The fine arts department will host its opening reception for a faculty art exhibition on October 20 between 3 and 5 p.m. in the Founders Hall gallery. The exclusive show will be on display until December and include paintings from GSB teachers Sarah Isusi and Joanne Bodnar, drawings by Oscar Beck, photography from Bob Ort and furniture by Gerald Cirillo.
Now in her second year as fine arts department chair at Gill, Sarah Isusi also teaches Middle School art and Upper School portfolio development courses. Her featured artwork reflects a juxtaposition of the stillness and formal calm of flat areas of color with dragged, stenciled and scumbled, or opaque, paint marks. She has been represented by the Watermark Gallery in Baltimore and Crane Gallery in Philadelphia, and recently became a member of the Center for Contemporary Art in Bernardsville, N.J., an institution at which she also teaches.
From GSB's Lower School arts classroom, Joanne Bodnar brings to the Founders Hall gallery a series of paintings depicting watercolors and pastels, as well as reflecting both realism and imaginative work. "The imagined pieces are a great challenge because there is usually very little concrete material that I am working from," said Bodnar, also president of the Hunterdon Watercolor Society and a former recipient of the Garden State Watercolor Society's Nummi Warga Memorial Award.
A studio art, painting and photography teacher at Gill for 25 years, Oscar Beck
will showcase several pencil drawings at the exhibition. Beck has been a member of the Ringwood Manor Association of the Arts for more than 30 years, and has received first place nominations in drawing and painting, honorable mentions in photography as well as one nomination for Most Popular Artist.
Bob Ort, who graduated from Gill St Bernard's School in 1989 and later went on to study photography and the American Craftsman Program at Rochester Institute of Technology, has worked at GSB for the past 15 years. Since joining Gill, Ort has used his master craftsman techniques to teach woodworking at the Middle School level and to create and design photography lessons that catch the attention of students and round-out their studies in a more creative way. Ort's passion for landscape, wildlife and adventure photography has led him to many local areas, across the United States and around the world. He takes great delight in capturing these sights using his own unique style and draws inspiration from National Geographic, Ansel Adams and other famed photographers.
Gerald Cirillo, who will present handcrafted furniture at the faculty art exhibition, has taught art and woodworking at Gill St. Bernard's School for the past 38 years. He completed his undergraduate studies at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. He also received a fellowship to and did graduate work at The Rhode Island School of Design in Providence.
"I hope many will attend and take note of the artistic talents held by teachers here at Gill, as faculty members from the fine arts department bring together award-winning pieces in the gallery,"said Isusi.
All are invited to the exhibition as well as to GSB's fifth through 12th grade open house at 1 p.m. Refreshments and light appetizers will be served throughout the exhibition.