CURRENT EXHIBITIONS

NOYES GALLERY AT KRAMER HALL, HAMMONTON

JAKE FOSTER: DILUTED NOSTALGIA

September 11 - December 2, 2018

 Jake foster,  Baby Sister,  mixed media

Jake foster, Baby Sister, mixed media

Diluted Nostalgia is a solo exhibition of self-portraits by Jake Foster. This body of work uses family photographs as a source material, provoking questions about childhood,  family dynamics, and American culture.The portraits are adapted from family photographs taken between 1993 and 2001 in his hometown of Waterford, New Jersey.  These contemporary paintings analyze the American condition, investigate personal identity,  and question our ability to remember.

Foster shares a feeling of nostalgia for the  suburban environment of the late 1990s. “Reinterpreting” photos taken during his childhood, he produces unconventional images that connect with the viewer. Some aspects of his memories are clearer than others, allowing only specific areas of detail in the piece. Foster’s paintings allow us to see memories through the eyes of the artist. 

Jake Foster is currently the Director of the Student Works Gallery at Rutgers University - Camden.  Working with faculty and student interns, he curates exhibitions that collaborate with organizations, departments, and courses              on campus.

2018 PAINT HAMMONTON: PLEIN-AIR EXHIBITION

 Neal Hughes,  Rain , oil, Winner of 2018 Paint Hammonton

Neal Hughes, Rain, oil, Winner of 2018 Paint Hammonton

  • Plein-Air Event & Competition: September 8, 2018, 7:30am - 4:00pm

  • Awards Presentation: September 8, 2018, 5:00 - 6:00pm

  • Exhibition: September 11 - December 2, 2018

  • Opening Reception: Third Thursday, September 20, 6 - 8 pm

  • Education Guide

The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton University presents the 10th Annual Paint Hammonton: Plein-Air Exhibition, a competition and exhibition that attracts artists from all over New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland. Setting up their easels on September 8th at locations of their choice all around the town of Hammonton, the artists capture the fleeting effects of natural light, quickly painting a scene before it's gone. At the end of the day, the works are judged and Juror's Choice, Second Place and Honorable Mention prizes are awarded in the Noyes Museum Galleries at Kramer Hall. The works created on that day will be exhibited from September 11 through December 2, 2018.

 Hulda Robbins,  Ferry to Welfare Island, 1941, serigraph

Hulda Robbins, Ferry to Welfare Island, 1941, serigraph

PRINTS FROM THE PERMANENT COLLECTION: JEROME KAPLAN, HULDA D. ROBBINS AND BENTON SPRUANCE

  • Exhibition dates: November 6, 2017 - January 31, 2019

  • Opening reception: Third Thursday, November 16, 6-8 pm (Free)

  • Third Thursday, 11.16.17: Free vintage portrait booth

  • Education Guide

Jerome Kaplan (1920-1997) was a respected Philadelphia artist who contributed to the recognition of printmaking as a fine art turning out many monotypes, lithographs and automatic drawings. The drawings were his most expressionistic works, as he was free from the constraints of printing technologies. Kaplan received a Guggenheim Fellowship for his exceptional creative ability. His work can be found in museums both nationally and internationally, including the Museum of Modern Art, The Philadelphia Museum of Art and the British Museum.

Benton Murdoch Spruance (1904-1967) was one of the most influential and prolific color lithographers in the history of twentieth-century modernism. His advances in color lithography revived a near-dead medium that had not flourished since the turn of the century. His body of work primarily consists of lithographs of social, religious and mythological subjects.  Spruance's artistic expression focused on individuals struggling with enduring moral dilemmas and the metaphysical meaning of life. He was the recipient of a long list of awards and fellowships including two Cresson Scholarships to travel in Europe and two Guggenheim grants.

 Hulda D. Robbins (1910-2011) was inspired by Kathe Kollwitz, a German artist whose work captured a harsh account of the human condition in the early 20th century. Robbins became a prolific printmaker producing series of serigraphs, lithographs and woodcut prints throughout the 1940s, 50s and the early 60s. The Jersey shore was the home of Robbins’ family where she would often visit, and in 1963 she moved there to live. New Jersey provided many subjects that she would later capture in her large expressive oils.

 
  Double Wall

Double Wall

ALAN WILLOUGHBY

  • July 13 - September 23, 2018

  • Opening Reception: Second Friday, July 13, 6 - 8 pm

  • Education Guide

Alan Willoughby retired in 2016 as the Executive Director of the Perkins Center for the Arts in Moorestown and  Collingswood, New Jersey), and has since returned to the studio full time. He is branding himself as a re-emerging ceramic artist and educator. Willoughby’s work plays within the worlds of function and sculptural form. It includes wheel-thrown and hand-built components, working with both additive and subtractive processes.   Surfaces are multi-layered and include embellishment in the wet clay, painting and wax-resist on greenware, and slip trailing and glazing on bisque ware. 

