Hurricane Sandy Driveway Log Pile  © 2013 Greg Leshé

Mounds, Piles and Massings

Walsh Gallery, Seton Hall University

400 S Orange Ave, South Orange, NJ 07079

Monday, September 9 – Saturday, October 19, 2019

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 12, 2019, 5:00-8:00 pm

Curated by Greg Leshé in collaboration with the Pierro Gallery of South Orange. 

The Walsh Gallery is pleased to present Mounds, Piles & Massings, a group exhibition curated by South Orange artist/curator, Greg Leshé, in collaboration with the village’s Pierro Gallery. The exhibition looks at the human impulse to stack, pile and amass groupings of objects as both creative action and critical inquiry. The participating artists investigate a variety of themes within the notion of accumulation including; consumer waste and climate change, Caribbean history and the colonial economy of salt tied to slave labor, the “mixed reality” world we inhabit between physical and virtual contexts, consumerism, capitalism and copyright. Participating artists include Cat Alden, Noa Charuvi, Kate Dodd, Deborah Jack, Vandana Jain, Daren Kendall, Robert Lach, Ann LePore, Greg Leshé, Darren Lee Miller, John Pfahl, Elizabeth Riley and Kathryn Vajda.

The opening reception is Thursday, September 12th from 5 to 9pm. Artist talks featuring Noa Charuvi, Kate Dodd and Ann LePore will take place at 7pm on Thursday, October 10th. The exhibition will also be open on Saturday, October 19th from 11am to 4pm for Seton Hall Weekend. Admission and programs are free and open to the public.

Gallery Director, Jeanne Brasile stated the Walsh Gallery is excited to host this exhibition which is another collaboration with the Pierro Gallery in the Village of South Orange. Recent collaborations included a public art project in Meadowland Park and a two-person exhibition featuring South Orange natives Kiki and Seton Smith. South Orange resident Greg Leshé is no stranger to the Walsh Gallery, having been included as an artist in the exhibitions Portraiture Inside Out and Learning to Fly. “It is a pleasure to work with Greg Leshé once again and I am especially excited to work with him in a curatorial capacity” noted Brasile. Leshé is a graduate of the joint Masters Program at New York University and International Center of Photography and also attended Alfred University’s Art and Design Program. His solo exhibitions include, Personal Gravity at the Jersey City Museum and Personal Radar at Exhibit A Gallery in New York. He is a member of the Pierro Gallery’s Advisory Board.

Seton Hall University’s beautiful main campus is located in suburban South Orange, New Jersey, and is only 14 miles from New York City — offering students a wealth of employment, internship, cultural and entertainment opportunities. Seton Hall’s nationally recognized School of Law is prominently located in downtown Newark. The University’s new Interprofessional Health Sciences (IHS) campus in Clifton and Nutley, N.J. houses Seton Hall's College of Nursing and School of Health and Medical Sciences as well as the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University. The Walsh Gallery is open 10:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday—Friday.


Village Hallways Exhibition Space

Lyman Dally: Imagination Uncorked

In the public hallways of the South Orange Village Hall offices, 76 South Orange Avenue third floor, South Orange, NJ 07079

March 25th, through May 20th 2019 in the public hallway of the South Orange Village Hall Offices at 76th South Orange Avenue, 3rd fl.

An artist’s reception will be held May 1 from 7-9pm.
Fifteen oil paintings, most featuring a glass or bottle of the world’s oldest remedy enliven the walls and quicken the viewer’s mind. One doesn’t need to imbibe to enjoy the artist’s technical mastery of his medium or to appreciate the visual puns built into his skillfully rendered images. Lyman Dally’s background is as an editorial illustrator and fine artist who worked from conception to storyboarding to comics. He has created over 5,000 editorial illustrations for clients like Muscular Development, Flex Magazine and MTV. A former skinny kid turned competitive bodybuilder he used his athletic experiences to become a leading fitness/bodybuilding illustrator and taught anatomy/life drawing at The Joe Kubert School of Cartoon, plus lectured comic book anatomy at The Big Apple Cons in Manhattan. Local students of Life Drawing at the Baird Center in South Orange are the lucky beneficiaries of his technical knowledge.  The Village Hallway’s show presents his current surrealistic paintings on the love of wine. Of this work Dally says,” The immersive act of oil painting parallels my experience of enjoying a glass of wine, rendering it the perfect medium to express my enigmatic personal vision of wine’s varied sensual, social, emotional, and even humorous elements.”
Village Hallways Exhibition Space is a new public art space in South Orange, Village Hallways, so named for the public spaces in the South Orange Village Hall offices on the third floor of 76 South Orange Avenue, South Orange, NJ 07079. Exhibitions can be viewed during Village Hall business hours, 9am- 4pm Monday – Friday. To arrange a group tour, contact smartiny@southorange.org.
This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

The White Party 2019

Village Hallways Exhibition Space

Every Day People:The Art of Cathleen McCoy Bristol

In the public hallways of the South Orange Village Hall offices, 76 South Orange Avenue third floor, South Orange, NJ 07079

February 7- March 21, 2019, during business hours, 9am- 4pm Monday- Friday

Opening: February 7, 7-9pm

This is a one person exhibition of acrylic paintings by South Orange artist Cathleen McCoy Bristol who says of her artistic practice, "The more I celebrate the differences in people, the more similarities I find."

