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1978 Maplewood Arts Center
1978 Springfield Avenue
Maplewood, NJ 07040

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

Out of the Shadows and Into the Box

Out of the Shadows and Into the Box

A shadow box is a deep glass enclosed frame containing found and collected three-dimensional objects of art, photographs, drawings and paintings. The artist essentially creates an assemblage that has the dramatic visual effect of a surrealist painting.


"I’ve looked forward to putting this exhibit together for quite a while. Visitors to the gallery will have the opportunity to see the work of artists who have been working in the medium for years, the work of some of my students, as well as the work of Ted Largman, who is an accomplished shadow box artist", states curator Mansa K. Mussa.


Largman, a retired scientist, is the featured artist in the exhibit. He builds and designs boxes in his basement studio in Morristown, and his work combines science, politics, religion, history and humor in an effort to provoke commentary and inspire creativity.

Ted Largmen : "Financial Expert, Orange County, California"

Textile Tale by Florence Weisz

Participating Artists

Debbie Bearg Beverly McCutcheon
Phyllis Carlin Vanessa Montes
Toni Davis-Wilson Abeni Mussa
Donna Drew Mansa K. Mussa
Bob Freese Yasmeena Atia Sharif
Ginger C. Garrett Onnie Strother
Jeanne Greene Lisa Suss
Ellen Greenfield Heidi Sussman
Mel Holston Nettie Thomas
Julie Levine Florence Weisz
Francesca McClain  


Phyllis Carlin : "Te Amo Meditations"

Opening Times

Opening Reception : July 14th 3-6pm

July 14th - August 18th 2013

Gallery Hours : Saturay & Sunday 2-5pm and by appointment

Want to Join in the Fun?

Join curator Mansa K Mussa to create your own shadow box

Free children’s workshop :  Saturday, August 10, 1 – 4 PM

Adult workshop :   Thursday, August 8, 6 -9 PM
$50 + $15 materials

Registration and payment in advance is required

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Gallery Talk

Art Speak:  A Conversation with Ted Largman – Thursday, August 1st, 7-8:30pm

Ted Largman is the featured artist in the shadow box exhibition. He is also the founder of Renaissance Group, an over-50s intellectual club he began at his synagogue in 1999, so stop by for what should be an interesting conversation


Detail from “This is For Ogun” Mansa K.Mussa