The Art House Gallery presents NOT THE END OF THE WORLD…YET – Broadway World in August | Candle Made Easy

In celebration of Jersey City PRIDE Month, and in partnership with Mana Contemporary and the Jersey City Office of Cultural Affairs, the Art House Gallery presents Not The End of The World…Yet, a solo exhibition of new work by Donna Kessinger, June 4- August 28, 2022 at the Mana Contemporary, 888 Newark Avenue, Studio 351, 3rd Floor. The reception will be on Thursday, August 4th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Curated by Andrea McKenna, tours are by appointment Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 12pm to 5pm. Please only contact Andrea McKenna at gallery@arthouseproductions.org to arrange an appointment.

“My paintings are part of letting the world pull through me and onto the canvas. The process changes slightly with new technology but has remained the same for almost 30 years including layering unfocused abstract images, textures or following the light in my studio, removing, sealing with wax or in more recent work leaving the images uncovered. In 2021 I have had the luxury of dedicating time to the new series of medium sized works deeply layered with water based oils, traditional oils, wax mediums, house paint and spray paint. The paintings are on canvas along with 3 additional raster based painted series on smaller canvases. They say everything and nothing,” says artist Donna Kessinger.

“Donna’s work embodies a timeless serenity that will capture your attention from afar. Almost masquerading as futuristic landscapes, the work looks familiar but is not recognizable as traditional. She will draw you in and allow your senses to create a new reality,” says Gallery director Andrea McKenna.

Art House Gallery exhibitions are always free and open to the public. Private tours are available by appointment on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 12pm to 5pm. Please only contact Andrea McKenna at gallery@arthouseproductions.org to arrange an appointment to view the work.

The show will also be available online at arthouseproductions.org in August. For online art sales, Art House offers free shipping to any address in Jersey City and Hoboken.

Donna Rae Kessinger, a working artist and curator based in the New York area, encourages collaboration between her emerging artists and their communities. Kessinger’s focus is mainly on projects that combine art and commerce in the form of possible interventions, performative works and public art projects that also fit seamlessly into traditional gallery exhibitions. Early in her career, Donna Rae was mentored by Marsha Tucker, Alanna Heiss, Jenny Dixon and Kate Millett. She is intimately familiar with the workings of women’s artist colonies, ranging from the top level to smaller museums, traditional galleries and alternative art spaces. Her video art based on feminist media has been cloned and archived on Rhizomes’ artbase at the New Museum. Her work can be seen live at http://artfem.tv/documentary/ and has been shown at the Jersey City Museum of Art. Kessinger’s art, created for the REPOhistory Entering Buttermilk Bottom Project in 1996, is archived by the NYU Fales Library and Special Collections. Her paintings have been collected by curators, other artists and writers since the late 1980s. Donna Rae Kessinger’s paintings depict the mental space as it moves somewhere between dreams and memories as it gently flows into oblivion and beyond. Their clunky surfaces are slowly built up, piece by piece worn away and manipulated over and over again. In doing so, her process becomes a directionless meditation. To achieve this work she uses traditional and water-based oil paints, Liquitex spray paint, house paint, household items as stencils, and wax mediums on linen and canvas.

Anchored in cultural hubs in Jersey City, Chicago and Miami, Mana Contemporary is a distributed institution dedicated to celebrating the creative process, supporting artists and serving as a bridge between creative hubs worldwide. Thought through a global community committed to mutual support and advancement, Mana Contemporary offers world-class exhibitions, residencies, career development and conversations in person and online. Practitioners specializing in a variety of disciplines work side-by-side in forward-thinking environments that encourage experimentation, collaboration and mutual inspiration, building a deep and personal approach to contemporary art.

Art House Productions is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to the development and presentation of the performing and visual arts in Jersey City, NJ. Art House Productions presents theatre, festivals for performing and visual arts, art exhibitions and offers art courses for adults and young people. For more information about Art House Productions, visit www.arthouseproductions.org. Follow @arthouseproductions @arthouseprods on social media. To subscribe to the Art House mailing list, please click here: http://eepurl.com/hd1FCj.

Art House Productions is generously supported by The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, SILVERMAN, The Princeton Area Community Foundation, The Hudson County Office of Cultural Affairs, The KRE Group, The City of Jersey City and The Jersey City Office of Cultural Affairs, and the New Jersey Theater Alliance.

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