Cathleen McCoy Bristol loves people and it shows in her painting. Believing people are as individual as snowflakes, she has always been fascinated by the variations in the human race. Her enjoyment of cultural differences among people has led her to explore diverse expressions of tradition and beauty. Her ambition is to portray the beauty of all peoples, and that depth of human beauty is evident in this selection of her works. This is the inaugural exhibition in a new public art space in South Orange, Village Hallways, so named for the public spaces in the South Orange Village Hall offices on the third floor of 76 South Orange Avenue, South Orange, NJ 07079. The exhibition is on view from February 7- March 21, 2019 during business hours, 9am- 4pm Monday- Friday.

Learn more about Cathleen at: http://cathymccoybristol.webstarts.com/

This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

London Tsai studio

Image: London Tsai in his studio, taken by Greg Leshé


What Is A Drawing?
The Pierro Gallery
The Baird Center
5 Mead Street, South Orange
November 8 - December 15
Opening Thursday November 8, 7-9pm
Art Talk Saturday, December 15, 1pm
What Is A Drawing? at the Pierro Gallery of South Orange asks a fundamental question about the nature of drawing. This is a group show that explores ways artists use drawing to think, to generate form, and to describe things and feelings. Artists in the show use the forces of nature, math and physics, as well as images from art history and other stimulus as the impetus for their work. No ordinary drawing show, “What is a Drawing” features 13 artists whose work  expands the idea of what drawing is for and what it can be. An opening reception will take place on November 8, from 7pm-9pm. An Art Talk will be held on December 15 at 1pm.

Artists: Jillian Clark, Orly Cogan, Tim Daly, Daren Kendall, William Lamson, Ryan Roa, Travis LeRoy Southworth, Julia Thomson, Katie Truk, London Tsai,  Jeanne Marie Wasilik, JoJo Whilden, Charles Yuen. Curated by Greg Leshé and Sandy Martiny

Tim Daly and Julia Thomson use traditional means to create beautiful drawings. Daly’s soft pastel skyscapes over Hoboken, observed from life, manage to simultaneously evoke feelings of both peace and unease. Thomson’s pen and ink floating landscapes were developed from her imagination and reflect a sense of meditation evoking the sound of “singing bowls”. Several artists use materials better known under other circumstances. Jillian Clark makes chalk line drawings directly on walls incorporating architectural features with a tool usually used by those in the building trades. Ryan Roa stretches black rubber bungee cords between walls creating a three dimensional drawing that jumps into the room. Katie Truk also brings line into three dimensional space stretching nylon materials over, around and through wire forms.  Needle and thread, once used for utility and decoration by generations of women become drawing tools for Orly Cogan, upending figurative compositions better recognized from life drawing class and infusing them with a sweetly satirical feminist perspective. Travis LeRoy Southworth also deals with image and beauty, but from a fashion industry outlook that comments on how we present ourselves to the world. His prints and sculptures are directly related to the act of photo retouching, mapping and preserving the erasure and re-drawing that takes place before an image is published. Two artists use video to explore line and form.  Daren Kendall records himself manipulating building materials, than erases himself from the video, leaving us with dancing lines and mysterious sounds while William Lamson harnesses natural forces through primitive machines he makes to create drawings of wind, gravity and water. London Tsai taps into his education and passion as a mathematician to make beautiful activated drawings of mathematical theory. Charles Yuen makes quick brushy drawings in ink and watercolor that may be diaristic, but also resonate more broadly with the emotional tenor of life lived today. JoJo Whilden photographically captures found drawings made by the tires of cars, recognizable, yet out of context. Jeanne Marie Wasilik also works in this realm but in a different way. She makes quick sketches in paint of figures from late Goya, particularly the print series Los Disparates. Divorced from their original media and context, the figures float free in black space, a link for us today who like Goya, grapple with disquieting times.

Colin Goedecke

Below the Waterline
Performance by “The Floating Poet,” Colin Goedecke
October 6th, 6:00-8:00 pm
Rain date: October 13th, 6:00-8:00 pm

Capping the Pleasure & Terror en Plein Air fine art exhibition at the Baird Center’s Pierro Gallery (9/13-10/13) will be a unique, one-night, open-air show on the South Orange Duck Pond on Saturday, October 6th, from 6:00-8:00 pm. The debut of a water-born and waterborne series of visual and spoken poetry, the performance will take those gathered around the shore on an illuminated journey Below the Waterline. Composed around fresh and salty bodies of water — from oceans and bays to ponds, streams, rivers and marshes spanning different coasts, continents, seasons and emotive places — Below
the Waterline
will be performed live by “The Floating Poet,” Colin Goedecke, a one-time native of South Orange who will himself be afloat under the Autumn night sky and stars. This experiential plein air event involves music, voice and projection of imagery over the pond, immersing viewers in the deeper beauty and poetry of nature flowing under everyone’s “surfaceseeing,” and opening our senses to the presence and luminosity of the natural world around us. A companion series of limited edition giclèe prints on archival watercolor paper will be on display, and available to collect, at The Skate House, along with some of the series’ poems. Below the Waterline is designed to travel around the country to other
poetic settings and inviting watersides, where the Floating Poet will continue rippling out his colorful form of plein air magic. The October 6th show will be presented outdoors and free to the public. Guests are invited to bring their own blankets and chairs for sitting on the grass. In case of rain, the show will take place October 13th, 6:00-8:00 pm.


