was devastated and became an elementary school teacher instead. I did that for thirty years.
I didn’t pick up a brush for many decades. One year we had so many blizzards in northern NJ, that I bought a painting magazine and bought some supplies. I was thrilled. For many years I dabbled in acrylics. I moved to Toms River five years ago. I stood on my porch and said to no one in particular, “I want a watercolor teacher.” About two months later, I noticed a woman, taking a picture of my front porch. She was embarrassed but explained that she was my neighbor, a watercolor artist, and she wanted to paint my porch. That was over three years ago, and I’ve taken weekly lessons from Rose Sinatra ever since. The first art contest that I entered was last year’s OCC Senior Show. I received an honorable mention in watercolor and was thrilled. I’m an interfaith minister and have given over 80 paintings away. It feels like what I’m called to do. This is my first gallery exhibit and I’m thrilled
Date: December 5th, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM- 4:00 PM