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PR #16 September 4, 2007


Raritan Valley Community College?s (RVCC) Visual and Performing Arts Department will present 18 Days: Recent Drawings and Paintings by Jen Mazza and Rob Matthews , September 10-27, in the Art Gallery at the College?s North Branch Campus.

Mazza, a resident of Newark, and Matthews, a resident of Philadelphia, are both adjunct instructors in the College?s Visual and Performing Arts Department. The show is being coordinated by Adjunct Instructor Darren McManus of Lambertville., the RVCC Art Gallery coordinator and technician.

An Artists? Talk will be held Friday, September 14, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. A reception will follow from 6:30-8 p.m. Both are free of charge and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Matthews will present his suite of graphite drawings titled Knoxville Girl . Taking inspiration from true crime, traditional murder balladry and art history, Matthews fashions a sequential narrative moving from drawing to drawing. Dark humor is wedded with tragedy. The drawings touch upon violence and redemption?eternal themes set in a modern context.

Mazza be exhibiting paintings and drawings from two recent series: American Idyll and Red Letter . The drawings from American Idyll are created with gouache and watercolor on reproductions of classic paintings of the American landscape. They evolved as a response to recent events in the Middle East. In Red Letter , fingertips force or caress their way between the pages of a red-leaved book. These small, jewel-like oil paintings are intricately fashioned and recall memento mori images found in 17th-century Dutch still-life paintings.

Gallery hours for the exhibition are Monday, 3-8 p.m.; Tuesday, noon-3 p.m.; Wednesday, 3-8 p.m.; Thursday, 3-6 p.m.; and Friday, noon-3 pm. The gallery will not be open on Friday, September 14, until the Artists? Talk. For further information, call the Visual and Performing Arts Department, 908-218-8876.

[Captions for electronic photos]:

?Knoxville Girl: Alicia,? by Rob Matthews, graphite on paper, 7" diameter on 9"x9" paper (2007)

"Red Letter #8,? by Jen Mazza, oil on linen, 7"x8.5? (2007)

RVCC, located on Route 28 and Lamington Road in North Branch, NJ, and serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for close to 40 years, offers more than 80 associate degrees and certificates. In addition, customized training programs and non-credit courses are available for those seeking personal and professional development.

The College is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community?s businesses and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu .

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