Studio Montclair is delighted to highlight our Art Academy by displaying the artistry of 12 faculty members in
WHEN: on exhibit from July 30 to August 26; an opening reception will take place on Saturday, August 6 from 3:00 – 5:00 pm. Gallery Hours: Check our website. https://studiomontclair.org/gallery-appointments/
WHERE: Studio Montclair Gallery, 127 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair, NJ.
According to Art Academy instructors: “Teaching an adult with disabilities is extremely rewarding. It’s like being part of their own unique world. Enhancing a person’s skill level provides him or her with personal fulfillment, along with a sense of peace and self-expression that can result in a happier, more independent life.”
“I've been teaching the special needs community for over 15 years. Working with my students is a partnership. I establish and nurture a relationship that encourages and unleashes student's creative talent…” (Right: Joan Cummings, Normandy Idol, Found objects, wire, beads, leather, handmade paper)
“Teaching art through SMI Art Academy is a truly joyful experience for me. The approach to working with each student is a unique engagement. I have a deep bond with my students, and we work together to conceive of artworks in a collaborative way - from materials, concept, and narrative to color choices and final touches. Being able to work one-on-one with my student through this program is a highlight in my weekly schedule.”
Kerrie Bellisario, Joan M. Brenner, Todd S. Carpenter, Joan A Cummings, Nanci Iovino, Samantha Katehis, Mansa K. Mussa, Amanda Thackray, Armisey Smith, Onnie Strother, Vazquez, Malik Whitaker
(Left: Armisey Smith, Voyage #1, Acrylic on canvas)