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Next Exhibition at ValleyArts Firehouse Gallery Opens March 21 with Works by New Jersey Artists Lisa Pressman and Krista Svalbonas
Opening on Thursday, March 21 at 6pm with a public reception at which the artists will be present, this is the third exhibition in the Firehouse Gallery -- New Jersey's newest art gallery and anchor of the Valley Arts District of Orange and West Orange. The first two Firehouse Gallery exhibitions also featured New Jersey artists, Dan Fenelon and Jennifer Levine.
The Mapping Time exhibition will run through April 28 with the gallery open Saturdays 10am-4pm; Sundays 12:30-4pm; or by appointment. The exhibition can also be seen during ValleyArts drop-in hours Thursdays from 2:30-4:30pm.
Both Pressman and Svalbonas have exhibited their work throughout the United States. Lisa Pressman describes her work as a type of visual language. "I focus on fragments in my work, just as our culture is fragmented and disconnected, but my worldview is one of interconnection. I try to reveal elements that many people have lost sight of, elements that communicate to a place deeper than words."
"Krista Svalbonas refers to her work as a reflection of the urban landscape, which she states, "can be described as hard and opaque with spaces that are ill-defined, neither deep nor wide, offering a psychological sense of control and homogeny. I explore these ill-defined spaces, the desert physiography, and the homogenous infrastructure of humanity."
About the Artists
Lisa Pressman's 2013 exhibitions include Swept Away: Translucence, Transparence, Transcendence in Contemporary Encaustic at the Cape Cod Museum of Art and at theFine Art Museum at Western Carolina State, Cullowhee,NC. Recent group exhibitions include The Amy Simon Gallery, Westport Connecticut and The Rye Art Center, Rye, New York. She has a solo show planned at The Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA in 2013. Along with the Rosenfeld Gallery, Lisa is represented by the Susan Calloway Gallery, Washington, DC and the Allyn Gallup Gallery in Sarasota, Florida. She teaches locally and nationally classes in painting and encaustic and is an adjunct professor at the Art Institute of New York.
Krista Svalbonas is a professor in the Design program at the Art Institute of New York. She has been the recipient of a Cooper Union Artist residency and was recently awarded a New Arts Program residency and solo exhibition. Her work has been shown throughout the United States and in Europe. Krista recently completed a solo show, Towards a Phenomenology of Space at AFA Gallery in Scranton, PA and will have a solo exhibition at the Dairy Center for the Arts this fall in Boulder, Colorado.
Additional information about Lisa Pressman and Krista Svalbonas can be found at http://www.lisapressman.net and http://www.kristasvalbonas.net
About the ValleyArts Firehouse Gallery
ValleyArts Firehouse Gallery is curated and managed by Valley Arts Inc., Richard T. Bryant executive director, Gayle Mahoney, arts advisor. The Firehouse Gallery was opened last December and now offers a regular series of exhibitions that are free and open to the public. The Gallery is housed in an historic Orange Firehouse that was recently renovated by Hands, Inc. The Firehouse contains six artist live/work spaces. Adjacent to the Firehouse Gallery is a large private common space that the Gallery and Firehouse residents program.
The ValleyArts Firehouse Gallery is located at 580 Forest Street, Orange NJ 07050 For more information please visit http://www.valleyartsnj.com
More about ValleyArts Inc. and the Valley Arts District
Located on the border of Orange and West Orange around the Highland Avenue Train Station, the Valley Art District is a fifteen-square block area dedicated to the arts and creativity. As an arts service and activist organization, the highest priorities of ValleyArts Inc. are to inspire the neighborhood to recognize the arts as essential to community health and vitality; help build up and serve individual artists, arts organizations, and creative entrepreneurs; and encourage everyone to participate in arts, culture, and creativity as part of everyday life. To propel this mission, ValleyArts Inc. seeks to attract, serve, and support artists and creative organizations to work and live in the Valley Arts District.
"A strong creative spirit continues to build here," said Richard T. Bryant, executive director of ValleyArts Inc. "This is a real grassroots effort that involves artists, neighbors, teens, government, community leaders, educators, funders, and many more that see creativity and innovation as an engine of vibrancy and sustainable growth."
ValleyArts Inc. is closely allied with HANDS, Inc., a nonprofit organization that combines strategic real estate investment and community organizing to revitalize communities. Development of the Valley Arts District has been a cornerstone project of HANDS, Inc. for more than a decade.
ValleyArts Inc. is a nonprofit organization funded in part by JPMorgan Chase Foundation , Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, PSE&G, Essex County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs, Wells Fargo Regional Foundation, Orange Orphan Society, Andy Warhol Foundation, Community Foundation of New Jersey, and others. The membership roster includes visual and performing artists, creative entrepreneurs, area businesses, audiences, art buyers, and community members.
Wednesday, March 6, 2013