First Floor Gallery (March 1-31): Andreà Cassar
Andreà Cassar was born in Siracusa, Italy in 1983 and is a fourth generation artist who specializes in painting, sculpting, and graphic design. His work includes tradition-styled oil paintings, glass art, ceramics, and the latest medium of painting celebrity portraits in lipstick. Cassar has worked for companies like Macy’s, Banana Republic, The Children’s Place, and the strategic communications and public relations firm Blue Force Communications.
Cassar’s mother, Concetta Rizza (b. 1961, d. 1999), was also a painter, sculptor, and ceramist. His maternal grandfather was Carmelo Rizza (b. 1933, d. 2009), recognized in the Italian art world for his portrayals of everyday life in rural “peasant” Italy in subtle oils on canvas. Carmelo’s sought-after paintings simultaneously convey the romantic and harsh aspects of the lives of common men and women, as he adequately captured contemporary life in southern Italy in the latter half of the 20th century. Cassar has continued his grandfather’s tradition, painting vivid scenes from his youth and adolescence in Sicily and the nearby towns of Siracusa, Catania, and Caltagirone. “Today all issues seem to get politicized, and are often viewed through the lenses of race, religion, gender, and sexuality.
But so many experiences and the emotions that come with them are universal. I try to remind people of that through my work. My ethnic and personal background forms an integral part of what I do, but the core issues, themes, and emotions – they cross the boundaries of comfort and force viewers to think outside the box.”
Cassar, who attended American military schools his entire life, is a fluent English speaker and a native speaker of Italian and Sicilian. He emigrated to the U.S. in 2004, and is a resident of New Jersey.
“Immigrant Italians are often thought of as people who came to America 100 years ago. I came here in 2004, on my own. Life wasn’t easy at all. Immigration is still a very difficult process – physically, emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually – for all people, young and old, male and female, Italian or other.“
Cassar’s work has been exhibited at Gateway Project Spaces, the Paul Robeson Galleries at Rutgers University, and the Newark Public Library. Some of his family’s work can be viewed at www.sicilian-art.com.
Second Floor Gallery: Theresa Tomeo
From Theresa Tomeo’s biography:
As far back as I can remember I was always interested in art as a way to express myself. I have enjoyed sketching with charcoal, pencil and also painting with oil. Most recently, I
have been enjoying water color. Painting is a good way for me to share with others the beauty of nature through my eyes and my feelings.
Spending a day at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and other museums, has always been a rewarding experience for me, as there is so much to see and learn.
I have been employed at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Florham Campus, Madison, New Jersey, for twenty-five years. During that time I enrolled in many art classes, and other
required classes, and have achieved the degree of A.A. Associate in Arts.
Following is a list of venues where I have exhibited my art work:
- Morris Arts – Giralda Music & Arts Festival, Meet Me in Morristown and Morristown Art Walk
- The Linda Grand is Blatt Gallery of Temple B’nai Or
- VMC – Volunteers for Morris County
Why exhibit at MCL?
To expand membership in your organization, increase awareness about an important subject, share your collection with other people who share your interests or celebrate a particular event, holiday or anniversary.
What are MCL exhibits about?
We’ve shown all kinds of things! Rock and roll of the 1950s; history of bubble gum; an outstanding doll collection; service history of the USS New Jersey; musical instruments of the world; work of a local Chinese painting group and editorial and political cartooning.
Who exhibits at MCL?
Public and private institutions, collectors, corporations, historical societies, special interest groups, painters, sculptors, photographers or anyone with a shared interest. MCL hosts local juried art shows (Volunteers for Morris County, Roxbury Art Association &c.).
Where are exhibits displayed?
Our primary gallery runs the length of our 1st floor renovated brick building face. The gallery is roofed with skylights, so is airy, light and feels spacious. There are also elevated gallery views from the stairwell landing, up to the second floor, and a second floor overlook through a large window. Additional exhibit space is available on the 2nd floor, near the computers & periodicals area. Display case is located in the first floor lobby.
How do I contact MCL?
Contact our exhibit staff (973-285-6966) to discuss a possible show at the library.
Exhibit policy & application
NOTE: signed application is required before we can accept items.
When can I exhibit at MCL?
Exhibits are generally scheduled eight months to a year in advance. Scheduling hinges on several factors including the type of exhibit, local and annual events, celebratory months and national holidays.
Can I host a reception for my showing?
Yes! You can reserve either the large or small meeting rooms on the first floor for your event. Library will advertise your reception. You are responsible for room set up and refreshments. Please ask your guests to keep their food & beverages in the room.