New Jersey Artist Esther McHenry Provides “Clarity” in an Exhibit at FDU’s Weiner Library
Teaneck, NJ (October 20, 2005)—“Clarity,” the work of New Milford artist Esther McHenry, will be on exhibit at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Metropolitan Campus from November 20, 2005, to January 5, 2006. There will be an opening reception with the artist on Sunday, November 20, from 2-4 p.m.
McHenry’s artistic work has developed over years of practice, ranging from interpretive pieces to still life. In describing her artistic maturation, she says, “My painting style has evolved from abstract to representational because I enjoy the challenge and communication possibilities of recognizable subjects.” McHenry’s work in “Clarity” is a compilation of landscapes and studies in oil. “Painting a landscape, still life or figure presents challenges, but also an enhanced opportunity to convey a visual thought. Unlike some contemporary art, these paintings require no verbal explanation,” she says.
Part of McHenry’s passion for art stems from the joy of watching a work develop over time. “I love the process, the evolution of a painting from blank canvas to a complete statement in color and form,” she says. She also appreciates the opportunity to develop her skills with each piece. “Painting a scene is a challenge—to communicate an impression with mood is to capture the essence of a subject,” she explains.
McHenry is excited to share her work with the community. “Painting is my joy and my compulsion,” she says, “If an observer enjoys my painting, that is my added delight. I hope that my paintings are small moments of tranquility in a stressful world.”
“Clarity” will run for six and a half weeks and is free and open to the public. It can be seen on the second floor of FDU’s Weiner Library on River Road in Teaneck, NJ, during library hours, Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m.-11 p.m.; Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday from noon-10 p.m. For more information, call 201-692-2608.
Contact: Joan Harvey
FDU Public Relations- 973-443-8661
Editor Note: Photos of the exhibit can be obtained by contacting Gretchen Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.