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Herb & Milly Iris Gallery

Gallery Visual Rhythms: New Paintings by Nancy Pantirer

The Herb & Milly Iris Gallery at SOPAC showcases emerging artists and brings contemporary art to a broader audience. The Gallery was the initiative of beloved SOPAC Board Member, Milly Iris, and borne out of her love of art and young people. Milly and her husband Herb were avid collectors, devoted arts advocates, and longtime champions of SOPAC. The Iris family continues to generously support the Gallery in memory of Milly and Herb.

The Gallery is located on the second and third floors of SOPAC. It hosts 3-4 art exhibits a year. Gallery hours are Monday-Saturday, Noon-6PM and two hours prior to SOPAC performances. The Gallery is closed on Sundays. 

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The artwork on display is for sale, unless otherwise noted. If you are interested in making a purchase, please contact Linda Beard at (973) 382-1035 or

Current Exhibition

Kwalité Paintings by Joe Waks 
March 5 – April 27, 2018   
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Joe Waks’ mixed-media paintings underscore his passion for politics and popular culture. Seen through the lens of past icons and emblems of our society, his paintings become an audacious commentary on our consumerist ethos and modern society. Enter Joe’s world for an upside down view of how our culture embraces the marketing messages that infiltrate our minds at every turn.

Past Exhibitions

Maeva Fouché

FORM by Maeva Fouché
December 11, 2017 – February 16, 2018 
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A New Jersey native, born in Newark, Maeva Fouché has always embraced her Haitian-American heritage. It is evident in her work as you view the colors and cultural references. She fell in love with all things art at an early age, leading her on her journey into the art world. Fouché graduated from Kean University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design. She has since perfected marrying the design aspect to her influences; geometry, cubism, pop art and music. The effect is a visual stimulation that speaks both emotionally and spiritually.

reflect: NYC by Michael Steinbrick 
September 11 – November 24, 2017 
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Michael Steinbrick’s paintings reflect a spiritual experience, a moment when a higher level of consciousness takes over the logical translation of what your eye is seeing. Influenced by the realists Edward Hopper, John Singer Sargent, and the photorealist Richard Estes, his paintings capture the quiet solitude of reflection on many levels, amid the frenetic happenings of everyday New York City.

2017 INSPIRED MINDS: Young Artist Exhibition 
A Juried Exhibit of Art by Essex County High School Students
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INSPIRED MINDS is sponsored by Patricia A. Bell and the Iris Family.
Framing is generously donated by the South Orange Frame Shop.

INSPIRED MINDS: Young Artist Exhibition is a celebration of young artists in the region. The exhibition provides an opportunity for high school arts students to have a comprehensive professional exhibition experience from submission, selection, exhibition and sale of their art. Submissions are juried by a panel of distinguished artists, photographers and curators. 

The 2017 INSPIRED MINDS exhibition includes artwork submitted from the following Essex County high schools: Columbia High School, East Orange Campus High School, Lacordaire Academy, Livingston High School, Millburn High School, Newark Preparatory Academy, Nutley High School and Arts High School.

Changing Landscapes by Mary Jane Van ZeijtsChanging Landscapes by Mary Jane Van Zeijts  
March 6 – April 30, 2017 
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The Herb & Milly Iris Gallery - Inside Looking Out - Art by Dorothy Anderson Wasserman - Gallery Reception

Inside Looking Out by Dorothy Anderson Wasserman 
December 15, 2016 – February 23, 2017 
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Gallery Exhibit

POL!TICO: ARTS & The Humanities 
September 8 – December 8, 2016 
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2016 INSPIRED MINDS: Young Artist Exhibition
May 11 – August 31, 2016 
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SPIRITED by Alberte Bernier & Ritch Gaiti
February 8 – April 30, 2016

WebsiteImage-AnArtfulLifeAN ARTFUL LIFE  
September 1, 2015 – January 15, 2016

Gallery Inspired Minds2015 INSPIRED MINDS: Columbia High School Young Artist Exhibition 
May 21 – August 15, 2015 
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Gallery Giants o f Jazz 17GIANTS OF JAZZ 17 portraits by Micha Hamilton 
February 21
 – May 15, 2015

Gallery Precious MemoriesPRECIOUS MEMORIES by Mansa K. Mussa
October 1, 2014 – February 15. 2015

Gallery A ConversationA CONVERSATION by Ann Vollum & Russell Christian
June 7 – September 18, 2014

Gallery CosmosisCOSMOSIS – The Visionary Art of Al Johnson
February 22 – May 31, 2014