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Friday, October 17, 2014

BACK TO SCHOOL: An Exhibition Celebrating the Talents of NJ Art Teachers, August 7 - September 8, 2014

BACK TO SCHOOL:
An Exhibition Celebrating the Talents of NJ Art Teachers
August 7, 2014 - September 8, 2014


Exhibition Statement

Far too often art teachers spend the majority of their time teaching and leading our children. Thus, they find that they neglect to create and promote their own art. The purpose of BACK TO SCHOOL is to bring the attention back to the creative talents of these individuals and showcase their gifts. This exhibition was open to all art teachers in New Jersey, both current and retired—from K thru University level—and public to private instruction. 

A call for art was put forth in the New Jersey teacher and art communities. Numerous submissions were received and seventeen pieces were carefully selected to include in this exhibition as representations of the varied talents of art teachers in New Jersey. I hope you enjoy the wide selection of talents included in BACK TO SCHOOL and take a moment to thank and support the artists that so tirelessly work toward educating our children.


Robert Langdon
Gallery U Director / Curator

IMAGES ARE THE COPYRIGHT OF THE ARIST. IMAGES MAY NOT BE USED IN ANY WAY WITHOUT THE PERMISSION OF THE ARTIST. 



MARGARET McCRARY ANDERSON
Plainfield School District, Retired
“Linescape 1-E”
Color Pencil on Paper
16” x 17” 



MILLICENT K. BRODY
Westfield School District, Retired
“Gateway to Heaven”
Photograph
24” x 20” framed




JOY ANN CABANOS
MORE After School Program, Westfield
“Tree, Forest”
Mixed Media on Wood
10” x 10” 

ARTIST STATEMENT

I enjoy painting in various media:  acrylic, watercolor, oils, pastelso a progression into mixed media is natural.  I like incorporating handmade papers, gold leaf, mirrors & botanicals in my paintings, as these lend textures and depth, and in some cases, interpret the poetry of the piece.

I paint in the confluence of many loves:  nature, people, dance, yoga, music & poetry.  Poetry in particular galvanizes my artistic process:  many of my paintings grow into poems, and many of my poems inspire paintings. In 2010 my published collection of poems "Brightness" highlighted how poetry and drawing/painting inform each other in my art, and move my artistic growth and exploration.  I am interested in music, dance & movement (ballet & yoga in particular) and enjoy working out how these other expressions of creativity can be translated visually.  Music & dance influence the expressiveness of my painting and as always, a lifelong love of nature and my relationships with people stir up that fundamental urge to create.





JOY ANN CABANOS
MORE After School Program, Westfield
“Repose”
Mixed Media on Wood
12” x 12” 




VIRGINIA CARROLL
Retired Instructor
“Great Swamp in Autumn”
Watercolor on Paper
31” x 25” framed 

ARTIST STATEMENT

I taught art in New Jersey public schools for many years before retiring in 2010. Children’s art work gave me great joy, but I am very happy to have time to devote to my own painting.

I am inspired by nature  and people. Color, texture, line and mood are found in what I observe outside and inside my work has an impressionistic feel. This particular painting was done in fall and winter which accounts for the calm, warm tones in the work.





TRACY DiTOLLA
Warren County Community College
“Heart”
Watercolor on Paper
15” x 22” 

ARTIST STATEMENT

Tracy DiTolla works in various media but is currently focusing on watercolor painting and collage. There are several recurring themes that present themselves in her work such as alcoholism, mental illness, religion and meditation. She often uses a humorous slant when dealing with serious issues. Tracy has her BA in Art History with a minor in Studio Art from William Paterson University and her MA in Art History from Montclair University. Tracy DiTolla is currently an art lecturer at Warren County Community College.




KATHLEEN HERON
Private Instructor
“Red Flower Fairy Tribe”
Mixed Media on Vintage Paint By Number
22” x 18” 

ARTIST STATEMENT

Kathleen Heron frequently got into trouble as a child for drawing during elementary school classes. She now tries to avoid trouble, but is still drawing. She mostly mixes media, combining ink with pastels. Her favorite subjects are women of her imagination.

