Thank you for joining us at Full Circle 2016!
Full Circle is a multi-disciplinary fine arts showcase featuring original work created by the Arts Access artists. We are proud to celebrate and share their exceptional creations in painting, digital art & sculpture, dance, drama and creative writing. This year, 38 artists are represented in the visual art gallery exhibition, and the stage showcase features performance pieces by 12 choreographers, dramatists and writers.
For 14 years, Full Circle has been a platform for our artists to present their work and define themselves not by what they can’t do, but by what they can do.
Thank you to Shannon DeVido for being this year’s Honorary Chair. To learn more about Shannon, please visit her website.
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Studio Spotlight: Creating Art Without Limits
~ Meet Artist Dani Urso-King & Facilitator Joseph Matousek
Making artists’ ideas and visions come to life is a primary goal for Arts Access facilitators. There’s no greater example of that effort than the melding of creativity that happens when client Dani Urso-King and Painting Facilitator Joseph Matousek join forces. The two come together weekly at Arts Access, a fine art program of Matheny Medical & Educational Center in Peapack. As part of the program, professional artists work as facilitators who assist the clients in creating original works of art in every discipline.
Urso-King, a resident of Princeton Junction, has participated in the program since 2012. Dance and painting are among her favorite disciplines. Known for using unconventional techniques and having innovative ideas, her visual art pieces take on a life of their own. From Munny dolls (a vinyl figurine with movable parts) and oversized paintings to three-dimensional art, Urso-King enjoys testing the limits of her creativity.
“There is no set process for Dani,” Matousek said of her time in the studio. “It’s different every session. Nothing is set in stone. One week, I could be melting crayons, the next week it could be something else.” Matousek, who is from Bayonne, previously worked as a scenic artist for films and companies such as Disney and Loews Portofino Bay Hotel. He has built props and sets for the Orlando Science Center, Universal’s Island of Adventure, and Sea World’s Journey to Atlantis ride.
The projects he’s facilitated with Urso-King include jeans turned into an art piece on canvas and a painted tombstone interspersed with flattened twine from a Christmas tree. The latter, called ‘Death of Sesame Street’, also included elements of stuffed animals that were torn apart and put back together. The bubbly and engaging artist, whose joyful laughter can often be heard throughout the art center, also completed a colorful 5-foot Munny figurine that features cardboard cutouts made from imprints of her feet and hands.
Urso-King is currently working on another Munny. Its head will contain multiple sheets of shredded color paper that she asked the facilitator to glue together into a tubular shape. During the process, she also requested that the facilitator crumble a corkboard into small pieces and chop up a box of crayons. She’s still deciding how they will fit into the piece of art.
A fan of using various tools and materials, Urso-King has her own box filled with implements in the Arts Access studio. “Dani has her own ideas about what she wants to do,” explained Matousek. “I show her the materials and I’ll ask ‘Do you want to cut it, paint it, change the look of it? Break them, cut them?’ Then, we go from there.”
Matousek’s background as an artist and designer has helped make him the perfect candidate for assisting Urso-King as she brings her ideas to fruition. Matousek noted that helping her take apart and re-assemble different parts of objects is something he was used to doing. “Knowing the tools and techniques that I used and did in the past has helped prepare me for this,” he said. “Dani likes to use lots of paint in some of her pieces. For some of them, we had to create receptacles for her art to dry in. So with her, there’s always something new.”
In addition to other accolades, Urso-King was the recipient of a Dance Innovations Award in 2014. Last year, she sold one of her Munny creations at Full Circle, Arts Access’ annual multi-media showcase featuring the work of its artists. One of her art pieces and a Munny doll will be on display at this year’s Full Circle: Conversations showcase, which will take place November 5, 2016 from 3:00pm – 6:00pm in the Robert Schonhorn Arts Center. For tickets and additional information, log on to events.matheny.org/FullCircle2016 or by calling (908) 234-0011 ext. 260.
Artist Spotlight ~ Meet Kevin White: Born to Dance
“My dance will be exciting,” expressed Kevin White, as he revealed a wide smile. “People will love it.” A choreographer, artist, and writer with Matheny’s Arts Access Program, Kevin’s first fully-choreographed dance will be included in Full Circle: Conversations, the Program’s annual fine art and performance showcase.
Held November 5, 2016 at the Robert Schonhorn Center in Peapack, the event will take place from 3:00pm-6:00pm. Kevin’s dance is a solo piece in which he will be the featured dancer. Choreographed to Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini,” the dance was created over the course of a little more than two years.
“For a first-time choreographer, Kevin demonstrated an innate, sophisticated musicality and a desire to expand his boundaries as a solo dancer,” said Corey Bliss, an Arts Access Dance Facilitator who has worked with Kevin for three years. “It is not always easy for a choreographer to dance in his own work, but Kevin was unfazed by the challenge.”
Warm eye gazes and smiles, attention-grabbing utterances, and a communication board are just some of the ways Kevin invites interaction with friends and viewers of his work. As attendees will see, Kevin also has a knack for musicality and choreography. According to Bliss, Kevin exhibits a unique sensitivity to the dynamic shifts in music. He connects with specific notes and phrases as he crafts the timing for each section of movement.
“Kevin created original movements for his arms, legs, and head,” said Bliss. “He also chose specific points in the melody for changes in speed and direction, adding dramatic effect to this otherwise abstract work.” Kevin’s dance will include a “ghost dancer, who maneuvers his wheelchair but does no other independent movements.
“I listened to a few things before deciding on the music,” shared Kevin, who was born in Cherry Hill. “I just started to really like classical music. Creating the dance was a challenge.”
Kevin has participated in Arts Access Program, a fine arts program for individuals with developmental disabilities, almost since its inception over twenty years ago. He loves having the support of his mom, twin sisters, and niece Molly, who is the apple of his eye. His family currently resides in Palmyra.
In addition to a choreographed dance, Kevin will have three acrylic paintings included in Full Circle’s gallery exhibit. His paintings and digital work have been featured in multiple venues. Locations include the Johnson & Johnson IT Building in Raritan, NJ, The Atrium Gallery in Morristown, NJ, NESC Gala in NYC, Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ, Monmouth Museum in NJ, Bernardsville Library, NJ, and UMDNJ Medical School in Newark, NJ.
For additional information about Full Circle: Conversations or to purchase tickets, which are $50, log onto here.
What is Art Garden CSA?
Art Garden CSA is collaborative effort between Matheny’s Arts Access Program and Arts Unbound in West Orange that seeks to provide increased vocational opportunities for artists with disabilities.
Ten artists are selected to create artwork that is totally unique to the Art Garden. This work will be distributed to only a lucky few “shareholders” who purchase “shares” in this year’s crop of fresh art.
To find out how you can participate and snag some limited-edition artwork, follow the link to our website: artgardencsa.org
Art Garden CSA is made possible by a generous grant from the Kessler Foundation.
Cultural Access Network honors Matheny’s Arts Access Program and Arts Unbound with this year’s Innovator Award
On June 23rd 2016 at Two River Theatre in Red Bank, NJ, The CSA Team accepted the Innovator Award on behalf of Matheny’s Arts Access Program and Arts Unbound at the 8th annual CAN awards ceremony. CSA stands for Community Supported Art and is based on the nationally recognized model of Community Supported Agriculture. To learn more, please visit here.