Karen Bright Exhibition AHArts

January 29 – March 5, 2022
Main Gallery, Atlantic Highlands Arts Council

ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ – The Atlantic Highlands Arts Council is pleased to announce the next exhibition in the main gallery, “Karen Bright: It’s a Question of Survival [a collection of thoughtful paintings].” The artist will present over 20 works in encaustic (hot wax), showcasing the beauty and versatility of this historic medium. Karen notes:

“To convey with abstract form, work that is both measured and unexpected. Informed by the natural environment but influenced by global concerns, the images that evolve out of my process are intended to present conflicting concepts. When I work, I consider the complexity of our world—the composed against the mystical, the beautiful alongside the grotesque, and the colorful hovering next to the haunted—as a virtual potpourri of the emotional connections that make up one’s life.

I often consider how descending darkness – whether actual or state of mind – can affect our sense of well-being and purpose. Starting with the bones of an idea, beeswax, resin, and pigment, elements are added and subtracted, scraped and wiped. There is a lot of quiet contemplation as I journey each piece to its end state – the timestamp – where the machinations regarding my own survival and the survival of all that live can stop their progressive march. This internal sourcing matched with the physical labor of art-making connects me to the final expression and completion.”

Karen Bright currently serves as a Professor in the Department of Art and Design at Monmouth University. Previous academic appointments include: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and Parsons School of Design in New York City. Professor Bright owns and operates Studio Bright in Oceanport, New Jersey. She holds an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Graphic Design and a BFA from the University of the Arts in Printmaking.


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Monarch by Karen Bright
Monarch by Karen Bright
36 x 48 inches encaustic medium and pigment 2021

The exhibition will run from January 29 through March 5, 2022. The gallery is open from Thursday through Sunday. Masks are currently required in the gallery and social distancing is encouraged. For hours and directions, please visit: https://www.aharts.org/gallery-hours-contact AH Arts will be hosting an in-person Opening Reception on Saturday, January 29, 2022 from 6-8pm, with a thirty-minute Artist Talk beginning at 6:30pm.

For more information, please visit: https://www.aharts.org/exhibitions

The mission of the Atlantic Highlands Arts Council is to strengthen community through the arts. We are a 100% volunteer 501(c)3 non-profit organization that believes in the power of the arts to transform and enrich communities. Our primary function is to develop and execute events and arts related activities for the benefit of our communities.


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