THE WEST ORANGE ARTS COUNCIL

Our mission is to cultivate, inspire and support the arts within our community.

woac's featured members

  • 12 Apr 2017 11:08 AM | Carol Black-Lemon (Administrator)

        Amelia Panico, WOAC board member and Rental Space and Workshop Coordinator, is a photographer who began her professional career as a medical photographer in genetic research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. During this time she gained an interest in microscopy, biology and macro-photography and developed a passion for being able to see and photograph the unseen which captured her imagination for organic and cellular patterns of the natural world. 

    Her images in this exhibit reflect her appreciation for how the patterns of the microscopic world transcend into the patterns seen in our natural landscape. “As we look at the magnificence of our National Parks, it is hard not to think of what could happen if our public land is politicized. There is a myriad of possibilities that could destroy the innocence and integrity of our majestic American landscape. Let us come together to celebrate, treasure and protect the grandeur of our remarkable spiritual gifts from nature.”  Learn more about Amelia...

          Lisa Suss, long-time WOAC board member, served an eight year term as its board president, and currently the exhibition coordinator of the West Orange Arts Center. She is the Visual Arts Manager of JCC of Greater Metrowest, where she is the director of the Gaelen Galleries, oversees four gallery spaces and is also the coordinator for the annual Gaelen Juried Art Show and Sale.  

    Lisa began her art career as a fiber artist and printmaker. She expanded her chosen media to include drawing, book arts, collage and watercolor. Her particular focus on looking at the ordinary parts of life in different ways has led her to mixed media. She often uses collage and assemblage and frequently includes maps in her artwork. A lover of color, she primarily works on and with paper.  Learn more about Lisa...

      Heidi Sussman is a photo-based mixed media artist who combines natural and digital art media with her photographs. She experiments with various techniques and papers to create texture and mood not apparent in a traditional flat, two dimensional photograph. She teaches her various processes in her studio in East Orange as well as in workshops  throughout the state including the Nancy Ori Cape May Workshops. Working to promote the arts within her community, she’s been  a long-time WOAC board member, where she served as board president for two years; is a member of the ValleyArts Visual Arts Advisory Board and Marketing Committee; and is involved in the New Jersey Photography Forum and New Art Group. 

     The pieces in this show are from a series of kaleidoscopes Sussman created from a recent collaborative project which was based on the abstract paintings of the late Jim Fuess, founder and director of the New Art Group. “As a tribute to Jim’s legacy I wanted to explore and create new work based on Jim’s paintings,” says Sussman. “Kaleidoscopes have always held a special attraction to me; the most subtle movement can create something new and equally exciting. The abstract patterns that form are directly linked to light and color, two components so fundamental to photography and intrinsic to Jim’s art.” Some are printed and matted archival inkjet prints, while others are image transfers to wooden panels with wax.
     Learn more about Heidi...



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