Art Upstairs


Gallery Hours:
Tuesday 3:00 – 5:00pm
Wednesday 10:00am – 1:00pm
• Prior to performances and during intermissions for ticketed patrons only by appointment by contacting:
Charles Miller at 973-539-0345 x6506
or Lee Kaloidis at 973-539-0345 x6587

Art Upstairs Gallery:
Rare Wildlife Revealed: The James Fiorentino Traveling Art Exhibition
January 16, 2017 - February 28, 2017

James Fiorentino, a nationally renowned sports and wildlife artist who resides in Hunterdon County, will exhibit a series of watercolors of rare wildlife at the Mayo Performing Arts Center Art Upstairs Gallery, January 17, 2017 – February 28, 2017. This exhibit will be in partnership with Studio 7 of Bernardsville and Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey.

James Fiorentino is renowned for his ability to create uncanny likeness of famous sports icons. A resident of Hunterdon County, he has painted and illustrated some of the most recognized faces in the world using his self-taught watercolor expression, including Presidents, Nobel Peace Prize winners, CEOs and political icons. His work is showcased in museums, galleries and private collections across the globe, and his story has been told on national television and in the pages of magazines and newspapers. James is the youngest artist inducted into the New York Society of Illustrators and was the youngest artist to display his work in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Fiorentino continues to prove himself as a highly regarded illustrator and painter. He graduated from Drew University in 1999. Now, his trademark detail and realism in watercolor can be seen in wildlife paintings. More information is available at

Of Rare Wildlife Revealed, author and curator David J. Wagner says, “The breath of artwork produced by James Fiorentino reminds me of the breath of work of America’s richest artist of the 20th century, LeRoy Nieman….Very few wildlife artists that I know of can handle the human figure in convincing fashion. Fiorentino has distinguished himself as a wildlife artist with skills and versatility that positions him above the rest in this regard.”

Adds David Wheeler, Executive Director, Conserve Wildlife Foundation, “His watercolor paintings truly bring wildlife to life. In doing so, his art helps to educate and engage viewers about the precipitous declines that many of these species have undergone.”

“By bringing together audiences for both art and wildlife conservation, we hope to educate and inspire adults and students on the immense power of the arts to illustrate conservation issues,” Wheeler continues.” We are so pleased to partner with Mr. Fiorentino on this unique campaign.”

Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey (CWF) is the leading statewide non-profit organization focused solely on protecting and raising awareness for rare and at-risk wildlife in New Jersey. More information is available at


About The Art Upstairs Gallery:
The Art Upstairs Gallery, located in the balcony lobby of MPAC, showcases visual artists from a variety of disciplines, including watercolor, oils, photography, sculpture and more. Each year, the works of over 200 artists are showcased in group exhibits. Each exhibit hangs from six to eight weeks. Groups that have been showcased include the Essex Watercolor Club, New Jersey Photography Forum, Millburn-Short Hills Art Center and more.

The gallery provides a unique opportunity to marry the visual and performing arts, and to provide exposure to these artists to an audience that may not normally frequent an art gallery.

Artwork is available for purchase. The Gallery is open two hours prior to showtime and by appointment. For more information, please contact Charles Miller at

The Art Upstairs Gallery is a gift of the John and Margaret Post Foundation.

The Starlight Gallery: 
Currently exhibiting through March 8: Heidi Sussman 
For more information please visit

Peony Garden      

About the Artist:
Heidi Sussman has been a visual artist and writer for more than forty years. She graduated from Emerson College in Boston and continued post graduate studies at the Instituto Allende in San Miguel, Mexico. She began her career as a newspaper photographer and darkroom technician winning numerous awards from the New Jersey Press Association.

She actively exhibits her art in solo and group shows, and her work is held in public and private collections throughout the United States and Canada. She teaches photography and mixed media techniques in area workshops as well as in her studio in the Manufacturers Village Factory Complex in East Orange.

Working to promote the arts within her community, she is a past-president and trustee of the West Orange Arts Council, a member of the ValleyArts Visual Arts Advisory Board and Marketing Committee, a member of the Exhibition Committee and Newsletter Editor of the New Jersey Photography Forum, and member of the New Art Group.

A contributing author and artist to various publications, her work has been published in photography books, magazines, literary journals and short fiction anthologies.

Artist Statement:
I am a photographer who combines natural and digital art media with my photos. I use my camera, iPhone or iPad, to integrate digital painting and collage into my pieces.

A significant body of my work includes architecture; especially abstract details. I photograph exteriors and façades not only to produce pleasing visuals, but to go beyond the surfaces and think about what’s hidden inside.

Part of my process is to experiment with various papers including handmade rice and watercolor papers, and I often create images transfers of my photos to wax or paper. I embellish them with hot and cold wax, oil, acrylic, colored pencil, watercolor or pastel.

Wax is an important component in my work. I add layers of hot wax to an image that is fused to paper or wooden panels to create photo encaustics. I combine image transfers to cold wax painted backgrounds, and add more wax on the surface to create mood and texture that is not apparent in a traditional flat, two-dimensional print.

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