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"Outsider Art" Exhibit to be Held April 6 in Westfield

Monday, March 31, 2014 • 5:35pm

The New Jersey Workshop for the Arts, along with Outsider Artists.net, is presenting Westfield’s premier Outsider Art show on April 6, 2014, from 4 to 6 p.m.

The show is open to anyone and admission is free.  During the afternoon, guests are invited to enjoy music and see friends while viewing colorful original art by new and emerging folk and naïve self-taught artists. New Jersey’s piano man Paul Salomone will be there to tinkle the ivories, and visitors are invited to imbibe and nosh on refreshments by Trader Joe’s. 

Outsider art is making news these days. The big Outsider Art fair hits New York City in May. Museums and art shows across the country and around the world now show Outsider Art alongside traditional artists. Now Westfield is proud to announce its first Outsider Art exhibition.  But what, you may ask, is Outsider Art? 

It’s "raw, eye-catching and vibrant," say critics. It's a term first used in 1972 by art critic Roger Cardinal to describe “self-taught artists” who are able to break artistic boundaries because they live and work far outside urban mainstream art centers. Much of the work shown at this exhibit has been created by artists located in rural areas of the United States. There are also pieces from Canada, France, Spain, Israel, and Poland.

These artists are not bound by convention so there should be some surprises.

The show is being presented by collectors Barbara Brown and Patricia Wadsley of Outsider Artists.net.  The New Jersey Workshop for the Arts is located at 152 East Broad Street, Westfield, New Jersey. The NJ Workshop for the Arts is a non profit, 501(C)3, arts education organization established in 1972.

For additional information please contact Barbara Brown or Patricia Wadsley at (845) 605-2048 and at info@outsiderartists.net

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