Monday, July 26, 2010


The two summer exhibitions at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey in Summit will close September 3, 2010. You won't want to miss these two exciting exhibits:

Material Girls
in the Main Gallery
Margaret Murphy, Curator

The six New Jersey women artists of Material Girls work with materials traditionally used by women, but with a contemporary twist. Women have been associated with domestic or consumer objects such as fabric, lace, clay and paint throughout history. These six artists manipulate and transform traditional domestic materials in very nontraditional ways. Hand-sewn lace, meticulously cut paper paintings and stitched shoes running up the gallery walls all speak to labor and its role in the work of women while offering a glimpse into the artistic process. (The Exquisite Frost by J Carpenter)

Art to Wear
A solo show by Amanda Yoakum in the Mitzi and Warren Eisenberg Gallery

Art to Wear features traditional fashion items used in an innovative way. Ordinary sneakers are transformed by acrylic paint with additions like wire and chopsticks. (Takeout at left)

A graduate of Parsons School of Design with a BFA in fashion design in 2006, Amanda 's background in both fine arts and fashion design pushed her to unite the two to create wearable art. As the owner and designer of YoaKustoms, she works closely with her clients for inspiration to produce her hand-painted custom footwear.  Amanda was the first award winner of the 2009 Clash of the Customizers year-long shoe tournament which exhibits work across the country. Her current work includes a custom project for the popular canvas sneaker brand, VANS.