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Register Now For Summer Workshops!

Workshops at the Art Center are a great way to get your art-making fix without committing to a full semester of classes. Summer might be winding down, but we have a full roster of workshops still on deck for the month of August. Check them out below and sign up today!

 

 

New! Spinner Rings
Saturday, August 18, 10 AM–4 PM
Instructor: Elizabeth Tokoly
Spinner Rings are great everyday entertaining/mediation jewelry. Learn to texture and form concave and convex rings. Learn how to make twisted wire rings or thin band rings to spin around your concave ring. The focus will be on hammer, stamping, and flex shaft textures. Students will make one of each ring.

 

 

Watercolor Monotype
Saturday & Sunday, August 18–19, 1–4 PM
Instructor: Judy Mensch
Create vibrant monotypes using watercolor as a print medium. After printing your first layer of color, create depth and visual interest by adding layers of transparent and/or opaque watercolors. Experience using waterbased paint, various papers, registration, transparent films, large flat areas of color, and textures in your work. There will also be an opportunity to try stencils and add waterbased colored pencils and crayons to your prints.

 

 

Get Groovy! Under the Sea Painting on Velvet
Sunday, August 19, 10 AM–4 PM
Instructor: Mary Jean Canziani
Create a painting so vibrant that the colors jump off the surface! Explore using velvet as canvas, which allows your colors to stand out and pop. Cool off in the heat of summer and take inspiration from the fascinating and radiant creatures found in the depths of the ocean. Paintings made in this workshop will truly glow!

 

 

Glazes Galore
Sunday, August 19, 10 AM–2 PM
Instructor: Lisette Bedoya
Need glaze guidance? Do you have unfinished pieces from last session? Learn techniques and ways to glaze your previously bisque-fired unglazed work. As long as you created the pottery using clay from the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, we can finish it! Bring at least five previously fired, never-glazed works to this workshop.

 

 

Painterly Silkscreen Printmaking
Sunday, August 26, 10 AM–4 PM
Instructor: David DiMarchi
Explore silkscreen printing in painterly and fluid techniques! In this course, artists will learn the basics of creating and printing painterly stencils, printing both unique and repeatable works of art! Using mono-printing and reductive techniques artists should anticipate completing this course with a suite of prints and a new toolbox of skills and processes ready to influence their own art practices. Beginner’s welcome, no experience necessary!

Art Center Returns to the Summit Farmers Market on August 19

The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey partnered with local artists at the Summit Farmers Market on July 22, 2018, to create and discuss art with the community.

The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey and local artists will return to the Farmers Market in Summit after a successful outing that captivated attendees in July. During that outing, visitors to the Art Center’s tent were asked to participate in a shared vision board and were given instruction on how to create mandala drawings. On Sunday, August 19, from 8 AM–1 PM, artists Nan Ring and Asha Ganpat will further engage the community in discussions about artistic process while creating and displaying original artwork. Ganpat will work on large cardboard sculptures of a life-sized outhouse and an old tube-television. Ring will invite visitors to write stories of compassion onto squares of silkscreened vintage flour sacks, which will then be added to her compassion quilt. “Compassion is what I think the world needs more of now,” said Ring, explaining her work. “The quilt is made from flour sacks because they literally once held sustenance, and as they become a quilt of our compassion stories, they will again hold sustenance, but this time metaphorically.”

Both Art Center presentations at the Summit Farmers Market have been organized by Sarah Walko, Director of Education & Community Engagement. “The farmers market is a great place to meet and interact with our neighbors,” said Walko. “In July, artists engaged the public with communal expression and we hope to be able to do that again with our upcoming visit. Art brings people together and bridges the community.”

Artist Bios:
Nan Ring has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards for her artwork, including a Vermont Studio Center Fellowship, a Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation’s Creative Fellowship, and a New York Foundation for the Arts Artists’ Fellowship Award in Drawing. Her paintings and drawings have been exhibited at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, where she was awarded an honorable mention in painting at the Art Center’s 25th Silver Anniversary Juried Exhibition. Additionally, her work has been displayed at Drawing Rooms in Jersey City; 73 See Gallery in Montclair; The Drawing Center and Gallery Henoch in New York City; and Hudson River Museum in Yonkers.