Pleasure and Terror en Plein Air
Exhibition at the Pierro Gallery of South Orange, September 13- October 13, 2018
Opening, Thursday, September 13, 7-9pm
Artist Talk, Thursday, September 27, 7pm
How do you feel when you are “in the open air”? Pleasure and Terror en Plein Air examines art that is made outdoors, or that is begun outdoors and finished elsewhere. In the 19th century Plein Air painters moved beyond their studio walls and took to the woods and fields with newly portable tubes of paint, easels and canvas. Today, close observation of nature doesn’t always result in super realism or rely on oil paint (but it can.)  Pleasure and Terror en Plein Air seeks to push the boundaries between what is seen and what is felt in the natural world and explore the sensations people discover when getting away from it all.  Artists in the exhibition utilize a broad range of mediums including painting, sculpture, installation, photography, and video. On view through October 13.
Artists: Nancy Agati, Donna Conklin King, Pasquale Cuppari, Asha Ganpat, Leslie     Goldman, William Hudders, Jennifer Krause Chapeau, Gwyneth Leech, Joanne Leone, Laura Lou Levy, Yvette Lucas, Joe Lugara, Maria Lupo, Anne Percoco, Ellie Irons, Anker West Curated by Greg Leshé and Sandy Martiny
For more information about the gallery visit www.southorange.org/266/Pierro-Gallery
The programs at Pierro Gallery of South Orange are made possible by funds from New Jersey State Council of the Arts Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and through the Village of South Orange, New Jersey.  Image by Nancy Agati


tech (in)dependent

The Pierro Gallery Presents tech (in)dependent
A contemporary art exhibition exploring our dependence on technology
April 19 - May 19, 2018
Opening Reception: Thursday April 19, 7-9pm
Family Program: Emoji-ze your Surroundings ft. artist Lisa Ficarelli-Halpern
Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 1-3pm.
Exhibiting artists are A.J. Bocchino, Lisa Ficarelli-Halpern, Rachel Knoll, Lauren McCarthy, and Jeremiah Teipen. Curated by Emily Brostek and Claudia S. Preza

tech (in)dependent explores our personal attachment to devices and our almost universal dependency on them from the perspective of five contemporary artists. Each of the artists explores human concerns that have evolved through the ubiquity of social media, mapping, and surveillance and its effect on citizenship and technology in the digital age.  Exhibiting artists are A.J. Bocchino, Lisa Ficarelli-Halpern, Rachel Knoll, Lauren McCarthy, and Jeremiah Teipen. Curated by Emily Brostek and Claudia S. Preza. Staffed gallery hours are 11am-4pm Monday- Thursday.  Additional hours during Baird open times; ask staff at Baird office to open the gallery for your visit. Baird open hours: Monday- Thursday 9am- 9:30pm. Friday and Saturday 9am- 4:30pm.
Lisa Ficarelli Halpern,The Progress Of Love

Lisa Ficarelli-Halpern, The Progress of Love

Co-curators Emily Brostek and Claudia Preza are both students in M.A. program in Museum Professions at Seton Hall University. Through the exhibition, they ask us to consider what it means to live in the digital age. Is dependency on tech culture an obsession or is it progression? Is technology a positive way to connect with loved ones, an outlet for easier access to information, or essential in developing new ways to help society? Or does it open a door to the obsessive overload of information, social media, and perhaps, surveillance?

Today’s society is often bombarded by news and the impact of events is often overlooked due to the overload of headlines. A.J. Bocchino explores this concept through his works, New York Times Headlines (January 1, 1969 - March 18, 1975) and (March 19, 1975 - April 12, 1980). Bocchino creates a societal mapping of American History which allows the audience to stop and see what news stories have impacted our lives in the last decades. Bocchino’s works also reflect the ability to create and replicate something with great ease thanks to the development of tech culture.  

Lisa Ficarelli-Halpern’s portraits and emoji series mix the old and the new combining a Rococo influenced style with images from today’s modern age of technology. The Rococo style of 18th century Europe was characterized as overly ornate, decorative, and often associated with excess of the rich. Ficarelli-Halpern explores the idea of technology as a part of personal identity in today’s society and the use of technology’s devices as status symbols.

There is no doubt that the emergence of tech culture and social media has forever changed the ways humans interact. Rachel Knoll’s installation, Listen and Repeat, focuses on issues of individualism, community, and the impact technology has on them. Knoll is interested in the new behaviors developed with the advent of social media—a phenomena that has people seeking togetherness while being alone. Her installation also explores the conscious and unconscious behavior of the audience as they are exposed to an audio feed of tweets.

Lauren McCarthy’s performance piece, Follower, explores one often overlooked and negative connotation of technology, surveillance. McCarthy explores the concept of surveillance as a luxury; people that feel very safe open themselves up to being surveilled while those who are surveilled based on appearance or religious ties may feel less safe. Follower introduces the idea of a power struggle between those ideas, identifying the temptation to have a following through social media as well as the fear of actually being physically followed without knowledge or consent.
Interested in how people assume new identities online, Jeremiah Teipen explores the concepts of citizens of the web. More specifically the simplicity of social media sites and the anonymity one might take on them. Through both of his video pieces, Social Network and nedezentaipan, Teipen highlights how social media and online forums allow us to take on invented or tweaked identities while connected. Following the trend of citizens of the web, Teipen also delves into the idea of belonging to the virtual and physical world at the same time through his paintings.

tech (in)dependent is part of the larger initiative So-Shu Connected, a digital citizenship collaboration crafted by The Seton Hall Digital Humanities committee between by  Seton Hall University,  The Pierro Gallery, The Village of South Orange, South Orang Public Library, South Orange Historical and Preservation Society. During March, April, and May, a series of events throughout the Village will be hosted by the collaborative partnership.

Founded in 1994, the Pierro Gallery of South Orange (PGOSO) presents the work of diverse, established, and emerging visual artists in a non-commercial, user-friendly venue. Through its programs and exhibitions, PGOSO enhances the cultural environment of South Orange and the surrounding communities aiming to educate, enrich and engage visitors of all ages and backgrounds. PGOSO is a facility of the South Orange Department of Recreation and Cultural Affairs.

