We have had a tradition here in recent years, solo shows awarded to individuals who go through a competitive application process, two per year. This year's first such show opened tonight- the work of local artist Brittany James.
The artist earned her BFA at Montclair State University, but has since relocated to Asbury Park, where she lives and makes her art. Her medium is oil paint, as one might guess from the glow that seems to come from within the images.
In this body of work (which represents the past few years) the compositions are mostly built around central figures, though much detail is included in the space around them. She mentioned an interest in lucid dreaming, and that idea of the link between a dream state and reality seems to inform her work. She sometimes refers to the work as being about escaping reality. (in fact, the name of the exhibition is "Escaping Reality") Surrealism and fantasy, psychology and mythology, all seem to be playing a part in the creation of these paintings, as well as skills in rendering and use of color.
Apparently she is not done working in this way or with this subject and has paintings going right now, so don't be surprised to see more like this in future group shows. After all, this solo show competition is available to paid members.
This thought provoking and visually interesting exhibition will remain on display in the back gallery through December 14, 2017. Admission is free. At the same time you can check out the new Winter Solstice Artisan show and sale- handmade items from our members, filling the front room gallery, also very popular this evening. Regular gallery hours are Wednesday to Saturday, 1 to 5 pm. The second solo show will open on the 16th of that month, but we'll talk about that after it's up on these walls.