GALLERY U BOUTIQUE

GALLERY U BOUTIQUE
439 SOUTH AVE WEST, WESTFIELD NJ

Friday, January 31, 2014

Boutique looks
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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Gallery U Offers 3 Free CEUs in Social Work as part of SWART: Social Work Works



Cultural Guardians:
Social Work Advocacy for Art and Meaning in Culture

Regarding the importance of art, author Jonathan Culver states “With the manipulation of abstract symbols an artist can send you information without sound, change your feelings and sometimes even change your beliefs. Artists convey the unspeakable. Artists inspire.” 

The power of art can be seen as a threat by those who wish to have complete control, resulting in suppression, persecution & censorship.
The National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics states our professional obligation to “enhance human well-being and help meet basic human needs, particularly for those who are vulnerable and oppressed.” This workshop will illustrate the direct link between the missions of social work and the workings of the creative world, understanding that artists and the art they make are vulnerable to all forms of attack, from suppression to censorship and even death. The creative community is a vulnerable population in need of advocacy and cultural support. Cultural Guardians will explore how social workers can be of service in preserving creative integrity as well as examining the forces that may work against our ability and competence in providing service, advocating for justice, human dignity, self-worth, integrity and freedom of expression in the arts.


Facilitator Lou Storey, LCSW, LCADC. Beyond private practice in Red Bank, NJ (Meaningful Therapy Center, LLC) Lou Storey’s social work activities include NASW NJ elected CCNLI committee member, Adjunct Instructor in the School of Social Work at Monmouth University, Diplomate of Logotherapy from the Victor Frankl Institute, and 2009 recipient of Award of Recognition from the Monmouth County Mental Health Association.

Social Work CEUs––Provided by the Monmouth University School of Social Work Professional Education Program (PEP) and are approved by the New Jersey Board of Social Work Examiners.

Participants must preregister:



Cultural Guardians is part of SWART, a month long celebration of social work and art at Gallery U. Events include an exhibition of artwork by NJ social workers and art therapists (opening reception: March 6, 2014, 6-8 pm); artist discussion on the connection between art, therapy and social work (open to the public, March 8, 2014, 1-4 pm); and Poetry U: An Evening of Spoken Word, featuring writings of NJ social workers (March 20, 2014, 7-9 pm). 









Gallery U Celebrates Social Work Month in March With Series of Events






Galley U Boutique, a combination of a fully functional art space and shopping boutique located at  439 South Avenue W in Westfield, NJ, is proud to present SWART: Social Work Works, a month long celebration of social workers, art therapists and their connections to art. 

Art is used by social workers and art therapists as an important transformative tool that acts as a creative outlet in helping people from all populations. Gallery U in Westfield, NJ, knows first hand the importance art can play in one’s life and is celebrating Social Work Month in March. SWART: Social Work Works is a month-long series of events that highlights the importance of art, social workers, and art therapists in our society.

The month begins with an opening reception on Thursday, March 6, 2014, from 6:00-8:00 PM. The community is welcome to join participating artists and view the artwork on exhibit by New Jersey social workers and art therapists. The artworks range from complex abstract explorations of themes such as trauma, psychological theories and mental health recovery, to realistic renderings of people, places and things. SWART offers a cross section of perspectives from the richly varied social work community. Artwork will be on exhibit until March 31, 2014. Gallery U is also presenting a discussion on Saturday, March 8, 2014, from 1:00 - 4:00 PM where participating artists will engage in a dialogue on the importance of social work, therapy and art. 

Gallery U’s monthly poetry reading series, Poetry U, will hold a special SWART edition on Thursday, March 20, 2014, from 7:00- 9:00 PM. The monthly reading series that highlights 5-6 featured local poets will bring the focus to the artistic literary achievements of New Jersey social workers. 

Finally, New Jersey social workers will have the opportunity to earn 3 free CEUs through the Monmouth University School of Social Work Professional Education Program (PEP) by attending Cultural Guardians: Social Work Advocacy for Art and Meaning in Culture, a workshop conducted by Lou Storey, LCSW, LCADC. This workshop is being offered on Saturday, March 22, 2014, from 1-4 PM. Interested social workers must pre-register to attend. 

See for yourself the transformative power art can have on one person and a community. All are welcome to attend the events scheduled at Gallery U.


About GALLERY U: Gallery U is owned by Universal Institute, a rehabilitation center for adults with traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Gallery U acts as an extension of UI’s vocational training program which helps bring TBI clients back into the workforce and community through their daily operational work at Gallery U. They hold monthly group art exhibitions and work closely with the community on various events throughout the year. Gallery U is located at 439 South Avenue W in Westfield, NJ.

