The Drying Art of Dish Towels

Reeves-Reed Arboretum Presents

Oil on Canvas and Board by Robert Bernstein

at Hat Tavern, Grand Summit Hotel
570 Springfield Avenue
Summit, NJ 07901

Summit, NJ As part of our continuing community outreach, Reeves-Reed Arboretum, working with the Grand Summit Hotel, presents 3 curated exhibitions annually at The Hat Tavern. The first show to open the 2018 season at the Hat Tavern is THE DRYING ART OF DISH TOWELS, oil on canvas and board by Robert Bernstein.

THE DRYING ART OF DISH TOWELS elevates the simple, utilitarian dish towel to a subject worthy of fine art. Combining a love of mechanical drawing with "spending a lot of time in the kitchen," has resulted in a geometrically composed series of dish towel paintings. The formal and conceptual interaction of color and shapes, especially when several folded towels are seen next to one another, provides a compelling aesthetic that offers the viewer comfort in these ubiquitous objects. To Bernstein, they represent a retreat from and a reflection on the complexities of today's world.

Robert Bernstein lives in South Orange, NJ. He is a graduate from Amherst College where he developed his strong interest in visual arts. He has sustained this love and lifelong interest in the creative arts, primarily through photography, while working in the financial markets. He studies painting at the Visual Arts Center in Summit and has exhibited his photographs and his paintings in solo and group shows within the State.

THE DRYING ART OF DISH TOWELS will be on exhibit at the Hat Tavern of the Grand Summit Hotel from now through May 2018. The public is invited to a meet-the-artist reception on Thursday evening, March 8, from 6 to 8 pm – refreshments will be served. All of the works are for sale and the artists will donate 30% of each purchase to Reeves-Reed Arboretum. For information about this exhibit or activities at Reeves-Reed Arboretum, please contact Frank Juliano, Executive Director, Reeves-Reed Arboretum, or visit

Celebrating over 40 years as an historic public garden, education resource, and non-profit conservancy, Reeves-Reed Arboretum engages, educates and enriches the public through horticulture and environmental education, and the care and utilization of the gardens and estate. Open 7 days a week, the Arboretum is listed on both the National and New Jersey State Historic Registers. Funding for RRA has been made possible in part by the NJ Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State, through a grant administered by the Union County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Dept. of Parks & Community Renewal.

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