1978 Maplewood Arts Center Exhibition – “Between Friends: The Places We Paint”
Featuring Artists Sandra Charlap & Jocelyn Fine

Free Event
Opening Reception, Friday, March 10 from 6PM to 9PM
Artist Talk – Date Coming Soon

The exhibit can also be viewed at the gallery on Saturdays and Sundays
March 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, & 26
2PM to 4PM
1978 Maplewood Arts Center
1978 Springfield Avenue, Maplewood, NJ 07040

Sponsored by Maplewood Arts & Culture

Artist Statement:
Having lived parallel lives, both Jocelyn Fine and Sandra Charlap moved to Maplewood/South Orange to raise their children. Longtime friends, mothers, teachers and artists, both were diagnosed with breast cancer within weeks of each other. The experience was life-altering, significantly impacted their artistic journey, and afforded them a new perspective. Having shared this experience, it is unsurprising that their work is connected by threads of exploration, curiosity and a respect for nature and existence. Both Fine and Charlap began grappling with similar subject matter; a wanderlust-fantasy for travel, for places they had been, or dreams of places where they might go. Their unique and separate approaches to creating bring dimension and juxtaposition to the opening: Fine renders scenery pulled and stretched from her memory through epic, abstract shapes in a minimalistic style, while Charlap provides maximalist details and vibrant colors to settings of her imagination, places of the future, possibilities in paint. The large scale of the work speaks to the enormity of and reverence for the terrain which it captures. The landscape paintings, rich with color and an untethered dreaminess, remind us of our hopes and desires and the ephemerality of life.