Friday, January 10, 2020

Three New Exhibitions Open at HAM This Sunday

Three New Exhibitions Open at HAM This Sunday

Join us this Sunday as we introduce three new exhibitions at HAM. We'll celebrate the openings of Explorations in Felt; Gloria Hernandez & Lorraine Kisly: Art + Design; and Emily Squires Levine: Embracing Color/Polymer Clay.

You can read all about these shows below.

Everyone is welcome to the opening reception which runs from 2 to 4 p.m. We'll have gallery talks by the artists and refreshments.

Prior to the opening, we invite everyone to join us for our special annual meeting and reception at 1 pm. Come hear all about HAM's exciting plans for the new year. No registration is needed.

WHERE: Hunterdon Art Museum, 7 Lower Center St., Clinton

Kimberly Pulli, Emily’s Nightmare, 2019, merino wool, silk chiffon, handmade prefelts, tussah silk, MC1, viscose, yarn, nuno and felted, needle felt and inclusions, 24 in. X 22 in., Courtesy of the artist.

Explorations in Felt

Discover some of the most innovative and beautiful works created with felt in a new exhibition at the Hunterdon Art Museum.

Explorations in Felt features 29 diverse works created by 25 artists from around the world. HAM will celebrate the opening with a reception on Jan. 12 from 2 to 4 p.m. featuring gallery talks by several artists and refreshments.

The exhibition had unique origins. The Fiber Art Network and Fiber Art Now magazine approached the Hunterdon Art Museum about hosting an exhibition as a companion to their print exhibition Felt: Fiber Transformed.

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Image Credit (From left): Gloria Ortiz-Hernandez, Crossing #3, 2017, Oil, pastel, chalk, color pencils and charcoal on Fabriano paper, 22 in. X 29 3/4 in.; Lorraine Kisly, 2 Blue Towers, 2018, stoneware, 18 in. X 4 in. and 16 in. X 3 1/2

Gloria Hernández & Lorraine Kisly: Art + Design 

Art + Design explores the drawings of Gloria Ortiz-Hernández, the ceramics of Lorraine Kisly, and the furniture designs that emerge from their collaborative vision.

Ortiz-Hernández works with a variety of materials including pencil, colored pencil and charcoal. Her drawings on paper in the exhibition and her steel sculptures all have clear references in the design work.

One reviewer noted that Ortiz-Hernández’s drawings — the source and inspiration for much of the work in this exhibition – are complex, multi-layered creations: “One looks at these drawings…but also into them, into their many layers, and into their history,” noted Gregory Volk, a contributing editor at Art in America.

“Ultimately, while Ortiz-Hernández’s near-fanatical drawings are all about surfaces, they also have a great deal of depth, both literally and psychologically. . . . How Ortiz-Hernández achieves this look is through exquisite and fastidious control, but the effect on the viewer is liberating and open-ended.”

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Emily Squires Levine, Magical Copse, 2019, Polymer clay, 5 in. X 13 in. X 8 in., Photo by John Carlano.

Emily Squires Levine: Embracing Color/Polymer Clay

Small colorful boxes and bowls have attracted artist Emily Squires Levine for as long as she can remember.

One of her first memories is of a colorfully embroidered fabric oval box, a gift from an aunt who traveled to the sunny shores of the Algarve in Portugal. She has kept this precious memento her entire life. Other fond recollections include a mother-of-pearl box and a small bowl from Turkey which held tiny seashells.

This lifelong love for colorful vessels has deeply influenced her art. Levine works with polymer clay, creating bowls, vases and other items that entice the eye with their vibrant colors and diverse patterns.

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Programs are made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and by funds from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Hunterdon County Cultural & Heritage Commission, Investors Foundation, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, The Large Foundation, Unity Bank, and corporations, foundations, and individuals. The Hunterdon Art Museum is a wheelchair accessible space. Publications are available in large print. Patrons who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired may contact the Museum through the New Jersey Relay Service at (TTY) 1 (800) 852-7899.