Additional information about Gallery U Boutique: http://gallery-u.blogspot.com


Additional information about National Association of Social Workers and Social Work Month: www.socialworkers.org





SWART: Social Work Works exhibition
Opening reception March 6, 2014 from 6-8 PM
Artwork on display until March 31, 2014

Participating artists include: Amy Brooks, Jacqueline Durham, Kristina Kraft, Pattie McGovern, Martha Rand, Mary Anne Ruane, Tatiana Sougakova, Asena Terry, Gary Tsiperfal, Sandra Van Nest, and others. 




Listing of SWART events at Gallery U




Registration form for three free CEUs for social workers


Wednesday, January 29, 2014

A Review of CONTEMPORARY ART GROUP (CAG) Exhibit



by John J. Boylan

Gallery U is proud to welcome 2014 with a very special exhibition. The work of the local  art collective, Contemporary Art Group (CAG), an organization which displays various mediums and styles, are on display. CAG represents a broad spectrum of work by its members. Some of these members are included in this exhibit.

Contemporary Art Group is a non-profit organization of active artists in North Central New Jersey.  From it’s inception as a special interest group in the Westfield Art Association, CAG redefined “contemporary” to mean, “alive and currently producing art.” Participating artists include, Francesca Azzara, Millicent K. Brody, Virginia Carroll, Michael Endy, Maryann Ficker, Diane Gallo, Maxine King, Howard Levine, Linnea Rhodes, Sharon Sayegh, Dorothy Siclare, Rosalia Verdun, Keri Ann Wandlass, and Gail Winbury. An opening reception was held on Thursday January 9, 2014. Many attended. The exhibit will be on display until February 6, 2014.


   
Sixteen pieces of art are represented in this show. All of the pieces are exceptional, but three stand out above the rest. My favorite painting by Sharon Sayegh entitled, “Love Thy Neighbor” is a complex piece open to many levels of interpretation. At first glance the painting appears blasphemous. Grotesque comic figures gaze at a crucified Christ. It can be taken as a farce; a critique of organized Christianity, but as one spends time with this captivating piece, other possible meanings emerge. The non-descript figures could symbolize Christianity’s mass appeal. The young woman in the foreground is an enigma. One is struck by this otherwise realist portrayal accompanied by a French poodle. The small child in the front of the poodle also raises questions concerning this work of art. Perhaps the biblical story of the Christ’s encounter with children is implied-“Blessed are the children.” The woman’s love for the child is further testimony of her religious zeal. The presence of the poodle remains a mystery. It is perhaps a tribute to the woman’s humanity. I am left puzzled by the artist’s underlying meaning of this interesting piece of art. The comical figures in this painting convey the improbability of the Christian myth. Is it religious, or a farcical critique of Christianity? 



An oil on canvas piece, “A Peaceful Place,” by Rosalia Verdun is another painting that stands out. It is a pastoral scene of a country cottage done in the seventeenth century high Dutch style. It is reminiscent of a Rembrandt. The many layered textures of this piece are pleasing to the eye. One can imagine that they are transported to Holland’s countryside. The muted colors of the trees in the foreground put the viewer in another state. The Realist image of the laundry on the line is a compliment to the cottage in the background.  The broad brush strokes that the artist employs are another tool to calm the senses. The clouded sky further enhances this painting. The overall impression brings to mind the enjoyment one feels in a pastoral environment. 



“Into The Woods,” By Kerrie Ann Wandlass is the last piece I would like to review. It is a tumultuous experience. The windswept swirling leaves at the base of multi-textured tree trunks create a dizzying  effect. The intricate treatment of the branches draws one into the heart of this painting. The texture of the tree bark adds to the feelings of breathtaking vertigo.


Contemporary Art Group is comprised of many talented artists. The quality of the artwork reminds me of what hangs in MOMA. In April Gallery U will once again exhibit artwork from CAG which will include members that were not shown in the present show. Gallery U’s reputation is spreading. This is evidenced by the quality of work that we display.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

AS OF 8:30 PM , TUESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2014
UNIVERSAL LIVINGSTON AND 
GALLERY U BOUTIQUE WESTFIELD 
WILL HAVE A 
DELAYED OPENING - 10:00 AM 

