Tuesday, June 26, 2012


A few Sundays ago, Barbara and Vic Calvo had an art opening together. I thought how romantic to have an art show with your husband. The exhibit was a testimony to their love for each other as well as their passion for art.

I have known Barbara since 2004 when we both were on the Executive Board of the Art Educators of New Jersey. Her passion for her craft is inspiring.Even after she retired from teaching public school, Barbara still  continues to teach private lessons to students in her studio.  Retirement, though, has allowed Barbara to explore her own creativity and skills with more focus. In addition to perfecting her watercolors and pastels, she has begun to successfully experiment with oil paints. I think both her watercolor and oil paintings express a sensitivity to color and light.
Barbara  Calvo
The subject matter of the show was landscapes. Both Barbara and Vic love gardening and walking. It is in the pairings of Vic's photographs and Barbara's paintings that made the show remarkable. For example, in this image of a flower done by both of the them, one can see how each artist found his/her own voice in the image. In the photo above on the right, one can see how Vic cropped the row boat in the woods to give a more vertical shot.  In Barbara's watercolor, the composition is horizontal. Vic accented the shadows that dappled on the path way and Barbara played with more color relationships. Noticing how two people so close could see the world so differently was really cool.

The exhibit was held in a reading room of the Ocean Township Library. This room was appointed with warm and cozy furniture. The atmosphere was perfect for enjoying art.  I am hoping that some of the pieces sold because one could imagine how easy it would be to live with the Calvo's art in a domestic setting. 
The exhibit also proves Barbara's determination to have an art show that included her  many of her pieces. When Barbara and I would exhibit together in group shows, she always told me how  she had wished to have a show that highlighted more of work. Through her hard work and efforts, Barbara made this art show happen. I hope that other artists are inspired by her creative thinking and her will. Art shows don't have to happen in Chelsea galleries to be great. Barbara proved that with this exhibit.

Overall, the exhibit was well attended and will be up until July 22. It is worth the visit. 
Vic Calvo (in the red shirt) talking with the show attendees 

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