The New Jersey Arts Incubator is proud to present two combined contemporary art exhibits curated by Lorena La Grassa: Power of Nine and Julie Joy Saypoff sculptures.

This prestigious double exhibition will be on view from April 11 through May 9 at the New Jersey Arts Incubator Gallery located at 495 Prospect Avenue, Essex Green Shopping Center, West Orange, NJ. Open Saturday and Sunday 1pm to 5pm and by appointment. Meet the artists at a reception Saturday, April 11 from 2pm to 5pm.

"Power of Nine" features the work of nine professional women artists, mostly all from New Jersey. The exhibit reflects a patchwork of combined art - a result of several years of collaboration. The pieces are arranged in the form/design of patchwork quilts. Each panel is 6'x6' in size, composed of nine 24"x24" canvases. The "Power of Nine" artists include:

Ann Winston Brown (Edgewater, NJ) combines painting and printmaking and "builds up layers of impressions, emotions and memories".

Dail Fried (Cresskill, NJ) is inspired by topography and ruins and captures the natural energy using line, form, color and texture.

Alice Harrison (Morristown, NJ) works in layers "technically, intellectually and spiritually to create images and sensations of movement, color, harmony and joy."

Nancy Ego Nikkal (Hastings on Hudson, NY) creates painting and collages inspired by jazz music playing in the studio while she works. Color and abstraction convey the energy of the music.

Ellen Reinkraut's (Franklin Lakes, NJ) paintings are about self-discovery and exploration of life's mystery. She layers symbols, brushwork and color, scraping away what is not essential.

Valerie Lewis Mankoff (Kinnelon, NJ) strives to create art that incorporates beauty, personal experience and a meditative spirit. Her works integrate illustration, printed materials and images from art history.

Pamela Dietrich (Ridgewood, NJ) combines drawing and painting to create the words for the language of her personal expression. Her works include water and oil based paints embellished with crayon.

Sandra Frech (Franklin Lakes, NJ) strives for spontaneity and uses the elements of color, line and texture to achieve and "expressionistic" style. Her work ranges from abstract to semi representational and is inspired by nature and international travel.

Ruth Bauer Neustadter (Hackensack, NJ) a former modern dancer, "dances when she paints". Most of her works break away from the traditional plane and become sculptural forms of the wall.

Julie Joy Saypoff (Short Hills, NJ) As an abstract sculptor, Julie's goal is to enable the viewer to visualize a specific emotional energy based on the gesture of a piece. Her sculptures speak visually of feeling, rather than facade. They portray internal honesty and the animal instinct within, rather than a pretentious, and often false, external surface. Julie believes that the energy of emotion, though invisible, can be seen through gesture and through the use of positive and negative space.

The New Jersey Arts Incubator's mission is the economic development of artists and arts organizations through technical assistance, employment, marketing, programming, performance, and education in an effort to support, sustain, and promote viable arts agencies to act as economic drivers in communities across the State of New Jersey.