Studio Montclair Presents ‘Critique Group Showcase’ Exhibition


Denis Orloff, “Go This Way” – Winsor and Newton watercolors on Arches 140# cold press paper.

Montclair, NJ – Studio Montclair presents the first-ever exhibit of work by 34 artists who have participated in Studio Montclair’s popular critique group initiative. It will be on exhibit from June 11 through July 15 at Studio Montclair Gallery, 127 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair, NJ. An opening reception will take place on Saturday, June 11 from 3 to 5 pm.

Fernando Mariscal, “Brookdale Park” – Oil Painting

The exhibit highlights a very successful ongoing critique group program that was founded by SMI years ago and has grown to encompass numerous groups of artists working in a variety of art mediums. Artists generally meet monthly in person (or in drop-in zoom sessions since the onset of the Covid pandemic). Participating artists, who include novices as well as professionals, report great satisfaction with both the camaraderie and helpful feedback provided by group members.

Says photographer Amy Becker, “It’s a supportive environment in which all have the opportunity to share work. The feedback helps me to get out of my own head and gain a fresh perspective on my photography. I find the group’s collective input enriching and very helpful on what is and is not working with my images. I also find it rewarding to hear others speak about their own work and process, and then discuss it with the group. When I reflect on the five-plus years of our group’s existence, I’ve been struck by the range, quality, and growth of our members. Meanwhile, I’m looking forward to the day we can safely meet again in each other’s homes, where we can share prints and thoughts on our work in person.”

According to painter Denis Orloff, “I’m always working alone in the studio. I find getting together with other artists to discuss our work is very beneficial. The camaraderie is great. We have developed a trust between our members and the Crit groups allow us to discuss so many topics. We share techniques, ideas, and professional advice. I always look forward to sharing my latest work. Being a member also nudges you to keep producing art so you always have something new to show.”


Mohammad Riza, “A Slice of Time” – Mixed mediums

Visitors to the Critique Group Showcase will be richly rewarded with the innovative and skilled artwork of Studio Montclair members that reflects the strength of fellowship and exchange of ideas in a congenial environment.

Participating Artists:

Kate Albright, Amy Becker, George Chin, Dennis Connors, Thomas Dackow, Elizabeth C. DeMarco, Dan Epstein, Leslie Ford, Peggy Gardner, Dean Gilliland, Leslie Goldman, Bart Gorin, Mark Harris, Marsha Heller, Marlene Hendrian, MJ Hoehn, Miriam Jacobs, Linda Jacobs, Richard Koch, Ann Kraus, Steven Kushner, Eric Levin, Fernando Mariscal, Pamela Moore, Kathryn Murray, Denis Orloff, Ted Papoulas, J Steven Patton, Alex Polner, Katy Repka, Mohammad Riza, Matt Roberts, Isaac Stackell, and Ira Wagner.


Amy Becker, “Hutton Street, from the series Dead Ringers: Portraits of abandoned payphones” – Archival Pigment Print

Exhibition Dates: June 11 – July 15, 2022
Gallery: Studio Montclair Gallery, 127 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, by appointment on website
Online exhibit: https://studiomontclair.online/
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 11, 3 – 5 pm

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