A Beautiful & Powerful Art Exhibit

“Beautiful and Powerful Statements” is an art exhibit featuring the arts of calligraphy and re-purposed materials.  It opens Saturday, January 28, 2-5pm at Nails in the Wall, the Gallery at St. Luke’s, 17 Oak Ave., Metuchen.  The exhibit includes nearly 70 pieces in many media, from photography and video to fabric, ceramic and glass as well as all manner of re-purposed materials. Work from all over the U.S. and as far away as Israel is included in this show, along with the work of New Jersey artists. The approach to calligraphy was a very broad one and was open to any work that was text-predominant. That has allowed us to include not only work with elegant traditional calligraphy in many diverse languages, but other pieces that are very powerful and direct. “Anatolia” by Woodbridge, NJ artist Gozde Ture includes a quotation from the Orkhon Inscriptions with calligraphy in the Goturk alphabet that speaks about time. Ruth Schreiber’s works, from Israel, while connected to the Hebrew Scriptures, employ a “fantasy writing” using porcelain and other images. And California calligrapher Beverly Womack creates her work using layers of materials and images. The photography-based altered prints of East Orange artist, Onnie Strother, on the other hand, use bold text to speak directly to their viewer, and Georgia-based Craig Wilson’s almost stream-of-consciousness words dance all over the page. The art from “repurposed materials” makes their statements by way of the material itself…employing everything from actual bees and beeswax as Montclair artist Art Paxton does in “Buzz”, to the steampunk-related cast-offs used by NY artist and teacher Seth Apter, and another Steampunk influenced 3D piece by Lauren Curtis, as well as a piece by  Metuchen artist Amy Brooks in her work “Post-Truth Apocalypse”. “We were sought to incorporate in the show work featuring calligraphy or text that made, individually and collectively, a powerful statement. We were also interested that the work accepted using re-purposed materials had an inherent, accessible beauty. We were constantly weighing those two interests as we reviewed the work and decided what would fit well in this show, so that each piece really was appropriately “Beautiful and Powerful, “ noted Gallery Board Member Robert Hopkins. The Opening will be carried by Facebook Live, beginning around 2:30pm. This will be especially helpful for the artists who live great distances. It will allow anyone who wishes to log on to the Nails in the Wall Gallery FB page and interact with the visitors present at the gallery. Nails in the Wall is in the midst of its fifth year presenting international, interfaith exhibits of high-quality fine art. To learn more about the gallery, visit www.nailsinthewall.org or call the Director 732.322.6512.  Link to the Facebook invite:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1765730973753205/

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I’ll have this large, 3-D Steampunk style box in the show.

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Art News for a New Year

HAPPY NEW YEAR, ART ENTHUSIASTS & FRIENDS!  WISHING YOU THE BEST FOR 2014!!
So, 2014 is finally here!!  Hope you all rang the new year in with style!  I’m not one for making resolutions as I feel you should go for your goals every day!  One of my main goals is to continue to exhibit my work regularly by having at least one show lined up every month so I’m beginning the year with some great art exhibits in NJ.  Here’s the info. for these exciting group shows that focus on different aspects of community.  See you at the opening receptions!

Alfa Art Gallery presents New Brunswick Art Salon, Winter 2014:
New Brunswick in The Eyes of Photographers

Exhibition: January 10, 2014 through January 29, 2014
Opening Reception: January 10, 2014, fro 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
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The Alfa Art Gallery is proud to present its fourth annual Photography exhibition, “New Brunswick in The Eyes of Photographers,” in cooperation with New Brunswick City Market.  This Photography Exhibition is a part of the New Brunswick Art Salon series, in which Alfa invites established and emerging artists to present their works as a tangible presentation of their artistic expression.  This winter, we invited photographers to open the audience towards their images of New Brunswick, a cultural and diverse city with various perspectives and viewpoints.

Photography as a medium is especially powerful; a photograph holds the truth, images that can only be tampered with so much.  These series of photographs, dedicated to the city of New Brunswick, provide a different perspective to a city that is enriched by the citizens that inhabit it.  While some photographs do not particularly feature New Brunswick, these photographs are just a small example of the artistic integrity that emerges from a city that harbors such diversity.

We are proud to include an eclectic mix of artists, new and experienced, local and international.  This salon will feature a “Best in Show” award along with 2nd and 3rd place prizes.  Jurors this year will include seasoned art critics Greg Ritter and Nat Clymer.
And I’ll have 2 pieces in…

IMMIGRATION show, Nails in the Wall Gallery

 

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Please join me and other local and national artists for this inspirational art exhibit focusing on the different views and concepts concerning IMMIGRATION.  This enlightening, open-minded exhibit will run from Jan. 13, 2014-May 31, 2014 with an opening reception Saturday, Jan. 25 from 2pm-5pm.  Nails in the Wall Gallery is a beautiful space opened about a year ago within St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 17 Oak Ave., Metuchen, NJ.  For more info on this show contact: 
Linda Vonderschmidt-LaStella
Earthsongs Ceramic Studio
732.906.4137

 

End of (Summer) Days Art Events

It’s hard to believe the end of Summer is here but it’ll be as busy as ever!  On THE last day, 9/21/13,  I’ll be in TWO art shows!  During the day (see image below), I’ll have 2 pieces in the MANDALA exhibit at Nails in the Wall Gallery at St. Luke’s, 17 Oak Ave., Metuchen, 2-5pm.  FREE catered event!  

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Then, that night, I move on to exhibiting art & hand made crafts at the ONE NIGHT SHOW  at the Court Tavern in New Brunswick, NJ, 9/21/13,
9pm-2am, local artists, old-time burlesque act& several local, live bands!!

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Sunday, Sept. 29 I’ll have a booth at the HIGHLAND PARK ANNUAL ARTS IN THE PARK free outdoor art fest, main St., Highland Park, NJ.  I’ll be with the H.P. Artist Collective all day so stop by this well-attended, fun family event!
And finally I thought I’d share with you that a children’s book I illustrated for an author in California has been published!  A touching, inspirational, TRUE story about a medical doctor who saved a horse’s life!  Here’s the link to POLLY’S PROMISE

Hope to see you at these art events &/or online!

~Lauren