Radiance by Doris China

A Special Memorial Exhibition of Paintings by
Asbury Park Artist Doris China

Saturday, November 16, 2013
7:00 to 10:00 p.m.

ArtsCAP, the Arts Coaltion of Asbury Park present, by special arrangement with Pat Schiavino owner of art629, a gallery on Cookman Avenue Asbury Park, will present a special exhibition to honor artist Doris China, who passed away last June. An Asbury Park artist and ArtsCAP member, Doris generously shared her talent and time to encourage and excite other artists and art students. “Radiance,” as the exhibition is called, opens Saturday November 16 at 7:00 p.m. at art 629, a gallery located at 629 Cookman Avenue in downtown Asbury Park. The gallery, owned by artist Pat Schiavino, has generously been made available to ArtsCAP for this special event.

Before Hoboken became a popular destination, Doris China recognized the potential of that city. She purchased a brownstone to remodel, rented some studio space and became an activist with a vision for the city’s redevelopment plan. Many years after Hoboken refreshed its identity, Doris, by then a Brick Township art teacher, moved to Asbury Park and purchased a needy Victorian close to the beach. In her new home town she sought a community organization to support and discovered ArtsCAP. She quickly became a active and vital member and wasting no time, joined the Pubic Art Committee which led to the adoption of the City Public Art ordinance in 2010. Additionally, she became the liaison who assisted artists by hanging their art work at ArtsCAP hosted monthly art exhibitions in downtown venues such as Mattison Park and Market in the Middle and she wrote the ArtsCAP monthly newsletter.

Also at this time she was challenging herself as a painter, refining her increasingly larger paintings of stylized tropical flowers. These works, inspired by the lush tropical foliage of Puerto Rico, where she and her husband Carlos wintered each year, not only captured the unique detail of each plant, but also layered vibrant colors broadly brushed across the canvas suggesting the island’s warm breezes. She was a frequent exhibitor in area shows, including Heaven is Asbury Park and at most recently at a juried show in Rahway she was referred to as the “Georgia O’Keefe of the Tropics.”

“The exhibition gathers her vibrant paintings together so that we may remember her singular talent and contribution, not only to the arts in Asbury Park but also, to the organization,” comments ArtsCAP’s president, Ginny Otley. “The exhibition will also be an opportunity to continue Doris’ legacy” continues Otley, “by creating a scholarship in her name which will be awarded to an Asbury Park student majoring in art who is accepted at a university, college or art school.” Proceeds from or the sale of art works on view will fund the scholarship as well as donations to the Doris China Art Scholarship Fund. Donations can be made at the exhibition and also by sending a check to ArtsCAP. PO Box 507, Asbury Park, NJ 07712.

”The public is invited to celebrate Doris’ work at the opening, which will also include a musical performance by her son Emilio China. We and the family, are particularly thankful to Pat Schiavino for the use of his gallery” concludes Otley. The exhibit will be on view through November 24. For more information concerning this event call 732-874-884.