WESTFIELD, NJ — On Sept. 12, Gallery U Boutique in Westfield will host Seasons of Waiting, a joint art exhibition and musical performance featuring local artist Michael Kovacs, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. At the free event, donations will be accepted for Center for Hope Hospice & Palliative Care, a local non-profit that  provides terminally ill patients with natural, humane care and their families or loved ones with physical, emotional and spiritual support during their time of need. 

Music performed that evening by members of The Fractal Ensemble will compliment new works by Kovacs. With Seasons of Waiting, the artist utilizes his largest canvases (6 feet by 6 feet) with organic materials, such as oxidized copper and rusted iron. His influences of Agnes Martin and Mark Rothko, as well as that of Joseph Cornell and Brian Eno, intersect by using the chance operations of the oxidation and aging processes as well as the size of the works to create a space of meditation.

Raising money for Center for Hope seemed especially appropriate, according to Gallery Manager Robert Langdon, as these works were created by Kovacs during both a time of mourning and while he was awaiting news from a close friend across the country struggling with cancer. The art will be on display from Sept. 12 through Sept. 14.

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“Gallery U is pleased to be doing a fundraiser of this sort. We are looking to provide a service to our community, and using our space for such a worthy event is a good example of how we can be a resource,” said Langdon. “I had met the ladies who run the Hope Chest Thrift Store, which raises funds for Center for Hope. They have been part of our community for years, so we are pleased to help raise funds for such a good cause.”

In addition to his art, Kovacs is also an author, teacher, composer and a member of The Fractal Ensemble.