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Artist Offers Glimpse of Jersey Shore through Watercolors at GCU 

Lakewood, N.J., Oct. 28, 2009—New Jersey artist Theresa Troise Heidel remembers fondly the summers she spent at Asbury Park in its heyday in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Join her for a trip down memory lane—and across the pond—with her watercolor exhibit “From Shore to Shore.” The exhibit begins on Monday, November 2, and runs through Wednesday, November 24, in the M. Christina Geis Art Gallery on Georgian Court University’s Lakewood campus.

“Theresa Troise Heidel’s exhibit features both familiar sights of New Jersey and views of Italy and England,” says M. Phyllis Breimayer, RSM, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of the GCU Department of Art. “Whether it’s the Carousel Top at Asbury Park or the narrow walkway of a Tuscan village, she captures sunlight and shadow that create an overall effect of warmth. This is ‘a must see’ for watercolor enthusiasts!”

Featured in the exhibit will be several pieces from Ms. Troise Heidel’s Asbury Park series, including Carousel Top, Asbury Park; Lantern and Dolphins from Convention Hall; and Winged Sea Horse from the Boardwalk Casino. Also displayed will be paintings from her European travels, including Rialto Bridge, Venice and Light through the Ruins, Roman Forum from Italy, and Dedham Light from England.

“My inspiration for my art comes mainly from the play of light and shadow,” says Ms. Troise Heidel. “A unique play of light can make the humblest subject beautiful. I strive to capture such fleeting moments with the medium of watercolor. Its capricious nature lends itself to spontaneous expression with thin, luminous glazes and rich, velvety opaque passages.”

An artist’s reception will be held on Wednesday, November 4, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public, and the gallery’s 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.

About the Artist
A descendent of musicians and artists, Theresa Troise Heidel is a lifelong resident of Ridgefield Park, New Jersey. In addition to her fine painting career, she runs the Troise Studio of Piano and Art, founded in 1939 in Ridgefield Park by her parents. She is a graduate of Saint Peter’s College in Jersey City and undertook graduate studies at the Academia delle Belle Arti in Florence, Italy. She has exhibited at the Allan Stone Gallery in Manhattan as well as many other galleries in the New York metropolitan area.

Many of Ms. Troise Heidel’s watercolors are painted on site at the Jersey Shore and on her trips to Europe. The year 2010 will mark the 20th anniversary of her series of paintings of Asbury Park, focusing on its glory days in the late 1950s and early 1960s. She has created large-scale watercolors of these pieces, which are based on historical research in addition to childhood memories of her summers spent there. One piece is a nearly eight-foot watercolor of the boardwalk and Casino Complex.

Ms. Troise Heidel has been published on American Artist Magazine’s “Watercolor Page” and in Watercolor Magazine, which recently named her as one of 20 emerging watercolorists across the nation. A former second vice president of the New Jersey Watercolor Society, she has had 60 of her watercolors published in the coffee table books To the Shore Once More, Volumes I and II, and Long Beach Island Rhapsody.

Her artwork can be viewed online at and

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 3,100 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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