Saturday, October 25, 2014

Superstorm Sandy: Two Years Later

This time two years ago,  news reports kept warning us of an impending hurricane. Well, we all know what happened - Hurricane Sandy. Click here to review my blog post that shows some of the devastation. 

Since that time, I have created artworks, inspired by American quilts, using that wood. This fall, I was invited to exhibit these works in major exhibits focusing on Super Storm Sandy. 

The first exhibit, SANDY: Destruction/Constructions,  is at Gallery at 14 Maple. In collaboration with the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Arts Council of the Morris Area sponsors two juried art exhibits each year in this LEED-certified “green” space, located in the common areas on the 3rd floor of 14 Maple Ave., Morristown, NJ. The gallery is open to the public Mondays-Thursdays from 10am to 4pm and on Fridays from 10am to 1pm and by appointment, call (973) 285-5115 for additional information. The exhibit runs through February 2015. 
Petrovich-Cheney, Wildeman, Burkitt, Perlmutter

Along with me, Bruce Perlmutter (Red Bank), Kevin Burkitt  (Manasquan), and Roddy Wildeman (Belmar) were selected. As curator Dick Eger, notes: “This exhibit by four artists from the Jersey shore memorializes the destruction from Superstorm Sandy and celebrates artists for their tenacity, perseverance and creativity of the human spirit through their art.” The catalog for this exhibit can be viewed here and here is a review of the exhibit 

The second exhibit, Aftermath, was curated by Doug Ferrari at the Noyes Museum. The Noyes Museum of Art  of Stockton College is located at  733 Lily Lake Road in Oceanville, NJ; museum hours are Monday through Saturday 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM, extended hours Thursdays until 8:00 PM , Sunday noon to 5:00 PM. The exhibit is open until Jan. 11, 2015 and there will be a panel discussion on December 4 from 6-7:30 pm. Click here to read a review.

Photo by Sage Stuart

Here I am pictured with a piece entitled Surge. This piece was inspired by the experience of my friend and professional fisherman, Ken Osche. Ken had stayed on his commercial fishing boat throughout the whole hurricane. He told me that he saw the water rise and just fill the entire Point Pleasant area. I had always imagined that the hurricane brought the seawater into our area like huge waves from some apocalyptic movie, instead the water simply surged into the area like water overflowing from a bathtub spreading in all directions. 

photo by Sage Stuart

For the opening of this event, my husband and I brought our two favorite art fans. Like my solo show at Abington Art Center, I had given the girls a camera to photograph their world. Here are some highlights of that evening.

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