Thursday, September 18, 2014

WILD GINGER: Recent Work by Francesca Azzara and Gail Winbury

Gallery U Boutique is pleased to host Wild  Ginger, an exhibition of recent artwork— some being exhibited for the first time—by Westfield, NJ, abstract artists Francesca Azzara and Gail Winbury. An opening reception is scheduled for Friday, September 19, 2014, from 6-8 PM. All are welcome. Wild Ginger will be exhibited through September 29, 2014. 

Francesca Azzara has been working in the medium of encaustic paint since 1998 and has had numerous solo exhibitions over the past decade. Francesca has also been the recipient of two HEART grants from the Union County Division of Cultural Affairs and featured “Artist of the Month” on the Discover New Jersey Arts web-site. Her work has been sighted in many publications including the New York Times and the Newark Star Ledger. She is a long standing member of the Contemporary Art Group (CAG) and the National Association of Women Artists (the oldest women’s art organization in the United States.)  Ms. Azzara has been teaching the techniques of encaustic painting for the past 15 years, most recently at the Newark Museum and the
New Jersey Center for Media.  Francesca holds a BFA in studio art from Kean University. Her imagined landscapes, represent an interior universe of the conscience.  She creates visual environments that evoke a visit to a distant memory…one that cannot be fully recalled but can be felt.  

Gail Winbury is a painter who regularly exhibits in solo and juried shows in the tri-state area. Her work is in collections through out the United States and Italy. Gail recently was awarded and completed an International Residency in Painting and Mixed Media at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in Manhattan. In May of this years she had work in the Ellarslie Museum in Trenton, New Jersey. In the past she studied with internationally-acclaimed artist Dorothy Yung for nearly 15 years, and at SVA in Manhattan. Gail has received several awards including the Curtis Hilliard Memorial Award from the New Jersey Center for Visual Arts. Her painting “Sarabande” has been chosen for inclusion in an up-coming book about Bach's Cello Suites. She is on the board of directors of the Contemporary Art Group (CAG)  and a member of the Feminist Art Group at Rutger's University. Ms. Winbury's paintings are influenced by her deep interest in psychology. She is concerned with how terror, speed and technology effect our sense of self and relationships. Using abstraction, she creates a visual record of our humanity; her work is an exploration of deep and primal emotions and connections.

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