Text Me,’ An Exhibition of Words and Images Comes to The Pierro Gallery

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The following is from South Orange Village


Text and Noise by Michael Teters

Co-curators Stephanie Damiano and Mahmoud El- Behairy, graduate students of Seton Hall University’s Museum Professions program, invite you to visit the Pierro Gallery to see 15 artists who use varied materials and methods to produce art that combines words with images.

“Text Me” opens on Wednesday, January 25, 7pm-9pm and will run until March 4th. The Pierro Gallery will also host an Art Talk on Wednesday, February 15, featuring Catherine Delett, Betsy Meyer-Donadio  and Michael Teters, moderated by Stephanie Damiano and Mahmoud Elbehairy. The Pierro Gallery of South Orange is located at The Baird Center at 5 Mead Street, South Orange, NJ 07079 and is open on Monday- Thursday 11-4pm & by appointment

The artists use an assortment of styles and techniques including paintings, collages and installations to realize their visions. The use of words and letters in these artworks creates layers of meaning that adds to the spiritual and cultural content of each work.

Exhibiting artists come from all over the United States with a good representation of local and NJ artists as well. Artists include: Amber Eve Anderson, Alyssa Bogdan, Catherine Delett, Naomi Dwyer, Hannah Epstein, Adam Farcus, Leah Anne Floyd, Nicole Foran, Donni Later, Malik Lloyd, Ginny Martin, Betsy Meyer-Donadio, Heidi Sussman, Michael Teters, Kim Schmitt Thomas, and Ann Vollum            

The artists all differ in their approaches. For example, South Orange artist Ann Vollum creates book based works with imaginary beasts and added text and Ease Orange artist Heidi Sussman uses photography to create digital images with text found from her grandmother’s journals.

An Artist’s Talk will be held on February 15th at 7pm.  Featured artists will be Catherine Delett and  Betsy Meyer-Donadio, moderated by the curators Stephanie Damiano and Mahmoud Elbehairy.

The Pierro Gallery of South Orange was founded in 1994 and presents the work of diverse, established and emerging visual artists in a non-commercial, user- friendly environment.  Through its programs and exhibitions, the Pierro Gallery of South Orange (PGOSO) enhances the cultural environment of South Orange and the surrounding communities. The programs at Pierro Gallery of South Orange are made possible in part by funds from New Jersey State Council of the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment of the Arts, the Village of South Orange Department of Recreation and Cultural Affairs, individual donations, and corporate sponsors. PGOSO is a facility of the South Orange Department of Recreation and Cultural Affairs.

PGOSO is located at 5 Mead St. and is open from 11am-4pm Monday through Thursday or by appointment. For more information please contact the Director, Sandy Martiny, at smartiny@southorange.org.

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