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"MANIA" Exhibition to Feature duCret School of Art Instructor Kat Block

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PLAINFIELD, NJ - "MANIA" is a multi-media exhibition that will be presented by The Rotunda Gallery at Borough Hall in Metuchen, and will feature Plainfield’s duCret School of Art instructor Kat Block.

Award-winning artist Block has been featured in a number of juried solo and group shows, and she was featured in the 2010 movie “Remember Me” with Pierce Brosnan and Robert Pattinson.

This free exhibition opens on April 3rd, and will run through June.  There will be an opening reception at The Rotunda Gallery at Borough Hall on Sunday, April 9th, 2:00-4:00 pm at 500 Main Street in Metuchen.

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About The Artist:  Kat Block graduated Summa Cum Laude from college with a degree in English Literature/Creative Writing. While deciding upon a graduate school program, she attended the Visual Art Center of New Jersey. Within one year, she was selling her artwork, and never looked back. Eventually, she was invited to join the faculty there. She also attended the duCret School of Art, where she currently teaches as well. So, as it turns out, she teaches art at her two alma maters.

In addition to creating and teaching art, Kat is the published illustrator of a children’s book, and has designed posters for the Union County Jazzfests. She has taught workshops throughout the region and has juried several art shows. She has won over 30 awards for her collage work. Additionally, her work was featured in the 2010 release, "Remember Me", starring Pierce Brosnan and Robert Pattinson.

Kat's primary inspiration is nature. The ephemeral character of her subjects forces her to work with urgency. Kat's recent pieces are complex, mixed media collages that integrate various papers, watercolors, photography, and graphite. She unifies these disparate elements by painstakingly arranging them, often using small fragments of patterns to tie them together. They are mounted on canvas and varnished repeatedly with a UV protective varnish. Although rich in color, design and pattern, the finished collages remain luminous and serene. They manage to look completely effortless and unimaginably complex in the same viewing. Every time one studies them, there is something new to notice. Her excitement and intensity are evident in her work. She is constantly challenging herself to discover a new and unexpected way to communicate her vision. View Kat’s work at: http://katblock.com.

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