Artful Wishes for a New Year!

Dream Of Trees 2, oils (c)Lauren Curtis

HAPPY, HEALTHY & PROSPEROUS New Year’s Wishes to you!  Whether you venture out or stay in to celebrate the beginning of 2015, I hope you enjoy yourself & ring in the new year right!  May your creative side come out in full force in a positive way!

I’m starting of 2015 with some exciting gallery exhibits & freelance work, so here’s the scoop…if you’re in NJ, I hope you can join me at these art openings:

DRAMATIC SKIES 2015, group exhibition, Gourgaud Gallery, 23A North Main St. (in Town Hall Bldg.), Cranbury, NJ.  Opening reception Sunday 1/4/15, 1pm-3pm, refreshments served.  Show runs thru 1/25/15.

Dream Of Trees 2, oils (c)Lauren Curtis

Dream Of Trees 2, oils (c)Lauren Curtis

REVELATION/REVOLUTION  group exhibit, Nails in the Wall Gallery (in St. Luke’s Church), 17 Oak Ave., Metuchen, NJ. Opening reception, Saturday, 1/24/15 (time TBA but most likely around 3pm). Show will be up for several months.  

Reminisce (c)2013, watercolor and collage

Reminisce (c)2013, watercolor and collage

I also have an art article in the holiday issue of WILD SISTER MAGAZINE!  To check it out, here’s the link:

Finally, I’ve been getting some really fun freelance commission work like children’s book illustration and pet portraits…2 of my latest creations are below & click on the links to my art sites for more!

Children's Book Illustration, Oct2014

Children’s Book Illustration, Oct2014

Pet Portrait, pen & ink w/ watercolors, Dec2014

Pet Portrait, pen & ink w/ watercolors, Dec2014

Hope to see you at an exhibition &/or online.  Have a wonderful, art-filled New Year!!
~Lauren  (NEW fine art site!)  (my Blog) (Facebook Fine Art Page) (commercial & fine art) (cards, T-shirts, photography, illustration) (now on Twitter)

Journey with me! (Solo photo show in NJ)

Travel is a huge inspiration to me and for my artwork!  I recently had an opening reception for my solo photography show called JOURNEYS at Gourgaud Gallery in Cranbury, NJ that focuses on mainly 35mm images from my travels in Eastern & Western Europe and the US.

The reception was a success with many visitors, including friends, family, collectors and people I hadn’t met before that read about the show in the press.  I was interviewed by 2 NJ blog sites and made a sale opening day!  Here are the links to the blogs so you can check them out:

Some of the most popular images in the show were the shot of the Native American family at the Grand Canyon, the Gaudi spires from the Sagrada Familia Cathedral in Barcelona and an in-camera double exposure I shot along the historic D&R Canal that runs through NJ & PA.  Among the cities explored in this show are Amsterdam, New Orleans, Budapest, Prague, Edinburgh and others.

I hope everyone who sees this show will be inspired to travel or at least research the art and culture of other US states and other countries…there’s so much beauty and similarity between cultures as well as fascinating differences to discover!

This exhibit will be up until 4/25/11 at Gourgaud Gallery,  Town Hall, 23A No. Main St., Cranbury, NJ. All work is for sale and 20% goes to supporting the gallery!  If you stop by the show, feel free to drop me an email or comment and let me know how you like it!  Enjoy the journey!!


Guest Artist Linda Gilbert; Inspired Paintings

Happy Spring All! (or Fall, depending on where you are on the globe).  I currently have a solo photography exhibit at Gourgaud Gallery in Cranbury, NJ…the opening went well with a great turnout, the 1st sale and excellent press including an interview by Bob & Linda Gilbert, active members of the gallery.  Well, Linda is a painter as well so I thought I’d return the favor and feature a blog about her and her inspired artwork…so take it away Linda!

Following my retirement from teaching Art in the Public Schools in Brooklyn and Staten Island, New York, I returned to my true passion of creating inspired paintings, many of which are featured on my website.

Additionally, I am currently teaching an Acrylic Painting class at the United Federation of Teachers in Manalapan, NJ.  I also recently created an Art program for residents of the Renaissance at Cranbury Crossing, NJ where I instructed Painting.
My photos are a source for my paintings. I communicate my emotions, imagination and thoughts by painting landscapes, seascapes, fantasy, people, animals, and interesting architecture. I tell the story of my mind through my art work, altering reality to create a whimsical world.
Here are her websites:

I recently became a member of the Gourgaud Gallery (Cranbury Arts Council). I work the Gourgaud Gallery Fan Page on Facebook!/pages/Gourgaud-Gallery/108657442495068?sk=wall

and the Gourgaud Gallery Blog.

Journey with me…

Hope all you Jersey-ites can join me for the opening reception of my solo photography show, “JOURNEYS”, featuring my travel images.  Mainly B&W 35mm images from Europe and the US along with some color nature and travel photos.

4/3/11, 1-3pm, Gourgaud Gallery, Cranbury, NJ.  Light refreshments served.  Feel free to bring guests!  See image below for more details!

See you there,


NJ Brings the Art in March-April!

Greetings!  There are so many artistic treasures in NJ & now that the temps are warming up a bit (finally) many exciting, new art events are waiting to be discovered!  I hope you’ll join me at these 3 up-coming shows…

MARCH 4 (FRI.) 7-11PM: FREEZE Group Art Exhibit opens at Art House Productions in Jersey City!  I have a new photo accepted to this juried show which is part of Jersey City Fridays Arts Events!
Hamilton Square, 1 McWilliams Place, 6th flr., Jersey City, NJ
Show runs thru April 1.

MARCH 5 (SAT.): ASBURY PARK ART FAIR at the Collective Art Tank.  I’ll be vending/showing artwork & hand-crafted items from 1-9pm!  Tons of local artists of all types will be at this weekend long event!  658 Cookman Ave., Suite 20, Asbury Park, NJ  07712 (see flyer)

APRIL 3 (SUNDAY) 1-3PM: OPENING RECEPTION OF MY SOLO PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT AT GOURGAUD GALLERY, CRANBURY, NJ!!  This show will feature my 35mm travel photography!  Gourgaud Gallery @ Town Hall, 23-A Main St.,
Cranbury, NJ 08512  FREE event! Light refreshments served!!
Feel free to email me with any questions about these exciting art events & I hope to see you there!