The Library is fortunate to have partnerships with the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, which provides our Gallery, and the Summit Public Art Committee, which provides the Art on the Lawn. Please click below for more information on the latest exhibitions.
The current exhibition in the Gallery is Debbie Liningston: Works on Paper: Monoprints & Handmade Books, Octobert 1 through November 30, 2017.
Debra F. Livingston is an artist currently creating mostly monoprints and handmade books. She has been involved with the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey in Summit since 1988 as a printmaker, teacher, docent and mentor. She also teaches drawing and painting to adults at the JCC in Scotch Plains as well as printmaking workshops throughout the state. She has a BFA in printmaking from Rhode Island School of Design.
Debra’s monoprints incorporate multiple layers of printing with extensive hand coloring. She is drawn to both geometric and organic leaf forms. By layering many transparent images over one another, she is deliberately making the foreground/background, and negative/positive relationships ambiguous.
Debra’s interest in handmade books grew out of the desire to reimagine old monoprints. She joined the Book Arts Roundtable in 2009 and has been experimenting with different kinds of book forms ever since. She has had her handmade books in numerous shows throughout the country as well as in the permanent collections of the Tufts University Library, Newark Public Library and the Brooklyn Art Library. She has been part of editions in the Museum of Modern Art Library in New York, NY, the National Gallery of Art Library in Washington, DC, and the Victoria and Albert Museum Book Collection in London, England.
Over the past year Debra has exhibited her work in several shows in New Jersey, including the Pierro gallery, the Printmaking Center of NJ, the Visual Arts Center of NJ, and the Metrowest JCC gallery. Her work was also been in exhibitions in the Abecedarian Gallery in Denver, CO, the University of Denver Library, and Asheville BookWorks in Asheville, NC.