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Art and Business are Complementary -
“Umbrella,” the chic shop and
gallery she and sister-in-law Linda Sciarra own and run, starts
its third year next month. Though her artwork has been widely
exhibited and the galleries representing her have ranged from
Madison Avenue, Manhattan, to Canyon Road, Santa Fe, the idea
of her own gallery began to have appeal a few years ago.
Central Jersey Tempo
One Perfect Day
Mother - daughter photography team Jane
and Pam Grecsek capture iconic wedding images. One Perfect
Day is on view at Umbrella, 2nd floor of the Tomato Factory,
2 Somerset St., Hopewell,
through Feb. 21.
It’s New to Us
A visit to Umbrella at the Tomato Factory is a visual pleasure.
Filled with the colorful and intriguing art of Fay Sciarra
and an eclectic selection of antiques and home furnishings
from a number of dealers, this “gallery and more” is
a haven for collectors, buyers, and browsers.
Located on the second floor of the 100-year-old Tomato Factory,
an antiques cooperative at 2 Somerset Street in Hopewell, Umbrella
is the perfect setting for her art, says Ms. Sciarra.
'Divine in the Mundane'
"Artist Fay Sciarra uses everyday objects to
evoke the holy, and create a smile or two.
THE bleak economic picture has everyone in the
dumps, but artist Fay Sciarra is holding her head high. Following
Buddhist teachings, she
is practicing mindfulness, appreciating 'the gift of life
in this moment, just as it is, without judgment.'
Her exhibit at the Gallery at Chapin, appropriately
titled In the Now, focuses on the act of creation as meditation.
The artist takes us 'on a path toward
wholeness. My work is always about the wonder of the moment,' she says.
And Ms. Sciarra's playful use of color, pattern and whimsy is just the
lift the spirits during these difficult times."
Town & Country Living
"Above all else, Fay Sciarra's artwork is utterly feminine.
The lovely grace that shimmers in her art has made Fay a popular
and successful artist in the greater Princeton area. Her gentle
and nurturing touch is extraordinary.
The philosopher Johann Wolfgang von Goethe once said 'The
eternally feminine draws us upward.' ('Das ewige
weibliche zieht uns hinein.') These words aptly describe
Fay's highly personal idiom. Her art is stylish, imaginative
and easily recognizable. Bright colors, rich textures, lavish
patterns, a lack of perspective, intricate detail, subtle wit
and an arabesque of line have become her characteristics".
"... Sciarra's work has evolved from painting
on canvas and found objects to reverse painting on glass, mixed
media, assemblage and collage.
The self-taught artist started painted in her bedrooom in 1994
at a time in her life when she was struggling with personal
loss and the demands of an infant. Thus began a healing journey
that has produced a substantive body of work that makes people
November 24, 2005
“...The more mature I become as an artist,
the more I am willing to take risks with altered reality,” she
says. Not having faces and paring down to the essences “makes
it odder and more suggestive, a magical reality. Other people
can project the faces of their world onto them....”
imaginative paintings have been gaining attention for their
bold colors, intricate patterns, unexpected details and a
lack of perspective. A self-taught painter, Sciarra calls
her style 'sophisticated naive.'"
April 25-May 4, 2003
the dreams of Frida Kahlo, mix in the patterns of Henri Matisse
and add the colors of Milton Avery.
Now, make the subject contemporary domestic life, throw in some whimsy for
good measure, and paint it on found objects from the early 20th century--you've
entered the world of Fay Sciarra..."
a dizzying array of images with a colorful, dreamlike confluence
that draws you in immediately to a world that is familiar,
yet strange. On the flip side, some paintings are filled
with a homey warmth that even the most jaded aesthete would
surrender to on sight..."
Homes of Prestige
"...She sometimes paints on found objects--a
memorable triptych on three ironing boards is an early example.
Lately, her surfaces have expanded to include washboards, mirrors,
windows, and even wooden sleds; in the process, some work has
become more sculptural--and yet her studio is probably her
most three-dimensional work to date..."
At Home Section
June 28, 2001
"...I'm attracted to the old
and the new. I'm drawn to the refined and the rustic and like to paint things
like a fine antique next to an old shutter. I wanted that feeling to be incorporated
into the studio. When I paint interiors I am decorating on canvas. I wanted
it to not only be a studio, but a painting I could walk into..."
Times, Fine Art
May 25, 2001
time with Fay Sciarra's paintings is like going on a treasure hunt. They
are rife with symbolism, objects and artifacts from her personal
of her imagination and autobiographic glimpses.
I got a call out of the blue from the 'Today Show,' I became
a basket case for a couple of months, Sciarra says..."
be honest about my dreams on national TV was not easy to
do. It was a real coming of age and moving past that kind
of old limiting belief that if I shine too brightly, people
won't like me. It's time to let that go. To accept the gifts
gratefully and graciously is my goal..."
August 1, 2000
work is influenced by Matisse, Bonnard and Chagall--she
minored in art history--and yet she redefines perspective
in the way of self-taught artists..."
"...Before Ms. Sciarra's mother, an artist, died, she spoke magical words
to Ms. Sciarra, divining that her daughter would be a good artist, that she would
be talented and love it. She wanted her daughter to write and illustrate children's
books, and so she bequeathed her brushes and easel to Ms. Sciarra..."
Day has been a bittersweet holiday for me since my mom
died eight years ago. But this year feels different,'
said Sciarra. 'I miss my mother, of course, but I feel
her presence strongly. She sees me creating an incredible
reality. She sees me pursuing my calling in a beautiful
churchlike studio. And there's no accident that my "Today" show
profile is airing on this day of all days'..."