Member Miniatures: big ART in small packages

January 13, 2018 – March 11, 2018

Opening Reception: January 13, 2018 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 10:00am-5:00pm; Friday: 10:00am-9:00pm; and Sunday: 12:00pm-5:00pm

Here at the Monmouth Museum we value the arts and artists, especially our Artist Members! Museum members are an essential part of the Museum’s success. Back by popular demand, we are happy to present for the fourth year, Member Miniatures: big ART in small packages, in both our Nilson and Hallway Galleries. This juried exhibition represents artists’ small works, no larger than 12”x12” when framed, in a variety of media.

New Jersey Emerging Artists Series: Florence Moonan

March 23, 2018 – April 22, 2018

“Let Loose” Mixed Media, by Florence Moonan

Opening Reception: March 23, 2018 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 10:00am-5:00pm; Friday: 10:00am-9:00pm; and Sunday: 12:00pm-5:00pm

Artist Statement:
Music, especially Broadway musicals and opera, is a driving force in my work. This connection is rooted in my childhood performing in local summer-stock theater. Performing evolved into painting as I discovered the ability to express inner emotions by applying color and texture to canvas or wood in an abstract manner. I have an intuitive approach to painting as I make decisions and take advantage of chance revelations. My work is also informed by travel, family history, and the natural world. I currently work with Venetian plaster on board. The plaster’s unique quality helps me produce surfaces that are immediately appealing and as sensuous as a beautiful aria. Various materials and tools are used for rubbing, scraping, and sanding the surface to uncover buried marks and textures that create a history of where I have been. A unique exploration emerges following this process of adding and subtracting layers. At times, bold gestural marks originate from visceral reactions to music. Additional mediums such as graphite, oil stick, and Asphaltum are often employed to further enhance the work. Each work pushes the direction of the next until all possibilities have been exhausted.