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MPL Art Gallery, March 2017 Published on: March 7, 2017

cropped merrie and karaLarger Than Life:
Larger than life portraits of iconic women artists
by Montclair painter Merrie Koehlert

The Montclair Public Library’s popular art series exhibits continues with “Larger Than Life”: portraits of iconic women artists by Montclair painter Merrie Koehlert in honor of Women’s History Month.  The exhibit will be on view in the Montclair Public Library Gallery, 50 South Fullerton Avenue, during library hours from March 1-March 31, 2017.  An art reception is scheduled in the gallery for the artist on March 4th, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Local Montclair painter, Merrie Koehlert, will show large-scale oil paintings, many as large as four feet by four feet, of iconic women in art who date from the Renaissance to modernity. In addition, two other series and a collection of sketches will complete her presentation at the Art Gallery of the Montclair Public Library, throughout March, in recognition of Women’s History Month. Visual biographies of female artists, represented through their own unique painting techniques, brings the viewer through the history of art, and up to the present with a portrait of Kara Walker. These works quite literally stare back at you as you engage them, creating an introspective experience for the viewer with the artwork. Inspiration for the work comes from readings in The Feminist Art Journal (1972-1977), lost to time and rediscovered by good luck and helpful accident in Park Slope, Brooklyn where Cindy Nemser, editor and feminist art critic, continues to live. Cindy shared stories of meeting Georgia O’Keeffe, and talked of interviewing and posing with her husband for a portrait by Alice Neel, both artists depicted in the show. The project is a personal homage to women like Cindy, and female artists that lead the way forward in art and culture.

Merrie Koehlert’s work is collected both publicly and privately throughout the United States. Murals can be seen in iconic New York City locations, and have been used in films and magazine shoots. For more information on her work, visit her site.

Be sure take time out of your busy day and enjoy this breathtaking exhibit on display in the gallery throughout the month of March. 

The Library welcomes inquiries from local artists and arts organizations regarding use of the exhibit space.  For further information, please contact the Montclair Public Library (973) 744-0500 ext. 2221.

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