On the 3D side, Kathleen creates assemblages using found objects and incorporates pictures with her own drawings. Her work owes a great debt to Joseph Cornell. She has attended the New School, the School of Visual Arts and Parson’s School of Design, all in New York City. Kathleen was an instructor at Arts Unbound teaching art to those with disabilities. She currently teaches art privately. 




ROBIN MALIK
Red Bank Regional High School
“Seasons Change - Loch Arbour”
Photograph
12” x 18” 

ARTIST STATEMENT

As a visual artist, I find words can never replace or fully express the artist’s pure vision . . .but I will try.

My images have always been very personal – a way to capture a feeling of peacefulness. Since I was a very young child, the ocean and surfing has mesmerized me. I always felt one with the ocean – complete in body and soul with nature. Not growing up near the beach, I took photos to capture the beauty. Just looking at the pictures gave me serenity. I continued to shoot into my adult years focusing on nature, spiritualism and architecture. Collectively, I have been most inspired by independence, strength and loneliness –characteristics that have defined me at different times of my life. My work has been a visually conceptual journal of my life. 

I choose to shoot primarily black and white with high exposure. The contrast is abrupt, dark, defined and direct. The images I chose for this exhibition best express my inspirations as a collection and representation of my style.




CATHLEEN McCOY BRISTOL
Newark School of Fine & Industrial Art
“Ginger”
Acrylic on Canvas
30” x 15” 

ARTIST STATEMENT

Believing people are as individual as snowflakes, I have always been fascinated by variations in the human race and enjoyed the cultural differences. My study of people through observation and personal experience had led me to realize that the celebration of cultural differences gives a better understanding of who we are as people(s). I focus on the fact that we are all members of  one body who experience love, pain, sorrow, life, death, have the need of community, housing and education/training.  I like to think that my work is a universal expression to which anyone can relate. My endeavor is to portray the beauty and emotion of the human experience. I capture images through digital photography which allows me to have a visual library at my disposal.  

Expressions such as a person’s mood, the innocence of a child, the warmth and caring of a parent, love for another, history etched on the faces of the aged, the weathered face of a laborer, the expectancy of a young woman, the mood of a singer  so social dancers is most enjoyable to me. I love to paint people involved in life’s activities and interaction with each other.  I like to “introduce people to people”, bring the unusual into common settings.  Though I have rendered paintings in oil paint and water colors, acrylic paint has become my most preferred medium.




CHARLANN MELUSO
Bayonne High School, Retired
“Heartfelt”
Photograph
20” x 24” 

ARTIST STATEMENT

As a former computer graphics teacher and photo artist, I engaged in the use of digital technology as part of my daily routine, both in the classroom and as part of my personal photographic journey.   I utilize the latest technological advances to enhance and improve my images and fine-tune them to my liking.

Expanding my portfolio, which contains an eclectic mix of street photography, candid images and photomontages fuels the never-ending search for unusual, compelling and striking images to satisfy my passion for the art of photography.   In a world saturated with visual images, I make certain that my photographs and montages are unique, original and have genuine interest to me.   As I look to my environment, I carefully choose subject matter that begs to be photographed, whether serious, mundane, romantic or whimsical.   I have become increasingly aware of my surroundings, looking to discover images from everyday and unexpected sources. 

My use of photography, not only in its traditional form, but as a tool to create photo-based artwork has increased dramatically in my quest to create and archive new, original and unusual images in my portfolio.  What I see and capture must meet both my eye and my soul and also have visual impact that will evoke a feeling or reaction within the viewer with whom I strive to have a similar connection. Since my photographs and montages are conceived with the notion to be seen, pondered and enjoyed, the emotional connection with the observer completes the intent of my artistry.





DAVID NICOLATO
Brody Early Childhood Center, JCC of Central NJ
“Steampunk Zebra”
Ink with Mixed Media
18” x 24” 

ARTIST STATEMENT

David Nicolato is a graduate of Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. His work has been exhibited throughout the New York metropolitan area, at both traditional and non-traditional spaces over the last fifteen years. Working predominantly in pencil and also mixed media, his style has been described as both “magical” and “dark”, mixing elements of fantasy and surrealism. His subject matter is predominantly rooted in dream imagery with elements of nature and the "real" world.

