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, 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: 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

Thursday, September 18, 2014

WILD GINGER: Recent Work by Francesca Azzara and Gail Winbury

Gallery U Boutique is pleased to host Wild  Ginger, an exhibition of recent artwork— some being exhibited for the first time—by Westfield, NJ, abstract artists Francesca Azzara and Gail Winbury. An opening reception is scheduled for Friday, September 19, 2014, from 6-8 PM. All are welcome. Wild Ginger will be exhibited through September 29, 2014. 

Francesca Azzara has been working in the medium of encaustic paint since 1998 and has had numerous solo exhibitions over the past decade. Francesca has also been the recipient of two HEART grants from the Union County Division of Cultural Affairs and featured “Artist of the Month” on the Discover New Jersey Arts web-site. Her work has been sighted in many publications including the New York Times and the Newark Star Ledger. She is a long standing member of the Contemporary Art Group (CAG) and the National Association of Women Artists (the oldest women’s art organization in the United States.)  Ms. Azzara has been teaching the techniques of encaustic painting for the past 15 years, most recently at the Newark Museum and the
New Jersey Center for Media.  Francesca holds a BFA in studio art from Kean University. Her imagined landscapes, represent an interior universe of the conscience.  She creates visual environments that evoke a visit to a distant memory…one that cannot be fully recalled but can be felt.  

Gail Winbury is a painter who regularly exhibits in solo and juried shows in the tri-state area. Her work is in collections through out the United States and Italy. Gail recently was awarded and completed an International Residency in Painting and Mixed Media at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in Manhattan. In May of this years she had work in the Ellarslie Museum in Trenton, New Jersey. In the past she studied with internationally-acclaimed artist Dorothy Yung for nearly 15 years, and at SVA in Manhattan. Gail has received several awards including the Curtis Hilliard Memorial Award from the New Jersey Center for Visual Arts. Her painting “Sarabande” has been chosen for inclusion in an up-coming book about Bach's Cello Suites. She is on the board of directors of the Contemporary Art Group (CAG)  and a member of the Feminist Art Group at Rutger's University. Ms. Winbury's paintings are influenced by her deep interest in psychology. She is concerned with how terror, speed and technology effect our sense of self and relationships. Using abstraction, she creates a visual record of our humanity; her work is an exploration of deep and primal emotions and connections.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Special exhibit, musical performance and fundraiser for Center for Hope & Palliative Care of Union County

Please join us this Friday, September 12, 2014 from 6-8PM for a very special events and fundraiser for the Center for Hope Hospice & Palliative Care of Union County. New large scale works by artist Michael Kovacs will be exhibited. The works were made during a time of mourning and awaiting the news from a close friend across the country struggling with cancer. A performance by select members of the Fractal Ensemble will begin at 7:00. This event is free of charge, but donations to the Center for Hope are encouraged. Proceeds for the sale of Kovacs art will benefit the Center as well.