Portraits and More: Paintings and Drawings by Shelley Phillips

Shelley Phillips, the founder of the art program at Rabbi Pesach Raymon Yeshiva will have a solo show at the Highland Park Public Library through April 2018. An art reception will be held on Sunday, April 8 from 1:30 – 4:30 PM.

“I’m an observer of the world around me and often see things in terms of ‘This might make a great painting,’” Phillips said. “I often use my own photos as inspiration — candid people shots and vacation photos and close-ups of flowers.”

Originally from Philadelphia, Shelley attended Tyler School of Fine Arts of Temple University for her BFA. She moved to Massachusetts where she taught art in the Newton Public Schools for many years. After moving to New Jersey about 21 years ago, she started an art program and taught at the Rabbi Pesach Raymon Yeshiva, retiring seven years ago.

Shelley has won Honorable Mention two times for her paintings in the Middlesex County Senior Art Exhibits. She has had her work displayed at Fiddleheads Restaurant in Jamesburg recently. Other exhibits include Edison Art Society at City Hall, the East Brunswick Library with Suburban Artist’s Guild exhibit, of which she is a member and The Grounds for Sculpture Member’s Exhibit. She also belongs to and has exhibited with the Center of Contemporary Art and the Visual Arts Center of NJ, where she currently takes classes. She has exhibited multiple times at the Highland Park Public Library.

Shelley Phillips

drawing by Shelley Phillips

From Sea to Shining Sea: Paintings

Eight artists from The Unitarian Society (TUS) Art Exploratory Group are exhibiting From Sea to Shining Sea: Paintings, in the meeting room of the Highland Park Public Library from March 1 to March 31, 2018.

According to Joyce Browning, one of the founding members of the group, the artists began painting together 10 years ago.

“We started because we all had an interest in art and what was very interesting is that we came from all over the globe and from different walks of life,” Joyce said. “It began with me teaching the class and grew to us all sharing tips and techniques.”

The artist include Jennifer Kahn, Peter Kahn,, Christine DeMuro, Tatiniana Rodionoba, Galina Malinsky, Dan Strombom, and Joyce Browning. This is the group’s second exhibit.

Joyce Browning - From Sea to Shining Sea

Small World: Japanese Saimitsu Exhibit

Mayu Burr, an artist specializing in Japanese Saimitsu painting will have an exhibit at the Highland Park Public Library from February 3 through February 28, 2018 in the meeting room. The artist will also display sketches and origami in the main hall display case. A reception will be held on Sunday, February 18 from 2:00 PM through 4:00 PM. Light Kosher refreshments will be served and the public is welcome.

Mrs. Burr specializes in capturing and enhancing the minute details of the world around her, including people and tiny creatures. At the other end of the spectrum from the French Impressionist School, Mayu is the foremost proponent of the School of Extreme Selective Détaillé, known as E.S.D. Art or (Saimitsu) in Japan. The extreme precision of her rendering evokes the masterpieces of Jean-Baptiste Édouard Detaille (1848 – 1912). Mayu sees and draws what the impartial camera lens misses. You might notice in her sketches, people who have performed at the library or from local shops.

Mrs. Burr’s pieces also highlight her skills at rendering three dimensional objects.

Maya Burr diner girl watercolor


Maya Burr watercolor piano man


Maya Burr watercolor guitar man

Arts High and Arts Middle School Student Work on Exhibit – 2018

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, 31 North 5th Avenue, Highland Park for the month of January 2018. The work is in the meeting room and the Main Hall Display Case. Two students from Highland Park are included in this exhibit: Edan Blank, from Highland Park High School and Kayra Gok from Highland Park Middle School.

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 38th year, offer advanced art 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), email info@artsandedcenter.org, or visit their website at https://artsandedcenter.org/.

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.

middlesex county arts high school exhibit

Edan Blank

Cats, Dogs, Portraits and Beyond: Paintings by Meilun Lee

Cats, Dogs, Portraits and Beyond: Paintings by Meilun Lee will be on display in the meeting room at the Highland Park Public Library from December 2 through December 30, 2017. An art reception for the artist Meilun Lee will be held on Saturday, December 9 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

Meilun (Ivy) Lee was born in Taipei, Taiwan. She has been studying oil painting from well-known American artist Grace Graupe Pillard since 2005. Meilun has also spent several years drawing in the live nude art studio in Red Bank.

“I like to blend Western painting techniques with Chinese painting concepts,” Mailum said. “I always had the impression that a portrait was the most complex kind of painting: therefore I wanted to tackle the hardest challenge first. However, I now think that portrait is not as difficult as I thought, and flowers are not as simple as I imagined.”

