YouTube & NJ Nature Art Shows

Being a full time visual artist I try to exhibit my work at least once or twice a month at various locations but many of you aren’t close to these events to be able to see them in person.  Well, this month you can “attend” my solo art show at RUTHIE’S RESTAURANT because it was filmed for a short YouTube video!

Caged Nerves, digital photo collage (c)Lauren Curtis

Caged Nerves, digital photo collage (c)Lauren Curtis

Thanks so much to the folks at Ruthie’s Cafe for inviting me to have a Solo Art Show this month featuring my B&W travel photography & “X-RAYted” digital photo collages!  Please stop by and enjoy the exhibit while having a tasty, home-cooked meal in their quaint restaurant!
They even took a short video to introduce the show, with a brief description by yours truly,  which you can see on YouTube !!  Here’s the link:
Show runs all thru April, 2014, Ruthie’s Cafe,
70 Raritan Ave., Highland Park, NJ, 732-640-1040. 
Open all week during business hours.
And if you are in Central NJ, then check out this exhibit that I have a photo in…

New Jersey’s Natural Wonders, Group Show, So. Brunswick, NJ Municipal Gallery, 540 Rt. 522/Ridge Rd., Monmouth Jct., NJMeet the Artists Opening Reception Fri. 4/11/14, 6:30pm-8pm. Show runs thru July 1, 2014.
Hope to see you there!

Canal Mystery 3 (c)Lauren Curtis

Canal Mystery 3 (c)Lauren Curtis


The Great Blog Swap

When Artpromotivate blog founder, Graham Matthews offered artists a chance to be a part of his blog swap I jumped at the chance to be included!  His site is provides great, up-to-date, helpful info for artists and features creatives of all kinds on the site (yours truly included!).  He was kind enough to link my blog to his so I’m returning the favor and highly recommend you check out Artpromotivate!

OK, so here’s the link button…hope it works and shows up as a visual graphic….if not you’ll just see code & I’ll have to attempt to figure out how to get it to display properly, so if that happens, be patient with me!  😉

So, here goes:

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MayDay! Art on YouTube, in NJ & more…



"Infinite Layers" art exhibit at Alfa Art Gallery


Join me for the opening reception of this month-long group art show at Alfa Art Gallery,
Thurs. May, 2, 2013, 7pm-10pm,
108 Church St., New Brunswick, NJ.  732-296-6720 
I’ll have several digital photo collages in this exciting exhibit!
"RAYS" traveling NJ art exhibit


A traveling, educational art exhibit focusing on both the helpful and harmful effects of the sun!  This show will be at various locations throughout Somerset and Morris Counties in NJ, April 15 thru June 1, 2013.  For further info.,  email Lucille Y-Talbot of the Regional Chronic Disease Coalition at or visit  or  I have a sunset photo in this exhibit.

Artpromotivate YouTube video

Thanks to Graham Matthews of ARTPROMOTIVATE website/blog
for including me in his new art YouTube video!
Check it out…only a few minutes long
but packed with great art! 

Cattitude T-shirt (c)Lauren Curtis

Original designs, 100% pre-shrunk cotton,
All sizes (kids & adults)
white, gray, black
women’s cut in white
Starting at only $20 ea. (includes s/h!!)
up to $35 ea., depending on size/color/style.
Aradia shirt in black

Paypal accepted to me at
Checks/$-orders to
Lauren Curtis
P.O. Box 193
Franklin Park, NJ  08823

Feel free to contact me
for more info.!

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Featuring Features; art news & t-shirt time!

X-RAYted Curio-cities postcard
Celebrate the season of re-birth with me and Caladan Gallery.  They’re featuring my SOLO, ONLINE exhibit of my digital photo collage series, X-RAYted Curio-cities,  based on x-rays collaged with other elements.  Since this show is ONLINE you can all view it from the comfort of your home…or anywhere!  Here’s the link  Show is up thru 4/15/13.
  Note: all prices listed on the site INCLUDE framing and s/h!
T-shirt flyer 2013
Now that the warmer weather is making it’s way to us, it’s  time to spruce up your wardrobe with my unique, original T-SHIRTS!  All sizes, adults and kids, women’s cut (white only), 100% pre-shrunk cotton, white, black, gray, starting at only $20 each INCLUDING s/h (extra to ship outside of continental US)!  A few bucks extra for gray, black, XXL and women’s cut.  Paypal accepted to me at  Checks & money orders to:
Lauren Curtis, P.O. Box 193, Franklin Park, N J  08873
Feel free to contact me with any questions about the shirts or to place an order.

This month I have several art features on some very interesting blogs and websites!

