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January 7 – February 5, 2016

Reception: Wednesday, January 27, 6-8PM

Marguerite Botto Ridgefield Park, NJ

Richard Botto Ridgefield Park, NJ

Jean Marie Bucich River Vale, NJ

Brian Degnon Bergenfield, NJ

Keith Fernandez North Bergen, NJ

Janet Indick Teaneck, NJ

Lynne Furst Kalish West Nyack, NY

Elaine Lorenz Hawthorne, NJ

John Rizzuto South River, NJ




  1. nearness in space, time, or relationship.

The nine artists exhibiting in Proximity: Local Art on View are connected by location in addition to immense artistic skill. Floral paintings by Jean Marie Bucich and metal cityscape sculptures by Janet Indick add a bright intensity to the show. Exquisite botanical watercolors by Marguerite Botto and pencil drawings by Richard Botto, contribute an awe-inspiring precision. Watercolors by Brian Degnon and black and white photography by John Rizzuto add artistic technique combined with local subjects in a celebration of New Jersey.

Elaine Lorenz exhibits wall sculptures in ceramic and natural materials that are meditations on form and flow. Keith Fernandez contributes oil paintings on sea shells, the precious scale and natural substrate offering small scenes of his native country, Venezuela. Paintings by Lynne Furst Kalish bring exuberance to the gallery with colorful abstractions of familiar scenes in art history such as carnivals and the artist’s studio chair.

The Art School has long held a reputation as a hub for artistically inclined members of the local community. While the Art School is known for studio art instruction, gifted artists also make art in their own studios, perfecting their skills and exhibiting work while adding to the richness of local art. Proximity: Local Art on View brings those artists together, revealing to art fans the immense skill of their neighbors.

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