Plainsboro Public Library – December 2016

If you are a native New Jersian, or even a new resident, you may recognize familiar vistas and roadways of this state at the Plainsboro Library’s upcoming gallery exhibit, which runs from December 3 – January 4. Trenton area artist Elizabeth Aubrey presents “Soul Scapes,” a collection of her New Jersey-inspired landscapes, which are based on both her memories and present day scenes. The art reception will be held on Sunday, December 4, 2 – 4 pm, where the artist will give an informal chat about her creative process at 3 pm.

Elizabeth (Liz) Aubrey is a New Jersey-based painter. She combines objective and abstract imagery to evoke the changing landscapes of New Jersey by integrating images from childhood memories of open spaces — she grew up in a rural part of the state — with urban images that have evolved in recent years.

Most of the artist’s works are combinations of drawings, photographs, stories and observations, and all of the works are acrylic on canvas. Her artistic process starts by first creating black & white sketches done from various locations in New Jersey. The black and white sketches are reworked using markers, color pencils and pastels. After creating a series of studies, a final image is created and transformed onto canvas. Many studies are created before a concept is final.

In 2015 Liz curated several shows in New Jersey and New York City, including “Trenton Style” at Prince Street Gallery, Mercer County Community College and Plainsboro Library, and in 2016 “TAWA Invitational” at Lake Side Gallery –RWJ- Hamilton. She has exhibited in the tristate region and internationally. Her recent exhibitions include the 2013 Mercer County Artists, the 2012 Trenton Makes exhibitions at the Prince Street Gallery in New York City and Trenton City Museum, and the 2012 Artists of Yardley Annual Juried Show in Pennsylvania — for which she received Best in Show. Her work has also been included in the “Realism/Surrealism” exhibition that included artists Clarence Carter, Hughie-Lee Smith, Mel Leipzig, and Bernarda Bryson Shahn; the Trenton Artists Workshop Association’s Soviet Exchange exhibition in Moscow; group shows at the New Jersey State Museum, Nabisco Gallery, Muse Gallery and New Arts Gallery in Philadelphia; a four women show at Mercer County Community College, and others. She studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, University of Colorado, and Mercer County Community College with Mel Leipzig.

The Plainsboro Library is located at 9 Van Doren Street, Plainsboro, NJ. Hours are 10-8:30 Monday – Thursday, and 10-5 Friday – Sunday.  For more information, call 609-275-2897.


Donna Senopoulos
Plainsboro Public Library