CHURN alternative arts, music and cultural magazine:

Blaze McRob’s Tales of Horror art & literature site:

Well known herbalist and spiritual inspiration Susun Weed has featured me for the 3rd time on her
Wise Woman website & blog:

As always, thanks so much for reading & checking out the links!  Until next time…
~Lauren & fine art), T-shirts, photography, illustration)  (my Blog!) Fan Page)

Art SPRINGS to Life

Happy Spring…even if it does NOT feel like it…in NJ at least.  But I know Mother Nature will come through soon and send some warmer weather.  And in honor of this season of re-birth, I’m in some spring art exhibits….one is in Morristown, NJ & the other is ONLINE so you ALL can see it from the comfort of your cozy homes.

First up is the RITES OF SPRING, juried, group show hosted by the Arts Council of the Morris Area at Gallery at 14 Maple, Morristown, NJ.  This exciting show opens Wednesday, 3/27/13, 6-8pm.  Come visit this amazing green gallery space where everything is constructed of natural, recycled materials and there’s even an indoor vertical garden going through the center of the building!  One of my X-RAYted digital photo collages is in this show.

Rites of Spring Postcard

Rites of Spring Postcard

My solo, online show features many of my digital photo collages from my X-RAYted series.  The show will be up until 4/15/13 on Caladan Gallery‘s website:  Thanks to gallery director Marjorie Kaye for giving me this opportunity!  Since this is online I hope you’ll all take a minute to check it out and post any comments here on my blog.   A note…all the prices for my work in this show INCLUDE framing and s/h/insurance!!

Caladan Gallery Solo Show Postcard_Mar2013

Caladan Gallery Solo Show Postcard_Mar2013

Thanks for reading and looking forward to seeing you at an event or reading your comments!


CHURN out the Art

Social networking does work and it’s great when you make connections that really click!  I connected with artist/Churn Magazine guru Jeff Monje via LinkedIn and right away he was kind enough to feature me in his art zine!  So, of course, I invited him to be a guest blogger here to return the favor and so he could share his inspiration with you as to how he developed his project.  So, here’s what he has to say…check out CHURN…you won’t be disappointed!




My name is Jeff Monje,  ARTIST & Founder of CHURN,
an ART, Music & fashion magazine . I created CHURN back in 1999 out of S.F. after graduating from the San Fransisco Art Institute with a B.A. in painting. Once out of school I quickly realized that promoting & selling your own artwork was more difficult than I had imagined. It was also apparent that many other artists were in the same situation, and after reflecting upon this I decided to take action and do something completely new to me…Publishing my own art magazine so there would be a vehicle of promotion on a much larger scale with more opportunities to sell my work as well as the opportunity for others to sell theirs too.  CHURN , an Art, Music & Fashion was then launched. The main idea behind the magazine besides being entertaining and informative was to help up & coming artists, musicians & fashion designers etc who didn’t get the exposure they deserved.  It was this ” Collective Community” approach  that was employed so as to help struggling artisans get work seen & sold.
We  experimented with different art/ music related subjects and interviews in the magazine to dig deeper in to the minds of the creators so that the audience would get a better appreciation of who these people are and why they are extremely important to the world. Artists, Musicians etc..are one part of humanity that glues the rest together. Having been at the magazine for years and after a hiatus of more than 12 years I decided to bring CHURN magazine back to the public in 2012 because so much is happening in the art / music scene and world that it was important enough to re-promote the creators. I will be doing the magazine for as long as I’m alive.  We welcome the world to submit their best!


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A bit more about Churn:
CHURN is an INDEPENDENT Publication Founded in 1999 -2000 out of S.F., California by Artist Jeff Monje. We stopped printing CHURN after issue #6 but have recently re-launched our publication online and in print coming out with issue #7 featuring World class artist John Brophy on the cover .We have featured some HUGE names in the Art / Music scene for a small run press. The goal from the beginning has never wavered. We want to help as many brilliant Artists, Musicians, Writers ,Theater Performers and Fashion Designers and more get the visibility they deserve through another venue .
WE WELCOME THE ARTISANS & MUSICIANS OF THE WORLD to submit your works for print and online!

March Art is Happening!

Happy March…Spring is almost here….can you feel it?  Getting the ol’ energy back so I’m very excited to announce the following exhibits that my work has been selected for and I’d like to invite you to join me at the opening receptions (or please stop by when you can to view the work)…

SMALL WORKS, 3 Artist Show, McCall Gallery, Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie, Trenton, NJ, located in Cadwalader Park in a gorgeous, historic mansion.
March 1-June 30, 2013. Opening Reception, Sat., March 9, 6-9pm. I have 10 NJ photos in this exhibit.

BrainFlower (c)Lauren Curtis Sept.2012 Digital Photo Collage

BrainFlower (c)Lauren Curtis Sept.2012
Digital Photo Collage

RITES OF SPRING, Juried Show,  Gallery @ 14 Maple, Morris Arts Council,  14 Maple Ave., Suite 301, Morristown, NJ, 973-285-5115.
March 27- Sept.4, 2013. Opening Reception, Wed., March 27, 6-8pm. The digital photo collage above will be in this exhibit.

