SAXTONS RIVER >> The work of David Stern is the subject of an art show running through Feb. 22. An opening reception will be held tonight from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Main Street Arts.
Stern has titled his show "All Over the Map," referring to the paintings that he created while traveling, and for the variety of pieces and styles.
With a degree in theater from the University of Vermont and a master's of fine arts in design from Rutgers University, Stern has directed and designed more than 100 productions for the stage – including MSA's 2015 production of "Les Miserables" -- and has shown artwork at numerous galleries. His work encompasses wood sculpture, watercolor painting and jewelry, through which he attempts to communicate a consistent sense of design across multiple media and methods.
Stern said that he is "seeking to retain the freshness and freedom of the organic while providing enough structure to support the composition. Thus, in watercolor, I celebrate the movement of the water. In jewelry, I let the metal melt and move. In sculpture, I leave a great deal of wood just as I found it, using what is innate in the material."
Described by those who know him as a Renaissance man, Stern is the artistic director of Main Street Arts and is the director of arts organization's upcoming winter production of "Bat Boy: The Musical."
He lives in Westminster with his wife Vanessa.
Now in its 27th year, Main Street Arts is a non-profit community arts center dedicated to serving the creative needs of the greater community by encouraging creative exploration and expression through a wide range of experiences. Further information is available at www.MainStreetArts.org or on Facebook.