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See Recycled Materials Come To Life At Fair Lawn Library Pine Gallery

Woman in Red by Ruth Bauer Neustadter
Woman in Red by Ruth Bauer Neustadter Photo Credit: Submitted
Sisters Ruth and Miriam by Ruth Bauer Neustadter
Sisters Ruth and Miriam by Ruth Bauer Neustadter Photo Credit: Submitted
Ruth Bauer Neustadter
Ruth Bauer Neustadter Photo Credit: Submitted

FAIR LAWN, N.J. -- Bergen County artist Ruth Bauer Neustadter returns to the Fair Lawn Library for an exhibition of her work.

The public is invited to an opening reception with the artist on Sunday, Nov. 6 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the Pine Gallery.

Her exhibition "Go Figure," runs through Friday, Dec. 30 and features expressionistic, highly-textured work, many created from recyclable materials.

The artist can be seen on her daily walk picking up recyclable materials, such as rusted bottle caps, bolts, nuts, rusty pipes, and loose railroad spikes to integrate into new art pieces.

Bauer Neustadter drew upon her career and experiences as a dancer to capture the figures shown in the exhibition.

"I love painting the figure and portraits. This is probably because I spent a significant part of my life working as a modern dancer. Working with the human figure, often on multiple canvases, breaks up and distorts the shape, creating unexpected negative spaces to engage fully the viewer's imagination. The figures are reminiscent of my exposure and involvement in a three dimensional space, as a dance translated into a two dimensional format," she said.

Her work has been exhibited at several museums, including the Montclair Museum, Hunterdon Museum, Jersey City Museum, Newark Museum, Belskie Museum of Arts & Science, and Bergen Museum of Art and Science.

Among the galleries that have featured her work is the George Segal Gallery at Montclair State University in Montclair, the Piermont Fine Arts Gallery in Piermont, and the Ceres Gallery in Chelsea. Collectors from Sweden, Italy, Canada, and the United States have purchased her work.

Bauer Neustadter studied with teachers Nicki Orbach, Michael Dillon and Joe Terrone. She received a bachelor of arts in dance from Bennington College; pursued a career in dance working and studying with prominent choreographers Charles Weidman, Claire Porter, Alvin Ailey and Martha Graham; and founded the Ruth Bauer Draper Dance Company.

An active member of the arts community, she serves on the boards of directors of the Center for Modern Dance Education, Hackensack Cultural Arts Board, and Salute to Women in Arts.

Her work may be viewed online at her website . For further information about the exhibition and the reception, contact Emiliana Tuohey at 201-796-3400 ext. 16 or

The gallery's hours are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10a.m.-9 p.m.; Tuesday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Friday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday from 1-5 p.m.

The Maurice M. Pine Free Public Library is located at at 10-01 Fair Lawn Ave., Fair Lawn.

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