Make/Believe and Make a Joyful Noise

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Make/Believe Works by Judith Schaechter
October 21 – December 17, 2022

A Joyful Noise Works by Barbara Earl Thomas
November 11, 2022 – January 7, 2023

Claire Oliver Gallery
2288 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd.
New York, New York 10030
Telephone: (212) 929-5949

By Stephen Wozniak, December 2022

Two new solo exhibitions on view at Claire Oliver Gallery, Judith Schaechter’s Make/Believe and Barbara Earl Thomas’ Make a Joyful Noise, rightly focus on our necessary creative drive to challenge the ongoing noxious effects of many troubling, pertinent current events unfolding in front of us. The work in each show utilizes central figurative characters and strong narrative threads to help catch viewer attention but does so by different, intriguing formal means and media.

The works of Make/Believe and Make a Joyful Noise seem like relatives of the same extended family that have crossed a storied history and hit the hard turns in this life we lead. Both Barbara Earl Thomas and Judith Schaechter realize our greater social path and experience in their works through people that we can identify with. In these arresting shows, each artist ignites those characters’ proactive, creative responses with buzzing color, gripping composition and revitalized traditional materials that light up the space and, hopefully, the eyes that behold it.

Both Make/Believe and Make a Joyful Noise are now on view at Claire Oliver Gallery in New York City.


Stephen Wozniak

Stephen Wozniak is a professional fine artist, writer and motion picture and television actor based in Los Angeles, California. He earned a B.F.A. from the Maryland Institute College of Art and attended Johns Hopkins University. To learn more, go to: and Follow Stephen on Instagram at @stephenwozniakart and @thestephenwozniak.