They say all publicity is good publicity, but positive publicity is the best! So below is the press release that went out to newspapers and websites across Central NJ about the HOLIDAY ART SHOW opening reception this coming Sunday (12/16/12) at FIDDLEHEADS RESTAURANT in Jamesburg, NJ. I’m excited to be one of the artists in this show & am looking forward to the opening, where there’ll be an abundance of local, affordable art as well as tasty snacks by the talented chef at Fiddleheads along with food supplied by the artists. I’ll have SIGNED, MATTED PHOTOS & ORIGINAL GREETING CARDS ON SALE for the opening reception only! Hope to see you there!
Artists’ Reception & “Christmas at Fiddleheads”
On Sunday, Dec. 16, from 2:30 to 4 p.m., New Jersey artists Lauren Curtis (Franklin Park), Carol O’Neill (Highland Park) and Bob Virgadamo (Cranbury) will host a free opening reception for the Winter 2012 gallery show at Fiddleheads Restaurant in downtown Jamesburg. The show includes complex watercolors, digital photo collages, and mixed-media artworks, framed and ready for sale. Also featured will be the framed work of nature photographer Jennifer Wiessner of Maine, formerly of East Brunswick, N.J.; handmade wooden toys from Gary Blatz, formerly of East Brunswick, of Green Mountain Toys in Vermont; and handmade jewelry from designer Patti Gaffney, owner of WildBliss Jewelry based in Helmetta. Fiddleheads has been sponsoring quarterly exhibits of local artists since 2004, and has been working with the Suburban Artists Guild, based in East Brunswick, since 2007. Shows are curated by East Brunswick residents Selena Palmer and Paula Feifer, members of the guild.
Fiddleheads invites the public to “Christmas at Fiddleheads,” a holiday reception to view the show, and visit with the artists and the restaurant owners and staff. Complimentary light refreshments, courtesy of the artists and Fiddleheads, will be served during the reception time. The restaurant will not be open for a la carte seating during the reception, but will open for dinner at 4:30 p.m., the conclusion of the event. Reservations for the reception are not required.
Also during the hours of the reception, Fiddleheads will award a $10 gift certificate to the restaurant with any art, jewelry or toy purchase over $50. Cash and checks are the accepted forms of payment for artwork.
Lauren Curtis, a resident of Franklin Park, is a graduate of the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers and has been a working artist ever since. She enjoys working in a variety of media, including oils, acrylics, pen and ink, watercolor, and photography, and often depicts images of nature, wildlife, spirituality, and classic and contemporary mythology through a female perspective. Her work has been selected for use by many cultural and historic organizations and displayed in health-care centers and galleries, and her work has been featured in nearly 100 exhibitions. She was a featured artist on the Science Channel’s show Oddities 2011-12. This is her first exhibition at Fiddleheads.
E. Carol O’Neill graduated from the University of Michigan and has taken art classes in many U.S. cities. Formerly a program director for a nonprofit organization benefiting the blind, she later joined the Middlesex County Arts and Education Council and redirected her energy back to creating collage art. Her work has appeared in multiple exhibitions throughout Central Jersey and she has won first prizes in the Piscataway and Middlesex County Senior art shows. A member of the Highland Park Arts Collective, she has had solo shows at that town’s library. She lives in Highland Park with her husband, Bill, and this is her first exhibition at Fiddleheads.
Bob Virgadamo is a resident of Cranbury, and primarily a watercolorist. A charter member of the Cranbury Arts Council, he brought that organization’s annual “Art in the Park” series to the town. He was chairman of the Cranbury Township Art Review Committee for the municipal Gourgaud Gallery from 2000 to 2007, and has been an exhibit curator for that gallery. His work “The Cranbury Clock Tower” was the official symbol of the rededication of Cranbury’s Town Hall. He has also exhibited in many other shows throughout the area. An active member and past president of the Cranbury Lions, he is a member of the Garden State Watercolor Society and Artsbridge. This is his second exhibition at Fiddleheads.
Woodcrafter Gary Blatz, a native of East Brunswick now living in central Vermont, recently brought his beautiful heirloom toys, including boats, biplanes, rattles, and grasshoppers with moving parts, to Fiddleheads for display and sale under the moniker Green Mountain Toys. Crafted with precision detail and nontoxic finishes in his Randolph woodshop, his creations will be cherished treasures to children and adults alike. A career carpenter and builder of furniture who ran a home-improvement business in Central New Jersey for 25 years, he has devoted much of the past three years creating this line of toys. Photos of the toys are available.
Photographer Jennifer Wiessner is the house artist at Fiddleheads, having displayed and sold her work there continuously since 2004. Formerly of East Brunswick and now raising two sons in coastal Maine with her husband, Greg, Jennifer focuses her lens on serene nature and its moments of breathtaking beauty, particularly with plant life, animals, and rays of light in the north country, from Maine into eastern Canada. She has won several prizes in Maine for her photography and has sold more than two dozen framed photographs at Fiddleheads.
Jewelry maker Patti Gaffney, a former schoolteacher and research analyst, created WildBliss Jewelry in 2010 as a passionate pursuit-turned-business. Using gemstones, beads, and any other item that inspires her, she describes her bliss in designing jewelry as a way to bring joy and happy, reckless abandon to her customers. She is a resident of Helmetta. This is her first exhibition at Fiddleheads.
The exhibit will be on display through March 2013.
Fiddleheads, a full-service, Zagat-rated New American gourmet restaurant since 1992 and under new ownership since 2004, is located in downtown Jamesburg, at 27 East Railroad Avenue, and is open for lunch Wednesday through Saturday, for dinner Wednesday through Sunday, and an a la carte Sunday brunch. Fiddleheads recently won the “Best of the Best” designation in the Readers’ Choice Poll of The Home News Tribune in two categories: Fine Dining and Sunday Brunch. Customers may bring their own wine and beer. The restaurant is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, and its Web site is www.FiddleheadsJamesburg.com for menus and more information. On Facebook: www.Facebook.com/FiddleheadsJamesburg.