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New Jersey Watercolorist’s Work on Display in GCU Gallery

Robert Heyer’s “My Journey in Watercolor” Exhibit Runs through April 29

Lakewood, N.J., Apr. 12, 2011—Every time watercolorist Robert Heyer paints using transparent watercolor, it’s “an adventure,” he says. The Monroe Township resident, whose exhibit “My Journey in Watercolor” is currently on display through Friday, April 29, in the M. Christina Geis Art Gallery on Georgian Court University’s Lakewood campus, calls his medium of choice “the Live Media” because of its “exciting and spontaneous” nature.

“Through the years, I’ve studied with many masters of watercolor, discovering the importance of dealing with shapes and value before considering detail,” says Mr. Heyer, who has studied with nationally known watercolor artists like Claude Croney, Frank Webb, Tony van Hasselt, and Don Andrews, among others. “I found that making the most of your white paper led to creating luminous paintings with life and sparkle.”

Mr. Heyer uses varied sources to create his paintings—plein air painting, sketches, photographs—and even develops ideas from experiences that might be of interest. Some of the works on display include “The Odd Couple,” which features two antique rusting cars amid a natural, verdant setting; “Tools of the Trade,” which features weathered lobster floats spilling out of bushel baskets; and “After the Storm,” which details the damage done to a rowboat after a particularly rough storm.

“I hope that my love for transparent watercolor is contagious, and that the viewer can visually experience the excitement and wonder,” says Mr. Heyer. “For me, each painting is a great journey. The joy of watercolor is the road taken to get there.”

Mr. Heyer’s work has been published in Watercolor, The Best of Watercolor, International Artist, American Artist Magazine, and Color. He has served as an exhibition judge for several shows and has provided watercolor workshops and demonstrations for a number of art societies and associations. Mr. Heyer is a signature member of the New Jersey Water Color Society and Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, a full member of the Garden State Watercolor Society and Pine Shore Art Association, and a fellow member of the American Artists Professional League. He is a graduate of the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Art.

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 nearly 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 One Woodbridge Center in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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