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Artist Talk at The Center with DeAnn L. Prosia, Peter Dakota Shalit, and Isabell Villacis
May 18 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Join The Center for an exciting discussion featuring a panel of diverse local contemporary artists, DeAnn L. Prosia, Peter Dakota Shalit, and Isabell Villacis.
Moderated by Wes Sherman, visual artist and The Center’s Exhibitions Committee Chair, DeAnn, Peter, and Isabell will share their work, discuss form, content, process, their paths to becoming artists, and accept questions from the audience.
This event is free and open to the public, with a suggested donation of $10.
Light refreshments will be served
Meet the Artists
“I have always been fascinated how society has historically built beautiful and interesting architecture to fill the needs of people in their everyday lives. With my etchings I’m structurally creating images by building up layers of line and tone. Recently I’m finding myself interested in structures in less recognizable locations hoping people will focus on the technique and detail I’ve built up through my cross hatching and construction of my work.”
– DeAnn L. Prosia
Peter Dakota Shalit studies and implements philosophies and practices of presence – tapping into the raw force of creativity and allowing whatever shows up micro or macro to be expressed on the canvas. Peter acts as both the participant and the witness of the art process. Believing everything in life is art, and art is life.
Isabell Villacis has been a part of the Matheny Arts Access program since 2011. She illustrates compassion and love for all people in her work. Her abstract paintings are populated with meticulously placed elements, each conveying a message in their own right as they work together to make a statement overall. She has tried almost every tool and material available to her, (even using her own wheelchair to apply paint on the canvas), and never turns down a chance to integrate something new into her pieces if they help her meaning.
Wes Sherman has been an artist for nearly 30 years. His 45 solo exhibitions include a show at Hunterdon Art Museum in Clinton and at Johnson and Johnson’s Global Headquarters Gallery. He has been in hundreds of group exhibitions. He is the Curator and Chair of Exhibitions at The Center for Contemporary Art in Bedminster, NJ. He has been a frequent visiting artist at universities and schools and is regularly asked to lead art programs for organizations and clubs. An adjunct professor, Sherman teaches at William Paterson University and Raritan Valley Community College. He received his MFA at Rutgers University, where he studied with his mentor Tom Nozkowski.