Studio Montclair Presents ‘Inspired By Dance’

Montclair, NJ – Studio Montclair presents “Inspired by Dance,” its first in-person exhibit since SMI’s public gallery was closed in March 2020 due to COVID-19. It will be open for public viewing from September 11 through October 16 at Studio Montclair Gallery, 127 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair, NJ. A welcoming reception will take place on Sunday, September 13 from 12 to 4 pm. Please note that SMI will be following strict guidelines for indoor gatherings—masks will be required and the number of people in the gallery will be limited. For those not yet comfortable with viewing in public, an online tour of the exhibit, including audio, will be available online. “Inspired by Dance” features artwork—both literal and metaphorical–relating to movement and dance in its many forms and is comprised of multiple artistic genres including painting, sculpture, photography, video, mixed media, and others.

Andrea Fortunoff, Dance the Story: Generations in Rhythm, Photo Archival Color C print

The exhibit is the third in SMI’s Community Partnership Exhibition Program created by cofounder and past president Virginia S. Block. This particular partnership manifests a visual dialogue between SMI members and contemporary dance company Freespace Dance, who provided the opportunity for artists to attend their dance rehearsals and respond creatively to the performances they witnessed.

The exhibit follows the trajectory of work of visual artists—particularly those of the 19th and 20th centuries–who used dance and movement as their muse: Edgar Degas, Edouard Manet, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Stuart Davis, Wassily Kandinsky, Alexander Calder, Gino Severini, Oskar Schlemmer, Jackson Pollock, and many others. The works of art in “Inspired by Dance” will similarly present a broad interpretation of the relationship between dance and the visual arts to fashion an exhibit that is moving, passionate, inspiring, and delightful.

Carol Black-Lemon, Born to Krump, Acrylic on Canvas, 24 x 30

Participating Artists:
Maureen Bennett, Carol Black-Lemon, Nell Breyer, Bob Calleja, Virginia Carroll, Gwen Charles, Jodie Fink, David Fitzgerald, Andrea Fortunoff, Yolanda Fundora, MJ Hoehn, Helen Hosking, Patricia Hutchinson, Shoshana Kertesz, Kathleen Liao, John Masi, Aidan Mirowsky, Mandi Moerland, Ruth Bauer Neustadter, Jean-Paul Picard, Joseph Schembri, Lubomir Tomaszewski, Cindy Wagner, Lisa G Westheimer, Nalla Wollen, Luther Wright

Helen Hosking, Dancer in Studio, Bronze, marble, and wood

Studio Montclair Presents “Inspired By Dance”
Exhibition Dates: September 11 – October 16, 2020
Gallery: Studio Montclair Gallery, 127 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair, NJ
Gallery Hours: TBD – please call for hours.
Opening Reception: Sunday, September 13, 2020, from 12 to 4 pm

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