HAT's Artistic Flair Not Limited to Cuisine, Cocktails as Go-To Locale Hosts Myriad Exhibitions

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In keeping with The Grand Summit Hotel and the town of Summit’s efforts to alter the art scene in the prestigious town, the historic Hotel continues to advance its goal to be at the forefront of the movement.

The driving force continues to be collaboration between the Hotel’s longtime general manager, Mark Giangiulio, and the Reeves Reed Arboretum's Executive Director Frank Juliano. It is a collaboration that has resulted in some of the area’s most fascinating art displays not in a facility dedicated to exhibits.

“The local community has really responded positively to the movement,” says HAT General Manager Walter Curtis. “Our customers get to enjoy a new look and feel to the restaurant every couple of months thanks to a program that brings in fantastic visual arts for consumption.”

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The latest exhibition -- in a run that has been tremendous -- is one of the best yet at Summit’s wildly popular HAT Tavern. Located on the lower level of the legendary Hotel, 'Fractured Symphony' has quickly become one of the most talked about shows of the young Tavern’s history.

Now on its 17th installment, the HAT’s current show is a site to be seen. The artist Su-Hua Chen-Low hails from Taiwan and is a graduate of Altheia University. She studied western painting with Professor Shih-Ciao Li and Chinese painting with Professor Ku-Mei Li. She moved to New Jersey in 1986 and studied Contemporary Art with Professor Christopher B. Koep. She has participated in many solo and group exhibitions, most recently at the Greenwich Arts Council in CT, Reeves-Reed Arboretum in NJ, and in NY at Gallery66.

In Su-Hua’s words, “I possess a strong and deep love of visual imagery. The foundation of my Western and Chinese training comes from Taiwan master artists Shih-Ciao Li and Ke-Mei Li. I participated in art workshops by artists with different styles and was influenced by modern fashion and contemporary trends. Touched by the subjective works of Impressionism, Cubism, the endless imagination of Surrealism, the bold colors of Fauvism, and the construction and beauty of the musical rhythm of Abstract Expressionism, my objective is to show the essence of images rather than reflect the image or object. Accordingly, my art works present a stronger essence than the actual figures. Shapes and colors are the essential elements of paintings. I transform everything around me into an interaction of shapes and colors. By my use of mixed media (i.e. broken string instruments) I present the inherent vitality of different form elements by adding dissimilar materials to shape the paintings. I want the people who look at my paintings to get pleasure and beauty from them. I want to make it easier for them to experience something deeper and richer each time they revisit a painting, and to be happier because of it.

The latest collaboration between the artist and Summit’s HAT Tavern is on display. This series of artwork is priced between $450 and $1,500, with the artist donating 30 percent of each purchase to the Arboretum.

Be sure not to miss it.

With 149 guest accommodations and over 10,000 square feet of recently-renovated event space, The Grand Summit Hotel -- the shining star in the town of Summit -- remains one of the area’s most prestigious addresses for social and corporate events.

The hotel’s culinary reputation is unmatched in the area and has been extended to the wildly popular HAT Tavern in the hotel’s lower level. The management team built on this success recently with the grand opening of the Arts and Crafts Lobby Bar serving private label coffee and espresso, Ironbound Nitro Brewed Iced Coffee, a selection of hard to find craft beers, and wine.

The Grand Summit Hotel is located at 570 Springfield Avenue in Summit, New Jersey 07901. For more information call the hotel at 908-273-3000 or visit our website at grandsummit.com.   

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