Asha Ganpat is a New York City-area artist, originally from Trinidad and Tobago in the West Indies. Ganpat has shown at institutions such as the Brooklyn Museum of Art; Queens Museum; Exit Art and the Nathan Cummings Foundation in Manhattan; Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton University, in Galloway Township, NJ; and Jersey City Museum. Her work was cited as one of the “10 Best Interactive Summer Art Installations” in New York City by Complex Magazine in 2012. She has participated in the Emerge program at Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art, which focused on strategic career management for
emerging artists; ChaNorth, ChaShaMa’s upstate artist residency located in the Hudson Valley; and the Alice Yard residency program in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. She is a professor of sculpture at Montclair State University and co-founder of Red Saw Gallery in Newark.

The Summit Farmers Market takes place every Sunday through November 18, from 8 AM–1 PM. The market is held at Park & Shop Lot #2, at the corner of DeForest Avenue and Maple Street in Summit.

Register for Summer 2018 Classes

Register Now for Summer Adult Classes

Don’t let the kids have all the fun this summer! The Art Center has a full slate of adult instruction in the form of six-week courses and one- and two-day workshops, so you can get your art fix too! And if you’re longing for the camp experience, we’re even offering an Adult Camp in the form of Sip & Sample. The semester begins on July 16. Click the links below for more information and to register!

Art Center at the Summit Farmers Market July 22

The Art Center’s table at the Summit Farmers Market during the summer of 2017.

Visual Arts Center of New Jersey Brings Art to the Summit Farmers Market

Artists Heejung Kim and Yvette Molina will join the Art Center at the Summit Farmers Market on Sunday, July 22, from 8 AM–1 PM. While at the market, both artists will create art that involves audience participation while discussing their process and giving insight into their work.

During the demonstration, Kim will show visitors how to create mandala drawings, providing instruction on creating the basic structure before letting them loose to personalize their work however they see fit. Molina will expose visitors to her process for creating artwork: by concentrating on her desires for herself and the world. Her community art project asks participants to consider what they want most in their world, focus that intention into a word, write it down, and share it to a combined vision board. The hope is that this project will allow participants to pursue their desire with more clarity and see themselves in a new light, not just as individuals with hopes and dreams, but as a community of dreamers.

“The artists embedded at the Summit Farmers Market will interact with the community, using input and stories from the public to inform their work,” said Sarah Walko, Director of Education & Community Engagement. Walko and other contemporary artists believe that bringing people in the community together by having a participatory role in the creative process is vital in the context of our times.

The themes of Heejung Kim’s artwork stem from Buddhism, dream images, and the artist’s personal experiences. Her work has appeared in numerous national exhibitions, and reviews of her artwork have appeared in ARTnews, The New York Times, and The Star-Ledger. Kim obtained an M.A. in Art Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her M.F.A. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She currently teaches at the Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg, NJ.

Yvette Molina’s art examines the human drive towards discovery, meaning-making, and connection through the dual lens of science and mysticism. Drawing from influences spanning evolutionary biology, sacred symbols, and current events, her work questions how we define, sort, and value life. More recently, themes of displacement, belonging, and justice have informed her work. Molina’s practice includes painting, collage, photography, sculpture, costume-making, and performance. She is currently creating a new pantheon of gods and superheroes to address the challenges of our modern times. Molina has exhibited across the US and internationally in galleries from Los Angeles and New York to Reykjavik, and at venues such as the American Embassy in Montevideo, Uruguay; the Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, Hawai’i; and the Legion of Honor and de Young Museums of California as an AIR awardee.

The Summit Farmers Market takes place every Sunday through November 18, from 8 AM–1 PM. The market is held at Park & Shop Lot #2, at the corner of DeForest Avenue and Maple Street in Summit.

