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MPL presents the exhibition “Organic Alchemy: Works on Paper” Published on: October 14, 2015

The Montclair Public Library presents the exhibition “Organic Alchemy: Works on Paper” to run from October 10 through 30, 2015, at the Montclair Public Library Gallery, 50 S. Fullerton Ave., Montclair, NJ. A closing reception will be held on Thursday, October 29, from 7 to 9pm.

This exhibition showcases recent works on paper by two local artists, Gayle Mahoney of Montclair, NJ, and Sylvia Taylor of Orange, NJ, and presents a delightful interplay of color and texture, realism and abstraction. Mahoney’s works in watercolor capture the intrinsic beauty of nature through her realistic depictions of flowers, animals, birds and landscapes. Taylor’s collages have been described as rich, mysterious and complex; thought provoking, with a hint of intrigue below the surface.

“Seeing our work together,” Mahoney explains, “invites the viewer to observe connections and contrasts between the works that one might otherwise miss. While our techniques are very different, we both try to capture transitory moments in our work.”

About her collages, Sylvia expresses, “My collages are about our experience of the moment; defined by layers of history, not all visible, but nonetheless, still experienced. The hidden layers create a richness that otherwise would not be.”

About the Artists
Gayle Mahoney lives and works in Montclair, New Jersey. She has been exhibiting and selling her watercolor paintings and other artwork for more than 20 years. She began showing watercolor paintings professionally when she was still in high school, exhibiting in juried shows in Northern California. She has also worked in acrylics, mixed-media collage, ceramic sculpture, and jewelry. Gayle has sold her work in galleries and museum stores on the East and West Coasts.

Gayle earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Skidmore College in “Art in Society.” She also studied art at San Francisco State University, the Yard School of Art at the Montclair Art Museum, and the New Jersey Visual Arts Center in Summit. Her teachers have included jewelry artist Thea Clark, ceramics sculptor Marion Held, and watercolorists James Estey and Sharon Pitts.

Sylvia Taylor resides in an artist live/work space in a renovated 1905 Firehouse in the Valley Arts District, Orange, NJ. An observer and lifetime artist, Sylvia creates one-of-a-kind collages and studio jewelry.

Sylvia’s collages are colorful with texture and depth created in the layering technique she uses. A variety of handmade and appropriated papers are attached with archival glue to an acid free watercolor paper base, with additional touches of color via acrylic paint. Using a consistent, contained format for the collages allows for abundant discovery for the maker and viewer.

Sylvia studied at California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA and Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ, and has exhibited extensively in the area.

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.

For more information:
Gayle Mahoney

Sylvia Taylor
(201) 739-2859

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