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‘Abstract Realms’ Offers New Look at Well-Known Artist’s Work


Lakewood, N.J., June 3, 2010—Well-known local artist Pat Shepherd has talent for capturing waves crashing against sandy beaches and beautiful marine life along the Jersey Shore.

But the Georgian Court University alumna, who specialized in art and computer graphics during her college days, is ready to offer art lovers something new in “Abstract Realms,” a 25-piece show on display at the M. Christina Geis Gallery on GCU’s Lakewood campus.

“Creating art from my inner feelings and mental images is the antithesis of my traditional approach to realistic subject matter,” says Ms. Shepherd, whose work is part of many private collections throughout the area. “My usual seascapes, lonely beaches, wildlife, boats and area landmarks have been replaced by abstract art painted in a variety of mixed media. This exhibit is the culmination of several years of experimentation in which I have enjoyed the challenge of painting randomly and creating a design from the results.”

The exhibit, which continues through June, includes a reception with the artist on Wednesday, June 9 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the gallery. Admission is free and open to the public.

Ms. Shepherd, whose studio is in Little Egg Harbor, points to watercolor as her favorite medium, but also works in oil, acrylic, pen & ink and collage. Locally, she has won many awards and her paintings have been reproduced in "Jersey Shore Publications” and "The New Creative Artist.”

Her show at Georgian Court includes paintings with colorful names likely to grab the attention of gallery attendees. Among the 25 pieces on display are Ms. Shepherd’s Purple Passion, Flamenco Dancer, Ribbons, Wacky Shack, Fractured, Lady in Red, Jubilee, and Jim's Favorite.

It’s no coincidence that the titles are just as imaginative as the content, Ms. Shepherd says. “I hope your own unique inventive powers will be stimulated as you view my presentations,” she says.

Ms. Shepherd, who is represented by the Gold Duster Gallery in Barnegat, is a charter member of Pine Shores Art Association where she has served as education chairperson for 15 years, planning and administering a range of programs, classes and workshops.
The M. Christina Geis Art Gallery spotlights works of established and up-and-coming artists in diverse media. The gallery is located on the second floor of the Arts and Science Center on Georgian Court’s Lakewood campus. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call Kathleen Settles at 732.987.2388.

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at One Woodbridge Center in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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