Special Four-Day Camp During the July 4th Holiday Week

Special Four-Day Art in America Camp
(July 2, 3, 5, 6 – Single Day Options Available)

Celebrate America’s birthday by creating one-of-a-kind creative artworks! During the July 4th holiday week, the Art Center will be hosting individual day camps where students in grades K-5 can come and create art based on American artists and attractions. Each day students will create 2-3 art projects such as a pastel drawing of Vermont in the fall, a drawing of the Empire State Building, and a painting done in the style of Georgia O’Keeffe. Students may sign up for the full four days of camp or sign up for single-day sessions.

Camp Schedule
Monday, July 2 10 AM–3 PM
Tuesday, July 3 10 AM–3 PM
Thursday, July 5 10 AM–3: PM
Friday, July 6 10 AM–3: PM

Extended Day Options are available for all sessions during this week. Early drop-off begins at 8 AM and late pick-up ends at 5:30 PM. You may select extended care as an add-on when you check out with a camp session in your basket:

Register:
All Four Days: K-1st 2nd-3rd 4th-5th
By the Day
Monday, 7/2: K-1st 2nd-3rd 4th-5th
Tuesday, 7/3: K-1st 2nd-3rd 4th-5th
Thursday, 7/5: K-1st 2nd-3rd 4th-5th
Friday, 7/6: K-1st 2nd-3rd 4th-5th

 

Summer Saturday Art Camp

Explore sculpture, drawing, painting, collage and more over the course of eight Saturdays. Each day of Summer Saturday Art Camp, your child will create two projects inspired by that week’s theme. Students may register for individual Saturdays or for all eight.

PROJECT THEMES

  • Summer Fun
  • Mini-Masters
  • Exploring the Art of Nature
  • Comics, Characters, and Cartoons
  • Storybook Art: Bringing Characters to Life
  • Art Around the Globe
  • Animals & Wildlife Art

When: Saturdays, July 7–August 25, 10 AM–1 PM
Grades: K–4
Tuition: $55 per day or $320 for all eight sessions

Register:
All Eight Days: Register
By the Day
Saturday, 7/7: Register
Saturday, 7/14: Register
Saturday, 7/21: Register
Saturday, 7/28: Register
Saturday, 8/4: Register
Saturday, 8/11: Register
Saturday, 8/18: Register
Saturday, 8/25: Register

Morgan O’Hara: Handwriting the Constitution

On Inauguration Day in January 2017, Morgan O’Hara sat in the Rose Main Reading Room at the New York Public Library and began to copy the United States Constitution by hand. Soon, others joined her, and by the end of her session, six or seven people had participated. She has held sessions every month since, with new people contributing each time. “Hand copying a document can produce an intimate connection to the text and its meaning,” said O’Hara. “The hand writer may discover things about this document that they never knew, a passage that challenges or moves them. They may even leave with a deeper connection to the founders and the country, or even a sense of encouragement. It is important for us to become more intensely aware of our rights as citizens so that, should history begin to impinge upon these rights, we will recognize what is happening in time to act.”

O’Hara views this project as a social art practice and hopes it will become a movement of sorts, with sessions throughout the country. The Summit Free Public Library, in partnership with the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, will host one such session. The event will take place on June 28, 2018, from 4–7 PM. All are invited to participate.

For more information on the Summit Free Public Library at summitlibrary.org. To set up a handwriting session, visit handwritingtheconstitution.com or email handwritingtheconstitution@gmail.com. The Summit Free Public Library is located at 75 Maple Street, Summit, NJ, 07901.

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.

Downtown Summit Art Festival: Arts + Cars

Do you have art or crafts you want to show and sell? The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit Downtown, and Summit PAL are thrilled to host an outdoor art festival in beautiful downtown Summit! Arts + Cars will take place on Sunday, September 16, 2018, from 10 AM–4 PM (rain or shine) and will work alongside local businesses and the Summit Farmer’s Market. Additionally, the event will include a car show and a stage with musical performances all day long in order to attract large audiences to look at and purchase your work!

