Sunday, May 2, 2021

Art Center Opens Two New Members Shows

Irene Rousseau: Stretching the Space and Trish Classe Gianakis: Elements of Emotion

WHEN: on view through June 13
 in the second-floor community galleries, 68 Elm Street, Summit

The work presented in Irene Rousseau: Stretching the Space, on view in the Marité & Joe Robinson Strolling Gallery II, represents transition and change as an expression of nature and the environment. Rousseau’s paintings begin with a geometric concept on a two-dimensional plane, which is expanded using a sequence of numbers that are combined to stretch the space. The resultant patterns overlap causing subdivided spaces, color shifts, and fragmentation, disguising the original geometry. (Left:  Irene Rousseau, Visual Symphony: Stretching the Space, 2021, Oil on canvas, pen, and ink)

On view in Ann’s Place Gallery, Trish Classe Gianakis: Elements of Emotion, features work that combines raku-fired ceramic, mixed media, found objects, and digital media. Classe Gianakis combines these elements to express themes of gratitude, rage, and love. It is these emotions that the artist, as a cancer survivor, is driven to channel into her work. (Right: Trish Classe Gianakis posed in front of her artwork)

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For over 85 years, the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey has been exclusively dedicated to viewing, making, and learning about contemporary art. Recognized as a leading non-profit arts organization, the Art Center’s renowned Studio School, acclaimed exhibitions, and educational outreach initiatives serve thousands of youth, families, seniors, and people with special needs every year.

The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey is located at 68 Elm Street in Summit, NJ. Gallery hours: Monday–Thursday, 10 AM–8 PM; Friday, 10 AM–5 PM; and Saturday & Sunday, 11 AM–4 PM. Admission must be reserved in advance. Please call 908.273.9121 to confirm holiday hours. Visit for more information. 


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