The artist’s honors include: 2008-The Color of Spring awarded by the Annual Monmouth Museum Juried Show, 2011 Temptation-First Prize at Middletown Arts Center Annual Amateur Artist Competition Oil Painting Category, and 2011-Cat-Selected by Arts Alliance Juried Show.

cat painting by Meilun Lee

After the Storm: New Photos and Paintings by Lindsay Holeman

After the Storm: New Photos and Paintings by Lindsay Holeman will be on display in the meeting room at the Highland Park Public Library through November 2017.

A born Jersey girl, Lindsay Holeman is a self-taught artist who moved to Highland Park two years ago. She paints in acrylic, water color, and mixed media. She also enjoys photography. Her art has been included in the 2012 Memory exhibit at the Ewing Municipal Complex as part of the Creative Collective Art Group. Her work has also been featured at Art Space in Long Branch, and in private collections throughout Mercer County.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Goucher College in MD and is in the process of completing her Master’s Degree in Education at Rider University.

“An elementary school teacher, Lindsay hopes to inspire children and teens to create art for self-expression and to raise awareness about significant issues affecting the community,” Lindsay said. “As a behavioral consultant for Maxim Healthcare Services, where I worked with children and teens with emotional and behavioral issues, art therapy played a crucial role in their coping abilities and in their healing.”

She currently teaches with Fresh Theatre Arts, a local children’s theatre company.
holeman photo

Calm Moments: New Water Color Art Cards by Lynne Pitcher

Lynne Pitcher, a long time resident of Highland Park, enjoys living in a town so welcoming to artists. Calm Moments-New Water Color Art Cards by Lynne Pitcher, will be on display in the main hall display case at the Highland Park Public Library from November 1 to November 30, 2017.

“I have always made space in my life for some form of art, beginning as a teenager with lessons in oil at The Baum Art School in Allentown, PA Lynne said. “Throughout the busy years, of raising a family and being involved in business and science, I always had a sketch book handy, especially for trips.”

Years later Lynne picked up art more seriously at Somerset Art School where she worked in pastel, a medium she calls vividly beautiful.

Lately, after retirement and inspired by classes at Olli-RU, the artist has been trying her hand at watercolors. In the past few years she has been doing watercolors on note cards, particularly enjoying the calm moments of being in close company with lovely plants.

“Many of these cards have been shared with family and friends who tell me they enjoy having them, Lynne said. “I hope you will enjoy a few calm moments with them as well.”

Lynne Pitcher watercolor

Highland Park Artists Collective Host October Exhibit

Our Best Stuff, a new exhibit from the Highland Park Artists Collective, will be on display at the Highland Park Public Library from October 1 through October 31, 2017. The group art show features paintings, drawings, prints, hanging sculpture, found art, and photography. An art reception will be held on Sunday, October 15 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

The following artists have contributed work to this exhibit: Bill Bonner, Lisa Cameron, Fred Cole, Lauren Curtis, Natalia Denissova, Mort Farrah, Phil George, Bill Giacalone, Ruth Jansyn, Susan Lichtig, John Marron, Tom Maugham, Ann Parelius, Bob Parelius, E. Carol O’Neill, Ellen Rebarber, and Joanne Telemdschinow. All of the artists belong to the Highland Park Artist Cooperative. The group formed in 2008 so that local artists could work together to obtain display spaces and host exhibits throughout the borough as well as to help each other.

“We are an informal group of artists who still meet Sundays at 12:30 PM at Ruthie’s at 70 Raritan Avenue,” Mort Farrah said. “All ages are welcome and you don’t have to live in Highland Park. Some people bring pieces they are working on to get feedback from the Collective.”

Tom Maugham
photo by Tom Maugham

Owls by Allan Arp

Allan Arp, a local artist, demonstrated the fine art of making an owl from a ball of clay to a group of his friends. The owls are now on display in the Main Hall Display Case through September 30, 2017. With Arp’s direction the group molded, decorated, and dried the owls before the pieces were glazed and fired in the kiln. Each owl has its own distinct personality. Owls are also the mascot of Highland Park Schools and are also associated with wisdom. As far back as Ancient Greece, the owl was the symbol for Athena, Athens’ patron Goddess of Wisdom.

owls by Allan Arp

Sophisticated Graffiti 2: New Work by Bo Jordan

Bo Jordan gives new meaning to the expression, “hand-painted”. The Highland Park artist does some of her paintings without brushes, using her fingers and palm to apply paint to canvas. Her new exhibit, Sophisticated Graffiti 2 will be on display in the Highland Park Public Library from September 5 through September 30, 2017 in the Meeting Room.

“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. Seven 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 show at the Highland Park Public Library.
Bo Jordan painting 2017