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News & Press April ’14

The Herb & Milly Iris Gallery

The Herb and Milly Iris Gallery at SOPAC brings contemporary art to the community providing artists with opportunities to reach new audiences. The artwork on display is for sale. Partial proceeds benefit SOPAC. To purchase artwork on display at The Herb & Milly Iris Gallery, please contact the SOPAC Development Department at 973.382.1033 or

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The Visionary Art of Al Johnson
Curated by Micha Hamilton

Upcoming Events:

WED, MAY 14, 6PM-8PM - Artist Tour & Talk
WED, MAY 21, 6PM-8PM - Closing Reception

View the art of COSMOSIS online in the GAS GALLERY AND STUDIO.

COSMOSIS features the richly layered and boldly colored INTERPRETIZM paintings of internationally celebrated artist Al Johnson.

Al Johnson, an exceptional colorist, creates art that is inspirational to the spirit. When you look once you will want to look again. INTERPRETIZM is his invitation to think new thoughts about what art can be, and allows for individual understanding that transcends any restrictions and expectations in what is seen. Influenced by artists like Joseph Cornell, Paul Klee, Gustav Klimt, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Kurt Schwitters and Romare Bearden, Al Johnson's creative universe seamlessly blends the styles and techniques of classical and contemporary art into a powerful and ecstatic vision of spiritually-charged works. Filtered through the prism of his remarkable individuality, the viewer is invited to think new thoughts about what art can be.

Originally from Los Angeles, California, curator Micha Hamilton is a published photographer, filmmaker, writer and graphic designer. He studied film and television broadcasting at the Arts Center College of Design, Pasadena and University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) respectively, and earned his Associate Arts Degree in Computer Graphics and Graphic Design from Platt College, Los Angeles. Micha is Owner and Art Director of MHP+D/Micha Hamilton Photography + Design, a boutique creative company providing clients with stunning visual imagery for commercial, non-commercial and private needs. In January 2010, having discovered the rich and vast creative talent of the region, he co-founded the visual arts exhibition and production space GAS Gallery And Studio in Maplewood, NJ.