This August, New Jersey artists Gary Paul and Elaine Shor will have an exhibition of their work that will remain with viewers after they have left. Both will show vibrant pieces, in realistic styles, that make you think.
Shor is exhibiting her “Hidden Influence” series, consisting of oil paintings with strong subject to background contrast. Here figures are women, dressed femininely, and each is standing against machines or metal. In other words, in traditional male environments. She is showing the viewer women’s “dual natures” of “tenderness and strength”.
Paul will show work in two styles of painting. One has the clarity of a photograph, but he has deliberately given it a “twist”, something to think on. “Bombing for Peace” shows a Vietnam era bomber contrastingly painted as a peace-loving hippie might paint a van. In Paul’s second style, he lays down smaller abstract shapes, to create large photo-realistic images of i.e. tumbling water or a ball of fire. Viewers will be amazed and delighted at what they might find up close. One work features Japanese characters! Paul coined this style “Impressivism”.
Paul and Shor have exhibited in the NJ-NY area and are accomplished artists with professional honing of their artistic skills. Shor received an award from Adrienne Rooney, Curatorial Assistant, Whitney Museum of American Art, at the “Twenty-Ninth Annual Juried Exhibition”, Art Alliance, 2015. Paul created a website in 2001 to promote Impressivism to the world.
An Artists’ Reception will be held Saturday, August 12, from 6-9 PM. Refreshments will be served, and the public is invited to attend. The exhibition is on view August 11 – September 3, Fridays 5-9 PM, Saturdays 4-9 PM – 5:00 PM, and Sundays 2-6 PM. Free of charge. Art Alliance of Monmouth County, 33 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, New Jersey.
Founded in 1978, the Art Alliance of Monmouth County is dedicated to promoting the advancement of the visual arts and providing exhibition, studio, and classroom space to local artists. New members are always welcome and membership by art lovers is also encouraged.
Membership in the Art Alliance is open to visual artists at any skill level and to art lovers. Membership fee is $40 per year, $25 for students with i.d. Benefits of membership include reduced entry fee for all exhibits ($5 per piece for up to 3 pieces for members; $10 per piece for non-members); affordable studio space; diverse classes and workshops; networking opportunities; the possibility of mounting an independent exhibit during the summer. In addition, the Art Alliance maintains a website, a bi-monthly newsletter, and a Facebook page.
Programming at the Art Alliance is made possible in part by Monmouth Arts through funding from the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and the New Jersey State Council on the arts.