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Local Artist's Work on Display at Meadowlands Commission

NJ Meadowlands Commission

Monday, August 15, 2011 • 4:30pm

LYNDHURST, NJ - Mohamed Khalil, assistant curator of the Paterson Museum, will have his artwork on at the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission's (NJMC) Flyway Gallery during the months of August and September.

Khalil's work is know for transforming seemingly mundane, everyday items into objects of abstract artistic expression will be on display at the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission's (NJMC) Flyway Gallery during the months of August and September.

The art exhibit, "Curbside Collections," is now open and will run until Sept. 30.

"I live and breathe art. That is what makes everything I touch change into a piece of art," said Khalil, a Little Falls resident. "I enjoy the wonder and happiness in the eyes of those who have seen my art, and that is what motivates me to produce art pieces almost every day."

The show features close to 100 acrylic, pencil and watercolor impressions with collage and mixed media, including a cocktail tabletop converted into a canvas for a piece depicting dawn in the city, a discarded pallet from a Paterson mill with colorful memories of Khalil's childhood, and a piece of wooden flooring found curbside transformed into the first of a series of pieces that can be displayed in a number of different combinations.

Khalil has been fascinated with found objects since his childhood in Egypt. He won his first art prize at age 6, an international competition between the Ministries of Cultures of Japan and Egypt. He has exhibited his work and won prizes at dozens of art shows over the past 20 years.

In 2008, Khalil was chosen to design an ornament for the White House Christmas tree and met First Lady Laura Bush. His work has also been displayed at the Arab World Institute in Paris and in the private collection of the Royal Family of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. To learn more about Mohamed Khalil, visit his Web site, www.metoart.com.

"The spectacular ingenuity and depth of detail on display in Mohamed Khalil's work is truly outstanding," said Marcia Karrow, executive director of the NJMC. "Mohamed's multi-layered art invites multiple viewings. Visitors are sure to discover new aspects each time they view his work."

The Flyway Gallery is located in the Meadowlands Environment Center, in DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst. The gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, excluding holidays. DeKorte Park encompasses one-square-mile of wetlands, nature trails and water views, framed by the New York City skyline, and is a great place for bird watching and enjoying nature in general. For more information, visit www.njmeadowlands.gov. 

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