March 10 – April 7, 2018  
10-4 daily (closed Sundays and March 30)

OPENING RECEPTION March 10th, 2-4 p.m.
Booked 15
This annual member’s exhibition of the Book Arts Roundtable is always one of the most popular shows of the exhibition season. Featuring more than sixty artists, the show is jam packed with amazing books of all sorts and sizes, including some multi-dimensional books that have sculptural elements. Each piece includes text, tells a story, and displays a fascinating range of book- making techniques.

 Imaginative, colorful, often witty and always fun, the BOOKED exhibits offer delights to viewers of all ages, especially because most of the pieces are interactive – designed to be touched and read and shared.

This year the BAR is adding a free public program in connection with BOOKED 15. China Marks, an internationally recognized artist who makes drawings, one-of-a-kind books, and broadsides that incorporate imagery and text, will speak about her work in a program titled Alive to the World: the Books and Drawings of China Marks. Please be our guests on Tuesday March 20th at 7:30 pm at the Baird Center.  

Mark’s drawings can presently be seen at www.chinamarks.net and at the Owen James Gallery in NYC.

For further information about the Book Arts Roundtable (BAR) go to our website http://bookartsroundtable.com.

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Carved, Painted, Stitched:

The Folk Art Collection of Barbara Cate

January 25- March 3, 2018
Opening Celebration Thursday January 25, 7-9pm
Gallery hours: Monday-Thursday 11am-4pm and by appointment. Free Group tours by appointment. Contact smartiny@southorange.org
Living well means different things to different people but all would agree that loving what you do adds to the magic. Carved, Painted, Stitched: The Folk Art Collection of Barbara Cate on view at the Pierro Gallery of South Orange, January 25- March 3, 2018, features one of the great loves and accomplishments of local art historian Barbara Cate. Cate (1923-2017) loved and lived with her collection of American folk art in her Maplewood home for many years. She first became interested in folk art in the 1960’s, and went on to build most of her collection in the 1980’s and 1990’s traveling widely around the United States with her husband Tracey Cate, sometimes by motorcycle, meeting artists and buying their work. A trained art historian and professor at Seton Hall University, Barbara organized exhibitions and wrote books and catalogue entries about folk art. She surrounded herself in her work and her daily life with the art she loved best. This exhibition celebrates Barbara, her passion for collecting, and her belief in living what you love.
A host of free public programs accompanies the exhibition and as befitting this collaborative project between Seton Hall and the Village of South Orange Cultural Affairs, the programs will be held at the Baird Center and at Seton Hall. They are as follows:
2/3/2018    We Collect: A Pop- Up Museum Family Day, with Harley Spiller, AKA Inspector Collector
1pm-3pm at the Baird Center, 5 Mead Street in South Orange, NJ. A Pop –Up Museum is a temporary exhibit created by the people who sign up to participate. The museum lasts a few hours giving you a chance to share what you love with other collectors. 

We invite your family to register to show us what you collect. Please contact smartiny@southorange.org  to sign up- We provide one table per person. You will set up your objects yourself, and you can look at each other’s objects, listen to their stories and share yours. Children are encouraged to register to share their collections and attend with one caregiver. Visitors are encouraged to attend to speak with the collectors! Inspector Collector, Harley Spiller is famous for his numerous collections including Chinese Restaurant Menus, Mr. T memorabilia and more.  He will be on site to talk about all the fun things you can learn from your own collections.
2/15/2018   Art Collecting in America: Torchbearers and Tastemakers
7 - 8 PM; meet the speaker and refreshment 6 – 7 PM. Seton Hall University, Walsh Library, Beck Rooms (ground floor) Esmée Quodbach, Assistant Director Center for the History of Collecting, Frick Art Reference Library, New York. This lecture looks into the rich history of more than two centuries of art collecting in America, from its inauspicious beginnings to the present. Generously funded by the Robert Lehman Foundation through its Edwin L. Weisl, Jr. Lecture Fund.
3/1/2018 Conversations about Collecting
7:30-8:30 PM in the Pierro Gallery in the Baird Center
Join moderator Chad Leinaweaver and visiting collectors Marion Bolden and Michael Festa and local art restoration professional Sarah Barack to discuss the collecting life. Ms. Bolden collects Black Americana including sheet music and Madame CJ Walker products. Mr. Festa is a toy collector extraordinaire. Learn how their passions guide their collecting, how collecting has enhanced their lives, and what it is like to live with and nurture a collection. Sarah Barack will be on hand to help you figure out the safest ways to care for your own collections. View an object from each of these collectors that has a fascinating story behind it. Plenty of time for questions and answers with guests.
3/20/2018 Encyclopedic Collecting, the British Empire and the British Museum: The Curious Case of Hans Sloane 7 – 8 PM; meet the speaker and refreshments, 6-7 PM. Seton Hall University, Walsh Library, Beck Rooms (ground floor)

James Delbourgo, Professor, Rutgers University, NJ
This talk explores the overlooked yet colorful life of British Museum’s founder: Sir Hans Sloane. Born in 1660, Sloane amassed a fortune as a London society physician, became president of the Royal Society and Royal College of Physicians, and assembled an encyclopedic collection of specimens and objects – the most famous cabinet of curiosities of its time – which became the foundation of the British Museum.

The programs at the Pierro Gallery of South Orange are made possible by funds from the New Jersey State Council of the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and through the Village of South Orange, New Jersey. The two lectures at SHU are generously funded by the Robert Lehman Foundation through its Edwin L. Weisl, Jr. Lecture Fund.   Additional Funding provided by the Dean’s Office of the College of Communication and the Arts, Seton Hall University.

