Ceramics and Paintings by Eva Hui Cheng

Eva Hui Cheng is displaying her ceramics and abstract paintings at the Highland Park Public Library in the meeting room and in the front hall display case through the month of February 2016.

“I use color to express my feelings, “ Cheng said. “Oil paintings are therefore a useful tool for releasing my distress and anxieties onto a canvas. Usually when I finish a painting, my world becomes calm and I can face a brand new day”.

Cheng has displayed her artwork in café and galleries in the area. The Edison resident also likes to craft ceramics.

“It is through ceramics that I have learned nothing is under your control,” Cheng said. “You can only accept what comes, admire whatever shape of pot, vase or plate comes out from the kiln”.

Ceramics by Eva Hui Cheng

painting by Eva Hui Cheng

Arts High and Arts Middle School Student Work on Exhibit

Talia Fishman paintingPaintings, drawings and photographs created by Middlesex County Arts High and Arts Middle School students will be on display at the Highland Park Public Library for the month of January, 2016. The art work is in the meeting room and in the front hall display case. Three students from Highland Park are included in this exhibit. Talia Fishman, Liz Broggi-Sumner and Elena De Arguelar are all Highland Park students.

The exhibit features work completed by gifted and talented students who participated in the Middlesex County Arts High or Arts Middle School. The programs, now in their 35th year, offer advanced arts classes in creative writing, dance, instrumental music, vocal music, acting and visual arts to students from public, private, and home schools in Middlesex County. Students, admitted to the program through audition, are released from their schools one afternoon each week during the spring semester to participate in the various courses that are taught by professional artists.

For more information on the exhibit or the Middlesex County Arts High or Arts Middle School programs, or to obtain an application, contact the Arts & Education Center at 732-566-ARTS(2787) or visit the website at https://artsandedcenter.org/.

Piper Finn Sculpture

Rabbis and Rock Stars: Recent Paintings by S Ilan Block

Springsteen by Ilan BlockThe Highland Park Public Library is featuring an exhibit by Highland Park Artist S Ilan Block from November 30 through December 31, 2015. The art show, Rabbi and Rock Stars: Paintings by S Ilan Block from 2012 to 2015, will be on exhibit in the Main Hall Display case and the Meeting Room at the library. An art reception for the Highland Park artist will be held on Thursday, December 3 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM.

S Ilan Block was born in Highland Park and has lived in the borough most of his life. Recently, he spent five years living and studying in Israel.

“The acrylic-on-canvas paintings include many portraits of prominent rabbinical figures or depictions of musicians, all who have given me inspiration,” Block said.

He studied at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University and at Middlesex County College where he worked with Marsha Goldberg and Nadine Heller. He has previously exhibited at Congregation Ohav Emeth.

Shlomo Carlebach by Ilan Block
Shlomo Carlebach, painting by S Ilan Block

Metuchen Photographer Creates Art Photos

Judy Weinberg, a Metuchen artist, will exhibit her whimsical art photos at the Highland Park Public Library from October 3 to November 25, 2015. Her images printed on pillows will be in the main hall display case. An art reception will be held in the meeting room on Saturday, October 3 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

Judy Weinberg is volunteer co-chair at Transformations Gallery located in the historic Old Franklin Schoolhouse in Metuchen. She was raised in Highland Park and became interested in photography at the age of 11 while participating in a photo club at her Middle School. She creates art photographs using nature, food, found objects, and architecture as her subjects. Sometimes the artist elaborates on a theme by creating series photos, while other times composing “scenes” by combining unusual objects not usually seen together to create a piece.

“I wanted to experiment with my images to see how they would work when printed on different mediums, while also creating art that people can take with them. Printing on metal has allowed the images to hang both indoors and outdoors, canvas adds a subtle texture, while printing on pillows allows my work to still be seen in the home – but now it’s off the wall.”

Jellyfish, photo by Judy Weinberg

Art and Book Reception Honors Library

Artist Bo Jordan and WILL, Writers in League with Libraries, are hosting an Art and Book Reception on Sunday, September 27 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the Highland Park Public Library. Jordan’s impressionistic paintings will be on display in the library from September 9 through September 30. According to Elizabeth A. Pallitto, editor and founder of WILL, it is very fitting that the group holds a reception for their newly published book, Leaves of Fall, at the Highland Park Public Library. The community is invited.

“With the support of the library, we have become a community—and we encourage other writing groups to do the same,” Ms. Pallitto said. “Our workshop is in its element in the local public library, a natural meeting place for a group of writers.

Last September when the group was meeting at the library for their weekly workshop, artist Bo Jordan was putting up her art exhibit, and the group asked if her painting Fall Foliage could be featured on the cover of their new book.

Most of Ms. Jordan’s paintings include latex, enamel and acrylic. Four years ago she developed her hands on technique.

Bo Jordan painting

Watercolors Across Continents: Anjana Jose

As a child, Anjana Jose was formally trained in pencil sketching and water coloring at Kalabhavan, a renowned art institute located at Cochin, India. She was trained in advanced watercolor techniques at Ridgewood Art Institute, New Jersey under Joel Popadics. The artist’s work will be on display at the Highland Park Public Library from August 3 to August 30 in the meeting room and in the main hall display case.

