New Jersey RPCV Art Exhibit

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By RPCV NJ ( - on Saturday, March 19, 2005 - 10:33 pm: Edit Post

Opens at 1978 Maplewood Arts Center April 2, 2005

Opening reception April 2, 2005 2-5 PM, and closing celebration with panel discussion April 24, 2005 3-5 PM


1978 Maplewood Arts Center will present an exhibition of paintings, sculpture, photographs and fiber work by Returned Peace Corps Volunteers during the month of April. 1978 Maplewood Arts Center is located at 1978 Springfield Avenue in Maplewood will open the show with a reception for the artists and the public on Saturday, April 2, 2005, from 2:00 until 5:00 at the gallery.

The exhibition, organized and curated by former Peace Corps Volunteer Adam Swart, Nepal 2001-2004, and Chuck Miley, Malaysia 1967-1969, will showcase eight artists who are RPCVs, (Returned Peace Corps Volunteers).
Paintings by Frances Duckett of Roosevelt , NJ, explore the lushness of her experience in Jamaica. The paintings of Pat Chapman of Somerset, NJ, celebrate the color and atmosphere of daily life she experienced in the Philippines. Adam Swart, formerly of Somerset, reflects on the close bonds he formed with his elementary school students in his intimate gemlike miniatures. Sculptor, Bernie Oberoski's works attempt to portray the diversity of languages of New Guinea, where he and his wife served from 1999-2001. Fiber artist, Bette McCarron of Ocean City, spent her service in Granada where she was the National Coordinator of Arts and Crafts. She has developed weaving rich in patterns and textures. Photographers, Kelly McNeal, Africa, and Suzanne Randall, Samoa and Tonga, will display images of daily life in their adopted communities. Suzanne Randall includes photos of New Zeland where she traveled with the National Samoan Woman's rugby team. Chuck Miley objects reflect his fascination of rites and rituals he observed while serving in Sarawak, Malaysia, and in his travels in Indonesia and Nepal. His resin forms contain found objects and suggest prayer wheels and funerary urns.

March and April is the time in which the Peace Corps tries to raise awareness of the work performed by its volunteers abroad. New Jersey boasts of more than 4400 returned Peace Corps Volunteer. There will be a round table discussion dealing with the personal Peace Corps experiences of these artist/volunteers and how it changed their lives. The panel discussion will be a part of a closing celebration on the final Sunday, April 24, 2005, 3-5 PM.

The exhibition will run from Saturday, April 2, to Sunday, April 24. The gallery hours are 2-5 PM Saturday and Sunday and by appointment. For information or an appointment call 973-762-2268.

By Anonymous ( on Friday, November 02, 2007 - 7:52 am: Edit Post

I want to get in contact with a US peace corps
by the name Jane Koren.In 1969 she work as a
teacher at Tebakang Combined School, Serian,
Sarawak, Malaysia

By Anonymous ( - on Thursday, November 08, 2007 - 4:48 pm: Edit Post

I would like to contact Mr. Adam Swart, a peace corps volunteer in Nepal 2001-2004.
I have met him before and Adam should remember me
Astrologer Ram Prasad Ghimire. please e-mail:

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