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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: 

reflect: NYC
by Michael Steinbrick 
Curated by Jeremy Moss

On Display: Monday, September 11 – Friday, November 24, 2017
Free Reception: Thursday, September 14 from 5-8PM 

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.

His images tell a story, both obvious and subversive. They capture the beauty in the randomness of the ever-changing advertisements and street traffic below, while the reflections change that narrative. These are fleeting moments when various elements come together to create a harmonious blending of shape, pattern, form, and color. 

Michael Steinbrick obtained his BFA from Montclair State University. He honed his craft abroad at the Constantijn Huygens Academie in Kampen, the Netherlands. After his schooling, he worked as a muralist and scenic designer in New York, New Jersey, and Chicago. It was during this time that
he began to develop an interest in the city-scape.

Click here to view a photo gallery of this exhibition. 

Upcoming Exhibition:

Maeva Fouché

by Maeva Fouché
Curated by Jeremy Moss 

On Display: December 11, 2017 – February 16, 2018 
Reception: Thursday, December 14 from 5-8PM

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.

Click here to view a photo gallery of this exhibition.

Pictured Artwork: Son of Man, 2015, Acrylic on canvas, 24” x 48”

Past Exhibitions: 

INSPIRED MINDS: Young Artist Exhibition 
A Juried Exhibit of Art by Essex County High School Students  

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. 

This year’s 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.

Click here to view a photo gallery of this exhibition. 

INSPIRED MINDS is sponsored by Patricia A. Bell and the Iris Family.

Framing is generously donated by the South Orange Frame Shop.

Cover art by Leonel Soares Neto, Katie Darvin, Brina Baia and Jessica Li.

Changing Landscapes by Mary Jane Van Zeijts

Changing Landscapes
Art by Mary Jane Van Zeijts  
On display March 6 – April 30, 2017 

As a lover of nature, you will find Mary Jane Van Zeijts in search of the perfect light. Her pastel images are both luminescent and moody, a juxtaposition she catches in a seemingly effortless manner. Van Zeijts’ drawings, that contain both impressionistic and abstract elements, have a distinct feel of an oil painting. Her use of color transports you to that exact moment in time.

Click here to view a photo gallery of this exhibition. 

The Herb & Milly Iris Gallery - Inside Looking Out - Art by Dorothy Anderson Wasserman
Portion of “You Remind Me of Me” Photo Collage

Inside Looking Out
Art by Dorothy Anderson Wasserman  
On display December 15, 2016 – February 23, 2017 

Come and explore the interplay of Wasserman’s inner life and outer reality. It will take you on a fascinating journey of surrealist visual narratives, that will confront you, ask questions of you and have you wanting more. Wasserman’s photographs are cut, rearranged and then pieced together in layers of chaos and clarity. She tells a spellbinding story using images from the past, present and an imagined future. Contemporary surrealist collage in its finest form.

Click here to view a photo gallery of this exhibition.

“Death of the GOP” by Cheryl Gross, 2016

POL!T!CO: ARTS & The Humanities 
On display September 8 – December 8, 2016

On view at The Herb & Milly Iris Gallery from September 8 – December 8, 2016, is POLITICO: ART & The Humanities, an exhibit that explores the cultural influence of politics and the humanities through the uses of various mediums of visual art. The intersection of art and politics provides an opportunity for exploration of the ideals of truth and transparency vs. censorship and political correctness as the tug-of-war between these ideological pursuits rages on. 

POLITICO is part of a collaboration that showcases four arts organizations (SOPAC-South Orange; Arts Unbound- Orange; The Baird Center’s Pierro Gallery- South Orange;  and Valley Arts Firehouse Gallery- Orange) connected by geography, and the desire to create a richer experience  for viewers. This four-venue exhibit gives artists a voice in some of the sizeable issues that are informing the 2016 November presidential election. 

Featured artists are Luis Alves, Aileen Bassis, Eric Beckerich, Kevin Bradley (Church Of Type), Kathy Cantwell, Russell Christian, Christopher Cox (Change The Thought), Lawrence Ciarallo, Jenny & Dean (A Frightening Prospect), Ron Freeman, John Friedland, Cheryl Gross, Betty McGeehan, Anne Oshman, Jay Santiago, Steve Singer, Felix Sockwell, Onnie Strother, Florence Weisz, Miguel & Alejandro Vega (The Art Of Twins Vega), and is curated by Micha Hamilton.

Click here to view a photo gallery of this exhibition. 
Featured cover art by Cheryl Gross.

INSPIRED MINDS Young Artist Exhibition

The Herb & Milly Iris Gallery at SOPAC celebrates the work of young artists in INSPIRED MINDS: YOUNG ARTIST EXHIBITION, a juried exhibit of art by Essex County high school students. 

Click here to view a photo gallery of this exhibition. 
Featured cover art by Emily Katherine Glynn.

SPIRITED by Alberte Bernier & Ritch Gaiti


An exhibition from the private collection of Herb & Milly Iris

Gallery Inspired Minds

INSPIRED MINDS: Young Artist Exhibition 
A Juried Exhibit of Art by Columbia High School Students 


Gallery Giants o f Jazz 17

GIANTS OF JAZZ 17  | Portraits by Micha Hamilton

Gallery Precious Memories


Gallery A Conversation

A CONVERSATION by Ann Vollum & Russell Christian

Gallery Cosmosis

COSMOSIS – The Visionary Art of Al Johnson