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The Art Center’s fall fundraiser, Bourbon Bash, will take place on Friday, October 26, from 7–10 PM, and will feature Jim Beam’s craft whiskey portfolio as well as Maker’s Mark bourbon cocktails, thoughtfully paired with delectable bites by Summit House Restaurant + Bar. Live music from a five-man country-jazz band, the String Gliders out of Brooklyn, will keep your toes tapping. And to make the night even more exciting, attendees will have the chance to bid on a variety of unique artworks, many by self-taught or “outsider” artists in a not-to-be-missed silent auction. This promises to be the must-attend party of the fall!

 

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Gold Sponsor:
– Cartier
– Amy Knight
– Audrey & Zygi Wilf
– Jane & Mark Wilf

Silver Sponsor:
– Dylan & Melissa Baker
– Murali Balasubramanian, J.P. Morgan Securities
– Anne & RJ Grissinger
– Betse & Frank Gump
– Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper, P.C.
– Larissa & Timothy Reick
– Ann & Mel Schaffer
– Debi & Fred Schwarzmann

Bronze Sponsor:
– Lori & Andrew Bush
– Lisa Butler & Bob Kelly
– Marie & Roy Alan Cohen
– Siobhan Creem
– David Dietze & Claire Toth, Point View Wealth Management, Inc.
– Beth Gibson, The Oldendorp Group
– Alison & David O’Neill
– Rebecca & Declan Ryan
– Joanie Schwarz & Don Rosenthal
– Liz Skoler & Mark Becker

Community Partners:
– ABC Party Center
– Otterstedt Insurance Agency

Art to Table: June 6, 2018

The Art Center’s summer exhibitions, “Oh what a world! What a world!” and Containment open on Friday, June 1. On June 6, our next Art to Table event offers you the opportunity to get a close-up look at the new works on display during a tour lead by Sarah Walko, Director of Education and Community Engagement. Attendees will also get a prixe fixe lunch at Summit House Restaurant + Bar. Click here to purchase your tickets.

Member Exhibition: The Students of Anne Kullaf

Dolly Llama by Alexis Joseph

Show Me What You See: The Students of Anne Kullaf

Celebrated artist and instructor Anne Kullaf has curated the current member exhibition as part of her course “Preparing for an Exhibition: Are you Ready?” Show me What You See, which opens on November 17, features the work of seven artists participating in Kullaf’s professional development course that includes instruction in writing an artist statement, preparing promotional material, planning a reception, and discussing work with prospective collectors. The exhibiting students include:

  • Sally Fica
  • Karene Infranco
  • Alexis Joseph
  • Alex O’Neill
  • Marisa Picardo
  • Hope Saladino
  • Sylvia Smith

Assembled Circle II by Sally Fica

“Working with students to develop their own artistic voices is one of the best things about my job,” said Kullaf. “It’s exciting when a student reaches a level where they have mastered the basics and gained the confidence that is necessary to become more expressive with their work. It’s exciting for me to look at a work they’ve created, and to understand the unique message they are seeking to convey.”

Show Me What You See: The Students of Anne Kullaf opens on November 17, 2017 and runs through January 15, 2018 in the Marité & Joe Robinson Strolling Gallery II and Ann’s Place Gallery. There will be a public opening for the exhibition at the Art Center on Saturday, December 2, from 2-4pm.

Getting Graphic

The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey presents “Getting Graphic: Novels, Memoirs & Comics.” The December 2 event will feature graphic novelists and comic book artists showcasing and discussing their work, offering workshops and book signings, and selling merchandise. The event was conceived in conjunction with the exhibition Drawing it Out, currently on display in the Eisenberg Gallery at the Art Center. “In delving into the genre of graphic novels and memoirs, our staff and artists discovered so many interesting and unique stories,” said Sarah Walko, Director of Programs at the Visual Arts Center. “We wanted to create an event where the audience would be exposed to as many of these works as we could manage and could then meet the artists themselves.”

The event will take place at the Art Center on Saturday, December 2, from 12-5pm and is free for all ages. Tables will be set up throughout the building for the entirety of the event featuring books and merchandise by graphic novelists, memoirists, and comic book artists and food and drinks will be available from the Taquería Auténtica food truck. Following a brief introduction to the event, two artist talks will take place in the main gallery: Howard Saunders and Julia Alekseyva will discuss their respective work from 2-2:30pm and Darrell Goza and Dana Walwrath will do the same from 4-4:30pm. Additionally, two Comic Book Cover workshops** will be held during the event. One for children ages 6-9, from 12:30 – 2pm for $35 and one for children ages 9-12, 2:30 – 4pm  for $50.

 Artists appearing include:

Julia Alekseyeva

Doug Baron

Howard Saunders

Glenn Whitmore

Michael Parla

Lauren Purje

Seamus Liam O’Brien

Kirsten Kramer

 

 

Criss Madd

Darrell Goza

Dana Walwrath

Neil Vokes

Amanda Scurti

 Edward Dippolito 

Tom Schloendorn

** – You can preregister for the day’s workshops by emailing swalko@artcenternj.org. Drop-ins are also welcome.

Member Exhibitions – Jill Crouch & Carol Nussbaum

Friday, September 8, the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey launched its new series of member exhibitions in the Art Center’s community galleries. The series of shows, chosen by the Center’s Membership Committee, highlights the work of both members and students selected through an open call process that was available to the Center’s more than 800 members. The first two shows in the series run through November 6, 2017, and feature work by Jill Crouch and Carol Nussbaum.

Did You Say Chocolate?
by Jill Crouch, watercolor on paper.

 

Jill Crouch: A Journey in Watercolor

Jill Crouch, from Scotch Plains, New Jersey, presents her paintings in a showcase titled “A Journey in Watercolor.” New to the medium after a career in medical research, Crouch enrolled in classes at the Art Center and under the tutelage of some of the Center’s best instructors, created the work presented in this show. Her paintings on display chronical her journey and progression with the medium and are a perfect illustration of the heights that artists can achieve through the classes and workshops offered at the Art Center.

 

 

 

 

Mizrahi Coke Mandala
By Carol Nussbaum, print on archival pigment paper.

 

Carol Nussbaum: Mandala

Carol Nussbaum, from Short Hills, New Jersey, is presenting her work in a show titled “Mandala” which features photographs taken during her travels throughout the United States and abroad. Nussbaum takes her photos and manipulates them digitally to create a circular pattern that both transforms the image and references a mandala, an ancient Hindu and Buddhist symbol that represents unity and harmony.