Watercolorist Steve Cavallo is exhibiting “Kintsugi,” a new series of paintings in the Sandy Bennett Art Gallery at bergenPAC. The display runs through August 30 and is in memory of those people who lived through World War II, as well as those who died during the war. There will be a special artist reception on August 11 beginning at 5:30 p.m. — at least one of the Holocaust survivors will be at the reception.
Commemorating the 75th anniversary of WWII, Cavallo put together a series of 51-inch watercolors of portraits of Holocaust survivors, veterans, Korean comfort women, and some people who were children and lived through the war in Europe and Asia.
Kintsugi, which means golden joinery, is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with powder mixed with gold. As a philosophy, it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something that must be disguised.
Cavallo has collected and created portraits and testimonies of Holocaust survivors. Each portrait is accompanied by a quote from the person in the painting, summing up the war years.
Cavallo’s work can be seen at stevecavallo.com. The gallery is on the mezzanine level of the theater. Call (201) 227-1030 or go to www.bergenpac.org.