Monday, January 20, 2014

CALL FOR ART from NJ Social Workers and Art Therapists



SWART: Social Work Works
A juried exhibition of artworks by New Jersey social workers and art therapists, March 6-31, 2014
In celebration of Social Work Month 2014, Gallery U in Westfield, NJ, presents the juried exhibition SWART: Social Work Works. Each of the exhibiting artists are practicing social workers and/or art therapists in New Jersey. Ranging from complex abstract explorations of themes such as trauma, psychological theories and mental health recovery, to realistic renderings of people, places and things, this show offers a cross section of perspectives from the richly varied social work community. The NASW theme for 2014 is “All People Matter.” Artists are encouraged, but not required, to submit artwork that illustrates this theme. 
Gallery U is an extension of Universal Institute, a rehabilitation facility that services adults with traumatic brain injuries (TBI). The venue serves 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 Gallery U. Vocational therapy is conducted in their back rooms using art as a medium.
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Eligibility: Open to all current and retired social workers and art therapists (including students) who live or work in New Jersey.
Submission Guidelines: Artists are asked to submit 1 to 3 maximum digital images in JPEG format, of two-dimensional artworks to SWARTexhibit@gmail.com. All medium accepted maximum size of 48” in length or width. All artworks must be for sale, be framed (or canvas wrapped),  wired for hanging (no saw-tooth hangers), and a retail price that includes a 50% commission paid to Gallery U on all sales. Label each jpg image file with artist’s name and artwork title (ie: Artist_title.jpg) and include a list of artwork submitted that provides the following information for each artwork: number, artist name, title, dimensions (HxW), medium, and price. Please include a brief bio that includes information on your practice and location and your art interest.

Exhibition Calendar, 2014
o Sunday, February 16- deadline for art submission to: SWARTexhibit@gmail.com.
o Monday, February 17- judging and selection of artworks
o Wednesday, February 19-accepted artists notified
o February 20-March 1 (10 am to 6 pm) - Drop-off of artworks to gallery
o Thursday, March 6 (6 pm to 8 pm) - OPENING RECEPTION
o Saturday, March 8- (1-4 pm) Gallery workshop/lecture- SWART:Making a Mark. Artists are encouraged to participate in this public discussion on the benefits/connections of art and social work/therapy.
o Thursday, March 20- (7-9 p.m.) Poetry U- SWART edition
Saturday, March 22- (1-4 p.m.) Cultural Guardians: Social Work Advocacy for Art and Meaning in Culture lecture. Earn 3 free CEUs. Attendees must preregister. 
o Friday, April 1 (10am - 6 p.m.) removal of artwork from gallery
Jurors:
Robert P. Langdon is Gallery Manager and Curator at Gallery U in Westfield, NJ. He curates monthly group art exhibitions for Gallery U and also curates the monthly poetry reading series, Poetry U, at Gallery U. Robert has worked in the publishing field for the past 20 years and now enjoys working with the community through his work at Gallery U. He is also an exhibited photographer and published poet.
Lou Storey , MSW, LCSW, LCADC, has exhibited his artworks nationally as well as designed exhibitions in museums, galleries and public institutions and was the 2004 recipient of the American Association of Museums Excellence in Design award . Beyond private practice in Red Bank, NJ (Meaningful Therapy Center, LLC) his social work activities include NASW NJ elected CCNLI committee member, Adjunct Instructor in the School of Social Work at Monmouth University, Diplomate of Logotherapy from the Victor Frankl Institute, and 2009 recipient of Award of Recognition from the Monmouth County Mental Health Association.
Insurance and Handling- 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. Artwork remaining beyond April 30, 2014 will be donated.

Robert Langdon, Gallery Manager / Curator, Gallery U 439 South Ave W, Westfield, NJ 07090
(908) 232-1895

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

CALL FOR ART

Gallery U Boutique in Westfield is seeking artwork for their February exhibition. This is a non-themed show open to all artists, both established and emerging. All mediums and styles will be considered. Please send a max of 3 jpgs to Robert Langdon at rlangdongalleryu@gmail.com. Deadline for submissions is January 27th, 2014.

Friday, January 3, 2014

UNIVERSAL INSTITUTE LIVINGSTON AND GALLERY U BOUTIQUE ; CLOSED TODAY DUE TO THE STORM

STAY INSIDE AND HAVE A WARM AND SAFE DAY!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

UNIVERSAL INSTITUTE AND GALLERY U BOUTIQUE
WILL HAVE A DELAYED OPENING ON 
FRIDAY, JANUARY 3, 2014
10:30 AM OPENING

-THIS IS FOR LIVINGSTON AND WESTFIELD LOCATIONS
LONG BRANCH AND BETHLEHEM TBD 

THIS POST WILL BE UPDATED ON FRIDAY, JAN 3RD AT 8:30 AM