What a year it's been at The Art House Gallery. Looking back, since opening our doors in November 2011, a lot has happened! It seems like we've been here forever (in a good way of course)!
Between the three main gallery spaces we've managed to show a total of ten exhibitions.
- Untitled @ the Art House started the year off with works by local gallery owners Matt Burton of the M.T Burton Gallery, and Joanne Dozer of Firefly, and NJ photographer Hena Tayeb.
- Local photographer Steven Shattuck had his first solo exhibition, Memory, in Gallery II.
- In February we witnessed live performances during the opening of Some Urban in my Suburban please, an interactive installation which included a wall full of gorgeous graffiti and framed gum art by New York artists Carmen Einfinger, Cram Concepts, Meghann Snow & Samantha Palmeri.
- Another interactive installation in Gallery III, Building Nests, Climbing Ladders proved to be an appropriate title as collaborator of the artwork, also the Art House business partner, escaped us forever through her own imaginary cardboard ladder. More room for us to explore and create!
- Gallery I was then transformed into the real owner of the gallery, Samantha Palmeri's, temporary art studio. Work ensued on paintings for the current exhibition, New Paintings. Showing these engaging large scale oil paintings of organic abstract forms brings the Art House's mission to life, proving that innovative contemporary art does exist on the Jersey shore!
- Other successful exhibits included Works on Paper in the spring. Works by Sandra Milner, Andrea Sauchelli, Artem Mirolevich and Frank Consoli took up Gallery II while Remixed was installed in Gallery III.
- Remixed: a collaborative entanglement of used electronics was a project inspired by a random Facebook remark by Victoria Lassonde of The Sandpaper newspaper.
- Following Remixed was our Summer group exhibition which included over 50 works of art by 20 local and national artists. [Cram Concepts, Kimberly DiNatale, David Hoffman, Suzi Hoffman, Just Joszie, Ralph Katz, Sandra Milner, Artem Mirolevich, Samantha Palmeri, Suzanne Pasqualicchio, Lucy Reitzfeld, Robert Reitzfeld, Jack Reynolds, RJ Russo, Andrea Sauchelli, Steven Shattuck, Jon Slackman, Hena Tayeb, Karen Wallo, & Robert Zaleski] We also managed that summer to host an exhibit by the local Girl Scouts. The summer ended with two fun filled weeks of Summer art camp for the kids and a much deserved two week vacation!
- We produced a Paper-making How-to video for the internet with the help of J & S Video Services, and just in time before the hurricane hit we hosted an outdoor Pumpkin carving event.
- Other eventful moments included a Laundry Meat art performance and dinner in April, Card-making and Paper Snowflake Workshops, a full year of First Friday's Art in the Parlor Open Mics, Intersection Artist meetings, Yoga classes, two birthday parties, and a weekly knitting circle. We've hosted music jams, church bands, opening artist receptions, holiday parties and poetry readings. We also completed our first full semester of after school children's art classes which ended with a student exhibition in Gallery III.
- The Lounge has seen its share of changes as well. What started out as a comfy hang-out area with couch and coffee table is now more productively maintained as the expanded gift shop. Very very important meetings take place at the candy striped cafe tables in the back corner, where various local artists like oil painter Suzanne Pasqualicchio also hang their artwork!
- The ever-evolving Gift shop is now also the place to find unique and affordable work by some of the area's favorite local artists and artisans.So, with all that, what will be ahead in 2013 for The Art House Gallery? We began this adventure with the slogan "if we build it they will come". The new adjusted slogan "Building an arts community one artist at a time" properly puts that plan into action. We are so excited for the new projects, new art, new classes, new exhibits, new events and especially the new people that will make the list for this upcoming year! To all our generous supporters and patrons, thank you for appreciating what we do. Please keep up your much needed support. Our community deserves ART!!