David is currently working on a new series of drawings, paintings and mixed media compositions for 2015. These works tell a story about the cruelty and atrocities that occur in the circus and animal entertainment industries. In these arenas, animals are treated as objects for human enjoyment. Many are kidnapped from their homes and families and forced to learn tricks often through cruel and violent means. Their natural wild spirits are broken and they become slaves to this industry. Many are forced live in crowded cells and cages with no room to run or fly or swim freely as they are born to do. This sometimes results in violent attacks on trainers and spectators, as these once majestic creatures reach their limit of submission and hit a melting point. Sadly, and ironically, some are killed for defending themselves and lashing out against these people who have been torturing them. It is the hope of this artist that through these works, the viewer will begin to realize that wild animals are just that, wild. They need to left alone and live their lives as they are meant to.

David’s work can also be viewed online at poppaper.bigcartel.com. He resides in Verona, NJ with his wife and two daughters. 





NANCY ORI
Private Instructor, Cape May
“Lois Lane”
Mixed Media
16” x 16” 

ARTIST STATEMENT

I am a lover of light and all that it has to do with any form of art.  After 35 years of photographing and almost that many years of teaching, one gets to know and enjoy the craft and the key elements of composition, light and, of course, some technical controls.  The Polaroid process offered the original magic that first drew me to photography which is at the core of any creative process.  Although the Polaroid process that I am about to describe is no longer available, I cherish these images as one-of-a-kind pieces from a couple of classic photographic and painting techniques. 

I became intimately and immediately involved in the creation of every image by composing and capturing the image on Polaroid film with a simple point-and-shoot-type camera.  As it was developing, I began to manipulate the chemistry by pushing directly on the surface of the film pouch.  This is done with a burnishing tool of any kind like a crochet hook for detail or a carpenter’s nail or small wooden stick for broader areas to interpret the scene more like a painter than a photographer.  As the chemistry got pushed into new areas of the image, everything begins to lose definition as it continues to develop and become more impressionistic or painterly.  I could rub out objects that I didn’t want to appear and transform reality to what I wanted with the resulting image being more like a little painting.  

I call these images mixed media because there are so many steps that take place before the piece is complete. Once I manipulated the small photograph, it was usually hand-colored with dyes to darken an area or bring out a detail.  Over time, I began to scan and blown them up onto watercolor paper or canvas where I am now hand-coloring them with pastels, colored pencils or dyes.  

I love the painterly process and the opportunity to create an original one-of-a-kind piece while still working within my area of photography.  This process awakens the artist within. Inquire about classes, workshops or private tutoring in this and other creative photo techniques: 908-790-8820. www.nancyoriphotography.com





BARRI RIFKIN
Private Instructor
“Untitled #1”
Mixed Media
24” x 24” 




BRAD TERHUNE
Arthur L. Johnson High School, Clark
“Precausal Reasoning”
Acrylic on Canvas
18” x 24” 



ARTIST STATEMENT

During the practice of making images over the last few years, a few important realizations have revealed themselves. The exploration of abstraction is a dialog that force me to consider how and why the image develops. My concern lies with the surface of the painting, without the illusion of space beyond these two dimensions. Therefore, these paintings are ‘about’ exactly what you see.
But paintings grow and develop through process, so their meaning must start there. I am drawn to working with simple geometric shapes, careful to not plan too far into the future. The use of acrylic, sometimes coupled with drawing materials, allows me to work swiftly or slowly. The process­ layering, mixing, removing, editing­ dictates what the finished image will look like.
As an artist and teacher (of both art and art history) I am drawn to many artists, trends, movements and styles. Some leave their mark more directly than others. Abstract Expressionism, Dada, the Fauves all influence and enrich my art­making process. The undeniably rich history of art, and the constant change of the contemporary continues to provide me with much to think about.





