West Orange Arts Council presents
The Story, The Characters, The Light
By Heidi Sussman
January 18, 2020 through February 1, 2020
West Orange Arts Center, 551 Valley Road, West Orange, NJ 07052
Outlander Premiere Party & Artist Reception:
Sat., Jan. 25, 2020 (Snow date 2/1/20) 5pm-8pm
"Outlander Inspired" is an exhibit by artist/photographer and Outlander fan Heidi Sussman. The work showcases images captured via cell phone and manipulated to create digital illustrations and one-of-a-kind mixed media art. They tell a visual story of the time traveling 20th-century Claire Fraser and her 18th-century Highlander husband Jamie Fraser, main characters from the popular TV drama, Outlander, inspired by author Diana Gabaldon's novels.
Sussman, a West Orange artist and former WOAC Chairwoman, discovered Outlander a little over a year ago and while watching, was inspired to explore the many dimensions of the characters. In a darkened room she photographed the action with her cell phone and then altered the images employing several of her signature image transfer, photo encaustic and digital illustration techniques.
"As a photographer I am intrigued with how the world, real or imaginary, is lit," says Sussman. "Light becomes its own character whether viewing art as a flat, two dimensional piece, or in motion as in TV or film. The lighting in Outlander is truly spectacular."
As a teaching artist Sussman offers workshops in the various processes she uses to create her art. She is on the faculty of the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey in Summit , and has most recently been invited to present three of her innovative arts workshops this summer at Art Makers Denver. Her local art studio is located in Manufacturers Village, in East Orange.
"I was impressed with Heidi's work and with her unusual way of producing it through active and engaged, rather than passive TV viewing," says WOAC chair Patricia Mitrano. "Whether you are an art lover or an Outlander fan, the intent of this exhibit is to appeal to a diverse audience, to demonstrate diverse techniques and to bring new visitors to our community art gallery."
All are encouraged to join in the festivities of the world of Outlander and of the West Orange Arts Center. Gallery hours are 90 minutes prior to Luna Stage performances and by appointment.
For more information visit www.heidisussman.com and www.woarts.org
This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and administered by the Essex County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs.
The West Orange Arts Council was established in 1998 to cultivate, inspire and support the arts in West Orange. Area artists and community leaders remain at the core of this all-volunteer organization that operates the West Orange Arts Center gallery and gift shop at 551 Valley Road, West Orange, NJ. "Welcome to the West Orange Arts Center!" is this year’s exciting year-long celebration of the arts, representing various artists, workshops, exhibits, and activities to enhance the lives of the residents of West Orange and neighboring communities. -###-