Born and raised in the Midwest, Kolflat earned a BFA with Honors from Parsons School of Design in New York City. Her artistic career blossomed after developing a signature style of large-scale colorful canvases that meld abstract and representational principles. After moving to Monmouth County during the 1990s, Kolflat exhibited frequently, gave artist talks and demonstrations, wrote a column for the county art council's bimonthly newspaper and maintained a robust studio practice.
She later took a break from art while raising her daughters, but 15 years later an invitation from a local university to participate in an exhibition in their gallery sparked a complete revival in her artistic practice. Since then, she has produced a fresh body of work, a renewal of earlier paintings but evolved – encompassing expanded topics, modified techniques and a distinct, mature sensibility.
The paintings in this exhibit deal with events and situations affecting the world. Some subjects are of considerable significance, others less so. Hurricane: Sandy aftermath portrays the effect of the hurricane's destruction along a segment of the New Jersey shoreline. Environmental Concern: fewer butterflies is a reminder of the worrisome decline in Monarch butterflies. A cultural movement pressing to instill change in society, Hands Across The Sand: a peaceful protest features an annual gathering of people stressing complaint against ocean drilling and oil spill accidents. Stop The Madness is a large painting with scattered vignettes of global terrorist episodes, and Me Too: echoes from every corner examines a collection of survivors.
Some works are multi- panel, large format compositions and several have irregular shaped borders. All are painted in oil and acrylic on canvas.
The exhibit runs until Jan. 31, and The Sandy Bennett Gallery is open to the public 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays and 12 to 4 p.m. Saturdays. A portion of the proceeds from sales of the paintings support bergenPAC’s nonprofit mission.
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