Arts + Cars is a juried arts and crafts festival. Download the application here. Apply for your space by completing and mailing in the linked form or handing it in at the Art Center. Deadline for entry is August 15, but those entering by June 15 will be eligible for an early bird discount.

Details:

Complete application must be submitted with all materials together. The committee will not consider incomplete applications.

The complete application can be submitted via email, regular mail, or in person at the Art Center. The following is required:

  • 5 images of representative artwork/crafts that will be on display in the booth (Double and Triple booth applicants may send up to 9 images showing work that represents each artist). These images can be sent in print out if mailing in OR in JPEG or PDF format if submitting via email. The images should be indicative of what will be on display in the booth and not more than 2 years old. Your name & images may be used in advertising.
  • Personal artist bio, printed out if mailing in OR in pdf format if submitting via email.
  • A completed Hold Harmless Agreement (required by the City of Summit)
  • An application.
  • Credit card information or, if mailing application, the option of two checks payable to “Visual Arts Center of New Jersey” with “art fair” notated on the memo line:
  1. $25 Application Fee – non-refundable & deposited on receipt.
  2. Booth Fee –deposited when the artist has been selected to exhibit (details included in the application form). Booth fee discount of $25 if postmarked or received by June 15. If you are not selected, the booth fee check will be returned to you or your credit card will not be charged.

Artists will be notified by email by August 30 of their acceptance into Arts + Cars.

Please send questions/inquiries to mcohn@artcenternj.org. No phone calls

Summer Exhibitions

Friday, June 1, the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey will open its two summer exhibitions with a reception from 6:30–8:30 PM. The two shows, “Oh, what a world! What a world!” and Containment, will be on view throughout the summer and will close on Sunday, September 9, 2018.

Mary Jean Canziani
Basic Anxiety—A New Psychobiological Concept, 2017
Acrylic on repurposed book, 9 1/2 x 13 in. Courtesy of the artist.

“Oh, what a world! What a world!” are the dying words spoken by the Wicked Witch of the West as she melts away in the film, The Wizard of Oz. Despite her status as a villain, there is pathos and longing in those final words. The melting witch is an apt metaphor for the loss of control many people felt in the wake of the contentious 2016 United States presidential election. Since then, American society has become increasingly polarized, with a heightened state of anxiety about the future of the country and the world. This anxiety manifests itself in countless ways and pervades our increasingly globalized society. The group exhibition, “Oh, what a world! What a world!” examines how artists from the US and abroad are responding to these recent changes. With new urgency, their work addresses issues such as climate change, immigration, gender equality, race relations, policing, protest, and the very state of our Democracy. Participating artists are Olive Ayhens, Zoë Buckman, Mary Jean Canziani, David Antonio Cruz, Dahlia Elsayed, Goldschmied & Chiari, Enrico Gomez, Johannah Herr, Morgan O’Hara, Felekşan Onar, Fernando Orellana, Kern Samuel, Renée Stout, and Julie Wolfe. This exhibition will be on view in the Main Gallery.

 

Linda Ganjian
Detail of Uncontained Consumption, 2017
Mixed media, 72 x 42 x 9 in. Courtesy of the artist.

Running concurrently in Eisenberg Gallery, Containment features artwork from a group of artists who examine the shipping containers and ships that move goods, people, and power across the oceans. The containerized shipping industry is central to international commerce and largely responsible for our increasingly globalized economy. The artists featured include David Packer, who has created a ceramic version of a shipping container, and Linda Ganjian whose sculptural installation reimagines a container-ship accident. Also included are Erin Diebboll and Gabby Miller, who have both been artists-in-residence on container ships and have created art in response to their firsthand experiences—Diebboll’s meticulous drawings illustrate the contents of shipping containers, and Miller used the ship’s engine oil as her medium for a series of paintings. Additionally, a site-specific installation by Leslie Kerby in Marité & Joe Robinson Strolling Gallery I, explores the movement of shipping containers and incorporates sculpture, mixed media works on paper, and video animation.