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originally published: 02/17/2022

(HAWTHORNE, NJ) — On Thursday, February 17, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Passaic County is hosting an opening reception for “Touch of Style” by Lisa and Nancy Quatrocchi, “Pencilworks” by Jerry Winick, and works by the county’s permanent collection of contemporary art. “Touch of Style” and “Pencilworks” are on view until Sunday, April 10 at Passaic County Center for the Arts at the John W. Rea House.

“Touch of Style” by Lisa and Nancy Quatrocchi is a mother/daughter exhibition featuring oil on canvas works. Residents of Clifton will present their interpretation and influence on nature. In preparation for her works, Nancy read landscape and nature books for inspiration. She equates her art to cooking, in the way she mixes her paints and the types of brushes she uses.

“My vision is for the viewer to end their journey with the effects that each painting brings to them,” said Nancy Quatrocchi. “It can evoke feelings of calm, loneliness, storminess, and ultimately contentment. These feelings can arise in the course of our daily lives, and we sometimes take them with us to a place we call home.

Lisa considers the Northern Lights, time of day and weather when creating her artwork. She wants those who view her art to be able to soak up their surroundings, open their eyes to the beauty they may have overlooked, and simply make a connection.

“I’m inspired by nature,” said Lisa Quatrocchi. “I try to capture the beauty that I see on the canvas. Whether it’s a landscape or flowers, I want to represent the landscape around me. Shapes, lines and shapes are what inspires me to create.

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“Pencilworks” by Little Falls resident Jerry Winick reveals his desire to take the art of pencil drawing to new heights. Winick has drawn for most of his life and teaches pencil drawing at Pencilworks Studio, which he owns. He has won over 300 awards for his drawings and his works can be found in numerous private collections as well as museums in the New York metropolitan area.

“It’s not uncommon for me to spend three months on a single drawing,” says Winick. “I’m constantly building and developing it to its conclusion. Some people have a hard time imagining these drawings being made with just a pencil.

The Passaic County Center for the Arts at the John W. Rea House opened in June 2019 and is open all year round from Wednesday to Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission to the Arts Center and galleries is free. Those interested in exhibiting their work can submit proposals on an ongoing basis.

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