TR sculptor Lynn Whitfield exhibit opens in the McConnell Gallery

Toms River Sculptor Lynn Whitfield opened an exhibit of her work in Ocean County Library's McConnell Gallery.

Toms River Sculptor Lynn Whitfield opened an exhibit of her work in Ocean County Library’s McConnell Gallery.

The Ocean County Library will host a month-long exhibit by local sculptor and poet Lynn Whitfield in the Toms River branch’s McConnell Gallery during February.

“Loving Art Out Loud: An Intimate Reflection” presents a unique series of hand-built acrylic figures in which Whitfield’s writings have been embedded as text layers.  Both the figures and the embedded words reflect the artist’s life experiences and memories.

Lynn Whitfield is a member of the Toms River Artists Community (TRAC) and has exhibited her work previously at the 2013 Arts, Crafts, Music and Harvest Fest sponsored by Downtown Toms River and Morgan Stanley.  This is her first solo gallery exhibit.

A special reception for Whitfield was held in the McConnell Gallery Thursday, Feb. 6.  The artist read selected spoken-word pieces, accompanied by Wood Madison, a father-and-son musical duo based in New Jersey.

“I like to write poetry,” she said. “I started when I was a little girl but I was shy and I never wanted to share it with anyone. It was a part of me.’’

Through the urging of one of her college professors at Ocean County College, she decided it was time to share her poetry through a new means of expression.

“I took a 3-D design class and found it as a way to express myself through my poetry,’’ she said.

The Toms River resident combines her poems with sculpture using her physical form as a guide. The sculptures, made of clear wrapping tape, feature the texts of her poems with a specially picked backdrop that carries the theme of the poem/sculpture.

Some of her sculptures have two versions such as the work she titled, “The Hat” that has the same poem but a different look to it.

“The second version has a different hat, it is more sassy,’’ she said.

She often works on three to four sculptures at a time but the poems always come first.

“I’ve been doing this for six to seven years and I never know what the sculpture will look like when I first write the poem,” she said.

“I was so excited to come here and show off my work,’’ Whitfield said. She has more than 10 sculptures in the Mancini Hall art gallery.

“Loving Art Out Loud: An Intimate Reflection” is free and open to the public.  For more information contact the Toms River branch at 732-349-6200 ext. 5112, or visit our website at www.theoceancountylibrary.org.

Andrew & Collin Demos from the group Wood Madison

Andrew & Collin Demos from the group Wood Madison

"After Love"

“After Love”

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