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Exhibit of 2 South Orange Artists Opens at SOPAC Today

"Horror Vacui" is by Russell Christian. Credits: SOPAC
"They Come Out at Night" is by Ann Vollum. Credits: SOPAC

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – An exhibit featuring two South Orange artists opens today in the Herb and Milly Iris Gallery at the South Orange Performing Arts Center.

The show, titled “A Conversation,” includes works by Ann Vollum and Russell Christian. It is curated by Micha Hamilton. Vollum is known for her “Beastly Beasties” characters. British by birth, she spent her formative years in Zambia, Pakistan and England. Christian moved to the United States in the mid-1980s. He is also an art teacher, art handler, illustrator and graphic designer.

An opening reception with the artists is scheduled for 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 18 at SOPAC. Their works are for sale, and a portion of the proceeds will go to SOPAC.

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Vollum’s work has been described this way: “Her “Beastly Beasties” line has evolved into a universe of fantastic creatures and environments intended to be amusing and celebrated. Her mixed media works are typically multi-sided, and she ornately adorns every available surface and utilizes found objects such as tree branches, and plywood cut-outs.”

Utilizing traditional materials like canvas and wood while also employing materials such as metals, plastics and found objects, drawing is central to Christian’s work. SOPAC said of his work: “His human characters and totemic symbols could be seen simultaneously as escapees and tokens of a circus sideshow or the remnants of émigrés who quickly fled persecution in their homelands.”

The Herb & Milly Iris Gallery brings contemporary art to the community, providing artists opportunities to reach new audiences.


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