“Off the Wall” Art Sale/Show at WWAC
“CACHE-CACHE, MON AMOUR”: This mixed media encaustic collage by Marla N. Powers is part of the West Windsor Arts Council’s “Off the Wall: An Affordable Art Sale,” a juried exhibition and art sale on view through December 20 at the West Windsor Arts Center in Princeton Junction.
The West Windsor Arts Council presents the work of over 100 artists in “Off the Wall: An Affordable Art Sale.” The juried exhibition is open to the public through Friday, December 20. As an affordable art sale, artwork is offered at prices from $50 to $400. Artworks may be literally taken off the wall at the time of purchase.
“This is the ninth ‘Off the Wall’ art show and it grows in quality and excitement each year,” said Aylin Green, executive director of the West Windsor Arts Center. “This was our biggest year yet in terms of the number of works submitted for consideration. The exhibition committee did a great job selecting the work. I know it was a difficult thing to do, but, ultimately, the variety of works, all priced under $400, is impressive. I’ve got my eye on two or three.”
Marla Powers’ artwork is representative of the unique art in various mediums and styles that one can see in this show. Powers’ art is influenced by her background in anthropology and her studies of the art of the Lakota people in South Dakota and the Pueblo people in New Mexico. Powers focuses on creating artwork that allows the viewer to sense the movement and energy of the subject matter. This fluidity is evident in Powers’ work cache-cache, mon amour which she created using encaustic collage and mixed media.
In addition to mediums such as encaustic, oil, acrylic, watercolor, photography, and printmaking, some artists used artistic techniques that relate to their heritage. Artist Ke He used traditional Chinese brush painting in her work Resting Whitle Ostrich.
Each artist also considers how the viewer of the artwork might interpret the piece. Adriana Groza’s Aerial View is an acrylic representation of the ocean as seen from above. Groza emphasized that this aerial perspective gives the viewer flexibility in how he or she chooses to display the painting on the wall.
New this year, the West Windsor Arts Council is showcasing 13 works of art by participants in the Visual Arts Program at The Arc Mercer. The Arc Mercer has served people with special needs through empowering programs for 70 years. In the Visual Arts Program, participants grow as artists through lessons by professional art instructors.
The West Windsor Arts Center is located at 952 Alexander Road, Princeton Junction. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit www.westwindsorarts.org.