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Book Arts Roundtable

Two Exhibits – On Display Dec. 7-19

At the Baird Center in the Pierro Gallery, 5 Mead Street, South Orange, NJ

Hours: Monday-Thursday, 10-4, Friday- Saturday 10-3

Gallery talk for both exhibitions, with participating artists

Thursday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m.

Moving Pages – Participating artists were challenged to work with multiple book openings and layouts that move across folds or gutters. They use pre-treated paper, crumpled, textured, or decorative, and muted or pastel colors. The content incorporates symbols, diagrams and charts. Low-tech typewriting, stencils, hand-lettering, solvent transfers and rubber stamps tell the story.

 • The Wall was inspired by the current political discussion on “keeping people out.” Roundtable members were invited to create blocks of stone that open to tell a story, deliver a message, or provoke a thought.

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Color Theory

An art exhibition featuring Santiago Cohen, Robert Forman, Jan Huling, Deb Mell, Curated by Sandy Martiny

November 2- December 2, 2017

Opening Celebration Thursday November 2, 7-9pm

Public Program: ArtStory: A demonstration of artist’s technique Saturday December 2, 2017 from 1-3pm.

Gallery hours: Monday-Thursday 11am-4pm and by appointment. Free Group tours by appointment. Contact smartiny@southorange.org

The Pierro Gallery presents Color Theory, an exhibition of paintings, prints, sculpture and collage that examine different ways of making and using color.  Each of the four exhibiting artists uses color in the customary ways: to create pattern, to define form, to symbolize and codify ideas, to describe, enhance and delight. Conversely, they approach their materials in very different and surprising ways. The colorful stuff that makes this art is the material of everyday life transformed into stories, portraits of people, friendly monsters, birds and animals. And while each of the works exhibit an artist’s particular obsession with materials and form, all reveal lives lived thoroughly and thoughtfully, through the practice of their art. 

Santiago Cohen’s work is bold and cinematic.  Rather than re-describe the world we can already see with our eyes, Cohen lives large with color, using it imaginatively, to define the world of each painting. Whether the content is the past or the present, each painting is evidence of the artist’s quest to understand and describe what it is to be alive today. 

Born and raised in Mexico City and now living in Jersey City, NJ, Cohen is an award winning artist, illustrator and animator. His work has been published in major US newspapers and magazines. He was an art director for the Ink Tank Animation Company in New York under the wing of R. O. Blechman where he designed 24 animated episodes of Troubles the Cat for the Cartoon Network and CTW (Children Television Network), designed and animated Children Shorts films for HBO (two of the programs won an Emmy and a Peabody award), he designed openers for the French TF!. Over the last 10 years he has illustrated close to 20 children's books for editorial companies like Marshall Cavendish, Viking, GP Putnam, Zanner-Bloser, Houghton Mifflin, Warner, Golden Books, Zondervon, Chronicle, Blue Apple books and Skypony. He received a grant from the Xeric Foundation to self-publish his graphic novel "The Fifth Name". As a fine artist Santiago has individual and collective art shows in galleries and museums in New Jersey,  New York and Mexico. Santiago was the artist in residence for the RNA in Jersey City for two years in charge of the Day of the Dead big puppet parade. In January 2015 he completed a mural in Gateway South Orange.

Robert Forman makes complex “paintings” from thread and glue, a painstaking process that you might imagine would result in small precious works of art. The works in this show defy that logic. For Color Theory, Robert has created a series of masterful almost life size pictures of “blended” portraits.  He layers several images of opposing subjects (man and wife, for example) and then precisely renders them using the color, sheen, and texture of very fine strands of thread. The surfaces could be described as precious and jewel like, but the ideas and feelings embedded in the images reveal a large shimmering, moving, and unmistakable respect for the complexities of human nature.

Forman lives and works in a converted firehouse in Hoboken, not far from where he was born in Jersey City. Forman’s work is in numerous public and private collections including the Renwick Gallery, National Museum of American Art, Washington D.C., The Noyes Museum of Art, Oceanville, NJ and the White House collection, Washington D.C. He has received a Fulbright Fellowship, a grant from the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation among other honors.

Jan Huling uses color to radicalize form. Her medium of choice: beads glued onto a three dimensional substrate. Her technique: extreme pattern and decoration. While Robert Forman creates paintings with thread, and Santiago Cohen presents us with stories as paintings, Jan Huling transforms iconic objects from popular culture into amazing creatures of fancy that delight and coerce viewers into embracing the imaginary. It’s not Jan Huling’s world you enter when you look at this work. It is your personal world, triggered by recognizing these familiar forms wrapped in beautiful mysteries.  For Color Theory, Jan will assemble a flock of magical birds, transforming a small gallery room into an aviary from a fairy tale.

Jan Huling was born in Chicago and raised in St. Louis. She now lives in Hoboken, NJ. After attending the Kansas City Art Institute she started her art career designing greeting cards. Later, she worked in New York City as a product designer, children’s book author and most recently, beadist. She has traveled extensively in Mexico and India and this, along with her insatiable curiosity about the world of color, pattern, humor, lore and legend feeds her work. Huling is represented by the Duane Reed Gallery and regularly shows her work at SCOPE Miami, SOFA Chicago, ArtMarket San Francisco, and at the Palm Springs Fine Art Fair among numerous other Art Fairs and Markets. More locally she has exhibited the Hunterdon Museum Clinton, NJ, Mobilia Gallery in Cambridge, MA, Porter Contemporary in NYC, the Noyes Museum, Oceanville, NJ, the Jersey City Museum and the Montclair Museum. She currently has a monumental piece on exhibition at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland.

