Culture in brief: Montclair’s Richard Pierson in Arts Unbound
Montclair artist Richard Pierson is featured an exhibition by Arts Unbound, an organization dedicated to the artistic achievement of people living with disabilities and seniors
The show, which bagn Saturday, Feb. 2, titled "No Shame In My Game," runs through March 16. The show is at The Dora Stern Gallery at Arts Unbound, 544 Freeman St., Orange. For more information visit artsunbound.org or call 973-675-2787.
Arts Unbound writes: "Montclair native, Richard Pierson, is a self-taught painter who describes his visual style as “expressionist”. His paintings often depict parables from everyday life with a sense of humor. For example, his portrait of a bartender is titled, “Therapist”. He is also an accomplished musician. He studied composition at Juilliard in New York and jazz at Berklee College of Music in Boston and traveled internationally as a professional musician. He talks openly about being diagnosed with clinical depression and how the death of his wife initiated a struggle with mental illness that became too difficult to manage on his own. The sixty-two year old artist says he “continues to strive to develop his craft” every day. He can often be found at a local Montclair coffee shop with his paints and canvas or performing with his jazz band at area music venues."
Pierson has three paintings in the show.
This exhibit features visual art by adults with mental illness, developmental, and physical disabilities to address and dismantle the stigma around disability within African-American and African diaspora communities. The show includes painting, drawing, mixed media, and sculptural art by more than twenty artists from across the U.S., both emerging talent as well as established artists.
Arts Unbound is dedicated to the artistic achievement of people living with disabilities and seniors. They provide visual arts education and professional development to help emerging artists compete on the retail market. By promoting the work of artists with disabilities and seniors, Arts Unbound centers their art-making rather than any impairments and by doing so challenges the stigma associated with disability and aging.