Plainsboro Public Library, May, 2016 — This May, the Gallery at Plainsboro Public Library will feature works on fabric – acrylics on muslin and dyes on silk – by two local artists. Sheela Raj and Sladjana Vasic, both Plainsboro residents, will present a colorful and eclectic collection of wall hangings, scarves, home décor items, and framed art. A reception will be held on Sunday, May 15, from 2 to 4 pm. Both artists will provide a short demonstration of their painting techniques (2:30 pm) which will underscore the similarities and differences of the two mediums. The exhibit runs April 30 – May 25, 2016.
Sheela Raj brings to the exhibit a collection of work in acrylic on muslin. The primary source of inspiration for her richly diverse subject matter comes from nature. Her art is characterized by vibrant colors, contrasting shapes, and bold compositions. A largely self-taught artist, Ms. Raj studied under various professional artists to master their techniques. She recently attended courses from New York School of Visual Arts and Princeton Art School. While living in India, she painted on more than fifty shows on various television channels, and still travels to India to teach workshops and to exhibit. She has produced several DVD’s in Acrylic Free Hand Decorative Painting and Soft Swipe on Fabric Techniques. She has also provided painting demonstrations at the Plainsboro Library annual art festivals and currently teaches fine arts to children and adults.
Sladjana Vasic will present works of silk dyes on silk. Her interest in the medium began in the High School for the Arts in Sarajevo when she studied the batik process as a fashion design student. Now she uses the silk and the vibrant dyes in a method called “Serti” (closing or fence) where designs are outlined with a water-based resist before color is added. She later received a degree at the Teaching College in Novi Sad, Serbia. Ms. Vasic then began to illustrate children’s books, one on the Rusyn language called “Hodzim, Vidzim, Cujem, Cuvstvujem”(“I can walk, talk, see and feel.”) by Jakov Kisjuhas. After moving to Plainsboro from Belgrade, Serbia with her husband and daughter, Ms. Vasic continued to illustrate books, including “Once Upon A Tiger”, a book of poems about endangered animals by Janet S. Wong; and “Goose Lake” by David L. Harrison. She also designs book covers, edits illustration and has an eBook publishing business. You can see more of her work on sladjanavasic.weebly.com, vasicbooks.com, and colorofsilk.weebly.com.
The Plainsboro Library is located at 9 Van Doren Street, Plainsboro, NJ. Hours are 10-8:30 Monday – Thursday, and 10-5 Friday – Sunday. For more information, call 609-275-2897.
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