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Art Eat-Up Friday, Abstract Expressionist New York: The Big Picture and more…

On January 14 join Pro Arts Jersey City for its third Art Eat-Up Friday at Grace Van Vorst Church in Jersey City. Art Eat-Up is a food, drink and entertainment event with a twist; for a small donation, guests eat a delicious meal, enjoy good company, musical entertainment, receive a ballot, and vote for the most worthy art proposal presented that night. Art Eat-Up provides an opportunity for up to ten artists to showcase their artwork and build awareness of their vision, while vying for the Art Eat-Up grant.

Denial, artist Joyce Ellen Weinstein’s exhibition of silk screen/linoleum block prints at Ceres Gallery Jan 2 through 29, was inspired by her residency at Europos Parkas Open Air Museum in Vilnius, Lithuania. Weinstein’s observation of a group of employees from a local furniture factory practicing trusting and bonding exercises, some blindfolded and others walking on tight ropes attached high up on trees, inspired her series of prints of startling, intriguing, mysterious and ominous imagery.

Abstract Expressionist New York: The Big Picture, at the Museum of Modern Art through April 25, 2011, exhibits 100 Abstract Expressionist paintings and 60 sculptures, drawings, prints, and photographs from the museum’s collection. Titans of mid-century American art—Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and many more—created imagery that evoked primitive man or ancient myth, and conjured an aquatic or geological pre-human world in the post-World War II city. The Expressionist movement drew together a host of artists with greatly varying stylistic approaches, but with a common commitment to the power of abstract art to express personal convictions. 

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