Everything is fair game. That’s how Deb Mell views the physical materials she uses to make art. That’s how she characterizes the content of her work.  Flashy colors, shiny surfaces, repetitive elements collected from everywhere seduce the viewer into looking and looking. But beware- these friendly monstrosities pack a punch.  You know these images. You’ve seen them before, at night, in the corners, under the bed, behind the curtain. They are us, actually. Mell takes the time each evening after dinner to draw a portrait of someone she’s seen during the day. The portraits take liberties with the usual notion of portraiture, exhibiting both animal and human attributes in the rayon colors of the crayon box. The artist takes liberties with convention to describe a remembered impression of a stranger. It’s primal. It’s benevolent.  She takes the same liberties with herself and her past in larger works, exploring family history and lore in symbolic language and glorious compositions that get you to scratch your head thoughtfully after you rub the dazzle out of your eyes.

Deb Mell grew up in Collinsville, Ill and currently lives in Truro MA. She has exhibited widely throughout New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Virginia, Louisiana, Illinois, Wisconsin and in Denmark, and was the recipient of the Dodge Foundation Fellowship for Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in 1999, 2001, and 2003.  Local people will recognize her name and her work from her long time association with the Book Arts Roundtable.  Her education includes studies at Illinois State University, Brooklyn Museum Art School, and in Garrigues, France. Her work can be seen in the collections of SUNY Plattsburg, Plattsburg NY, Sweet Briar College, Amherst Virginia, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY, Illinois State University, Normal Ill, New Jersey State Museum, Trenton NJ, and the Pat Bell Collection, South Orange NJ.

Colby Bird

Fede Reano

Cut Loose

September 21- October 21, 2017

Pierro Gallery

5 Mead Street, South Orange, NJ 07079

Gallery Hours are Monday - Thursday 11-4pm and by appointment.

“Every act of creation is first an act of destruction.” 

Pablo Picasso

The Pierro Gallery is pleased to present the fall group exhibition entitled Cut Loose curated by Danielle Masters.   

There will be an opening Reception on Thursday, September 21 from 6pm to 9pm.  

This exhibition is about one’s ability to let go, be free, and to let your hair down. It will examine the unique ways art shakes up conventional perceptions.  The artists on exhibit have manipulated their materials either literally or conceptually by way of cutting, stripping the material away from its original purpose and finding a new context for it. This practice of artistic destruction brings a new life to the original idea, a rebirth into new forms.

This show will feature sculpture, paintings, photography, installations, and video.  

Artists include: 

Colby Bird

Julia Petra Briggs

Jeffrey Burdian

Samar Hussaini

Danielle Masters

Jen Neal

Raymond Saa

Fede Reano

Brian Wondergem

Andrew Zimmerman

Anabella Zubillaga

Colby Bird is a photographer and sculptor who engages conceptual and art historical ideas.  He will be displaying some photostatic prints with his meticulous hand built frames and hand carved blocks that reference the kodak color reference chart.  He will also be displaying one of his Tho-net-style bistro chair sculptures that are disassembled, sanded, sawed, painted, and reassembled as abstract forms. Bird sees these as a collaboration between himself and the original builder of the chairs.  His work has been exhibited widely and is held in prominent private and public collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art. Bird currently lives and works in New York.

Brian Wondelgem is a Brooklyn based artist whose unique approach involves sculpture, painting, and assemblage. He has exhibited in numerous public and alternative spaces, and often collaborates with non-traditional or artist-run venues to create site-specific projects. He participated in the EAF07: Emerging Artist Fellowship Show at Socrates Sculpture Park in 2007.  In 2010, he was invited to live and work in Zagreb, Croatia through Art in General’s Eastern European Residency Exchange Program with the Croatian Council of Artists (HDLU). While there he presented a show of public sculpture that was exhibited outside of the Mestrovich Pavilion. Wondergem’s work examines what makes a space meaningful and why people surround themselves with personal artifacts, symbols, and useful organizational tools.

Raymond Saa, a NJ based artist, will be showing sculptural sewn paper works that involve the deconstruction of drawings and their reformation into layered sewn pieces. Saa has exhibited extensively and received various awards and residencies such as Public Art for Public Schools PS 357X, New York, NY; Joan Mitchell Center Artist in Residence Program in New Orleans, La.; Pollack Krasner Foundation, New York, NY;  Joan Mitchell Foundation, New York, NY.

Andrew Zimmerman’s wall reliefs straddle the line between painting and sculpture while examining pattern, repetition, and color. By fragmenting each work into modular segments he explores and exploits the contrasts between matte and glossy surfaces, organic and geometric shapes, and saturated and non-colors. Whether hand-carving undulating lines into wood panels with a saw or assembling hard-edged geometric shapes into a larger composition, the artist imbues his work with vibrancy and rhythm.

Andrew Zimmerman (b. 1968 New Brunswick, NJ) studied painting at the Rhode Island School of Design (BFA 1991), and Industrial Design at the California College of the Arts (BFA 2000). In 1990 he was the recipient of a Skowhegan Fellowship Award from the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine.  In 2000 he was nominated for the IDSA National Merit Award.  Public collections of his works include the Fidelity Investment Corporation, Boston, MA, Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York, NY and Alliance Bernstein LLP, New York, NY.   Exhibition venues include the Drawing Center, New York, NY, The RISD Biennial, (curated by Robert Storr) Exit Art, New York, NY, and Galleria Guido Carbone, Torino, Italy.

Anabella Zubillaga is a modern day pop artist transforming iconic cultural objects that resonate emotionally into sculptures through slip casting, plaster, handcrafting and mixed-media. Zubillaga lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Jen Neal is a Brooklyn based fiber artist. Her handwoven wall hangings are inspired by the pat-terns, colors and textures found in vintage textiles and handicrafts of the 1960s. Neal’s work in-corporates vintage, hand dyed and natural fibers as well as wood collected around NY State.

