Exhibits at the Library

January 2017

Leslie Jacobsen – Art Masks

art mask of a harlequin by Leslie JacobsenI have been creating colorful, expressive one-of-a-kind ceramic masks since the summer of 2006.

Conceived as wall art, rather than functional masks, my masks are made from white stoneware. I have introduced raku to my work to experiment with an array of vibrant colors. Over the years I have adorned my masks with ribbons, beads, feathers, leather, fabric, glass, and metal. There are influences from African, Asian, and Native American art although my imagination plays the biggest part in my inventions. I have used metallic bronze and brass underglazes, bright colorful underglazes and acrylics, as well as more subtle glazes and iron oxide.

At the University of Pittsburgh, I studied art and art history as well as education. During my college and post-college summers, I took sculpture classes and workshops. In the early 1970s, I was a student of P A (Tony) Narducci in Denville, NJ. I had the pleasure of being guided and encouraged by the late Don Thieberger in more recent years. I have also experimented with printmaking, glass and jewelry making.

art mask of a cat's face by Leslie JacobsenI became interested in masks during a visit to Santa Fe and Taos, New Mexico in Sept. 2001. I saw the work of Doug Fountain, a Native American artist whose brightly decorated gourd masks adorned with feathers fascinated me. A small mask that he made in honor of 9/11 hangs in my home. Later during a visit to Seattle, I again found wonderful, colorful carved wooden masks of the Northwestern Coast Indians. These came to life in the stories and plays of their culture.

In the same way, my masks become individual characters as I create them.

Mask making is a meditative joy and a joyful endeavor. My masks bring a smile to my face. I like to bring out the humor or subtle emotions whether surprise, fear, joy or wonder. Working with clay is a playful experience for me.

Candace April Lee

Illustration from the game 'Life is Strange'Candace Lee is an illustrator, animator and comic artist, and graduate of Parsons The New School for Design in New York City. She has worked as a graphic design intern at AsianlnNY, and is open to taking freelance illustration work. She specializes in character design, storyboarding and character-driven narrative, and currently is working on a hack-and-slash, dungeon crawling video game in her spare time.

Reach out to the artist at [email protected].

Note: this artist’s works are featured in our Teen section of the Library.

David John Rush

David John Rush next to his artworkArtist David John Rush has been painting for as long as he can remember. If it meant missing a meal to finish a project, that was just fine.

“I started drawing at a very early age. Two, I believe. Carrying a pad and pencil wherever I went, I would rather draw than eat. I sat at many a cold meal just to be able to draw,” said Rush, a resident of Byram Township.

“It’s getting close to 60 years now. Art is my life and will be to the end. Hopefully, my paintings will endure long after.”

Rush recently learned he’d be included in the new book, “New Jersey Artists through Time” by Tova Navarra. Published by Fonthill Media late last year, the 300-page book celebrates the legacy of New Jersey’s artists and craftsman through the states’ 350 years of existence. For each exhibit, Rush uses photographs of his paintings and lays them out to select a pattern for the viewer while making sure to take into consideration the size of the showcase.

For this exhibit, Rush uses photographs of his paintings and lays them out to select a pattern for the viewer while making sure to take into consideration the size of the showcase.

“That way, it takes the viewer from a beginning point to the end with some sort of regularity. I like the show to have a little pattern to it so that it holds the viewer for a while and then it lets them go to something new. It’s all about being visual,” said Rush.

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.