Clifton Arts Center Hosts NJ Artists at May Exhibit: Genes & Genius with Gary Erbe & Chantell Van Erbe


The Clifton Arts Center will present its next exhibit, “Genes & Genius” by Gary Erbe and Chantel Van Erbé from  May 11th to  July 30th, a Meet & Greet with the artists will be held on Saturday, May 14th, 1-4pm.

 This father and daughter are both unique and talented, self-taught artists. Gary Erbe has been painting professionally for over 40 years. Via extensive solo exhibitions, his work has been presented throughout the US, garnering numerous honors and awards. He has exhibited internationally and in a group show, American Art on the Brink of the 21st Century, organized by Meridian International, that traveled for two years in the Far East.

Erbe’s work hangs in museums across the country and in many public and private collections throughout the world.  His work is often inspired by popular culture, with nostalgic images of the golden era of TV, radio and film as well as history and current social issues.  His skill imbues familiar objects with a heightened realism and an otherworldly surrealism that he calls "levitational realism." His work is aesthetically complex and has been referred to as perspectival illusionism or “trompe l’oeil” which translated from French means "fool the eye." 

"Crime Stopper" by Gary Erbe

Chantell's preferred medium for many years has been mixed media; her art career has spanned over three decades for which she has won numerous awards. She is an elected member of Allied Artists of America and Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club and is listed in Who’s Who in American Art.  In 2019, her work was featured in a book devoted to New Jersey artists by author, Tova Navarra.

The exhibit hours are Wednesdays through Saturdays 1pm-4pm.  For appointments, call (973) 472-5499.

The Arts Center is located on the grounds of the Clifton Municipal Complex, near the Well Water on Well Road.  To learn more, visit the Clifton Arts Center website here.

Submitted via press release by Roxanne Cammilleri, Director of the Clifton Arts Center.


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