Abstract paintings by John White at Atlantic Highlands Arts Council
Abstract painting by John White

ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – The Atlantic Highlands Arts Council will feature an exhibit of abstract paintings by John White in its gallery at 54 First Avenue, Atlantic Highlands, from July 31st through September 4.

The opening reception for the exhibit will take place Saturday, July 31st from 6-9 p.m. The reception is free and light refreshments will be served.

The public is invited to meet the artist and enjoy live music by jazz pianist Timothy Ogunbiyi,who will play from 6 to 8 p.m.

White, a Matawan native, has lived in the Navesink/Atlantic Highlands area for more than 40 years. He is a graduate of the Newark School of Fine and Industrial arts and New York University. He worked as a commercial artist in New York City and taught in the Madison Township and Hazlet school systems.

John has participated in group shows at the Guild of Creative Art, the Art Alliance, Brookdale Community College, Monmouth Museum, the Monmouth County Visitor Center, the Monmouth County Library, and State of the Arts Gallery in Atlantic Highlands. He is a longtime member, exhibitor and supporter of the Atlantic Highlands Arts Council.

In his abstract work, White explores the interplay of  color and composition accompanied by the rhythms and chords of jazz.

“Color is my means of expression,” White explains. My introduction to color theory, abstraction, jazz and the teaching of artists whose lessons were not just how to do, but how to discover, was a turning point in my life. The music can be a relaxing accompaniment when the work is going well or a needed stimulant when it is not. I like to think that in some ways, it is evident in my paintings.”

Just prior to the opening reception, the gallery will host a live looping session by musician Audra Mariel from 4 to 6 p.m in conjunction with Parkfest, third annual celebration of music and the arts in Atlantic Highlands.

About Atlantic Highlands Arts Council

Regular Gallery hours are Tuesday 3-6, Wed. and Thurs., 1-6, Fri 107, Sat., 10-7, Sun. 11-3 and by appt.

Call the arts council at (732) 291-1260 or visit us on the web at www.AHARTS.org for further info.

The AHAC is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to strengthen community through the arts. This program is made possible in part by Monmouth Arts through funding from the Monmouth County Board of Commissioners and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

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