The Art School at Old Church is presenting Proximity: Local Art on View, an exhibition of works by nine exceptional artists living locally. The show is on view through February 5 in the school's Mikhail Zakin and Café galleries.
The Art School has long held a reputation as a hub for artistically inclined members of the local community. While the Art School is known for studio art instruction, gifted artists also make art in their own studios, perfecting their skills and exhibiting work while adding to the richness of local art. Proximity: Local Art on View brings those artists together, revealing to art fans the immense skill of their neighbors.
Floral paintings by Jean Marie Bucich of River Vale, NJ and metal cityscape sculptures by Janet Indick of Teaneck, NJ add a bright intensity to the show. Exquisite botanical watercolors by Marguerite Botto and pencil drawings by Richard Botto, husband and wife living in Ridgefield Park, NJ contribute an awe-inspiring precision. Watercolors by Brian Degnon of Bergenfield, NJ and black and white photography by John Rizzuto of South River, NJ add artistic technique combined with local subjects in a celebration of New Jersey.
Elaine Lorenz of Hawthorne, NJ exhibits wall sculptures in ceramic and natural materials that are meditations on form and flow. Keith Fernandez of North Bergen, NJ contributes oil paintings on sea shells, the precious scale and natural substrate offering small scenes of his native country, Venezuela. Paintings by Lynne Furst Kalish of West Nyack, NY bring exuberance to the gallery with colorful abstractions of familiar scenes in art history such as carnivals and the artist’s studio chair.