Fede Reano is a graphic designer, animator, and sculptor who will be displaying his sculptures of cut foam coated in polished resin along with a psychotropic animated film.  He was born and raised in Spain and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.

Samar Hussaini is an Arab American fine artist and graphic designer who lives and works in West Orange,NJ.  Using specific Palestinian cultural iconography and interspersing it with mixed media, she shows a richness of identity suggesting a disruption from the preconceived ideas about Palestine and its people.

Jeffrey Burdian is a Brooklyn based artist whose drawings, paintings, and sculptures show a sense of rawness and grit that embodies the neo-expressionism movement of the 80’s. He has exhibited in various group exhibitions throughout New York.  Burdian received his BFA from New York University in 2006.

Brazilian born artist, Julia Petra Briggs is inspired by both whimsical and classical themes.  The owner of MADA, women’s shop in Maplewood, NJ, her art strives to both playful and minimal using various mediums.  A lover of all arts she studied French poetry at Fordham University, voice at Julliard, and shoe making in Buenos Aires.  Julia’s love for painting has remained throughout each chapter of her life.  With a passion for 20th century art, she traveled to the south of France to study painting in Montpellier where she discovered a love for watercolors.  Later on she played with collage and mixing mediums.  Briggs is currently working on large scale abstract painting where nature is the main theme.

The curator, Danielle Masters is a multi-disciplinary artist living and working in South Orange, NJ.  Masters work investigates line, color and texture with a splash of jeu d’esprit. Masters is an emerging artist that has exhibited with The Dodge Foundation and various other locations in New Jersey.  Masters has worked for contemporary galleries in both New York and Los Angeles prior to starting her family.  This exhibition was derived by the idea of wanting to showcase the way artists interpret their materials, whether it be repurposing everyday objects to finding a new way to utilize or reinvent the artists typical tools of the trade.  Artists speak visually, and with this exhibition we are allowing ourselves to Cut Loose and be free to express ourselves.

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The Blue Scarf Collective: Art in the Time of Resistance
May 10- June 17
Opening Reception: Wednesday, May 10, 6-9pm
Gallery Hours M-Th 11-4pm & by appointment

The Blue Scarf Collective members and guest artist Diana Fine feature their latest work in this era of resistance. This group of feminists believes that art should be used to promote social justice, change and empowerment - especially for the disenfranchised.

Exhibiting members are Nancy Cook, Heather Hamilton, Samar Hussaini, Sarah Klein, Danielle Masters, Jennifer McClory, Sherry Sacks and Cat Tate Starmer.  Diana Fine is the special guest and featured artist in the show. Heather Hamilton and Sherry Sacks are the curators.  Blue Scarf Collective members are all local women who burst onto the creative scene last October with their inaugural pop-up show, Breaking the Static.

Art in the Time of Resistance will kick off the annual South Orange Maplewood Artists Studio Tour, which takes place 11am -5pm Saturday June 3 and Sunday June 4, 2017 throughout South Orange and Maplewood. During the studio tour, The Blue Scarf Collective artists will present the Button Resist Project, a hands on activity for people of all ages to design their own wearable message buttons. Donations will benefit the Rain Foundation of Essex County. www.studiotoursoma.org

Art in the Time of Resistance features light installations, photography, illustration, painting, fiber art, printmaking, and sculpture.  Guest artist, photographer and SOMA resident, Diana Fine will exhibit a series of portraits that address norms related to beauty and power, specifically in the globally pervasive yet toxic practice of skin bleaching to attain the desired "whitening".

Annual Exhibition of Artists Books by Members of
March 17 – April 22, 2017

10:00-4:00 daily, closed Sundays and April 14
OPENING RECEPTION March 18th 2-4pm

...at the Pierro Gallery at the Baird
5 Mead Street, South Orange NJ 07079

FREE Book Art demonstrations:

March 25th, Sat., 2-3:30 - Shari Seltzer
Artist Books with Everyday Materials

March 29th, Wed., 1-2:30 - Suzie Tuchman
Creating an Artist Book

April 5th, Wed., 10-11:30 - Debbie Livingston
The Star Book

April 12th, Wed., 10- 11:30 - Susan Topper,
Elaine Golt Gongora and Melabee Miller
The Meander Book: Making a book with one sheet of paper.

All demonstrations will take place at the Pierro Gallery.

January 25 - March 4, 2017

Opening: Wednesday, January 25, 7pm-9pm

Art Talk: Wednesday, February 15, Pierro Gallery 7pm-9pm, featuring Catherine Delett, Betsy Meyer-Donadio  and Ann Vollum, moderated by Stephanie Damiano and Mahmoud Elbehairy. The Pierro Gallery of South Orange

The Baird Center
5 Mead Street, South Orange, NJ 07079
Monday- Thursday 11-4pm & by appointment

Co-curators Stephanie Damiano and Mahmoud El- Behairy, graduate students of Seton Hall University’s Museum Professions program, invite you to visit the Pierro Gallery to see 15 artists who use varied materials and methods to produce art that combines words with images. The artists use an assortment of styles and techniques including paintings, collages and installations to realize their visions. The use of words and letters in these artworks creates layers of meaning that adds to the spiritual and cultural content of each work.

