I'm please and honored to be included in the inaugural juried exhibition, Open Orange, sponsored by the ValleyArts district of Orange and West Orange, NJ. This is my first juried show appearance and acceptance in a couple of years, and first exhibit opportunity in my new hometown. The exhibit was open to NJ artists and NY metropolitan area artists working in two-dimensional media. This contemporary art exhibition will be held in the new ValleyArts Firehouse Gallery and nearby spaces in the Valley Arts District and celebrates this growing artist community. The show runs from May 9th - June 8th.
I had the pleasure of meeting the co-chairs of the show: artist Jeremy Moss, and Nigel Freeman, Director of African American Fine Art at New York's Swann Auction Galleries. The nationally prominent jurors were Antonio Sergio Bessa, director of curatorial and educational programs, Bronx Museum, Deidre Harris-Kelley, co-director of the Romare Bearden Foundation and Naima J. Keith, assistant curator, the Studio Museum of Harlem.
The opening reception will take place this Friday evening from 6 - 9pm at the Firehouse Gallery, located at 580 Forest Street in Orange. Lee and I will be there to celebrate the opening and enjoy a night out sans children! For more information about the exhibit, visit valleyartsnj.com.