BERNARDS TWP., NJ - An exhibit of Basking Ridge artist Serena Bocchino's internationally acclaimed artwork will open next week on April 6 at ArtHaus in San Francisco, California. Bocchino will be present at the artist's reception and will be signing copies of her book, "Serena Bocchino the Artist."
The opening of the San Francisco exhibition of selected works from 1997-2017 is scheduled to be held from 6 to 8 p.m. next Thursday night, ArtHaus Gallerists James Bacchi and Annette Schutz announced.
For visitors to the area, Bocchino's exhibit wlll continue at ArtHaus through June 30, with copies of her book will be available through that time. This week, she invited local residents who are visiting or have relocated to the Bay Area to attend the reception, or to drop by the exhibit.
Previous exhibit and book signing in Bernardsville
Bocchino held an exhibit of her work about a year ago at Gallery W in Bernardsville, where she also signed copies of her book and met with area artists and art fans.
Although Bocchino's work has been exhibited all over the world, including a number of displays of her "Fever" series throughout New Jersey in recent years, she is also active with promoting the arts locally - particularly for young people.
Each year, Bocchino coordinates an art show at the Somerset Hills YMCA to inspire and provide a forum for young artists, and to honor her late mother, artist Lucia Bocchino.
Somerset Hills YMCA art contest for show underway now
"Who Inspires You?," the art contest for kindergarten through grade 12 artists, is underway now at the Somerset Hills YMCA in Basking Ridge, with submissions to be accepted through Friday, April 21.
The artwork will be displayed at the Somerset Hills YMCA between Monday, April 24 and Saturday, May 13. Further information, including details about submissions, is on the Somerset Hills website.
The "Who Inspires You?" art awards ceremony, followed by art pickup by the artists, is scheduled for 11 a.m. to noon on May 13. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
Bocchino started the annual event and the Lucia Bocchino fund in memory of Lucia Bocchino, artist, mother and wife, and "to encourage young artists in the early stages of their lives." She is executive director of the fund.
Bocchino to lead art workshop at YMCA this Saturday
Before she leaves for California, Bocchino has scheduled an art workshop for 10 a.m. to noon on this Saturday, April 1, at the YMCA's main facility at 140 Mount Airy Road in Basking Ridge.
The "Creativity is Contagious" painting and drawing workshop is open to both members and non-members of the YMCA.
The class fulfills requirements for the Girl Scout Junior Drawing Badge (included). Contact Erika Lewin
for registration at 908-766-7898, x540, or email scoutcoordinator@somersetcountyymca. Further information is on the YMCA website.
Involvement with other local arts organizations
Bocchino is also enmeshed in the local arts community for adults. She has contributed her work to in shows at the Farmstead Arts in Basking Ridge, and has been an active member and exhibitor at the Center For Contemporary Arts (CCA) in Bedminster.
Bocchino's profile on the YMCA website said she has a Master’s Degree from New York University and has received recognition from New York City’s Artists Space, P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, the Museum of Modern Art, and New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Additionally, she has received fellowship grants from the Pollock- Krasner Foundation and The Brodsky Center for Innovative Print and Paper. Her work is represented in public, private and corporate collections around the world.
Bocchino said she made the contact for the show in San Francisco when she was showing at a gallery in the East Village in New York and one of the owners of the San Francisco Gallery owned another gallery nearby in New York. "He loved my work, so when he moved to San Francisco and opened ArtHaus, he asked me to join the gallery," she said.
Bocchino began exhibiting her work in 1986 in the East Village in New York City, when she was chosen by Susan Rothenberg for an Artist Chose Artists Exhibition at the Jus de Pomme Gallery in New York City, according to a release from ArtHaus. The success of that exhibition lead to many other exhibitions across the country.
Bocchino was awarded a studio residency at PS1 (now PS1 MOMA) in 1987, the release said. During that international studio program, The Vice Prime Minister of Italy invited Bocchino to have her first international exhibition in Rome, Italy. The catalogue was written by international art writer and critic Laura Cherubini and Manuela Gandini. During the next few years, Bocchino was awarded a Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant, An Artists Space Award, the Basil Alkazzi Award and Art Matters award. Subsequent exhibitions in New York were well received with reviews in the New York Times, Village Voice and The New Yorker Magazine.
Between 1988-2009, five films were created about Bocchino and her painting process, and aired on PBS and at the Museum of Modern Art, and elsewhere, the release said.