“Apples and Oranges” Theme of Barbara Norris Paintings
Hackensack, N.J. – October 18, 2006 – “Apples and Oranges: The Acrylic Paintings of Barbara Norris” will be featured at the Edward Williams Gallery, on Farleigh Dickinson University’s Metropolitan Campus, Teaneck, N.J. from October 30 to January 5, 2007.
In her early work, Norris’ focus was in realistic still life, but after experimenting with computer design programs, “jumping off” with preliminary designs, she conceived the idea for the exhibition. Her entire series focuses on the simplicity of the basic apple and orange shape. “The complexity of the designs in the 30 by 40-inch paintings goes past the simplicity of the exhibition’s theme. “The works in this series,” says Norris, “move between realism and abstraction and morph into pure design using gradients and flat color. The freshness of my palette reflects the enthusiasm I had as a child opening a brand new box of crayons!”
Barbara Norris showed her gift for art as early as elementary school and won her first contest at the age of five. After attending Hunter College’s progressive elementary school for gifted children, she spent a few summers studying at the Indian Hill Music and Art Workshop in Stockbridge, MA. During her senior year of high school she won a competition to study with Robert Kaupelis at New York University.
After graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design, she worked in the Art Department of Doubleday publishers, freelanced and opened The Spectrum Studio. While freelancing and attending to commissioned works, she exhibited and often won numerous blue ribbons from New Jersey art shows. She has had several one-woman exhibits at The White Gallery in Franklin Lakes, N.J., and at the Essex Fine Arts Gallery, Montclair, N.J. She received a first prize in the tri-state competition at Ramapo College, Mahwah, N.J. in 1990.
The Gallery, located at 150 Kotte Place, Hackensack, is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; on Saturday, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The Gallery will be closed during college recesses, Wednesday, November 22 - to Sunday, November 27 and Friday, December 20 to Monday, January 1, 2007.