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The Herb + Milly Iris gallery presents L’DOR V’DOR: CARRY THE FLAME (Walk + Talk)

Sunday January 16, 2022 at 1:00 p.m.

The Herb + Milly Iris gallery at SOPAC
One Sopac Way, South Orange, NJ, 07079

Join us for a walk + conversation with the artist and curator of the current exhibition at The Herb + Milly Iris gallery. Deepen your understanding of these “metal origami” works through a guided exploration of the exhibit. This event is free and open to everyone.

It’s The Herb + Milly Iris Gallery 10th anniversary! Until January 30, please consider make a donation at Galerie Iris in support of this special step.

L’DOR V’DOR: CARRYING THE FLAME

By Jeremy Iris-Williams

Organized by Jeremy Moss

SOPAC’s Herb + Milly Iris Gallery is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a special exhibition. “L’Dor V’Dor: Carrying the Torch” by Jeremy Iris-Williams (Herb and Milly’s grandson) is the first exhibition of metal art by this emerging artist.

Golden V’dor is a Hebrew expression meaning “from generation to generation”. This sentence sums up the notion of honoring one’s predecessors by passing on wisdom, traditions and stories.

The Iris family perfectly embodies the meaning of this expression.

Milly established the Iris Gallery in 2011 to honor her late husband, Herb. After Milly passed away in 2014, the couple’s daughters, Roreé and Kerry, honored their parents by continuing to support the Iris gallery. Now Jeremy, Roreé’s son, is exhibiting in the art gallery.

“Jeremy Iris-Williams is a torchbearer, literally and figuratively,” says Jeremy Moss, curator of the Iris Gallery. “He continues the creative lineage of his Nona, Milly Iris, who inspired him to become the artist he is today.”

Milly pioneered the American craft movement, opening a one-of-a-kind craft gallery, Whichcraft Studio, in South Orange in 1970. Later, Milly served on SOPAC’s first board of governors, which was responsible for cultivating the vision for SOPAC. An unwavering follower of “living with art”, Milly passed on this passion for creativity to her grandson, Jeremy. She nurtured his curiosity for the arts and encouraged him to pursue his talents. She encouraged him, challenged him, and most importantly, believed in him.

Ten years ago, to celebrate Milly’s 80th birthday, Jeremy unveiled his first sculpture at SOPAC, a large and striking piece of wood. Six years later, Jeremy enrolled at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Her candidacy ended with a heartfelt dedication “… in honor of Nona, who made me believe I could be an artist.”

In college, Jeremy quickly discovered a talent and affinity for metal sculpture and immersed himself in welding and metal fabrication. Much of Jeremy’s work is abstract and unpredictable. He is interested in the use of metal in unexpected ways.

“I see a sheet of steel as my blank canvas,” explains Jeremy Iris-Williams. “There are no rules or restrictions. I have full freedom to think and create. With my metalwork, the possibilities are endless.

About two dozen of his pieces are on display in “L’Dor V’Dor: Carrying the Torch”. These works were created in the artist’s studio in Kensington, Philadelphia, over the past year and a half.

“I would describe them as ‘metal origami’ with a little twist,” says curator Jeremy Moss. “Whether decorative or functional, his sculptures are fascinating, stimulating and elegant. “

Milly has fueled her grandson’s creative flame and Jeremy is proud to ‘carry the torch’. Her return to The Herb + Milly Iris gallery honors her Nona and recognizes the way art connects people. May their intergenerational bond and dedication to the arts inspire a creative spark in the lives of others.


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