Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The Strong Women Exhibit Opening Reception

A fabulous time was had on Friday at the opening reception for the Strong Women exhibit at Newark School of the Arts. There was such a diverse and creative energy that filled the room that evening. And It was incredibly inspiring to be surrounded by such talented women artists and their passionate works of art! The show featured both literal and abstract works, with a broad range of interpretations on the Strong Women theme. I am honored to be a part of this great show. The exhibition will be up until April 23, 2010.


Armisey Smith, one of the curators and fellow artists. That's her great painting behind us.

March 19 - April 23, 2010
Viewing hours: Tues-Sat 3-6:00pm
Newark School of the Arts
89 Lincoln Park Newark, NJ 07102

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

A pub near my old apartment in Dublin, Ireland in 2007

Here are just a couple of my favorite photos from when I lived in Ireland...

I hope you enjoy the craic (meaning, good times in Irish) today!

"Wherever you go and whatever you do,
May the luck of the Irish be there with you."


 Overlooking the Wicklow Mountains, Ireland September 2007

 Enjoying the summer sun in St. Stephen's Green, Dublin Ireland 2007 

     Grazing in the countryside, west of Ireland, early spring 2007

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

"Strong Women" Exhibit and Opening Reception

Indomitable Courage”   9” x 12.5”  Gouache on paper

Unconquerable Force”   9” x 12.5”  Gouache on paper

Indestructible Spirit”   9” x 12.5”  Gouache on paper

Happy Spring to you all!

In celebration of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, I have created a series of paintings, which will be exhibited in a group show opening on Friday, March 19, 2010. The exhibition is being hosted by Newark School of the Arts, in Newark, NJ and will run from March 19 – April 23, 2010. All are welcome to attend!

I have to say that digging into paint, brushes and paper once again was such a refreshing departure from the digital world that I usually live in. And the subject matter... right up my alley! It was a blast, really. Thanks to Armisey Smith, curator and artist for the opportunity to be a part of this great show.  

Hope to see you there!

Exhibition announcement and info :

The Newark School of the Arts is presenting an art exhibit in celebration of Women’s History Month March 19, 2010 - April 23, 2010. The exhibit, titled “Strong Women” celebrates the artistic achievements of women through various media including painting, photography, collage and drawing. The opening reception will take place at the Newark School of the Arts, Friday, March 19, 2010, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Viewing days and hours are Tuesday-Saturday 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

The exhibit will feature works by 29 women artists from Los Angeles, Maryland, New York and New Jersey, including notable women artists Virginia Block, Sadee Brathwaite, Mona Brody, Kathryn Eddy, Ellen Farren, Tamara Fitzpatrick, Leslie Ford, Rayna Gillman, Chris Kelsaw, Rachel Leibman, Jen Mazza, Francesca DeMasi Mucciolo, Sylvia Ortiz, Kaaren Patterson, Marsha Pickett, Luisa F. Pinzon, Charlene Potts, Patricia Rivera, Jacqui Rocker, Lisa Ross, Gail Slockett, Armisey Smith, Nettie Forne Thomas, Toni Thomas, Deborah Ugoretz, Lisa G. Westheimer, Philemona Williamson, Regina Wilson and Terri Norton-Wright. The exhibition was curated by Kathryn Eddy, Painter/Teacher and Armisey Smith, NSA Director of Public Relations.

The artists participating in “Strong Women” embody the power and vision of the female perspective and spirit. Both literal and abstract interpretations of the meaning of “strong women” will be represented through an eclectic mix of contemporary and traditional works of art. The new exhibition and studio space utilized for this event was designed to maximize on arts learning and exhibition opportunities for students, faculty and professional artists.

Newark School of the Arts offers a range of visual arts classes for children and adults. NSA visual arts classes are held Wednesday-Saturday. They include: digital photography (adult), acrylic painting (adult), jewelry-design (adult and teen) and drawing/painting (child-adult). The visual arts program at NSA provides quality arts instruction in a supportive and creative environment for all ages and levels of experience.

NSA provides instruction in the performing (music, dance, drama) and visual arts for people of all ages, regardless of their financial need or artistic ability. The School has been an incubator for artists and for professional people in many fields. A significant number of NSA alumni have made arts their careers, including dancer Savion Glover. The School has been recognized by the New Jersey Council on the Arts, which designated NSA a “Major Presenting Organization” for 2007-2009; and awarded the School a “Citation of Excellence” and designated the School a “Major Service Organization” during 2003 to 2006.

Newark School of the Arts is funded in part by New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, A Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and is supported in-part by a grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act through the National Endowment for the Arts, administered by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Other major support for the School’s arts education programs comes from the City of Newark (CDBG/HUD), The Prudential Foundation, The Victoria Foundation, Turrell Fund and The Hearst Foundation.

Postcard front: LISA ROSS, Sky Blue Bed 2009
pigment on rag paper, 40” x 60”

Opening reception:
Friday, March 19, 2010 6:00-8:00pm
March 19, 2010 - April 23, 2010
Newark School of the Arts
89 Lincoln Park Newark, NJ 07102
The event is free and open to the public.