WHEN: October 8-23, Reception October 13, 7-9 PM
WHERE: Barron Arts Center, 582 Rahway Ave., Woodbridge
Gallery hours are Monday thru Friday 11 AM-4 PM; Saturday and Sunday 2-4 PM
ADMISSION: Free, but donations are appreciated
The Barron Arts Center presents Starting Again From Zero: The Works of Alex Szkola, a painter, illustrator and portraitist from Perth Amboy.
Szkola was born in Germany several months after the end of World War II immigrating to America in the mid 1950’s ultimately taking root in Perth Amboy, NJ. Szkola studied at the Arts Students League in New York with Social realist painters Issac Soyer and Peter Homitzky who were important influences in the creation of Szkola’s early photorealistic style. These paintings of the New York City urban landscape earned Szkola long term representation by the Horizon Gallery in Manhattan.
Recently, having grown increasingly dissatisfied with the direction and limitation of his work, Szkola returned to New Jersey. “. . .Subsequently, pretending I knew nothing,” says Szkola, “I rediscovered drawing and simply started again from zero.” The result of this change over is visually chronicled in The Barron Arts Center exhibit.
About the Barron Arts Center – Woodbridge Township’s Center for the Arts
The Barron Arts Center, listed on the national Register of Historic Places, recently celebrated its 130th Anniversary. With the support of the Woodbridge Township Cultural Arts Commission and under the direction of Cynthia Knight, the Barron Arts Center offers programming to the public free of charge.
Donations are appreciated and are essential to the continuation of free quality arts programs and exhibits.