Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Morris Arts' REEMERGENCE AND RENEWAL exhibit opens at Atrium Gallery



WHEN: As of May 13, 2022, Morris Arts’ new exhibit is open for viewing. The public is invited to the free Opening Reception on June 16, from 7-9pm, which will also mark the dedication of a plaque honoring the late Viki Craig, co-founder of Art in the Atrium, the African American art organization celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.
Atrium Gallery, located on floors 2-5 of the Morris County Administration and Records Building, 10 Court Street, Morristown

Marking our collective reemergence from the years of pandemic disruption, the 138 artworks by 46 talented artists in this exhibit offer a sense of renewal through their vibrant imagery, vivid colors, compelling designs and their underlying sense of humanity. (Above, right: Anthony Zaccaria, Disney World with Mickey Mouse and Winnie the Pooh, acrylic)

The fourth and fifth floors present 70 works by 24 African American artists selected by Art in the Atrium (and entitled Black Revival!), encompassing a wide range of styles and media – utilizing acrylic, multimedia assemblages, textiles, and photos in abstract and figurative compositions. The art showcases the richness and diversity of African American artistic languages, provoking careful thought and deep emotional connections with viewers. (Left: Onnie Strother's mono print, Pretty Bill)

With a solo show on the third floor, Hungarian-born Shoshana Kertesz offers 40 artworks ranging from intense, dramatic oil portraits—often of famous cultural figures—to poetic, evocative fine art photography and pencil drawings on subjects from the grandeur/ serenity of nature to intriguing urban streetscapes. (Left, Puzzled by Shoshana Kertesz, oil)

On the second floor, 28 works by artists with disabilities from the Matheny Arts Access program virtually explode with energy and color in distinctive geometrics, fluid abstract designs and sheer energy. In a sense, they are imagination made visible.

By offering viewers the richness of expression from artistic voices less commonly heard, this unique exhibit offers new perspectives and inspires a sense of reemergence and renewal in those fortunate enough to see it.

Most of the artworks are available for sale, with details and pricing provided in the free catalogues available in the elevator lobby areas on floors 2-5 (after February 10). The catalogue will be posted online at, as well. The Atrium Art Gallery is free and open to the public during business hours, 8:30am-4:30pm. Masks and social distancing are required for all entering the building. The exhibit remains in place until September 2, 2022. (Left: Maria Estrela's mixed media, African prints on canvas, Unenslave Yourself)

Morris Arts is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1973 dedicated to building community through the arts. Using the arts to inspire, connect and engage, Morris Arts serves as a resource for Morris County with a special focus on arts programming in the community and in the schools, arts advocacy, and support of the Morris Area community of artists and arts organizations.

Building Community Through the Arts for 49 years.