Positive Press for Holiday Art Show!

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!

Original Holiday Greeting Cards (c) Lauren Curtis

Original Holiday Greeting Cards (c) Lauren Curtis


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.

Mother's Lament (c)Lauren Curtis Watercolor & collage

Mother’s Lament (c)Lauren Curtis
Watercolor & collage

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.


Holiday Art Events; Fiddleheads, Winter Bazaar & more

Feel the chill in the air?  Getting into that holiday spirit?  Then here are some fun holiday art events in Central NJ to check out as well as some other exciting art news from yours truly…including my annual HOLIDAY ART SALE!!!

Birdwatcher (c)2012 Lauren Curtis  Watercolor & collage, prints available

Birdwatcher (c)2012 Lauren Curtis Watercolor & collage, prints available

Join me & several other local NJ artists at the opening reception for this holiday art show at FIDDLEHEADS restaurant!  FREE OPENING RECEPTION, SUN. 12/16/12, 2:30pm-4pm, REFRESHMENTS SERVED.  ALL ARE WELCOME!  27 RAILROAD AVE. (Rte. 522), JAMESBURG, NJ 08831, 732-521-0878, www.FiddleheadsJamesburg.com  Great art, great food, great times!

PAZ Winter Art Bazaar in Highland Park, NJ

PAZ Winter Art Bazaar in Highland Park, NJ

PAZ culture system, with the support of Main Street Highland Park, presents the first annual Winter Art Bazaar offering affordably priced art in a wide array of mediums from local artists.
The bazaar will take place in the Main Street building at 212 Raritan Avenue in Highland Park, operating two weekends, from 10am—6pm on Dec. 8th & 9th and Dec. 15th & 16th. Customers can also visit the gallery during Main Street’s regular office hours. Additional weekday hours may be announced or arranged by appointment. I’m excited to have work in the premier of this event!
All art is priced less than $125
For more information about PAZ culture system, check out our Facebook page here – https://www.facebook.com/pages/PAZ-culture-system/121567721323452
Photography by Lauren Curtis

Photography by Lauren Curtis

It’s time for holiday shopping once again so why fight the crowds in the stores to buy what everyone else is giving when you can shop from the comfort of your home and buy AFFORDABLE, UNIQUE gifts?  I’m offering 20% OFF ALL PHOTOGRAPHY PRINTS!  Prices now range from $20-$60 (reg. $25-$75) for signed, matted prints, 5×7, 8×10, 11×14!  Also available, original GREETING CARDS, T-SHIRTS (& long sleeves) & FINE ART!  Discounts for multiple purchases!!  Paypal, checks/$ orders accepted!  Order ASAP to receive on time!   Reply to this email to order.    Visit these sites to see my work:
http://laurencurtisart.weebly.com  (NEW fine art site!)
http://www.laurencurtis.imagekind.com(cards, T-shirts, photography, illustration)
http://www.LaurenCurtisArt.com(commercial & fine art) 
I’m quoted in well known PROFESSIONAL ARTIST MAGAZINE !
I was so excited when renown artist and “artrepreneur”/art coach, Renee Phillips, informed me that she used my quote, about how I’m building my career, in her column in PROFESSIONAL ARTIST MAGAZINE!  As a long-time reader and fan, I’m honored to be included in this publication!  Here’s a sample: (Go to page 24)  http://www.myvirtualpaper.com/doc/professional-artist/pa-dec-12-jan-13/2012110801/#0Happy Holidays & thanks so much for reading & checking out the links!  Until next time…