‘Corresponding Women’ Paintings, Drawings and Letters Featured at Atlantic Cape’s Art Gallery Oct. 30-Dec. 5

charcoal sketch of man.

“Burl Crews at His Best,” charcoal by Cheryl Crews.

Atlantic Cape Community College’s Art Gallery will feature “Corresponding Women” paintings, drawings and letters by artists Cheryl Crews and Barbara Maxwell, Oct. 30-Dec. 5, at the gallery, located inside the William Spangler Library, D-Building, of Atlantic Cape’s Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike.

Artists Cheryl Crews of Villas, and Barbara Maxwell of Sweetwater, display their drawings and paintings, as well as an artistic installation of their correspondence, which includes more than 1,500 letters to each other over the past four years, strung with 700 yards of red ribbon cascading through the air. In their letters, they share personal insights and inspirations with illustrations, sketches, fragrant herbs and the handwritten word.

Over the past year, Crews and Maxwell have held “Stringing Bees” and potluck events at art centers and galleries throughout South Jersey, where writers, artists and art lovers came and helped them string together the installation. Crews said, “By involving others in our creative process, we hope to inspire their own personal correspondence.” Maxwell agrees. “The men and women who helped will share with us our joyful sense of accomplishment and pride at the opening of the show.”

“Flow,” oil on canvas by Barbara Maxwell.

“Flow,” oil on canvas by Barbara Maxwell.

Both artists graduated from the Philadelphia College of Art in the 1960s, however, didn’t meet each other until many years later.

Crews, who teaches art at Atlantic Cape, draws and paints landscapes and portraits, inspired by nature and growing up at the Jersey Cape. Maxwell’s medium of choice is oil painting with a postmodern impressionistic style.

The gallery hours are: 9:30 a.m. – 8 p.m., Monday and Wednesday; 9:30 a.m. – 9 p.m., Tuesday; 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m., Thursday; 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Friday; and 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday.

There will be a reception from 1-3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 14. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

The gallery will host monthly exhibits of a wide variety of works including drawings, paintings, printmaking, computer arts, ceramics, sculpture, photography, mixed media, 2-D design and crafts. Showcased artists will be students, faculty and local artisans.

For more information, contact Joyce Hagen, art gallery coordinator, at jhagen@atlantic.edu.

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