The Mikhail Zakin Gallery, located in Demarest, New Jersey, invites regional (NJ, NY, PA & CT) artists and curators to submit their work for consideration. 

Mikhail Zakin Gallery: Upcoming Exhibits

Kirk Maynard, Periphery #1, Oil pastel on paper

Visual Thinking


January 6 – February 6, 2020

Reception: January 9, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Artist Talk: TDB


Drawing, can be seen as pre-writing. It is thought to be a response to the world, much of which was not understood by early humans. It is still a response to the world we live in, today. Rudolf Arnheim, from whom the title of this exhibit comes, believed making art is our perceptual response to the world around us. All perceiving is also thinking, all reasoning is also intuition, all observation is also invention.

-Rudolf Arnheim


Historically drawing has been used as preparation for larger projects. Cartoons were drawn during the Renaissance to transfer onto walls that would then be painted. Artists would draw studies of multiple elements of a composition and would then bring them together in the studio while painting.

Currently, in contemporary art practice, a drawing can be the finished work. Any surface and any mark-making tool can be used. Surfaces vary from paper, to metal, to fabrics. Drawing can be performative, interactive, an installation, or a classical translation of life or concept.

The 20 artists chosen for this exhibition display the variety and broad scope of drawing today.

Upcoming Calendar

February 10 through March 13, 2020

Alternate Worlds:

Harriet Finck and Eric David Laxman

Reception: February 13, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Artist Talk: TDB

Paintings by Harriet Finck

Sculptures by Eric David Laxman

March 19 through April 16, 2020

Art to Activism

Curated by Barbara de Vries

Reception: March TBD, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Artist Talk: TDB

Group exhibit of artists working to raise awareness of the dangers of plastic in the environment.

April 23 through May 21, 2020

From the Studio

Reception: April 30, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Student work from our classes fills  Mikhail Zakin Gallery and the Café gallery. See our students work in painting, drawing, ceramics, needle felting, basketry, jewelry making, print making, collage, glass bead making and photography. 

Gallery Hours

Monday–Friday: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM and 7:00 PM–10:00 PM

Saturday: 10:00 AM–3:00 PM

In the event of inclement weather,
please call (201) 767-7160 to confirm hours.

The galleries are handicap accessible.

Upcoming Annual Exhibits/Events

The Old Church Pottery Show

The Old Church Pottery Show and Sale began in 1975 as a fundraiser for the Art School at Old Church. Long-time friends Karen Karnes and Mikhail Zakin, Art School founder, wanted to bring together their vibrant community of potters with the local community to offer an opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind works of art while supporting the newly-established cultural resource. The show has grown to include up to 30 national and international artists each year, and offers more than 2,000 pots for sale over its three-day span, including functional mugs, dishware and servers, as well as sculptural works. Participating potters are invited to the show based on recommendations by their peers.


Stay tuned for information regarding our 46th Annual Pottery Show & Sale in 2020! Visit for more information on participating artists, curators, and the show's history. All proceeds benefit the school.


Salon 561 is an annual salon-style exhibition of artwork created by the members of the Art School's faculty. It is a unique opportunity for individuals to see what professional artists in the Art School community work on outside the classroom. August 17 through September 30, 2020.


From The Studio Classes is an annual salon-style exhibition of artworks by the Art School students. This highly anticipated exhibition fills the galleries to capacity with a vibrant installation of over 200 works of art, shown in the school's Mikhail Zakin and Café galleries. April 23 through May 21, 2020

The Art School at Old Church and Mikhail Zakin Gallery
Phone: 201-767-7160
Fax: 201-767-0497
561 Piermont Rd
Demarest, NJ 07627
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