Reception November 5, 1 - 4 PM
Leslie Ovechka is an oil painter, watercolorist and printmaker. She is a native of New Jersey and has shown her works throughout the state as well as in Massachusetts and California. Recently she had the good fortune to travel to the Middle Kingdom.
The experience was wonderful and now she invites you to take a journey with her through the bustling cities and rural countryside of this remarkable country. Her years of living in San Francisco sparked her interest in the Chinese culture where it is a huge part of city life. Touring China was an awesome experience.
All the wonderful sights and sounds, not to mention the delicious food, left a good impression on her. Leslie’s unique perspective is apparent as she incorporates her artistic skill with her beloved mediums, oils, watercolors and prints, to bring this exciting exhibit to life. She would like the viewer to enjoy China through her eyes. Her feelings and sensitivities lead you into a world brimming with the old traditions of China and the freshness of its modern age.
Painting her lifetime, her work has been described as poetic and romantic. Ninetta paints wherever she goes and gets her inspiration as a plein air painter. In three seasons her “slice of heaven” locations have been: Sunsets of Barnegat Bay; Parks -Central & James Braddock; Venice, Italy (where she has sojourned solo several times to paint); Santa Fe, New Mexico and most recent Wrangler Brook, Toms River. During the winter months still-life becomes her subject - vase portraits & botanicals. The diverse works in this show are a few examples of a greater collection of its genre found on her website: www.ninettanappi.com.
Her philosophy of plein air painting is “Painting outdoors, impressionistically captures the lifeessence of my subject to transcend the atmosphere of that one optimal and ephemeral moment in time. Inspiration is at its height thus cultivating a connection with my subject achieved further through contemplation yielding a heightened sense of aesthetic awareness and in this fleeting romantic moment of time, the poetry of her subject is created, almost love at first sight!” The purpose of her art is awareness to beauty. Aesthetics is a necessity of the world we live. She believes looking at beauty can erase sorrows, ease tension and give us peace.
Ninetta has been a lifetime art educator teaching at Passaic and Hudson Community Colleges and will be teaching a plein air class in James Braddock Park, October, through Guttenbergarts.org. She is a recipient of a grant from the Puffin foundation titled: Mystic Trees; Awareness of Global Warming from which this show is partially funded. She received her MA in art at New Jersey City University and post MA study abroad program, New York University in Venice, Italy, the Academy of Art, NY & Instituto di Tintoretto, Venice, Italy. She has received several awards namely best in show by Edgewater and Pascack Council of the Arts.
Holiday Events in the Galleries
Our Holiday Season here at the Guild has always been a good success thanks to our members who participate. All our galleries will ablaze with holiday spirit. Our artist and crafters will fill the walls and tables with their offerings.
This year we are requesting that the studio display larger paintings, priced to sell. The theme suggested is “Your Spring Garden”. Galleries 1 & 11 will display gifts under $50.00, sure to please all buyers. Here will be handcrafted gift items seasonal and non-seasonal. Our Gift Shop as always will shine with wonderful artful gifts. The receiving of this work will be November 28,29 & 30. Our opening receptions is Saturday, December 2, 10-4. There will be light refreshments. Come and celebrate the Season with your good friends here at the Guild and do a little gift shopping.
In January the holiday art will remain up until January 31st. There will be no Reception this month.