LINCROFT, NJ - For the second year, the Meetinghouse of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Monmouth County will be transformed into a celebration of fine art. Filling two large rooms, the Earth Room and the Community Room, will be the artwork of over 20 local artists and artisans. Their art represents a broad spectrum of disciplines including painters, photographers, potters, jewelers, and mixed media works.

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Sandy Path by Florrie Hill

This year, the Autumn Art Festival was juried by John Salvi, an accomplished artist, printmaker and photographer who lives in Monmouth Beach. As a result, only the most accomplished artists and original works will be exhibited.

UUCMC member Angie Morfogen, has been the guiding force and coordinator of the Arts Festival. A Colts Neck resident, Morfogen said her vision for the show is to provide a place to celebrate art made in this state and this area.  She said she is very pleased that many of the artists that showed last year are coming back.

“There will also be a number of very accomplished new exhibitors this year. Among them is Vicki Culver, who is well known in the arts community for her very original photography and photographic collages.”

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Mask by Angie Morfogen

A Howell resident, Culver will be selling her collage based wearable rings, pendants and pins, plus magnets and mini art pieces.

Morfogen noted that all of the art is original and like Culver’s pieces, some are functional items of very high quality. Others are fine art, like paintings and sculpture, done in various medium. They include Red Bank resident Betty Rogers’ photography and Florrie Hill’s paintings and photographs. Hill lives in Keyport and has shown in many venues, here and in Florida and Rogers lives in Red Bank and has been exhibiting for many years at the Guild of Creative Art in Shrewsbury.

“The show's format will allow people to meet the artists and ask questions about the work,” Morfogen noted.

An artist herself, Morfogen has been making jewelry since the 1980s, fabricating and casting silver. In 1995, she began studying pottery at Thompson Park Creative Arts Center in Middletown.

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Mail by Vicky Culver

“I took a handbuilding class and then a workshop with Louis Mendez, who taught Spanish handbuilding techniques. Part of the workshop was an introduction to making masks and making original stamps in clay of symbols, both cultural as well as individual symbols.

Morfogen was inspired and began creating masks. “The masks I make are more of a portrait. I use symbols to convey the interior mind or emotions of the person, rather than a mask, something hiding the truth,” she said. 

Her inspiration for coordinating the Arts Festival comes from her appreciation for the creativity of the many local artists living in the area.  “It’s a wonderful thing to support local creative artists,” Morfogen added.

As with any festival, people will have an opportunity to purchase light refreshments at the Arts Cafe, she added.

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Untitled by Linda DeNicola

The colorful and original art works will be on display at the UUCMC Meeting House, 1475 West Front St., Lincroft, on Nov. 12 between 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Light refreshment will be available in the Arts Café.

Please check the UUCMC (uucmc.org) web site for directions or call 732/747-0707.