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1978 Maplewood Arts Center
1978 Springfield Avenue
Maplewood, NJ 07040

Gallery Hours During Exhibitions:
Saturday & Sunday, 2-5pm

Off the Shelf : A Tribute to June Cater

Off the Shelf

A Tribute to June Cater

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.

As June herself puts it:

"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."

About the piece itself, June said:

“This piece is about the multitudes of people, literally ON THE SHELF: Potential unfulfilled, all growth curtailed.”

The exhibition will feature artists who have been or currently are sitting on the 1978 volunteer board. These artists have created work based on the theme of the exhibition inspired by June Cater, namely “The Head.” However, these artists/volunteers have not allowed their growth to be curtailed and continue to make art and encourage young people and their communities to realize the great potential of art to enrich the soul and stimulate the mind.

View more work in The Gallery >>>

Show Curated By

Nette Forne Thomas & Mikel Frank

Beverly McCutcheon

Mansa Mussa

Opening Times

July 8th - August 28th
Saturdays & Sundays 2-5pm

Opening Reception : Friday July 8th , 7-9pm
with interactive painting sessions with artists and public and live music

VIP Private Reception : Thursday July 7th, 7-9pm
for Artists, Friends of 1978 Members and June’s Family


Saturday, July 9, 2016, 2-6pm
The Visual Passion Duo (Mikel Frank and Gerard Amsellem) will create a large scale, multi-panel painting dedicated to June Cater - "The Passing 2"

About The Visual Passion Duo:
Artists Mikel Frank and Gerard Amsellem met in 2010 at the grand opening of GAS Gallery and Studio in Maplewood, NJ. They decided to collaborate together soon after that chance meeting.  They established a bond as a result of an in depth philosophical discussion about death. Specifically, they were talking about the passing of loved ones. Gerard had lost his brother to cancer and Mikel had lost his father to the same horrible disease. During the course of their collaboration they have created many works but most notable is “The Passing.” This painting was their first large scale public “performance” painting, measuring 15 feet wide by 7.5 feet high. It was created in one day at Gas Gallery and Studio on April 23, 2011.

Sunday, July 10, 2016, 2-5 pm
Join the 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.

Mikel Frank

Cathleen McCoy Bristol

Evelyn Graves