MARIANNE TRENT
Private Instructor
“River Blossom”
Acrylic and Paper on Wood
18” x 16” 

ARTIST STATEMENT

Painting is meditation, play, and expressive journaling, which allow a series of moments to be captured. The intention of the paintings is to allow the process of their execution speak as loudly as any subject matter that the viewer may resonate with. I hope to convey a sense of truth so that the viewers can make their own personal connections.
The images reveal themselves as layers of paint, fabric, and manipulated papers are added and removed from the canvas. It is a direct and instinctive process where decisions are made individually as the piece evolves. Reductive methods such as sanding and scratching create a quality of aging, which play off of some of the up- cycled materials used in the paintings and frames. The hand made frames are intended to be bridges between the imaginary world of the painting and our physical world. They extend the images in the paintings and interpret them into our reality. The concepts for the frames are revealed as complete designs rather than the instinctive stroke-by-stroke intuitive process of the paintings.
A high altitude perspective informs the work as themes such as the environment, spirituality and manmade structures appear in the paintings. Circular forms reveal themselves as planets, blossoms and energetic impulses. A mystical world outside our own physical reality influences the process and content of the paintings. The subject matter of the work repeats itself as well as evolves over time based on my current life experience. www.mariannetrent.com





MARIANNE TRENT
Private Instructor
“Yellow River Valley”
Acrylic and Paper on Wood
24” x 22” 





ROSALIA TIGNINI VERDUN
Private Instructor
“Flowers and Fruit”
Oil on Canvas
18” x 24” 

ARTIST STATEMENT

Rosalia Tignini Verdun is an award-winning Italian-American portrait, still life and landscape artist. Born and raised in Italy, she was constantly surrounded by the Italian esthetic, couture and food. She began her formal artistic journey at the Lenac Technical School of Fashion Design. After graduating, she and her family immigrated to the US. While owner of Rosalia Fashion Boutique in Brooklyn, she further nourished her passion for the arts by taking private art classes, and visiting the museums and galleries of New York. Rosalia, after taking a break to raise 3 beautiful children, returned to the fashion industry as millnery manager at Kleinfeld bridals, then worked for Brioni New York, among others. 
She has fervently dedicated her time and life to continued study of the arts. A few of her influences are: the Pre-Raphaelist realists, Sorolla, Sargent, Rembrandt, and Valasquez. She also has an appreciation for the new contemporary masters: Nelson Shanks, David Leffel, Daniel Green, John Howard Sanden, and Gregg Kreutz.  Self-study and continued development with her chosen media of oil, pastel, acrylic, ink and charcoal are ever-present in her life.
Her art work is in many homes of collectors , and she has been represented by fine galleries in New Jersey. She regularly participates in group shows in New York and New Jersey. Rosalia is co-founder of the art group Visions since 2008 and is also the founder of the art group Open Studio Painters. She teaches acrylic and portraiture classes, as well as private lessons. http://rosaliart.com

Monday, October 13, 2014

Wacky Tacky Wreaths

Gallery U Boutique in Westfield hosted a family and children's workshop on Saturday where participants created their own wacky tacky wreaths from various materials. It was a huge success and greater fun was had by all. Participants left with handmade wreaths for their homes this Halloween!
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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Family Fun! October 11: CREATE YOUR OWN “WACKY TACKY” HALLOWEEN WREATH




Please join us in Westfield on October 11, 2014, 1-3PM for family fun


Use various items to create your own no-mess wacky tacky wreath for Halloween. All materials provided. This art workshop is for children of all ages and free of charge. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Gallery U Boutique is located at 439 South Ave West in Westfield, NJ.





Wednesday, October 1, 2014

"Something Wicked" opening reception Oct 2, 2014

Start Halloween off early this year by joining Gallery U in Westfield for the opening reception of "Something Wicked This Way Comes: Artwork Celebrating the Gothic and Beautifully Macabre." Opening reception is scheduled for Thursday, October 2, 2014 from 6-8PM. All are welcome. Artwork will be on display through November 3, 2014.




