2017: cWOW Merit Award

City Without Walls proudly presents METRO 31 [redux], a small works exhibition on view Saturday, April 1, 2017 – Saturday, June 3, 2017. The group exhibition features 58 works by 48 artists chosen by three jurors: Margaret O’Reilly, Executive Director, New Jersey State Museum, Larry Ossei-Mensah, Independent Curator, Co-Founder of ARTNOIR and Siddhartha Mitter, Culture Journalist and Village Voice Contributor.

This year’ s cWOW Metro 31 Award Winners are Wendy Letven, who received the cWOW Excellence Award, Onnie C. Strother and Ellen Martin who both received cWOW Merit Awards.

cWOW’s annual Metro Show was created over 30 years ago to celebrate the work of talented artists from the metropolitan region. We are delighted to bring this exciting event back into fruition.

Featured artists include: Ann Rosen, Beth Biderman, Bob Ricciotti, Brad Terhune, Candice Yates, Carol Cassel Baker, Cortney Torres, Dan McCormack, Danielle Scott, David James, David Rapoport, Dominique Vitali, Eleni Litt, Ellen Martin, Georgie Morel, Geri Hahn, Gregg Rosen, James Long, Jason Norton, Jean Foos, Jennifer Coard, Jennifer Mack-Watkins, Joseph O’Neal, Judith A. Lieberman, Judy Wukitsch, Kilolo Kumanyika, Laura Bell, Lorenzo Irico, Luisa Pinzon, Maggie Fehr, Marco Muñoz Jaramillo, Marta Tchorzewska, Mary A. McKay, Michael Endy, Nancy Tompkins, Nell Painter, Onnie C. Strother, Patricia A. Bender, Paul Chinnery, Peter Tilgner, Richard Rappleyea, Robert Kogge, Sandra Bacchi, Sergio Villamizar, Vanessa Lucas, Wendy Letven, Zellie Imani and Zenna Broomer.

Metro 31 [redux] is on view at City Without Walls through June 3, 2017 and will travel to B. Beamesderfer Gallery, 1978 Arts Center, Ramapo College of New Jersey Potter Library Galleries, and other sites through 2018.

About City Without Walls
City Without Walls (cWOW) is New Jersey’s oldest alternative art space. Our mission is to advance the careers of artists, expand the audience for contemporary art and provide opportunities for arts education and community engagement.

City Without Walls is the grateful recipient of donations and grant support from The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, the City of Newark, and individual contributors. City Without Walls is located at 6 Crawford Street in Newark’s historic Lincoln Park neighborhood. The gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday, 12—6pm and by appointment.

Published May 19, 2017

2016: Women Paint Women

As Ellen Martin tells it, “I started the Jersey Artist Registry (JAR), an online gallery, in 2013 to showcase the talent of New Jersey artists in a way that was immediately visually impactful and accessible (not three or four menus down).”

It’s an endeavor that led the Monmouth Beach painter, photographer and mixed-media specialist to mount her first group show of JAR artists at Asbury Park’s intimately scaled Hotel Tides in 2015. With the success of that show, and a move to the more expansive environs of Red Bank’s Oyster Point Hotel, Martin professes that her original thought was to again open the next exhibit to all artists, “but then thought I should do what I could to tip the balance of the male-dominated art world.”

The result is the Martin-curated installation Women Paint Women, in which the work of seven emerging and established female painters from the Garden State will be displayed on the walls and walkways of the riverfront hotel’s lobby and atrium. On view through June 26, the exhibit opens tonight with a free public-welcome reception from 7 to 9 p.m.

Further tying the exhibit together is a common theme, in which the subjects of the pieces are “women engaged in various occupations, states of being and everyday activities.”

“It was important to me to give women artists a chance to have an exhibit all to themselves,” explains Martin, citing a recent New York Times article on major woman-only shows in New York and Los Angeles as affirmation that “I’m on trend.”

“I also wanted to highlight the difference between how women paint women and how men paint women,” she adds. “Yes, it’s true that the nude is a staple of western art, but women artists also paint women in a wider range of roles and occupations, from a portrait of Virginia Woolf by Shoshana Kertesz, to a black woman archer by Pat Hutchinson. You’ll see that variety here.”

Featured in the group show are paintings by Karissa Harvey, Kathleen Heron, Pat Hutchinson, Shoshana Kertesz, Sharon Sayegh, Elizabeth Sowell-Zak, and Kathleen Tobin — creative women who hail from such Monmouth County communities as Farmingdale and Belmar, as well as New Brunswick, West Orange and other Garden State locales.

The veteran artists’ representative and consultant — who (as detailed hereon redbankgreen) was involved with the outdoor HEADS installation that turned heads back in the summer of 2012 — offers a special shout-out to a fellow female artist and curator: Gerda Liebmann, the Swiss-born multimedia specialist who coordinates the ongoing series of art installations at the Oyster Point.

“It’s an alternative space that has become a significant art venue on the Jersey Shore,” says Martin of the hotel that previously hosted the nature photography of Colin Seitz and other artists.

Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be served at tonight’s reception, and free or valet parking is available in the hotel’s lot at the foot of Bodman Place, off Riverside Avenue.

Published May 5, 2016

2016: Painting Women Exhibit

RED BANK – “Women Paint Women,” is a new group exhibition of paintings by emerging and established artists Karissa Harvey, Kathleen Heron, Pat Hutchinson, Shoshana Kertesz, Sharon Sayegh, Elaine Shor, Elizabeth Sowell-Zak and Kathleen Tobin.

“It was important to me to give women artists a chance to have an exhibit all to themselves to help tip the balance in the male-dominated art world,” said Ellen Martin, curator. “All of these talented women have produced beautiful work.”

Martin said she wanted to highlight the difference between how women paint women and how men paint women. “Yes, it’s true that the nude is a staple of Western Art,” she said, “but women artists also paint women in a wider range of roles and occupations, from a portrait of Virginia Woolf by Shoshana Kertesz to a black woman archer by Pat Hutchinson. You’ll see that variety here.”

The artists come from cities all over the state, including Belmar, New Brunswick, Farmingdale and West Orange. They all paint women engaged in various occupations, states of being and everyday activities.

“I paint women who inspire me through their strength, sensitivity, creativity and wisdom,” said Shoshana Kertesz, who has painted famous women writers. “I paint women to bring to attention the character behind the facial and physical makeup and the beauty that shines from within. Women come in all emotional and intellectual colors that are unique to them, and I want to emphasize this aspect by foregoing feminine stereotypes.”

Published April 27, 2016