New art exhibitions inside the Morristown Theater until November

MORRISTOWN, NJ – The Mayo Performing Arts Center showcases new visual arts. The two exhibitions will run until November 29 in the two galleries of the theatre.

“Out of the Blue” is a multimedia group exhibition by the New Jersey Art Association, held in the Art Upstairs Gallery at MPAC. “Collective Memory” is a multimedia exhibition by Rosalind Nzinga Vaughn-Nichol, which takes place in the Starlight Gallery at MPAC.

The galleries are open to ticket holders on show nights and open to the public on Tuesdays from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. and by appointment. A meet-the-artists reception will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on October 30. Reception is free and open to the public.

Vaughn-Nichol adopted a love for recycling from her grandmother, who would reuse everything from old clothes to their yarn, she says.

“I’m a mixed paper maker,” Vaughn-Nichol said. “I incorporate disintegrated vintage textiles and found objects into my papers, which I use to create multimedia collages, poured clay and acrylic paints. … Nothing in our home has ever been wasted. Therefore, I find something rooted in breathing new life into things with history.”

The New Jersey Art Association, formerly known as the Milburn-Short Hills Arts Center, is one of the oldest arts groups in the state. The organization has artists in all disciplines, including oils, watercolours, acrylics, pastels, mixed media, photography and sculpture.

The association encourages association and appreciation of the arts, while providing opportunities for growth in the arts and development of local talent. The “Out of the Blue” exhibition shows pieces ranging from landscapes and floral images to bold abstracts.

William E. Bennett