March 9 – May 15, 2017

Opening reception: Thursday, March 9, 5-7pm

Artist talk: Thursday, March 23, 5-9pm at our first “AMP” (Artist, Musician & Poet) Night


The Gallery at River Arts is pleased to present Sad and Jazz, an exhibition of mixed media paintings by Ted Zilius, March 9 through May 9, 2017. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, March 9, from 5 – 7 p.m.

Ted Zilius juxtaposes two different approaches to his mixed media paintings in Sad and Jazz. The older works rely on the content of the collaged images, sometimes combined with words and subtle color, to evoke a feeling or stimulate thought. The new works, or “jazz” pieces, have random collage elements and a livelier palette, with a focus on color, rhythm, timing, and movement. His use of music and movement while working inspires spontaneity and contributes a contrast between the older work and newer pieces. Zilius said his work process is “Dance, tear out magazine pages. Dance, paste down pages. Dance, lay on resists. Dance, smear on paint. Dance. Then decide. Is it done? Dance!”. His musical inspirations are wide ranging, from Willie Nelson to Miles Davis.

Zilius studied painting with Ad Reinhart, graphic design with Henry Wolf and Milton Glaser, then worked at Robert P. Gersin Design in NYC, all the while dancing and painting whenever possible. His subsequent move to the West Coast provided him with additional design experience in the offices of Frank Gehry’s and Charles Eames’. However, “fear of earthquakes” drove him to New Jersey to design toys for Creative Playthings. At this point, dancing while painting had become an important aspect of his personal creative process. He moved to Vermont, where he designed and built houses, furniture, and, of course, created more paintings.

The Gallery at River Arts is located upstairs in the Robert C. Folley Hall at the River Arts Center.  Gallery hours: Monday – Friday 9:00a.m. – 4:00p.m, and by appointment.  Admission is free.

Special thanks to Over And Above Photography for their work creating a very special window into our galleries. Take a virtual tour … and make sure to swing by our galleries to fully experience Ted Zilius and Carolyn Mecklosky’s work in person!


"Spider" by Ted Zilius
“Spider” by Ted Zilius