New fall exhibits at JCC MetroWest

New fall exhibits at JCC MetroWest

by Arthur Meranus
by Arthur Meranus

JCC METROWEST will present an exhibit of pastels and paintings by Gaelen Juried Art Show award winners Carol Clemens and Arthur Meranus. The exhibit, which will be on view through Oct. 28, takes place in the Gaelen Gallery East at the Leon & Toby Cooperman JCC, Ross Family Campus in West Orange. 

“It is always remarkable to me that one starts with nothing, a blank page, and with a few marks of pigment creates something that didn’t exist before but is still recognizable as if it were a real thing,” said Clemens, a pastelist. “It is wonderful when my art speaks to others but ultimately I am my own toughest client. A mostly self-educated artist, I am driven to push the limits of my abilities.” An active member of many art groups and associations, Clemens has won many awards in solo and group exhibitions. 

Painter Arthur Meranus describes himself as a “painter in progress” who continues to learn in spite of a successful art career, his long
career in advertising, and having taken classes with well-known artists. “Some of what I didn’t take the time to understand about the abstract expressionists at Brooklyn College in the ’50s made real sense in the ’70s and ’80s,” he said. His paintings are powerful, vibrant, and carefully structured. He is more concerned with design and motion than subject matter.

Burt Allen Solomon’s Israel photographs, on exhibit in the Arts/Theater Lobby, express a unique view of contemporary Israel. By creating images in only black and white, Solomon highlights the special character of both Israel and Israelis without the distractions of color.

A variety of dreidels from the collection of Janet Resnick fills the Steiner Court Showcases. 

The Gaelen Gallery East is open during regular JCC hours: Monday-Thursday, 5:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday, 5:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. 

Contact Lisa Suss at or 973-530-3413. 

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