"The End of the World"
Erin O-Brien-Kenna
Oil on Canvas
41" x 31"


"The Mask"
Virginia Carroll
Watercolor
30" x 24"


"Caged Nerves"
Lauren Curtis
Digital Photo Collage



"Boy Lost"
Julie Levine
Mixed media on panel
30" x 30"


"Black Cat"
Cathleen McCoy-Bristol
Acrylic on Canvas
18" x 24"


"Bob"
Virginia Nagy
Oil on Canvas
24" x 30"

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Gallery U Boutique Welcomes Westfield Milliner


Gallery U Boutique in Westfield, New Jersey, has recently welcomed Deneise Hyatt-Murad as their new boutique manager. Gallery U Boutique continues to carry a unique collection of specially selected merchandise and gifts, as well as curated art, jewelry, accessories, and so much more!  Deneise is enthusiastic and brings not only experience but a fresh perspective to Gallery U Boutique. One of Deneise’s goals is to seek local artists and designers to feature in the boutique with the intention of boosting community involvement.           
Hyatt-Murad’s first find is Westfield milliner, Marion Schwartz of Joy Design. Schwartz, a 35 year resident of Westfield, says, “I’m so excited to be working with Gallery U Boutique as I have been searching for the perfect brick and mortar venue to showcase my collection. I strive to create unique headwear that is fanciful, carefully balanced and beautifully hand finished. It is so important to be able to touch, see and feel the quality of the workmanship and the passion I put into each design, and even better, to try them on!”  
Before this partnership, Schwartz’s creations were only available online through her website, www.joydesigninc.com. Each month new handmade Joy Design headwear will be exhibited to compliment the aesthetics of Gallery U Boutique. So far, Deneise has selected the perfect fall hats and hand beaded combs that pair perfectly with the boutique’s existing brands such as the bohemian and trendy, Lovers & Friends.
Gallery U Boutique is currently featuring collections by four local artists and Deneise is committed to expanding this group, saying “growing our partnership with local artists and artisans just makes sense for us – it connects to the core of our mission.  It allows our clients a broader opportunity to work with and become a part of the local community.  Also, we truly want to offer a unique encounter to each customer and what better way to do that than to offer items that are unique.  Connecting people and the stories of their art and products to other people and their stories is exciting work. I’m happy to be part of what is happening here at Gallery U Boutique.”  The collections will change regularly as Gallery U Boutique’s special events and exhibits change.
Gallery U Boutique exists as an extension of Universal Institute (UI) Inc., and is a vocational rehabilitation site for adult clients with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).  The creative work program at Gallery U Boutique serves to transition clients back into the workforce and local community while also providing a safe and beautiful space for learning new skills and experiencing the transformative power of art.  The boutique also offers collaborative artwork created by UI’s clients. Gallery U Boutique is located at 439 South Avenue West, Westfield, in the recently re-built Root Building on the corner of South Avenue and Westfield Avenue.  They are open 7 days a week: M-Sat. 10:00-6:00, Sun. 1:00-5:00.  Special events will be publicized through their website: gallery-u.blogspot.com and their Facebook page @/GalleryUBoutiqueWestfield. Follow Joy Design, Inc. and milliner Marion Schwartz on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest @joydesigninc.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

CALL FOR ART: Small Works

Gallery U in Westfield, NJ, is currently seeking submissions from both established and emerging artists for "Piccolo: A Group Exhibition of Small Works" which will include smaller works of art (8x10 or under) of all styles and mediums. The idea behind our Piccolo exhibit is to encourage giving the gift of art for the holidays. Artists are asked to submit up to five pieces of art. Please follow our general guidelines for submitting art. Use "PICCOLO submission" as the e-mail subject line. 


Deadline for submissions is October 17, 2014. Artists will be notified by e-mail by October 20. Thank you for your support of Gallery U. Feel free to let your artist friends know of this opportunity.

Monday, September 22, 2014

WILD GINGER opening reception

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the opening reception of WILD GINGER: RECENT WORK BY FRANCESCA AZZARA & GAIL WINBURY. The event is a big success. Artwork will be on exhibit until September 29. Photos by Ed Lara. 



Artists Francesca Azzara and Gail Winbury


Artist Gail Winbury


Artist Francesca Azzara