I’m thrilled to be the new Curator at the Oyster Point Hotel,” says Red Bank resident Ellen Martin. “My goal is to show work in as many different media as possible, created by as many artists as possible. My inaugural exhibit, “In The Woods” will show the work of five talented artists who work in wood.”
Artists who work with wood work in a medium that is rigid. They use band saws, handsaws, and sanding machines, and wear protective gear. Yet within these parameters, these five artists - Jose Antonio Arvelo Delgado, Laura Petrovich-Cheney, Michael Short, Abby Levine and Amy Puccio - are able to create works as creative and evocative as any.
Jose Antonio Arvelo Delgado loves the physical challenges of working with wood, as does Laura Petrovich-Cheney, who is quietly subversive and persistent in her celebration of women by basing her designs on patchwork quilts. Michael Short achieves a serenity and calmness in his austere and disciplined pieces, while Abby Levine’s colorful pieces are fiercely whimsical in their complex abstract patterns. Amy Puccio’s mosaic wall sculptures are playful while commenting on our cultural past and present.
These five creators ‘shop’ for their medium of choice in dumpsters, demolition sites, framing shops or in nature. Michael Short works with driftwood and values the humility of the material. Jose Antonio Arvelo Delgado thinks wood is the most incredible medium. Amy Puccio learned her love of wood early but it wasn’t until she did a project using scraps of leftover frame moldings that she found an outlet for her inventiveness and creativity.
All of these artists are serious creators whose work is difficult to produce and in sometimes dangerous conditions. But they persist in using the medium they love to create art. Let this exhibit be an immersive experience in what may be a new art form for you. Savor the diversity of the work, and enjoy the exhibit.
Our artists’ reception will be on Friday, April 7th from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Oyster Point Hotel. The event is open to the public, free of charge and will run through April 29th. The address is 146 Bodman Place, Red Bank, NJ. 07701. There is parking in the Hotel lot.