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 Location, Location, oil paintings by Sylvia Smith, August 1 through September 30, 2018.
Sylvia Smith’s work demonstrates her passion for landscape painting of locations she has visited around the world, typically with a body of water. In her paintings, she loves to portray the reflections and tranquillity that water generates in different seasons. Painting in oils, her choice of bold colors emanate energy and warmth.
Her paintings were created in diverse locations such as the canals of Amsterdam, Cape Cod, Rhode Island, and most recently the Dordogne and Périgord regions of France. Each painting is initiated with an underpainting using light and dark contrasts, choosing a color that then becomes incorporated into the painting’s final color palette ultimately giving the work a more harmonious feeling.
A New Jersey native, Sylvia was an art teacher for 38 years in the New Jersey Public School System. Sylvia has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Montclair State University. She studied plein air painting at the Woodstock School of Art in Taos, New Mexico. Over the last 5 years she has expanded her artistic repertoire to include painting in oils, under the guidance of Anne Kullaf at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, where she won Merit Awards in the 2014 and 2015 Arts Center members’ shows.
ICity Life in Amsterdam. 2018. Oil on canvas..