Exhibiting artists come from all over the United States with a good representation of local and NJ artists as well. Artists include: Amber Eve Anderson, Alyssa Bogdan, Catherine Delett, Naomi Dwyer, Hannah Epstein, Adam Farcus, Leah Anne Floyd, Nicole Foran, Donni Later, Malik Lloyd, Ginny Martin, Betsy Meyer-Donadio, Heidi Sussman, Michael Teters, Kim Schmitt Thomas, and Ann Vollum    

The artists all differ in their approaches. For example, South Orange artist Ann Vollum creates book based works with imaginary beasts and added text and Ease Orange artist Heidi Sussman uses photography to create digital images with text found from her grandmother’s journals.

An Artist’s Talk will be held on February 15th at 7pm.  Featured artists will be Catherine Delett, Betsy Meyer-Donadio and Michael Teters, moderated by the curators Stephanie Damiano and Mahmoud Elbehairy.

Click Below to See the Virtual Exhibition

My Sense of Place
A Community Addendum to the Exhibition, A Sense of Place: Kiki and Seton Smith
Artists and community members were asked to share artwork and images that defined their personal sense of place. The works are in response to an exhibition at the Walsh Gallery, Seton Hall University, in South Orange, New Jersey, featuring the work of Kiki and Seton Smith.
Artists include:
Luz Aguba, Olga Alexander, Quinn Barnitt, Marianne Barcellona, Aileen Bassis, Alisa Berlin, Shannon Bryan, Amanda Burns-Elhassouni, Cameron Calder, Mary Jean Canziani, Elyse Carter, Ana Cowie, Betsy Meyer Donadio, Sofia Donald, Joshua Ewing, Luciano Fileti, Norma Greenwood, Emily Glynn, Ellen Hanauer, Lauren Henry, Anna Herbst, Imani Hudson, Sara Klar, Elisa Leung, Laura Lou Levy, Kathryn McGinley, Nancy Nikkal, Meredith Olin, Lily Sickles, Leonel Soares, Jane Sterrett, Kelly Vetter, Skyler Hurdle, Talia Rhinehart, Turner Andrasz, Vivi Charlap
My Sense of Place is a collaboration of the Pierro Foundation, Seton Hall University's Walsh Gallery, the Pierro Gallery, and the South Orange/Maplewood Public Schools. This outreach is in conjunction with the exhibition, A Sense of Place featuring works by Kiki and Seton Smith, produced by the Pierro Foundation at the Walsh Gallery, Seton Hall University.
Prints of selected artists’ work can be seen at the Pierro Gallery, 5 Mead Street, South Orange, NJ. All works can be seen digitally above, at the South Orange Public Library digital art installation, 65 Scotland Rd, South Orange, NJ 07079, and at the Seton Hall Walsh Gallery website, and via the Pierro Foundation website.

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The Book Arts Roundtable will have two exhibitions on display in the Pierro Gallery December 8 – 19th during gallery hours, Monday – Thursday 11am-4pm and by appointment.

A Day in the Life is a collaborative piece presented in the graphic novel format. Each participant tells their story in black and white, taking us through the day, from dark to light and back to dark. This dramatic work is presented in the form of a long accordion book that will stretch along the entire length of one wall. 
Despoliation: the action of despoiling or the condition of being despoiled is the theme of the second exhibition. BAR members were given the same size substrate and asked to create a piece based on the theme. The substrates are scored, creating panels that may be used as book pages or wall pieces. The possibilities for exploration of this timely theme are many.
A gallery talk about the exhibitions will be Saturday December 10 from 2:30 – 4:00.

Wednesday, November 2, - Saturday, December 3, 2016
Opening Reception, Wednesday, November 2, at 7-9pm
The Pierro Gallery of South Orange
The Baird Center
5 Mead Street, South Orange, NJ 07079
Monday- Thursday 11-4pm & by appointment

“Know Your Place”- an idiom often used to keep people from challenging the status quo, seems particularly relevant in this election cycle just as one national party has for the first time in US history nominated a woman as a candidate for President while the opposing party's nominee stands charged with racism, bigotry and misogyny.   Curators Raleigh Ceasar and Sandy Martiny investigate the ways artists have responded to the election issues regarding race and feminism. Artists include: Aileen Bassis, Luis Alves Collage, Ronald Freeman, Evelyn Graves, Ruth Hardinger, Nette Forne Thomas, Trix Rosen, Florence Weisz, and Charmaine Wheatley.

The work pictured above is part of a series by artist Charmaine Wheatley. "30% Of Buffalo... Is Functionally Illiterate" features portraits of adult learners and tutors from Literacy Volunteers of Western New York and Erie County whose stories provide insight into how the ability to read can impact lives. One in three residents in Buffalo, NY is functionally illiterate. On a national level, between 41% and 44% of adults with the lowest literacy skills live in poverty. 60% of prison inmates are illiterate. 76% of adults on public assistance are illiterate or unable to read more than the simplest of texts.*

POL!T!CO is a collaboration showcasing four local arts organizations: SOPAC, The Pierro Gallery of South Orange, Arts Unbound and Valley ARts Firehouse Gallery.

This four-part exhibit gives artists a voice in some of the sizeable issues that are informing the 2016 presidential elections. The exhibitions can be enjoyed separately, as well as in conjunction.

POL!T!CO: ART & The Humanities
On view at The Herb & Milly Iris Gallery
September 8 – December 8, 2016
Explores the cultural influence of politics and the humanities through the uses of various mediums of visual art.

Arts Unbound, 544 Freeman St. Orange, NJ 07050
October 20 – November 19, 2016
Opening reception: Thursday, October 20, 5pm to 8pm, Special screening of Jason DaSilva’s video, When We Walk, at 7pm
Explores political issues that impact people living with disabilities.

Firehouse Gallery, 580 Forest St, Orange, NJ.
October 20 – November 13, 2016
Opening Reception: Thursday October 20 7 to 9pm
Explores the role of money in politics.

POL!T!CO Images