Monday March 11 – April 5, 2013
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 14th – 5pm to 8pm
Earthly Pleasures, a solo exhibition of paintings by Marietta Patricia Leis will be hosted by Seton Hall University’s Walsh Gallery. Curated by Jeanne Brasile, the exhibition features Leis’ oil paintings which are lushly rendered abstractions inspired by her extensive travels and love of nature. The paintings are, in part, evocative of landscapes, seascapes, plant forms, weather patterns or micro-organisms and can be concomitantly seen as many of these phenomena. Nuances of color and light palpably depict a range of imagery that encapsulates a life of experience, serving as complex memory portraits that tap into emotions and feelings, both past and present.
An avid traveler, Leis has visited such locales as Thailand, Spain, Antarctica, Portugal, Italy, Finland and Greece. Having experienced a variety of settings around the globe, she is inspired by our planet’s variety of light and color conditions. She strives to depict this beauty in abstract terms that capture nature’s bounty in the formal language of painting. Leis is also inspired by her childhood memories and her time spent in Newark and Montclair, New Jersey while growing up. Her grandmother’s artistic background and reverence for nature was a formative influence during that period and continues to inspire Leis’ work.
For 150 years, Seton Hall University has been a catalyst for leadership, developing the whole student, mind, heart and spirit. Seton Hall combines the resources of a large university with the personal attention of a small liberal arts college. Its attractive suburban campus is only 14 miles by train, bus or car to New York City, with the wealth of employment, internship, cultural and entertainment opportunities the city offers. Seton Hall is a Catholic university that embraces students of all races and religions, challenging each other to better the world with integrity, compassion and a commitment to serving others. For more information, see www.shu.edu. Seton Hall University is located at 400 S. Orange Avenue, South Orange, New Jersey, 07079. The Walsh Gallery is open 10:30am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday.