Bo Jordan gives new meaning to the expression, “hand-painted”. The Highland Park artist literally finishes 90 percent of her paintings without brushes, using her fingers and palm to apply paint to canvas.
Carol Brown, a 2013 graduate of Highland Park High School, spent her gap year in Ecuador helping out in special education classes through a program called Global Citizen Year. The organization sends recent American high school graduates to Ecuador, Brazil, and Senegal. The lifelong Highland Park resident lived with a host family in Archidona, in the Providence of Napo. Throughout the month of July she will be displaying photos in the Highland Park Public Library from her journey.
Amita Shukla, a visual artist from Highland Park and a junior at Highland Park High School, will have her first solo exhibit, “Technicolor Dreams,” in the Library meeting room in July 2014.
Artist Books, an exhibit by Coleen Tyler, an artist and art educator, is being featured in the Main Hall Display Case at the library.
Photographer John Flint strapped on a camera 50 years ago and has been snapping photos in America, Europe, and Asia ever since. He will be displaying his exhibit, Sculpted by Nature, at the library in June 2014. Flint, who is a long time resident of Highland Park, has included photos from his trips to five national parks, Antelope Canyon, in Paige Arizona, Toadstools, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah, Cathedral Rock in Sedona, Arizona, and Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah. The photos are very intense studies of the rock formations.
Jayant Shroff, a Metuchen artist, is displaying Paintings from Diverse Perspectives with a group of fellow artists, Geeta Acharya, Rohini Zutshi, Gomathi Subbiah, and Yogini Shroff. Jayant paints in watercolor, acrylics and oil pastels using the subject matter that reminds him of his roots.
Highland Park artist Cynthia Walling made year long visits to Algeria and Dakar in the 1980s and 1990s. What she brought back are vibrant sketches and water colors of the people and landscapes of Algeria and Dakar, the two countries where she lived.
The Paint and Palette Group of the Metuchen Senior Center is proud to present its second group art show at the Highland Park Public Library. “Paint & Palette art group provides a great opportunity for our seniors with basic capabilities to further develop and sharpen their skills.”
Shelley Phillips, recently retired from a career of teaching art in elementary school, has been busy doing what she loves most – painting! Her work is quite eclectic, including styles ranging from abstract to realistic, themes of abstract florals to landscapes to portraits and people. Shelley enjoys working in oil paints, but you can also view her acrylics and pastels.
Students from the Middlesex County Arts High School and Arts Middle School are exhibiting at the library throughout the month of January. Amit Miretsky, a Highland Park High School student is one of the featured artists. The library display of paintings, photos, and collages is part of the 2014 Touring Exhibit of Student Work from the Arts and Education Center, which has been running the gifted and talented program for teens for 33 years in Middlesex County.