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Objet Trouvé: An Exhibit of Found Objects

Objet Trouvé: An Exhibit of Found Objects Virtual Exhibit and In-Person Exhibit at West Orange Arts Center January 9, 2021 - February 27, 2021


The West Orange Arts Council (WOAC) presents “Objet Trouvé, An Exhibit of Found Objects” curated by Carol Black-Lemon. The Objet Trouvé virtual exhibit will debut on January 9, 2021 on the West Orange Arts Council website (www.woarts.org) and will be open for in-person timed-entry visits at the West Orange Arts Center, 551 Valley Road in West Orange, New Jersey through February 27, 2021. Participating Artists: Virginia Block, Nina Cioppettini, Maria Estrela, Rona Goldfarb, Ellen Hark, Kathleen Heron, Mary Howe, Carol Jenkins, Cansuela Lawrence, Aron Lifschultz, Modern Fossils: Judith Marchand and David P. Horowitz, Frank Niccoletti, Amelia Panico, Jennifer Place, Danielle Scott, Georgia Varidakis, Alexandra Vasconcelos, and Ann Vollum.

Objet trouvé is a French term describing art created from undisguised, modified or ordinary materials elements or substances that are not normally considered to create art or already have a non-art function. Artists are invited to demonstrate the unique ways they combine or repurpose found objects to evoke memories, spark connections and build upon themes. Common, discarded or unuseful objects, in the hands of an artist, are given new life, meaning, and purpose. This is a great opportunity for artists to use their imaginations and create something that is unexpected.


The exhibit is curated by Carol Black-Lemon, Vice Chair of the West Orange Arts Council. She is a contemporary fine artist who studied media art for advertising at the School of Visual Arts with a background as art director, marketing website administrator and is founder of her own fine art and graphic and web design business. Carol is committed to creating art, helping other artists and bringing awareness of the arts to our community. "This exhibit is sure to ignite ones imagination to look at objects with a fascinating new purpose. It's a world of reimagined objects," states Black-Lemon. "I hope that when people view this exhibit that they walk away with a desire to create something from their own every day found objects."


"This unusual exhibit has attracted artists from West Orange, Newark, Essex County, Hunterdon County/Bucks County and Florida. The pieces are created from everyday objects--delivery packaging, broken china/jewelry or old computer parts," says Patricia Mitrano, West Orange Arts Council Chair. "We hope to inspire viewers to look differently at their own environments, especially during our current health crisis, with fresh eyes and an inventive spirit."


The Objet Trouvé exhibit will be open for in-person visits, and timed-entry appointments mandatory. Hours posted on www.facebook.com/woac.org . Attendees are required to social distance and wear face coverings at all times. An online gallery is on view at www.woarts.org.


This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and administered by the Essex County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs and the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund.

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