Pop at the Pool: Sam Caponegro Watercolors

Pop at the Pool, a new exhibit by Somerset Artist Sam Caponegro will be on display at the Highland Park Public Library, 31 North Fifth Avenue, from December 4 through December 30, 2017. His paintings will be displayed in the meeting room and also in the main hall display case. An art reception will be held on Sunday, December 11 from 2:00 PM through 4:00 PM.

Sam Caponegro is a local Jersey artist who taught in the Union Public School System for 37 years. After spending many summers in Florida, he became influenced by the glorious water of Hollywood. His work reflects the color, music, and especially the people of the Florida east coast.

He works in bright watercolors mounted on large sheets of wood. This show, A Year by the Pool in Hollywood, Florida, portrays the friends he has met lounging by the water’s edge.

“When we were young we spent endless time frolicking by the pool having so much fun Then we filled our TIME with the business of work, raising families, chasing a dream Now we are once again spending our time frolicking by the pool,” Sam Caponegro said.

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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

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

Paintings by Cynthia Walling

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.

From now until the end of April they will be at the Highland Park Public Library in the main hall display case. The top shelves reflect in life in Algiers and the bottom two her stay in Senegal.

Walling, who has been painting most of her life, traveled with her husband Bill while he was doing Fulbright Fellowships in both countries, teaching English literature. Walling also taught math and science in Algiers. She has done several exhibits at the Highland Park Public Library.

painting by Cynthia Walling