PAUL J. GALLAGHER LEGACY EXHIBIT
“At the Intersection of Art and Music”
18 Stirling Road, Watchung, NJ 07069
February 1 to 28, 2014 Opening Reception: Sunday, Feb 2, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Gallery Hours: Tues, Wed, Thur, Fri 12pm-5pm Sat 10am-3pm
On Exhibit – Works by Paul Gallagher (Theresa’s late husband)
Paul Gallagher Legacy Exhibit
The Watchung Arts Center presents a solo show of the late Paul Gallagher’s artwork. The opening reception will be held on Sunday, February 2nd from 1-3 pm and the exhibit will remain up for the month of February, 2014. The Watchung Arts Center is located at 18 StirlingRd, Watchung, NJ 07069. To contact the arts center call 908-753-0190 or visit their website www.watchungarts.org.
The Paul Gallagher Legacy Exhibit is one of many venues to celebrate the extraordinary creativity of Paul as a composer, musician, visual artist, poet, and teacher. To learn more about his work visit www.pauljgallagher.com. The curators for the show are Susan Ahlstrom and Theresa Rowland.
Paul’s visual artwork includes both paintings and collages. He created all but one of the works displayed in this show as backdrops for his operas. These pieces were photographed for slides which were then projected onto the stage set during performances. The exhibit includes four acrylic paintings created for Saltwater, seventeen collages from The Kingdom of Mescal and Six Blind Men and the Moon, and one collage created as cover art for a folk album.
Inspired by topographic maps, Paul developed a style of visual art whereby all of his designs are enclosed in cell-like structures. His early paintings in this style are watercolors. Later, he found acrylics more congenial to his aesthetic.
For the collages, Paul used a photo mosaic technique. He called his technique “photointarsia” after the designs of inlaid stones, gems, and wood, which he discovered in a shop in Florence, Italy. Paul’s photointarsia are composed of pieces cut from magazines, primarily National Geographic. He chose the cutouts for their color and texture rather than what they represented. Thus, skin might become a moon, or a piece of ocean might become an eye. Many of the works are abstract.
For more information on the works of Paul Gallagher contact: Theresa Rowland, 2 Green Village Road, Suite 216, Madison, NJ 07940, Cell: 973-722-5748, Office: 973-966-5311, Theresa@studioyoganj.com.
Paul Joseph Gallagher
Beloved Husband of Theresa Rowland
– Production of his cabaret “Sitting Like a Cat.”