“One,” a large charcoal drawing by Jorge Larrea, was recently donated to the Montclair Public Library. Purchased from the Studio Montclair Incubator exhibition “Dreams and Archetypes (July 26-September 20, 2018), by an anonymous donor, the piece is now on display on the second floor of the Main Library.
The large charcoal drawing depicts intertwining circles, one black, one white, linked in a meticulously rendered knot. With no beginning and end, they are separated, but united symbiotically. The anonymous donor felt the tone of the piece matched the mission of the Montclair Public Library and Montclair community as a whole, with its emphasis on multiculturalism, uplift and support.
Larrea is a full-time art teacher at Northeast Elementary School in Montclair, where he has fostered a strong network of parents and students collectively enthusiastic about the arts. He is well-known for installing an annual exhibition of the students’ artwork, which reflects the school’s global curriculum.
A brief ceremony was held Tuesday, November 20th at 4pm, where Peter Coyl, Director of the Montclair Public Library officially received the artwork. Also in attendance was Jorge Larrea, and Kathryn Waggener McGuire and Lisa Diamond Rosenthal, Directors of the Studio Montclair Incubator for Emerging Artists, and Bruce Naidoff, Development Director of the Montclair Public Library.