A Mixed Bag – Paintings by Jeff Cohen

Jeff Cohen will be exhibiting his art show, A Mixed Bag at the Highland Park Public Library, 31 North Fifth Avenue from October 1 to October 31 in the meeting room and in the main hall display case. An art reception will be held Sunday, October 9 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM in the meeting room.

Jeff Cohen is an award winning New Jersey fine artist. Earning a bachelors degree in art from Upsala College, he then did graduate work in graphics at New York University. While pursuing a twenty-year career as art director for a number of New Jersey newspapers, he continued painting and sculpting at his studio. His work has appeared in numerous shows and competitions. His watercolors and acrylic paintings are owned by several private collectors, nationwide. He views his work as a mixed bag — varied subjects, painted on a variety of surfaces. He teaches art at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Rutger’s University and serves as a commissioner at the Barron Art Center in Woodbridge, NJ.

painting by Jeff Cohen

sign of spring by Jeff Cohen

Sophisticated Graffiti – Mixed Media

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. Her exhibit, Sophisticated Graffiti: Mixed Media will be on display in the Highland Park Public Library, 31 North Fifth Avenue, from July 1 – July 31.

An art reception will be held for Bo Jordan on Sunday, July 17 from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

“All of my work can be considered mixed media,” Jordan said. “I like the chemical reactions mixed media creates in each piece.”

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

The Brooklyn-born artist has been drawing since she was 12 years old and has been exhibiting in different venues throughout Middlesex County. She has had paintings displayed in Highland Park’s Arts in the Park event, Dunellen’s Festival and in Metuchen’s Art Programs. Over the Moon gift shop in Highland Park sells her art cards. This is her third exhibit at the Highland Park Public Library.

Sophisticated Graffit by Bo Jordan

Reflection: New Works by Indrani Choudhury

Reflection: New Works by Indrani Choudhury will be on display from Wednesday, June 1 through Thursday, June 30 at the Highland Park Public Library meeting room in Highland Park, New Jersey. An art reception will be held for Dr. Choudhury on Sunday, June 5 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

Born in Calcutta, India, Dr. Indrani Choudhury was a biomedical research scientist for 25 years, in India and then in the US. She moved to New Jersey two decades ago, raised a family and worked for many year at UMDNJ. In 2005, she set up an easel in her guest room and returned to her childhood passion: painting.

Entirely self-taught, Indrani works solely in watercolors, transforming the medium beyond its typical constraints to produce the texture and richness of acrylics and oils. Her paintings include her local supermarket in New Jersey, her childhood home in Calcutta, and scenes from her international travels. In each painting she tries to express something specific – a particular color, the interplay of light and shade, a moment we see but never notice, or a memory she has carried since her childhood. Since 2008, Indrani’s paintings have been exhibited at over a dozen juried art shows and galleries throughout New Jersey.

“I want to be be an inspiration to all those who dream of doing what they truly love,” the Edison artist said. “Being able to paint is an affirmation of the power of dreams, long deferred and finally fulfilled”.

Indrani Choudhury painting

Watercolors and Mixed Media: New Works by Judith E. Rosenstein

Judith E. Rosenstein will be exhibiting watercolor paintings from April 29 to May 29 at the Highland Park Public Library in New Jersey. The art reception for the art show, Calm Thoughts, will be on Sunday, May 22 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM. in the meeting room.

Rosenstein, a Highland Park resident, has been painting for more than 43 years. She is a forensic psychologist who paints to bring calm moments into her life. Her paintings capture serene outdoor scenes, people, colorful objects, and wildlife.

“I paint to find serenity,” Rosenstein said. “I want to pass along the calmness.”

Judith Rosenstein

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

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

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

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

Works by Artist Joyce Browning

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.

Joyce Browning painting