The figurative paintings of Carol Magatta

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RED BANK, NJ – Carol Magnatta’s figurative paintings are large-scale, mixed media. Each work begins as a smaller-scale drawing made from life in pastel. Sometimes she works from several models, sometimes from a single character, using the pictorial style that has long been her signature to enhance the sensuality of the characters and their environment. As she progressed in these works, she found that she did not want to lose all the qualities of the original line drawings and therefore began to combine the oil stick with the oil paint.

Magnatta adds background, removes it, or combines characters, all with the goal of creating a subtle narrative out of what many would consider the still periods between actions. To use musical terms, you could say that it depicts the rests between notes. These calm but emotionally charged scenes offer a voyeuristic glimpse into those times when something is about to happen – those pregnant breaks that punctuate our lives and provide a foil for the shorter, stronger moments of intense activity and of drama.

Leopard bathing suit 30 × 52 oil

Members of Art Alliance will exhibit their work in the gallery on the themes Kaleidoscope and Behind the mask. These exhibitions are visible in person at the Art Alliance gallery on October 2sd until November 2, Tuesday to Saturday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Free at the Art Alliance of Monmouth County, 33 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, NJ. Customers should wear masks and social distancing.

For more information, visit the website at www.artallianceofmonmouth.org, or visit or call the gallery during opening hours, (732) 842-9403.

Founded in 1978, the Art Alliance of Monmouth County is dedicated to promoting the advancement of the visual arts and providing exhibition, studio and classroom space for local artists. New members are always welcome.


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Membership in the Art Alliance is open to visual artists of all skill levels and art lovers. Membership fees are $ 50 per year, $ 25 for students with ID. Membership benefits include reduced entry fees for all exhibitions ($ 5 per piece for a maximum of 3 pieces for members; $ 10 per piece for non-members); affordable studio space; various courses and workshops; networking opportunities; the possibility of setting up an independent exhibition during the summer. In addition, the Art Alliance maintains a website, a bi-monthly newsletter and a Facebook page.

Art Alliance programming is made possible in part by Monmouth Arts through funding from the Monmouth County Council of Selected Free Owners and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.


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