The Times of Trenton – Fine Arts: ‘Between the seasons,’ after the lockdown


“Back in early March four artists were invited to exhibit their art in two of the buildings at the Straube Center in Pennington. The works were hung, labeled, and all was ready. Then, just days before the scheduled opening reception, the stay-at-home order was issued and, like everything else, it was canceled.

Now, following safety guidelines, the public is welcome and the show can go on! And to start off the celebration, weather permitting, artist Adriana Groza on Friday, June 26, will give an outdoors demonstration of her method for creating her dynamic acrylic pour paintings, some of which will be on display inside, along with paintings and photographs by Gary Davjd FournierHal VanDermark and Ernest Koch.

Groza’s canvases vary in size from 12-by-12 to 48-by-36 inches and the colors vary from explosive and vibrant to quietly smoldering. She uses no brushes, but moves the pigments by sometimes tilting the canvas and often blowing into them through a straw. Although she begins by choosing a color palette, there is never a preconceived vision of the project. Instead, she watches what the poured paint suggests, then joins with it, infusing it with her inherent art spirit, her art instincts and learned skills.

In “Primordial,” it’s easy to imagine the fires of creation rising in a silvery shimmer into a black void before spewing greens and yellows of verdant life. Another image not to miss is “Cosmic Dance,” where colors flow and particles dance like floating bubbles into a fluid atmosphere. These are but two of Groza’s 19 works on display, each more intriguing than the other.”

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