The World of Fujiko Isomura
The STAGE Gallery
Art At the Millennium 
Merrick, NY, 11/26/99-02/27/00



"F.I.", a work in gouache, inkjet print and gold leaf on paper, by artist Fujiko Isomura, has been selected for the international juried exhibition "Art at the Millennium," at The Stage Gallery in Merrick, New York. In this piece the artist brilliantly transposes a delicate, traditional Japanese image into a Norman Rockwellian Scene of truck-driver Americana, all within an aesthetically pleasing, if humorous, composition-a device Ms. Isomura utilizes in a delightful series of which this is but one example. The artist currently lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

Ms. Isomura's piece was one of only twenty works that were unanimously selected by the five eminent jurors for this show, out of one thousand, two hundred and forty-seven slides entered into the competition by three hundred and seventy-seven artists from all five inhabited continents of the world. The jurors were Anne Ellegood, curator at the New Museum for Contemporary Art in Soho, New York; Cathy Valenza, exhibitions director of the Islip Art Nuseum in Islip, New York; Lee Muslin, owner/director of the Nexus Gallery in New York City; Len Nezin, artist, and Marge Nezin, designer, co-owners.directors of the Nezin Gallery in Freeport; and Marietta Warner-Siegel, Ph.D., artist and art historian, who is the founder and exhibitions director of The Stage Gallery.

The exhibition will run for three full months, from November 26, 1999, to February 27, 2000, and is intended to show the range and quality of art produced by the most talented emerging and mid-career artists at the turn of the century and the millennium. The public is invited to meet the artists and discuss their work at the reception on the closing day, Sunday, February 27, from 6 to 8 P.M.

The State is a non-profit gallery devoted to bringing the best such works from throughout the nation and he world, to the attention of Long Island's art public, through viewers come from far and wide. A stone's throw )35 minutes) from Manhattan by public transportation, it is located at 2222 Hewlett Avenue, Merrick, with its entrance on Sunrise Highway right at the Long Island Railroad's Merrick station. There are an average of 2500 viewers per exhibition, and the gallery charged no commission on sales. The very visible gallery is at street level and is handicapped-accessible. Hours are 1-7P.M. on weekdays, 12:30-3P.M. weekends, or by appointment. For further information, call 516 623 3504.

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