1978 Maplewood Arts Center is a community space dedicated to the arts. The Center offers classes and workshops, art shows, film programs and live performances and provides a forum for artists to work, exhibit and interact.
Off the Shelf : A Tribute to June Cater
July 8th - August 28th
"I was struck with two things: The beauty and rich creative talent of the young and the native talents that were too often wasted...never developed....This piece is about the multitudes of people, literally ON THE SHELF: Potential unfulfilled, all growth curtailed.”
Gallery 1978 remembers our good friend and mentor, June Cater, who passed away this past April 2016. She gifted the building, which now houses 1978 Maplewood Arts Center, to the Township of Maplewood in 2000. June’s legacy lives on and is embodied by this center for the visual arts. This exhibit brings together the artistic expressions and ideas of the tireless volunteer board members, who have met June’s challenge of creating a vibrant arts center for the community.
The theme of the exhibition, “The Head,” is based on June ’s installation piece: “On the Shelf”, which consists of a number of expressive heads sculpted out of clay, mounted on shelves, measuring over eleven feet wide. “On the Shelf” still exists and will be the centerpiece of this exhibition. This piece symbolizes the huge amount of undiscovered, “wasted” talent that June realized after teaching talented art students from Newark, NJ.
Wed June 29th 10am-3pm
Sat July 16th from 9am-1pm
Join Liz Demaree to learn and experiment with these exciting new transfer processes, DASS Gel Transfer Film and Super Sauce.
Monday or Friday, 10-11:30am
Everyone can paint. Enjoy a relax morning in a gallery setting learning watercolor with popular instructor Evelyn Graves. All levels are welcome to this ongoing class.
Five Thursdays beginning June 2 - June 30th
Get feedback and encouragement on your new work, and be inspired by the poems of both emerging and established greats. All ages and levels of experience welcome!
July 8th - August 28th
Opening Reception : Friday July 8th , 7-9pm
Join us at the opening reception with interactive painting sessions and live music to celebrate our friend June Cater, who passed away this past April.
Saturday, July 9, 2016, 2-6pm
Join The Visual Passion Duo (Mikel Frank and Gerard Amsellem) as they create a large scale, multi-panel painting dedicated to June Cater - "The Passing 2"
Sunday, July 10, 2016, 2-5 pm
Join the current show curators Nette Forne Thomas and Mikel Frank, for an open critique session for local artists who would like to get feedback on their work. High School students with plans to attend art school are especially encouraged to participate.