About the Exhibit



Exhibition dates: February 4th to February 25th.
Gallery hours are by appointment
Please call: 862-252-7035 to schedule a time to see the exhibition or to purchase a piece.

Valley Arts Firehouse Gallery
580 Forest Street, Orange, New Jersey

More than 30 paintings are on view from 2/4/17 through 2/25/17 at the Valley Arts Firehouse Gallery in Orange NJ, including: Gerard Amsellem, Mark Basco, Kathy Cantwell, RMCimini, Cat Delett, Dawn DiCicco, John Craig, Thomas Farawell, Katie Fogg, Mikel Frank, Aida Jones, Frantz Lexy, Lara Liquori, Susan Marx, Abigail Morris, Jeremy Moss,Tara O'Leary, Sidhartha Pani, Diana Rivera, Raymond Skibinski, Karen Starrett, Onnie Strother, Guen Sublette and The Visual Passion Duo. To learn more about the artists and the exhibit go to: https://sites.google.com/site/colorofenergyexhibit/

Co-curated by Aida Jones and Mikel Frank “The Color of Energy; Energy of Color” exhibition focuses on highly expressive paintings that embrace color, gestural marks, shapes, textures and forms to create energetic works. 

To view the artwork on exhibit click here: Gallery of Artwork



Valley Arts Firehouse Gallery
580 Forest Street, Orange, New Jersey

Exhibition Contents and Curatorial Thesis: The life force that is present in all great art is vital energy. We can feel vital energy; it is in all living things. But it is not easily defined or depicted. Vital energy or Chi is the difference between a human being and a rock. It is this vitality, this transference of chi that makes a painting speak to the viewer, and makes an artist's work come alive. It makes it original and identifiable as the work of a particular artist. Energy is created out of the artist's materials, tools and process, but the end is more than the means in the same sense that a musical composition is so much more than a collection of notes.

This exhibition features colorfully energetic and expressive abstract paintings, which use color that encourage the viewer to enter the world the artists have created, and let their eyes wander over the painting’s surface. Move up close and explore the intricacies of brushstrokes, paint thicknesses and compositional details to see how the parts are woven together to form the whole. The featured artist's use the illusion of space, the action of line, the energy of color and the variety of form to build expression, energy, mood and atmosphere.

Curated by Aida Jones and Mikel Frank.


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