As a child Anjana Jose was formally trained in pencil sketching and water coloring at Kalabhavan, which is a renowned art institute located at Cochin, India. She is trained in advanced watercolor techniques at Ridgewood Art Institute, New Jersey under Joel Popadics. The artist 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 always 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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.”
Using found wood, paper and other objects, Edison Artist Adam Padavano creates a miniature world. During the month of April 2015, his small works will be on exhibit at the Highland Park Public Library in the Main Hall Display Case.
“I see potential in smaller spaces and surfaces as areas for intimate expression and transmission of ideas and emotions, Padavano said. “Taking inspiration from miniatures and toys, the small works I have made invite viewers to investigate scale, childhood play, memory and our relationships to objects in everyday life.”
Padavano has exhibited in Brooklyn, Boston, Buffalo, Staten Island, Nyack, Asbury Park and Red Bank. He has worked for McFarlane Toys as a scenic artist and photography assistant. He has also taught at Monmouth University and Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences.
He received his MA in studio art from Kean University, concentrating in painting and sculpture and a BFA from Alfred University, where he studied drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and video.
Joyce Browning, a long time resident of New Brunswick, is presenting a mixed media show at the Highland Park Public Library in April 2015. An art reception will be held Sunday, April 12 from 2:00PM to 4:00 PM.
Browning has been an artist and art teacher for many years. In the Willingboro Public School System, not only did she teach, she also was known for her art showcases, wall murals, and two and three dimensional stage sets. She has exhibited internationally and has also participated in developing programming for the New Jersey Education association’s Teachers’ Convention.
She has also been instrumental in community projects, including being the Project Director for the Middlesex County Cultural & Heritage Commission Neighborhood Arts Consortium and Art Coordinator for the New Brunswick Oktoberfest.
Browning now retired, teaches part time at Rutgers University and volunteers at the New Brunswick Public Library and the New Brunswick African American Heritage Committee. She also continues to paint and exhibit.
Repurposing, Reweaving: Recent Paintings by Miriam Lefkowitz and Tamora Knorr will be on exhibit at the library in March 2015. An art reception will be held on Saturday, March 7 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM. The public is invited.
Miriam Lefkowitz studied at Mason Gross School of the Arts with Lloyd McNeill and at the The Camera Club of New York. She has a B.A. from the University of Maryland. University of Maryland. She is a member of the Printmaking Council of New Jersey. She has exhibited in many venues including the Camera Club of New York, IM Gallery of Highland Park, Highland Park Public Library, and the New Brunswick Art Salon. Lefkowitz is also a mother, videographer, painter, telecommunications analyst and long-time resident of Highland Park. Her works for this show feature oil paintings on wood, canvas, windows, and other found items that both inspire and inform her painting.
Tamara Knorr is a fiber and textile artist originally from Bristol, VA. She has resided in NJ for the past 12 years and currently lives in East Brunswick. In her artwork she applies textile techniques – including knitting, crochet, embroidery, quilting, and weaving – to non-traditional materials and forms. Her works reflect her fascination with both materials and process. In addition to making art, Tammy is a mother of four, a barista and gallery curator at OQ Coffee Shop & Roastery, and an administrative assistant/outreach coordinator at Speak Music Conservatory, both in Highland Park, NJ.
The Highland Park Artists Collective is dedicating its February Art Exhibit, Reflections, to Steven Hart (1959-2015), a former long time borough resident and author. Ten artists from the Collective are contributing work to the exhibit that will be at the Highland Park Public Library, from February 2 through February 28 in the meeting room. Bill Bonner, Lisa Cameron, Fred Cole, Mort Farrah, John Marron, Tom Maugham, Sharon Molk, Carol O’Neil, Ellen Rebarber and Katya Valeur are the participating artists.
An art reception will be held on Saturday, February 21 from 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM. At 3:00 PM, family and friends are invited to share reminiscences of Steven Hart.
Steven Hart’s most recently published books include, Let the Devil Speak: Articles, Essays and Incitements (2014), and American Dictators: Frank Hague, Nucky Johnson and the Perfection of the Political Machine (2013). The author gave several readings and talks at the Highland Park Public Library. Mr. Hart was also the owner of the former Highland Park Book Store, Night Hawk Books.
Paintings, 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, 2015. Eight students from Highland Park are included in this exhibit. Josephine Heibel and Dawn Park are Highland Park High School students, and Kate Atschinow, Elena De Aguiar, Talia Fishman, Hannah Gard-Wise, Olivia Jager, and Julia Marks are Highland Park Middle School 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.
The students from other Middlesex County Schools include: Jean Dort, Carteret HS; Alex Hedge, Jasneet Punia, Carteret MS; Sarah Alvarez, Colonia HS; Geneva Lawson, Kate McGrath, Emily Park, Edgar MS; Courtney Peacock, Edison HS;; Dhruvi Rajpopat, Jefferson MS; Natalia Klimchuck, Stephanie Vincitore, Kennedy Memorial HS; Laura Cannuni, Rafael Mesa, Linwood MS; Natalia Dunyak, Matthew Zaleski, McGinnis MS; Maggie McGuire, Cassidy Ramsay, Nikita Sawant, Metuchen HS; Cora Nelson, Middlesex HS; Hannah Moy, Shreya Raol, Monroe Twp HS; Sara Spirito, Nicole Trinkl, Monroe Twp MS; Kasturi Baranwal, Min Sun Kim, North Brunswick Twp HS; Robindeep Singh, Brianna Young, Old Bridge HS; Christopher Ramirez, Janelly Rodriguez, Perth Amboy HS; Jada Zajaczkowski, Salk MS; Isabel Szeto, Victoria Tarnowski, Olivia Zyskowski, Sandburg MS; Ian Kelly, Sayreville MS; Shreya Patel, Emily Shernius, Alicja Wisniowska, Sayreville WMHS; Anita Lu, Schor MS; Marietou Biteye, Shull MS; Alyssa Kelly, Julia Prokofieva, South Plainfield HS; Aubrey Marish, Gabrielle Mine, Diamond Rivera, Alexis Walker, South Plainfield MS; Eric Cardoza, South River MS; Shreya Devarakonda, Elizabeth P. Lee, Yasavi Talagadadeevi, Stevens HS; Harshita Jain, Colleen Salmonson, Wilson MS; and Aimee Balint, Kaylee Pisarski, Woodbridge HS.
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), email info at artsandedcenter.org, or visit our website at www.artshigh.net.
This program has been made possible in part by a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/ Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.