GALLERY U BOUTIQUE

GALLERY U BOUTIQUE
439 SOUTH AVE WEST, WESTFIELD NJ

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Submissions open for our annual SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES exhibit!

We always look forward to October for many reasons...one of the reasons is Gallery U's annual SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES exhibit celebrating horror and gothic art. You can find submissions guidelines to the right. All styles and mediums will be considered. Submission deadline is September 11. Here are a few pieces that were included in last year's exhibit to give you an idea:



"The End of the World"
Erin Kenna-O'Brien


"Lying In Wait"
Nancy Ori


"Ospedale Delle Bambole"
Charlann Meluso 

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

THIS SATURDAY: Artwork by students of Carl Kumpf Middle School

Join Gallery U Boutique in Westfield this Saturday, August 15 from 1-3 for a very special exhibition: THE KIDZ ARE ALRIGHT. 28 pieces of original art will be on exhibit from students of Carl H. Kumpf Middle School in Clark. Each piece will be sold for $25 and all proceeds will benefit the school. All are welcome. Please come out and support the students! Gallery U is located at 439 South Avenue West in Westfield.







Tuesday, August 11, 2015

JUST ARRIVED: Digital art prints by Mike Brennan

JUST IN AT THE BOUTIQUE:
Original digital art prints by Whitehouse Station artist Mike Brennan. 
Each piece of art is 8" x 10" and matted to 11" x 14"
$50 each
Get yours while supplies last!


"Summer Taxi"


"El Luchador Airstream"


"Red Mill Museum, Clinton, NJ"


"Teepee"


all images copyright Mike Brennan. Image may not be used without the permission of Mike Brennan. 

Friday, August 7, 2015

JUST IN: Blank Note Cards of Artwork Made by Adults with Traumatic Brain Injuries

Join us this evening from 6-8 for the opening reception of "Pequenos: An Exhibition of Small Work." In addition, we have artwork by our traumatic brain injured clients featured in "Art In the Boutique." They have also been working hard on creating these wonderful boxed cards of their artwork which will be available for sale beginning today. Each set includes two copies of five different pieces of art. Tell your friends. Art makes a wonderful gift!







Tuesday, August 4, 2015

As Gallery U, Westfield approaches our two year anniversary it’s time to pause and reflect upon the highlights and accomplishments of the past.
Gallery U is the combination of a fully functioning art gallery along with a shopping boutique. We are an extension of Universal Institute Inc. and are a vocational rehabilitation site providing art and retail business opportunities for adult clients with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). The clients at Universal take part in running all aspects of Gallery U. They acquire work skills and experience the transformative power of art.

   The Gallery was founded on January 13, 2010 in Montclair NJ . It  quickly evolved into a venue for local artists. The proceeds from the art work are entered into the Universal Art Fund.
   
   Westfield is a town in Union County, New Jersey. It was settled in 1720. It has a population of 30,316 citizens. Six municipalities border Westfield.

Westfield’s downtown features 200 retail establishments. It is the ideal location for Universal’s latest project, our gallery and boutique.

 The founder of Universal Institute was Jerry Lasso. Drawing on his own experience as a paraplegic he founded Universal Institute, the parent company of Gallery U. Jerry believed that rehabilitation had to be person centered. He believed that therapy had to be individualized based upon the needs and desires of the client. It is Jerry’s philosophy that still guides the everyday operation of the gallery.
  The work of the clients at Universal are an integral component of the art displayed at Gallery U. Our creative clients are proud to showcase their work alongside local artists and designers in our boutique where a great selection of handmade items created by our clients with TBI are available for purchase. You can choose from greeting cards, beaded jewelry, tee’s, tote bags and planters.

    Over the years we have had numerous shows with well attended receptions.  The gallery enhances the cultural atmosphere of Westfield. From our humble beginnings in the town of Montclair, New Jersey the gallery has evolved into a real artistic mecca. In the words of Robert Greco,  Executive Director  “Art is the great equalizer.” Mr. Greco displays a talent for Management that keeps our employees productive.  Bob Langdon, Director of the gallery is the 'go to'  talent in charge of community out- reach. He curates the monthly art exhibits, and creates monthly events. He is an extremely capable manager who attends to the day-to-day running of our facility. There is a new show at our gallery every month. The rotation of the art keeps my job interesting. This job has awakened a slumbering aesthetic sensibility.

John B (Client , Gallery U)

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

CALL FOR ART from NJ Art Teachers

Submissions are now open for Gallery U's annual "Back to School: Works By NJ Art Teachers" exhibition which will run from September 4 - October 5, 2015. The exhibition is open to all NJ art teachers, current and former, who are/were in public or private practice. All mediums and styles will be considered. Please see our guidelines at http://gallery-u.blogspot.com/p/back-to-school-2015-submission.html.  Please let your friends know about this wonderful opportunity. Deadline for submissions to "Back to School" is August 14, 2015. Gallery U is located in Westfield, NJ.

BACK TO SCHOOL: Works By NJ Art Teachers
September 4 - October 5, 2015


EXHIBIT STATEMENT
This exhibition will feature work that represents the diverse talents of art educators throughout New Jersey.

ABOUT GALLERY U
Gallery U, located in Westfield, NJ, is an extension of Universal Institute, which services adults with traumatic brain injuries (TBI). The gallery acts as a vocational training program whose goal is to introduce people with TBI back into the work force and community. Clients at Universal Institute take part in all aspects of running the gallery. Gallery U is a fully functional art space that holds monthly group art shows, poetry readings, and community events. Gallery U is located at 439 South Avenue W in Westfield, NJ. (908) 232-1895.

