LIVINGSTON, NJ — The public is invited to visit a showcase of local, innovative artists on Saturday, Nov. 2 and Sunday, Nov. 3 at the newly renovated Essex County Riker Hill Art Park (RHAP), where guests will be able to take a self-guided tour through the various studies, talk to artists, purchase artwork and view a compilation exhibition.
More than 50 pieces of work have been created for this fine art exhibition. The open house and sale is free and open to the public on both days from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 284 Beaufort Avenue, which is accessible off Eisenhower Parkway in Livingston.
Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr., who describes the art park as “a hidden jewel in Essex County,” noted that artists in residence at RHAP work in a variety of disciplines, including clay, jewelry, glassblowing, painting, sculpture, printmaking and photography.
“While visiting a variety of different art studios, you will have the opportunity to see the artists at work, view their creations on exhibition and purchase artwork,” said DiVincenzo as he encouraged residents to “discover this creative environment within our historic Essex County Park System.”
Among the local artists involved in the exhibition is Livingston resident Ellen Hanauer, a sculptor whose work is pictured above.
Hanauer has exhibited nationally and internationally in many solo and group exhibitions, including those in Great Britain, Australia, the Netherlands and Bulgaria. She also currently has a commission on view at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate.
The sculptor explained that her solo exhibition, “Big Bang,” was specially created for the grand re-opening of RHAP. Although her works are small, the sculptor said her solo show has been designed in much the same way she designs her museum and gallery exhibitions: using an array of materials in unique ways.
Ceramic sculpture, 3D drawings, fiber art, mixed media, mono prints and installations, all created in 1/12 size, fill the four galleries at RHAP.
“The challenge of working this small can’t be overstated, for when glazing a teeny sculpture or making a monoprint the size of a gumdrop, details can be wiped out in seconds,” said Hanauer.
According to Hanauer, three tiny boxes with miniature lenses allow the viewer to peer inside to view machine-felted works of art no bigger than a gumdrop. Resin pours showcase collage and photographic prints while other lenses skew tiny threads to line up perfectly.
An official announcement of her participation in the RHAP event describes the show as “a rich feast for the eyes” and states that viewers will “take delight in the playfulness of the work and the proficiency of her skills.”