Monday, July 4, 2022




WHEN: June 11 – July 15, 2022; Tuesday – Saturday, by appointment on our website
Studio Montclair Gallery, 127 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair, NJ, 862-500-1447
Online exhibit:

Studio Montclair is delighted to present the first-ever exhibit of work by 34 artists who have participated in Studio Montclair’s popular critique group initiative. (Above, left: Ted Papoulas, Sally's Still-Life, Painting)

The exhibit highlights a very successful ongoing critique group program that was founded by SMI years ago and has grown to encompass numerous groups of artists working in a variety of art mediums. Artists generally meet monthly in person (or in drop-in zoom sessions since the onset of the Covid pandemic). 

Participating artists, who include novices as well as professionals, report great satisfaction with both the camaraderie and helpful feedback provided by group members. Says photographer Amy Becker, “It’s a supportive environment in which all have the opportunity to share work. The feedback helps me to get out of my own head and gain a fresh perspective on my photography. I find the group’s collective input enriching and very helpful on what is and is not working with my images. I also find it rewarding to hear others speak about their own work and process, and then discuss it with the group. When I reflect on the five-plus years of our group's existence, I've been struck by the range, quality, and growth of our members. Meanwhile, I'm looking forward to the day we can safely meet again in each other’s homes, where we can share prints and thoughts on our work in person." According to painter Denis Orloff (right: 
Go This Way. Winsor and Newton watercolors on Arches 140# cold press paper), "I'm always working alone in the studio. I find getting together with other artists to discuss our work is very beneficial. The camaraderie is great. We have developed a trust between our members and the Crit groups allow us to discuss so many topics. We share techniques, ideas, and professional advice. I always look forward to sharing my latest work. Being a member also nudges you to keep producing art, so you always have something new to show."

Visitors to the Critique Group Showcase will be richly rewarded with the innovative and skilled artwork of Studio Montclair members that reflects the strength of fellowship and exchange of ideas in a congenial environment.

Participating Artists:
Kate Albright, Amy Becker, George Chin, Dennis Connors, Thomas Dackow, Elizabeth C. DeMarco, Dan Epstein, Leslie Ford, Peggy Gardner, Dean Gilliland, Leslie Goldman, Bart Gorin, Mark Harris, Marsha Heller, Marlene Hendrian, MJ Hoehn, Miriam Jacobs, Linda Jacobs, Richard Koch, Ann Kraus, Steven Kushner, Eric Levin, Fernando Mariscal, Pamela Moore, Kathryn Murray, Denis Orloff, Ted Papoulas, J Steven Patton, Alex Polner, Katy Repka, Mohammad Riza, Matt Roberts, Isaac Stackell, and Ira Wagner.

About Studio Montclair:
Studio Montclair is celebrating its 25th year as an inclusive, nationwide non-profit organization of exhibiting, professional, and emerging artists and others interested in the visual arts. The mission of the organization is to promote culture, education, equality, and tolerance through art. Studio Montclair is committed to diversity at every level. Founded in 1997, the organization includes almost 500 members. Visit Studio Montclair’s downtown gallery or virtual exhibit website ( to view and purchase contemporary art. (Left: 
Mohammad Riza, A Slice of Time, Mixed media)

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