Thursday, March 26, 2009

Joanie San Chirico at The Ocean County Artists' Guild

Zona #2 by Joanie San Chirico

Fellow member Joanie San Chirico will be having an exhibit at The Ocean County Artists' Guild this April. The Ocean County Artists' Guild is a non-profit organization working to promote the arts in Ocean County drawing in artists and patrons from around the region. Their mission is to serve the artists and community; to provide an outlet and training for artistic talent, to enhance the quality of life for the residents and thereby attract newcomers, and to provide an attraction to draw tourists to the community. For more information visit or

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Joanie San Chirico's work is unique in that it incorporates painting on canvas, photography, or stitching on textiles in such a way that challenges the viewer to decipher how the work was made. More than simple paintings, she combines these media to portray natural surfaces using imagery of this planet's fragile beauty. The work depicts ordinary objects, perhaps some lichen, rocks on a beach, dead vines; images from the artist’s travels or even her back yard.

Quoting the artist:“These little things are beautiful, and I never know when I'll find an interesting image or texture that I'll save for use in my work at some point. Please take care of these little things, as they will eventually affect the BIG things. My art is about raising awareness of the fragility of our environment.
Since 1982, a two-phase Superfund environmental remediation project has been ongoing at the Ciba-Geigy Site, now owned and operated by Ciba Specialty Chemicals, in Toms River, NJ where I live. As a result of the spill into the drinking water in the 1970’s, a cancer cluster developed which affected some children in the area. It is essential that we prevent incidents like this in the future.”
Take care, Stay true,
Brian Sherwin
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