When I work in clay, when I work with the primal elements of earth, air, water, and fire, there is a connection to something deeper and stronger, more primal.  On days when I enter my studio, I leave behind the violence, the pollution, the global warming, and the consumption propagated by our modern-day icons and begin a quest to understand the deeper meanings in life, the connections to all things.

- Alan Willoughby

Willoughby has an MFA in Ceramics from Clemson University, and was awarded two Artists Fellowships by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. His work and writing has been featured in Ceramics Monthly, Ceramics Art & Perception, Ceramics Technical and Studio Potter.  His work has been shown in galleries around the country and is in many public and private collections.

 

 

 Donna Dodson , Zodiac 2, Muskox

Donna Dodson, Zodiac 2, Muskox

 

 

ZODIAC: IDENTITY AND INTERPRETATION

In her newest body of sculptural work, Donna Dodson has created two parallel series, referencing both the animal characters associated with the Chinese, or eastern, zodiac as well as the sun signs of the western zodiac. Dodson’s exhibition offers us a menagerie of compelling creatures carved in wood.

Based on birth years from the centuries past to the present day, the Chinese zodiac assigns an animal to each year in a repeating twelve-year cycle. Each of the twelve animal characters is believed to possess distinct attributes. With roots in ancient Egypt and Greece, the western zodiac is based on astrological constellations corresponding to the position of the sun at birth. Over time, each of these constellations has assumed their own unique mythological identity. Curiously, the zodiac has only rarely been the subject of contemporary art.

Carving has taken a new direction in Dodson’s work, and technical surprises and breakthroughs abound. Due to a windfall of wood, she has been able to experiment, creating sculpture in woods such as mulberry, apple, spalted maple, and cherry. The anthropomorphic deities in Dodson’s signature work have morphed into allegories, icons and symbols in which realism and representation play a greater role.

While some interpretations of the Western zodiac characters seem obvious, like Leo the lion, Taurus the bull, and Aries the ram, others resist obvious characterizations. Would anyone associate Aquarius with a beaver, Libra with a falcon, or Virgo with a penguin? In Zodiac, Dodson takes on these peculiar associations and promises to engage the imagination of the casual viewer as well as that of the art connoisseur.

 

 

 

 NOYES GALLERY AT THE CLARIDGE

 Janet Boltax , Autumn,  oil painting

Janet Boltax, Autumn, oil painting

JANET BOLTAX: A LIFE IN TRANSITION

The Noyes presents a series of portraits from artist Janet Boltax, depicting the gender transition of two individuals over an approximately two-and-a-half year period. Accompanying the portraits are excerpts of interviews the artist conducted during each sitting. 

In the past few years, I have returned to oil portraiture full force and have focused almost entirely on the face, the area that has always been of greatest interest to me. It was a relief to permit myself to work only on the face and not feel I had to paint traditional portraits that include more of the body and 'background.' - Janet Boltax

This series of oil portraits reflect the physical transition of Autumn, a transgender female, and Chris, a transgender male.

As Chris describes during one of the interviews: I have always felt like I didn’t belong to any gender, and it was kind of confusing. I think I just grew up with that, kind of confused. I never really felt like a girl, never really felt like a guy. I am still debating how I feel, but I don’t feel comfortable in between. I feel like I want to have the opportunity to express my masculinity. But I also know that when I do transition, I will also feel androgynous. They call that gender queer and I think I fit in with that.

 

 Rae Smith,  Into the Light , pastel

Rae Smith, Into the Light, pastel

RAE SMITH

Rae Smith, elected Master Pastelist by The Pastel Society of America in 1997, is their 2014 Hall of Fame Honoree. She has exhibited her pastel and oil paintings throughout the United States, as well as in Japan, China, France, Italy, Russia, Taiwan and Canada.

Smith has been a painter for most of her life, using many different combinations of media, from pen and ink to watercolor, oils and pastels, specializing in one medium or another a various points of her career. Her work can be abstract or more realistic, with an impression of a place, time, or figment of her imagination. At one time many of her works included the figure. However, when she moved to the countryside, nature captured her interest and she began to specialize in pastel landscape paintings.

My painting is all about emotion, mood and atmosphere. I am always looking for the 'out of the ordinary' feeling in a composition. At times my paintings have been described as spiritual. I would hope I am able to express myself so that one who views my work is touched. - Rae Smith

 

 Laura Bethmann,  Night into Day, Tulips , watercolors

Laura Bethmann, Night into Day, Tulips, watercolors

LAURA BETHMANN

Featuring watercolor paintings by artist, author, workshop leader, and gardener Laura Bethmann, this series of paintings depicts garden scenes using the technique of nature printing.

