NJ Sites to See

Jersey often gets a bad rap…it’s just one big highway, it’s polluted, it’s crowded…well, while this might be true for PARTS of the state, it’s also VERY diverse both culturally and environmentally, it offers a lot of history and art and a wide variety of interesting things to do and see, many for free or for a low price.  As a life long NJ resident, I’ve traveled this state from top to bottom so believe me, I know…NJ is small but mighty!  😉

As an artist here, I often enjoy photographing some of my favorite sites and spots across the Garden State and would like to share some with you…and most of these can be enjoyed year round!  If you have NJ sites, cities or places you love, feel free to comment about them below this post!

First off,  Grounds For Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ has to be one of my all time faves since I was a kid!   This place is magical!  The landscape and variety of plants is beautiful and the wide range of sculptures, both indoors and throughout the park represent some of the best in the world!  Here are a few shots I took this month…

Grounds  For Sculpture (c)July2014

Grounds For Sculpture (c)July2014

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Another beautiful…and free…place I love to go is Rutger’s Gardens in East Brunswick.  They’ve made some beautiful improvements here and you can walk extensive wooded trails or stroll through flower and herb gardens…

Rutgers Gardens (c)July2014

Rutgers Gardens (c)July2014

I love the bamboo forest!

Rutgers Gardens

Rutgers Gardens

And of course there’s the great beaches in New Jersey!  Here are a few pics from 2 of my faves, Keansburg (as it has a boardwalk too) & Sandy Hook with it’s inlets, nature trails and dunes…

Keansburg Beach (c)July2013 Lauren Curtis

Keansburg Beach (c)July2013 Lauren Curtis

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this mini tour of just a few of the great sites in New Jersey…you see?  We’re not just exits off the Turnpike!  🙂

Pics from the Winter Group Art Show @ Straube Center

The Winter cold does not stop the art events from happening, they’re just all indoors, at least in NJ…but that’s fine with me! There’s always good food, nice wine, new people, old friends and the best part, great artwork! This was exactly the case for the huge group exhibit at the Straube Center in Pennington, NJ last week. I’m one of 8 local artists in this show and have 21 pieces on exhibit! I was excited to sell one on opening night!!

I have to say that all of the artwork was really well done and the variety of work was great to see….paintings, photographs, mixed media, sculpture. The art adorned the large hallway spaces (set up like professional gallery walls) & conference rooms in 2 buildings in the center. Despite the opening reception being held during rush hour on a Friday night (such is often the case with corporate shows), we had a nice turnout of artists, collectors, friends and family. We actually stayed past the closing time! It was great meeting new art enthusiasts and local artists. Group shows are such an important part of socializing and networking for any creative person!

My thanks to everyone at the center who helped organize the show and to everyone who came to view it! I’ve posted a few photos of my “art walls” at the show. It’ll be up until 2/26/10 so if you’re in the Pennington, NJ area, go take a look!