JCC MetroWest galleries to feature works by Claire Wagner Kosterlitz, Oscar Peterson

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — JCC MetroWest will present art exhibits this September and October, including works by Bauhaus artist Claire Wagner Kosterlitz and painter Oscar Peterson. An opening reception for both exhibits will be held Sunday, Sept. 8, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at JCC MetroWest, 760 Northfield Ave. in West Orange. Susan Rider, Kosterlitz’s granddaughter, will give a guided tour of her grandmother’s exhibit. The reception and exhibits are free and open to the community.

Kosterlitz’s works will be on display in the Gaelen Gallery East. Kosterlitz was exhibited widely in both group and solo shows in the United States and Europe in the mid-20th century. Her pieces have also been included in the collections of many prominent museums. She studied at the famous German art and design Bauhaus School with Klee, Albers and other well-known teachers. She and her husband moved to the United States to escape the Holocaust and settled in New Jersey where she continued to exhibit and paint. Kosterlitz died in 2006.

Peterson’s paintings will be exhibited in Leon & Toby Cooperman JCC, Ross Family Campus lower lobby. He uses traditional methods and techniques while incorporating new ideas and personal observations in his portraits and other paintings. His preferred medium is oils. Peterson describes his style as “contemporary realism with an impressionistic feel,” and is inspired by the work of the impressionists and the old masters. He paints from direct observation, rather than from imagination and gathers information from what he carefully observes. This allows him to concentrate on developing the material aspects of the work, such as how the application of paint can communicate the mood of the sitter.