Mendham Artist in New York Exhibition

Mendham Artist in New York Exhibition

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New York, NY

#1 Oct 17, 2006
Dear Forum Members,

I would like to invite you to our upcoming exhibition Beneath the Surface, featuring Mendham artist Allyson Norwood Bush.

Artist Allyson Norwood Bush describes her work as,“an exposition on people and relationships.” A response to the everyday of American living in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, her work focuses on the afflictions of the modern individual. Feelings of isolation and reflection on identity shadow the cast of characters she presents the viewer. Most affected by ‘the feminine experience’ and women’s negotiation of culturally defined gender roles, her subjects are most often female. However, because Bush’s message is one of meditation amidst life’s hurried pace, she balances these topics of intense emotional content with a lighthearted style characterized by loose brushstrokes and whimsical line enhanced by an expressionist palette. Bush approaches each piece as a work in progress, never clearly knowing its significance until its evolution is complete. Her wish is for her art to be approachable, understandable, and egalitarian. With what may be remnants of her graduate training in Art Therapy, her artwork promotes self-evaluation centered on achieving a healthier spirit. The overarching theme of her oeuvre is best classified as one of eternal optimism. Having overcome many an obstacle herself, Bush’s life and work are truly inspirational. As part of her own therapeutic routine, Allyson Norwood Bush works with the homeless as well as those living with HIV and mental illness. She currently resides in suburban Mendham, New Jersey.

To view Norwood Bush's work, please visit

Beneath the Surface runs November 14 - December 5 in Agora Gallery's Chelsea location at 530 West 25th Street. The reception takes place Thursday, November 16, 6-8 PM. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Best regards,

Amanda Aaron
Public Relations Department
Agora Gallery

530 West 25th Street, in Chelsea, New York

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