Creating a landscape of landscape artists, at ZEBU in Morristown, Dec. 4


What does it take to paint great landscapes?

Get pointers from painters–21 of them!–on Dec. 4 at the opening of Relational Invitational I, a five-week exhibition at the ZEBU Forno restaurant at 9 South St. in Morristown.

The reception runs from 6 pm to 8 pm and will be hosted by Mendham artist Danielle Merzatta. It’s her fourth ART@theBU presentation, and this one started with invitations to local artists Julie Friedman, Dannielle Mick and Edward Sprafkin to show their works.

They in turn were asked to invite three artists apiece, and those artists were instructed to invite nine more, for a total of 21 artists. Part of the fun on Sunday should be hearing the artists explain why they chose each other.

landscape posterJulie Friedman has nurtured many artists at her shared studio, ArtSpace, and she has tapped some of them for the show.

Dannielle Mick, described as a  “landscape teaching rockstar” by Danielle Merzatta, is bringing three students she has taught over the last decade. “I’m very proud of these artists and friends,” said Ms. Mick.

Edward Sprafkin teaches at the Morris County Art Association and is a star of the weekly ART@the BU Sunday drawing sessions.  One of his picks, Dennis McKee, was invited for his “wonderful ability of simplifying the chaos of visual information.”

“This jam-packed group exhibition at ZEBU Forno might not simplify chaos, but each individual vista has the potential to take you to another place,” Danielle Merzatta said.

The exhibition runs until Jan. 13, and artworks will be available for sale. The exhibiting artists are:

Laurel Clark, Karen Cohen, Carole Dakake, Elaine Denton, MaryAnn Didriksen, Deborah Dixler, Julie Friedman, Colleen Gallo, Mark Hunter, Laurie J. Kalb, Joan Lamensdorf, Sally Lebwohl, Karen A. Matte, Dennis McKee, Dannielle Mick, Paula Pearl, Diane Revels, Sarah Spellman, Edward Sprafkin, Linda Streicher and Karen Tighe.

'Autumn Lush' by Dannielle Mick, one of 21 landscape artists featured at ZEBU Forno in Morristown from Dec. 4- Jan. 13.
'Autumn Walk' by Edward Sprafkin
'Autumn Walk' by Edward Sprafkin
'Willowwood Arboretum' by Dennis McKee
'Willowwood Arboretum' by DennisMcKee


'Road To Nowhere' by Julie Friedman
'Road To Nowhere' by Julie Friedman
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