ELIGIBILITY
Open to all current and retired art educators who work(ed) in private, public or charter schools in New Jersey. Those who teach private lessons are also invited to submit work. 

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
Artwork will be considered in all two-dimensional media through digital jpeg submissions. Submissions are limited to a maximum of FIVE pieces. Acceptance into the exhibition is not guaranteed with entry. Gallery U reserves the right to reject work delivered at the time of the exhibition that is not the artist's accepted work. Selected artwork must be wired, framed (if media applicable) and ready to hang (no saw-tooth hangers). Canvases must be gallery wrapped or framed. Artwork must be less than 5 feet in height or width and able to fit through a standard door. Entered and accepted work cannot be substituted. All work must be available for the duration of the exhibition.

DIGITAL SUBMISSION SPECIFICATIONS
Submit up to 5 images. Artists are requested to submit digital images in JPEG format to rlangdongalleryu@gmail.com. Please use “Back to School Submission” as subject of e-mail. 
Each digital image must be saved in JPEG format, sized at a resolution of 72 dpi, with the largest dimension measuring 8 inches. (If selected for the exhibition, you will be requested to submit a higher resolution image for possible use in advertising.) 
  • Label images with consecutive numbers from 1 - 5. Save in the following format: Last name_ First initial_ Title_1; Last name_ First initial_ Title _2. 
  • A list of the images labeled in consecutive order must accompany your submission. List must state the following: Image #, artist name, title, medium, dimension (h x w), year of completion, and price.
  • Include an artist statement (not more than 3 paragraphs) on the work submitted. Briefly explain your choice of media, artistic vision, process, subject matter, influences, etc. 

CALENDAR
July 13 - August 14, 2015: SUBMISSIONS ACCEPTED: On Line Entries must be submitted to rlangdongalleryu@gmail.com. Please use “Back to School Submission” as subject of e-mail.
August 19, 2015: Announcement of accepted artists. Accepted artists will be contacted via email.
Accepted work must be delivered to Gallery U on August 20 - 31, 2015
September 4, 2015: Show Opens / Opening reception (6-8 PM)
October 6 - November 7, 2015: Pick up of unsold work during gallery hours. Artwork remaining after November 8, 2015 will be donated. 

ACCEPTANCE
Accepted work must be received at Gallery U in Westfield on  August 20 - 31, 2015, during gallery hours. 
All unsold work must be picked  up  October 6 - November 7, 2015, during gallery hours. Artwork remaining after November 8, 2015 will be donated.
Accepted work may be refused if it does not conform to the image entry, at the Juror’s discretion. No substitutions of accepted works will be allowed. All accepted work must remain in the gallery for the duration of the exhibit. All selected work must be available for sale.
Artists will be responsible for delivery and return shipping of all their artwork.

SALES
Accepted works will be considered for sale at the price indicated and 50% of the selling price will be retained by Gallery U.  A purchaser may not remove work until the end of the exhibition. If sold, artist will receive payment within 60 days of artwork sale date. 

INSURANCE
Great care will be taken with all work, but artists are responsible for insuring their own pieces if they wish.  Gallery U will not be responsible for any loss or damage to work while on the premises or in transit to or from the gallery. Artists are advised to obtain their own insurance.

DELIVERY & RETURN

DROP OFF: 
August 20 - 31, 2015
All work must be suitably framed, wired and ready for hanging, or installation. No saw tooth hooks. Graphics, prints, watercolors and pastels must be framed. Canvas must be gallery wrapped or framed. All artwork must be able to be hung on a wall.
Shipped work must be packaged in a reusable container. NO STYROFOAM PEANUTS. A prepaid waybill for its return must be enclosed. Please make shipping arrangements through the U.S. Postal Service, DHL, FedEx, or UPS. COD returns are not acceptable.  The gallery accepts no responsibility for work not retrieved on the pick-up date. Artwork remaining after October 7, 2014 will be donated. 

PICK-UP unsold work:
October 6 - November 7, 2015 during gallery hours
Call (908) 232-1895 for gallery hours
Artwork remaining after November 8, 2015 will be donated. 

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

This Friday: Opening reception for Art In the Boutique: ELLEN MARTIN: The "a ban don ed" series

Please join us this Friday, July 10, 2015, from 6-8 PM for the opening reception of Art In the Boutique: ELLEN MARTIN: The "a ban don ed" series. In this series, Ellen Martin takes pictures of abandoned structures and things. “In truth, I have always been drawn to decrepitude. Age and neglect often bring wonderful textures, patinas and soft colors not always present in the shiny and new,” explains Martin. “Yes, I see rejection, loneliness, and sadness in these structures. But I also see beauty, dignity, and a certain sense of a useful life lived and completed. I see hope and potential. I hope some can survive instead of being destroyed.”




Poet Gwynneth Green perfectly captured Ellen's series in her poem "abandoned":

covered in graffiti
with no meaning
splashes of color
initialed hearts
of couples
that no longer exist
some call it art
most
look at it 
in a sketchy way 

what happened
to this once upon palace
where people gathered
in gaiety
it had a history
of family
it was a place
called home

deserted
when
why
what became
of them
now
most shy from this place
this space
left
to the ravages of time

this was the place to be seen
now it’s a place to fear
rodents
robbers
& drug dealers
are all that inhabit here

don’t drive down that street
stay far far away
time has not treated it well
looks better in black & white
not quite as frightening
not quite as forbearing 

if only to turn back time
maybe an answer 
to the reason why


poem copyright gwynneth green. poem may not be used, in any part,without the permission of gwynneth green. You can read more of Gwynneth's poetry by clicking here










images copyright ellen martin. images may not be used, in any part,without the permission of ellen martin. You can view more of ellen's art by clicking here