MORRISTOWN, NJ - Leah K. Tomaino will have an exhibition of her recent artwork on display in the Starlight Gallery at the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown.
The one-woman show, “Bag Lady,” opens January 6 and runs through March 1. The opening reception will be held on January 24 from 6-8 PM. Gallery hours are two hours before each performance and by appointment. To set up an appointment, call 973-539-0345, ext. 6583. The Mayo Center is located at 100 South Street, Morristown.
Tomaino’s artwork features pioneering acrylic and paper collages. Each artwork is the product of months of work – as recycled ordinary brown bags are painted with vivid colors, torn apart and hand-applied in myriads of miniature pieces. Yet each artwork from afar calls attention rather to the singular beauty of its design than to its painstaking genesis in the studio. She is interested in the concept that the bags started out as trees and then made into paper which was torn and collaged into an image of the natural world, which in itself provided the required inspiration and energy.
Tomaino’s work has been included in exhibitions nationwide. Her last Solo exhibition was held in 2015 at New Hope Sidetracks Art Gallery, New Hope, PA. In 2014 Tomaino’s work was celebrated by public television and various press in esteemed exhibitions at The Morris Museum and at The George Segal Gallery, Montclair State University. She has been a recipient of national awards and grants and is a member of The National Association of Women Artists. Her works are in public and private collections.
Tomaino began her education at the prestigious institution, The Cooper Union, New York. She earned her MA from William Paterson University, New Jersey. She is an adjunct professor of visual arts at the County College of Morris and Centenary College where she and teaches two dimensional design and three dimensional design classes. And she also teaches at Artworks Studio, Randolph, where she has been a life-long resident.
For additional information on Tomaino, visit www.leahktomaino.com.