FANTASTIC TALES, So. Brunswick (NJ) Municipal Gallery, 540 Rt. 522/Ridge Rd., Monmouth Jct., NJ.  I have 2 oil paintings in this show, open during business hours, Mon. – Fri. Show runs thru 4/2/13.


UPCOMING NEWS: Here’s what I have in the works…Art blog & website features, radio interview & POSSIBLE TV show appearance!!  Stay tuned!

Thanks for reading & hope to see you at an event,


Discover NJ Arts Artist of the Month

BBBBRRRRR, it’s been cold out there but the art world is giving warm support to local artists!  Discover Jersey Arts, in conjunction with ArtPride NJ, has featured me on their VIRTUAL GALLERY as February’s ARTIST OF THE MONTH!!  Please check out some of my newer work and info on their website:

Mothers Lament (c)Lauren Curtis Watercolor and collage

Mothers Lament (c)Lauren Curtis
Watercolor and collage

I’m proud to have artwork in the following exhibits this month:ONE NIGHT SHOW at the Court Tavern in New Brunswick, NJ, 2/16/13, 8pm-2am, 4 local artists and 5 live bands!!

BIANCO, a group exhibit featuring artwork based on the color white, Gallery U, Red Bank, NJ

FANTASTIC TALES, group show of NJ artists at the South Brunswick, NJ Municipal Gallery

WINTER SHOW, group show of NJ artists at Fiddlehead’s Restaurant, Jamesburg, NJ

Morgana's Murder, oils  (c)Lauren Curtis

Morgana’s Murder, oils (c)Lauren Curtis

Thanks for reading & stay warm,

~Lauren art website) & fine art), T-shirts, photography, illustration)  (my Blog!) Fan Page)

Renee Phillips & the Healing Power of Art

Hello Creatives!
Have I got a treat for you today!  My guest blogger is “artrepreneur” & founder/director of Manhattan Arts International at,  Renee Phillips!

Now here’s a woman who is pro-active in her own career as well as tremendously helping others with their career goals.   A big focus for Renee is the healing power of art, which I think we can all take inspiration from, so I’ve asked her to describe her project in her own words…
Professionally, I’ve been devoted to the subject of Art and Healing, and Positive Change through Art, for at least 14 years. In my book Success NOW! For Artists, A Motivational Guide for The Artrepreneur, published in 1999, I have a section devoted to the Healing Power of Art.
All my life I have been a reader of Emerson, Thoreau, Jung, Peale, and others, and a strong believer in the power of positive thinking and the correlation between our thoughts and our reality.
As an artist, writer, and a career coach, I have always created from a place of pure love and joy.
Perhaps what triggered the original Celebrate The Healing Power of ART exhibitions was my desire to counterbalance a lot of the negative, angst-ridden art that I noticed was dominating the NYC art scene at the time. I felt a strong need to promote artists whose work emanated positive energy.
I believe in the “law of attraction” and as a career coach most of my clients have shared the same philosophy. I have become more focused on helping artists who have something positive to bring to the world. I have many written articles about artists who survived illness, grief, loss through their art and are helping others through the power of artistic self-expression.
When my mother was struggling with Alzheimer’s disease I saw firsthand how art helped her cope. She was unable to communicate verbally so we “spoke” through drawing and coloring together.
The Celebrate The Healing Power of ART exhibitions serve as a platform to bring our strong beliefs and truths about the power of art to heal, not only the creator of the art but viewers as well. And, the wondrous magic of it all is every artist has a unique way of expressing the message in many different styles and mediums.
And, that’s why I feel very strongly about bringing positive healing art to a global audience through Celebrate The Healing Power of ART exhibitions. In recent years I added the word “Celebrate” because the word injects bliss and hope.
One of my greatest pleasures is being on the jurying panel and viewing the art submissions! I feel that I connect to the artist and their heart and soul through the work they create.
All the best,
Here’s some samples of winning artwork from Renee’s Healing Power of Art contests:
Orion (Meaningful Life)
Benny H.V. Andersson (Bridge over Infinity)
Carolyn Abrams (Contemplating)
Winning Healing Art

Winning Healing Art

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Here’s where you can see what Renee’s up to:
Manhattan Arts International
Join Renee
Twitter reneephillipsny
Facebook ReneePhillipsArtCoach

My Facebook Feature

Hello again, Creatives!  I know it’s not “appropriate blogging” to have people go to a link away from your blog in the beginning of a post but this is an exception!  ARTPROMOTIVATE has featured my Facebook art fan page on their site this week so they deserve some hits,  plus I hope it encourages you to visit, share & LIKE my fan page!  It has a lot of my new artwork, t-shirt and greeting card designs,  one-of-a-kind jewelry and more!  I also post questions about people’s creative processes to encourage artistic conversation so join me there and join or start a conversation!

Here’s the link to my feature which will take you to my Facebook page (I’m the 2nd of 2 features on the page).

See you on Facebook!