Paintings by Julie Fornaci
WHEN: during library hours from December 1 through December 29.
WHERE: Montclair Public Library Gallery, 50 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair
The Montclair Public Library’s popular art exhibits continues with breathtaking oil paintings by Julie Fornaci that captures the essence of life and the beauty of nature.
Julie Fornaci was born on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico, but grew up in New Jersey in the shadow of NYC. The wealth of diversity, colors and architecture of the city, and the gorgeous atmospheric lighting of New England all had a tremendous affect in developing her artistic vision.
Married and the mother of 2 grown sons, she left a career in children’s publishing several years ago to pursue her lifelong passion for painting. Studying oil painting at the Ridgewood Art Institute under master artist John Osborne, with Lorraine Minetto, and in Florence, Italy, with Rosanna Pinero of the Florence Academy of Art has provided a structural foundation for continued growth. She feels fortunate to be able to work and grow among an incredible community of very talented artists – many of whom have become dear friends and mentors.
“I travel to paint en plein air as often as possible to better understand the flow of light over varied landscapes and to capture the essence of diverse cultures. The experiences I’ve had and the people I’ve met have provided a rich point of view from which to explore my creativity” said Julie
Julie’s work has been seen in many juried shows, exhibits, and art festivals. She has also been published by Scholastic Inc. and Hachette Publishing Inc.
Julie stated “For me, creating art is about putting in the time to learn one’s craft, and then finding a subject that is extraordinary. I use vibrant colors and a saturated palette to best reflect how I feel in painting these subjects. I want to be the catalyst for the viewer’s own imagination.” Artists that have been catalysts for my imagination are Rembrandt, Vermeer, Sargent, Sorolla, and the Italians of the Macchiaoli movement. I hope that their influence will someday manifest in even one brush stroke of my own!”
The Library welcomes inquiries from local artists and arts organizations regarding use of the exhibit space. For further information, please contact the Montclair Public Library (973) 744-0500 ext. 2221.