Bethmann describes her basic direct printing method as a simple process. Natural objects such as flowers, sticks, feathers, shells, rocks, and vegetables are inked or painted and then printed by hand or with the use of a press. Indirect printing is another of her processes and is similar to making a rubbing. Depending on the approach, the results of nature printing can be extremely detailed.

The publication of her first book, Nature Printing, led to the development of workshops about the joys of this ancient practice which, in turn, led to the publication of Hand Printing from Nature. She is co-author of Rustic Accents for Your Home, about creating home accessories using branches, twigs and vines.  Nature printing brings art and nature together and Bethmann believes that the experience can recharge our creativity and renew our kinship with the natural world. 

After an autumn rain, when fallen leaves lie scattered about, glistening in their rich saturated tones, I can barely contain my excitement.  Like most artists, I’ve always been keenly aware of the shapes, colors and textures all around me, but it’s the mystery and magic of the natural world that brings me the fresh breezes of creative inspiration. - Laura Bethmann

 

 Steve Freeman,  Iwafi Boy,  photograph

Steve Freeman, Iwafi Boy, photograph

STEVE FREEMAN: PHOTOGRAPHY

In this solo exhibition, photographer Steve Freeman presents compelling images from his wide-ranging travels around the globe. Driven by his curiosity about the world, Freeman’s career has led him to explore cultures different from his own and to photograph unique and extraordinary experiences to share with his viewers. By capturing portraits, landscapes, wildlife and events he has witnessed in his travels, he highlights the beauty of daily life and provides a glimpse into the lives of people and communities from around the globe.

Freeman lived, worked, and traveled throughout rural Indonesia for one year, and Tanzania for seven months. It was during this time that he worked as a photojournalist for a UK-based sustainable development non-governmental organization (NGO.) The NGO is committed to addressing the development of foreign countries and policy issues by working in partnership with its’ people to build sustainable, healthy and productive communities.

This series illustrates Freeman’s incredible journey, showing a glimpse of the happy, hard working lives of Tanzanians and Indonesians through portraits, landscapes, and family moments.

 

 

 

RON ROSS COHEN

 Ron Ross Cohen,  Celestial Quest , mixed media

Ron Ross Cohen, Celestial Quest, mixed media

  • Artist’s Website

    Ron Ross Cohen is known for working with leather, mixed media, and found objects. Cohen has taken leather out of its element and into a new world. His passion comes from his creative journey, as he continues to have an impact on leather becoming an accepted medium in fine arts.









NOYES GALLERY AT SEAVIEW, GALLOWAY

 Lucy Gelman Glick

Lucy Gelman Glick

SHIFTING MOMENTUM: WORKS FROM THE NOYES PERMANENT COLLECTION

  • July 19 - December 1, 2018

This exhibition of works from our permanent collection acted as a compelling sister exhibition to the previous Shifting Momentum exhibition which was on view at The Noyes Museum Galleries at Kramer Hall, and is now back for those who may have missed it at our Seaview gallery! 

Shifting Momentum at Kramer Hall presented the development of abstract art in Taiwan, from the eighties to today. Influenced by Western modernism, the artists in Shifting Momentum addressed Eastern culture, philosophy, and tradition on subjects like ch’i (energy flow), ink calligraphy, huxi (breathing, or to breathe), and traditional window frames. The artists' works reflect the liberal and slowly-opened state of Taiwanese society after the lifting of 38 years of martial law (1949-1987) in juxtaposition to the digitized hyper-accelerated life of today. Shifting Momentum celebrated Asian art and encouraged viewers to have a physical, prolonged encounter with works that are culturally rooted in the East. It is through close examination of these techniques and expressions that one may gradually discover a range of interpretations of the self and the core of existence.

 This selection of works from the Noyes' permanent collection creates visual and conceptual links to the works from the Taiwanese artists featured at Kramer Hall's exhibition, bridging the gaps between Eastern and Western art, culture, and abstraction.


SELECTIONS FROM THE NOYES PERMANENT COLLECTION

Ongoing

Location: Shore Medical Center, 100 Medical Center Way, Somers Point, NJ 08244

Fine and folk art objects from the Permanent Collection of the Noyes Museum of Art are temporarily on view at Shore Medical Center. Selected works include fine duck decoys, chosen from the Museum's vast holding of artifacts that help to highlight and preserve the history and culture of South Jersey. The unique Purple Martin Palace, created in 1935 by Leslie Christofferson, can also be found at Shore Medical Center. 

 Leslie Christofferson,  Purple Martin Palace Birdhouse , circa 1935, Noyes Permanent Collection - Folk Art

Leslie Christofferson, Purple Martin Palace Birdhouse, circa 1935, Noyes Permanent Collection - Folk Art