Meet the Artist Event "The Value of Trees"
“The Value of Trees,” featuring the work of Marcie Cooperman, is part of SMI’s annual “Meet the Artist” exhibition and program. The exhibit opens on November 3 and runs until November 28, 2011
that is part of SMI’s annual “Meet the Artist” exhibition and program. The exhibit opens on November 3
and runs until November 28, 2011, at the Montclair Public Library, 50 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair,
NJ. An opening reception will be held on November 3, 2011 from 6 to 9 pm. Ms. Cooperman will give a
presentation on color theory at 7 pm.
Believing that line, texture, and color have the power to reveal an artist’s inner state, Cooperman visually
combines these elements to tell a story about particular places and times. In the paintings in the
exhibition, she depicts landscapes imbued with personal emotion. Presenting eerie lines with withdrawn
colors or complicated palettes with soothing textures, Cooperman utilizes contrasts and juxtapositions to
paint the landscape of her physical and emotional life.
For Cooperman, every day feels different, and line, texture and color are able to illustrate these nuances.
They are also capable of answering questions. Sometimes, Cooperman just stands in the doorway and
wonders, “what are the colors of this particular day?” Once she answers this question, she is ready to
Watercolor is Cooperman’s medium of choice. Its lightness allows her to create washes of color or build
up dense layers of pigment. With the addition of other elements, such as salt and oil, she is able to create
texture. But, most importantly, with watercolor she is able to mix any hue on the spectrum from just red,
yellow, and blue, letting her dictate the palette of her emotions.
Marcie Cooperman has been exhibiting her art for many years, and she is also owner and senior artist of
Fresh Interiors, which specializes in murals and tromp l’oeil for commercial and residential projects. She
is an adjunct professor at Parsons, The New School for Design, and leads seminars on color theory and
marketing for L’Oreal and other corporations, independent business owners, and other groups. She has
taught color theory at Pratt in the Industrial Design department and the Graduate Communications Design
department. She also teaches at the Newark Museum. She has a B.S. in Fashion Design from Drexel
University and an M.B.A. in Marketing and International Business from the Stern School of Business at
New York University. Her textbook “Color and How to Use It,” about color theory and its applications, will
be published this spring by Pearson Prentice Hall.
In conjunction with this exhibit, Studio Montclair will offer two workshops on color theory taught by
Cooperman and held at @The Art Studio, 211 Glenridge Avenue, Montclair, NJ. In the first workshop, to
be held on November 10 from 7 to 9 pm, students will gain an overview of color theory and color
relationships. In the second workshop, to be held on November 12 and 13 from 2:30 to 4:30 pm each
day, students will obtain deeper insight into the workings of color theory, learning through hands-on
exercises. Registration information can be found at www.studiomontclair.org.
Studio Montclair Inc. is a non-profit organization of exhibiting professional and emerging artists and others
interested in the visual arts. The mission of the organization is to promote culture and education in the
The “Meet the Artist” program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the
Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and administered by
the Essex County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs.
For More information go to www.studiomontclair.org
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About the Montclair Public Library: Founded in 1893, the Montclair Free Public Library serves the 38,977 citizens of Montclair New Jersey it has two facilities: the Main Library at 50 Fullerton Avenue and the Bellevue Branch at 185 Bellevue Avenue. The Library exists to enhance the quality of life in Montclair by providing an environment which supports and stimulates self-education, lifelong learning and information literacy.