It’s all in the family at West Windsor Arts Council exhibition

“Pink Spiral” by Nancy Azara

The West Windsor Arts Council will present Generation Next: The Family Show from June 25 to Aug. 17 at the West Windsor Arts Center on Alexander Road.

The show is part of the Council’s annual “Generation Next” exhibition series. Based on an exhibition idea by artist Joy Kreves and curated by her daughter, Ivia Sky Yavelow, the exhibition includes work by 13 visual artists, each part of a family where two consecutive generations are visual artists.

Working in various media and styles, the artists in the show all grew up around their family’s art or watched their children’s art develop. In addition to the pieces in the show, images of work made during each artist’s childhood and/or while they were raising their children will be on view via printed reproductions at the gallery.

The following are the artists whose art will be included in the exhibition.

Works by Susan Hoenig, John Shockey and their daughters, Alice and Gwen, address themes of space and human connections to physical locations both natural and man-made. Hoenig and John’s works address interactions between man-made and natural environments.

Alice and Gwen’s works focus on belonging and the connection of human bodies to spaces. Hoenig works in land art and mixed media sculptures and paintings. John is a photographer, and Alice and Gwen work in multiple media including printmaking.

Elise Whittemore and her daughter, Ella, share an interest in process, memory, and collection. They both use fibers in their work, attaching fragments and pieces of multiple media to create their finished pieces.

Ella’s work is also influenced by her grandmother, a fiber artist and quilt-maker. Ella works in fibers and Elise in mixed media and woodblock prints.

Works by Nancy Azara and her daughter Nana Olivas, both reference the body, partially through use of materials that had previous lives—such as wood and blood. Some of Olivas’ work uses her body as a canvas. Azara is also a founder of the New York Feminist Art Institute. She is on the board of directors at SoHo20 Gallery, where Olivas shows.

Michael and Liz Biddle (both printmakers and sculptors) recently showed together in Cut and Paste at AIR Gallery in NYC. Along with their daughter, Megan, they share an interest in natural processes and their effect on materials.

Michael, a fresco painter, printmaker and mosaic artist, comes from a family of artists as well. His father, George Biddle, and mother, Helene Sardeau, have pieces in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and other acclaimed institutions.

Kreves and Yavelow collaborated on drawings when Ivia was young, and now both create two and three dimensional works that mix high and low end materials—though their subject matter differs.

A reception is planned for Sunday, July 8, from 4–6 p.m. The public will have a chance to view the show while meeting artists and enjoying snacks and beverages in the gallery.

For information on the show, WWAC, or West Windsor Arts Center, go to westwindsorarts.org, call (609) 716-1931 or email info@westwindsorarts.org. Office and gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, and Saturdays by appointment.

Deaths

Sui L. Sung, 55, of West Windsor, died on May 11.

Sung grew up in New York City and spent his formative teenage years at The Gunnery, a private preparatory school in Washington, Connecticut.

He then attended Skidmore College, where he majored in economics, before returning to New York City to embark on a career in finance and banking. His professional career spanned 30-plus years with positions at J.P. Morgan, HypoVereinsbank, and most recently, ICBC Standard Bank.

Sung was an ardent fan of the New York Mets and the highlight of his fandom was when he personally witnessed the Mets become World Champions in Game 7 of the ’86 World Series.

He enjoyed playing on company softball teams and recreational volleyball games. He was also a skier who challenged himself and his daughter to conquer a mountain’s double black diamond runs.

He was an avid runner who participated in local 5Ks with his family and annual summer corporate challenges with colleagues. He recently finished the New York City Half Marathon.

Sung is survived by his wife, Cynthia; and daughter, Kira.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Boys Club of New York (bcny.org), The Gunnery (gunnery.org); Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center, Center for Hematology & Oncology (pennmedicine.org.)