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Contact:Deborah Gilleran

GCU Artist Creates “Natural Spaces” in Evocative Landscapes

Lakewood, N.J., March 12, 2008—Georgian Court University senior Eva Cicerone experiences nature and translates it into art. “When I look at something that strikes me, whether a part of nature or life unfolding around me, I have the need to express these feelings on canvas.” Ms. Cicerone’s exhibit of oil and watercolor landscapes and sculpture, titled “Natural Spaces,” will be on display from April 1 through April 25 at the M. Christina Geis Gallery at Georgian Court University in Lakewood, New Jersey.

Ms. Cicerone’s paintings explore the values and moods of light while interpreting the botanical as magical or sacred. In an oil landscape, Light, Ms. Cicerone creates an enclosed space deep in the forest, walled off by trees from the open, at first painfully, bright world outside. The sound in this natural space is hushed by a carpet of vibrant pumpkin-colored leaves. Dappled sunlight penetrating the pine canopy above paints the forest floor with a dancing, intermittent light. Ms. Cicerone uses the chiaroscuro effect to its best advantage: it begins where the viewer stands in the darker foreground of the painting, suggesting a movement from this womb-like space of fecundity to the open luminous world of the clearing. Her Pissarro-like brushstrokes add to the painting’s overall feeling of movement from darkness to light. In a purely visual medium, Ms. Cicerone has given the viewer a synesthetic experience, suggesting the smell of the decaying fallen tree, the crunch of the leaves underfoot, and the feel of the moist air in the enclosed space.

In addition to landscapes and sculpture, Ms. Cicerone has included in the exhibit works featuring people: one, an artist painting in a garden, and another, a homeless man asleep on a bench.

“Nature is a part of my life,” says Ms. Cicerone, a resident of Howell. “This exhibit represents my views of life, ranging from the reflections of light in nature to the representation of human nature, all of which create ‘natural spaces’ in my work.”

GCU associate professor of art Suzanne Pilgram, an accomplished painter in her own right, sees in the work of Ms. Cicerone “the wondrous manifestations of nature. Her work is obviously inspired by the great love and generosity that she has for all the beings of this world.”

The artist’s reception will take place on Wednesday, April 2 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

The M. Christina Geis Art Gallery spotlights works of established and up-and-coming artists in diverse media. The gallery is located on the second floor of the Arts and Science Center on Georgian Court’s Lakewood campus. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, call Kathleen Settles at 732.987.2388.

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at 90 Woodbridge Center Drive in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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