Watchung Arts Center

The New Art Group presents, “Catalyst” – new works influenced and inspired by the work of artist and former member, Jim Fuess.

Opening: Sunday, March 5th, 1 – 4 pm
18 Stirling Road, Watchung, NJ 07069
Artists’ talk held during the opening.

This is an exhibit of new works that were created in response to, and influenced by the art of Jim Fuess. Jim, who was the founder and director of the New Art Group for about 20 years, passed away four years ago but left behind a lifetime’s worth of abstract painting. His canvases are filled with intense colors and intricate patterns of motion, in part due to a condition known as essential tremor resulting in a special method of applying paint onto his canvases. Jim’s work is the “Catalyst” for the work of each artist in the group as they bring their own style and vision to the new works.


New Art Group

NJ’s Oldest Fine Art Collective

The New Art Group is a New Jersey arts organization consisting of fine artists with over 20 years exhibiting throughout the New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania visual arts communities. Our goal as a group is to seek exhibition opportunities for group members and regional artists as well. We do so by curating exhibits of regional artists in the Watchung Arts Center, in Watchung, NJ. We also seek out opportunities to exhibit the works of the current members with the goal of increasing the exposure to their contemporary art.

“LETTERS,” 2016 Exhibition

The word, letters, evokes a myriad of memories, images and thoughts both ancient and contemporary. The word, letters, evokes a myriad of memories, images and thoughts both ancient and contemporary. In its simplest form a letter is a symbol of a spoken word. Whether in the work of the author, Nathaniel Hawthorne, or a visual artist like Raymond Pettibon, a bright scarlet A can reek of shame, adultery, ruin along with other things; alternatively, an A+ demonstrates superior achievement.  [MORE]

“INFLUENCES,” 2015 Exhibition

The show is comprised largely of triptychs, and one diptych, each of which are made of the works of two or three different artists in the group, along with individual pieces from each artist.

The formative idea of this exhibit was a desire to get all the members of the group to push themselves into different, sometimes difficult places with their work. In this way, each artist could experience what collaboration might do within their own body of work. The results are eye-opening for both the viewers of the work and for the artists themselves. [MORE]