It’s a question of survival [a collection of thoughtful paintings]

January 29 – March 5, 2022
Main Gallery, Atlantic Highlands Arts Council

ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ – The Atlantic Highlands Arts Council is pleased to announce the upcoming Main Gallery exhibit, “Karen Bright: It’s a Question of Survival [a collection of thoughtful paintings].” The artist will present more than 20 works in encaustic (hot wax), highlighting the beauty and versatility of this historic medium. Karine notes:

“Transmit with an abstract form, a work that is both measured and unexpected. Informed by the natural environment but influenced by global concerns, the images that emerge from my process aim to present conflicting concepts. When I work, I view the complexity of our world – the compound versus the mystical, the beautiful alongside the grotesque, and the colorful hovering alongside the haunted – as a virtual potpourri of the emotional connections that make up life.

I often consider how descending darkness – whether real or in mindset – can affect our sense of well-being and purpose. From the bones of an idea, beeswax, resin and pigment, elements are added and subtracted, scraped and wiped. There’s a lot of silent contemplation as I journey each room to its final state – the timestamp – where the machinations about my own survival and the survival of all who live can stop their steady march. This internal sourcing coupled with the physical labor of artistic creation connects me to final expression and completion.

Karen Bright is currently a professor in the Department of Art and Design at Monmouth University. Previous academic appointments include: Rutgers, State University of New Jersey, and Parsons School of Design in New York. Professor Bright owns and operates Studio Bright in Oceanport, New Jersey. She holds an MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Graphic Design and a BFA from the University of the Arts in Printmaking.


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Monarch by Karen Bright
Monarch by Karen Bright
36 x 48 inches encaustic medium and pigment 2021

The exhibition will run from January 29 to March 5, 2022. The gallery is open from Thursday to Sunday. Masks are currently mandatory in the gallery and social distancing is encouraged. For hours and directions, please visit: AH Arts will be hosting an in-person Opening Reception on Saturday, January 29, 2022 from 6-8 p.m., with approximately 30 Minutes Artist Talk from 6:30 p.m.

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The mission of the Atlantic Highlands Arts Council is to strengthen community through the arts. We are an all-volunteer 501(c)3 non-profit organization that believes in the power of the arts to transform and enrich communities. Our primary function is to develop and execute arts-related events and activities to benefit our communities.

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