Her paintings mostly reflect life and travel experiences. The message she communicates through her paintings is very detail oriented and precise. It brings an element of surprise to the viewer. She portrays an emotional characteristic to the paintings with strong color composition and subtle details and uses this style to connect.

She hails from Cochin, a beautiful paradise in India and inherits the artistic heritage from her family. She also completed a bachelor’s degree in engineering where technical drawing helped enhance her drawing skills immensely. She spent two years at Bangalore teaching children painting and sketching.

Autumn by Anjana Jose
Autumn by Anjana Jose
Deer by Anjana Jose
Deer by Anjana Jose

Photographer’s Eye: Ruth Jansyn Exhibit

Ruth Jansyn’s photo exhibit, the Photographer’s Eye, is on display in July 2015 at the library. Ruth F. Jansyn has been taking photos since she received her first Kodak box camera, graduating to a Nikon, a Minolta 7 and finally a digital camera.

“For me, the most important instrument is my eye, both when I snap the shutter and then when I view the image,” Jansyn said.

Along the way from her journey from high school teacher to college professor she traveled to archaeological sites in Northern Italy, Australia, and Russia and along with her husband traveled across the United States and Europe.

For seven years she studied photography at Long Island University in New York. She has lived in Highland Park for three decades and new splits her time between New Jersey and southwestern Texas.

Photographer Ruth Jansyn has dedicated her photography exhibit in the Main Hall display case to her grandmother, Julia Magnus. Included in the display is Ruth’s mother’s, “Reminiscences of a German Jewish Woman Physician” which chronicles Ruth’s grandmother’s life during the 1930s and 1940s in Nazi Germany.

Tarahumara in Copper Canyon
Tarahumara in Copper Canyon, photo by Ruth Jansyn
Mother of Ruth Jansyn documents
Ruth’s mother’s, “Reminiscences of a German Jewish Woman Physician” about Ruth’s grandmother’s life during the 1930s and 1940s in Nazi Germany

Artist Sangeeta Bhagat and Studio 105 Students

Colonia Artist Sangeeta Bhagat and her students from Studio 105 are exhibiting their paintings, pastel works, and drawings together in an exhibit, Celebrating Art, at the Highland Park Public Library through June 30. An art reception will be held for the adult and children artists on Saturday, June 13 from noon until 4:00 PM.

Sangeeta Bhagat is an artist from India who incorporates the traditional with the spiritual. Her design sense was honed from her background in fashion designing. In addition to painting, she teaches students from nursery school age to adults. The artists featured in this show are Ava Borker a seven year old first grader and Sana Borka, 10 years old, both from James Madison Primary School in Edison, Yinisha Bhagdev, Michelle Barksdale, an art teacher from P.S. 242 in Harlem, Priyanka Ramanujam, Ronit Kalsis a kindergartener from Edison, Jashan Kalsi, an eight year old, Shrey Tayal, an 11 year old, Lipi Patel, a third grader from James Madison Intermediate School, Dhyanashri Raman, a fifth grader from Martin Luther King Elementary School in Edison, Tarun Ravilla a sixth grader from Herbert Hoover Middle School, Tanvi Ravilla a third grader from Benjamin Franklin Elementarty School in Edison,and Yinisha Bhagede. “I didn’t know any techniques and was clueless about the world of art, Sana Barkar said. “After a year of painting, I have learned many new skills and I hope I will be the greatest artist one day.”

cityscape bhagat student painting

Antique Kodak Folding Cameras Display

The first camera that caught Highland Park Photographer Tom Maugham’s eye was his family’s 1932 Kodak folding camera. His grandfather had given the Number 1 Pocket Kodak to his parents to use for their honeymoon. In that year it cost $17. A considerable amount of money for that decade.

About 30 of his Kodak Folding Cameras, manufactured between 1899 and 1954, are on exhibit at the Highland Park Public Library through the month of June 2015 in the Main Hall Display case.

In spite of his collection, and although his folding cameras are in working condition, Tom Maugham uses a Canon digital camera. He produces his prints in his “digital darkroom” using Adobe Photoshop and an Epson photo-quality printer. Tom is a native of New Jersey where he still lives. His work celebrates bridges, farm scenes, and dramatic factory settings. He has won numerous awards in recognition of his technical and artistic achievements.

maugham antique camera

The Art of Mort Farrah

May is a perfect time to exhibit The Art of Mort Farrah at the Highland Park Public Library, 31 North Fifth Avenue. The retired city planner paints from memories of the Jersey shore. His work in several mediums – acrylic, oil, pen and ink, water color, and graphite pencil call to mind the bright lights and vivid colors that are so prevalent at ocean resort towns.

The art show will be in the meeting room from May 2 through May 30, and an art reception for Farrah will be held on Saturday, May 2 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

The Highland Park artist has had several showings of his work, including at the library, local galleries, and street fairs. He is one of the founding members of the Highland Park Artists Cooperative and also exhibits in their group shows. After retiring from city planning in 2002, Farrah took advanced art courses at the Rutgers Mason Gross School of Fine Arts and then began exhibiting and marketing his work at local art fairs and exhibits.

“My paintings and drawings are from memory and some have been inspired from photographs, especially some scenes from the Seattle waterfront,” Farrah said. “The work is basically representational, but there is a hint of abstract in several paintings where the mix of shapes and colors dominate the art rather than the subject matter.”

Mort Farrah beach