Moonbees: New Work by Anne Davis

Moonbees: New Work by Anne Davis will be in the main hall display case through December 31, 2019. The work of Anne Davis has been on display on the west and east coasts, and she has studied at the Whitney Museum, in Greenwich, Connecticut, Malibu, California and in Manhattan.

“My favorite place to paint is in Highland Park,” Davis said. “I’ve lived here the longest and paint full-time in my Highland Park studio.”

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of women whose commitment to nature and the planet have proved invaluable to society.

Ann Davis paintings

Fractured Manhattan: Work by Irene Riegner

For photographer Irene Riegner, who travels the United States as well as nearby cities for her subject matter, the creation of each photo is also an adventure. Her exhibit, TFractured Manhattan: New Work by Irene Riegner, will be displayed at the Highland Park Public Library from December 2 until December 31, 2019. An art reception will be held on Sunday, December 19 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM in the meeting room.

“I have always taken photographs, Riegner said. “My first camera was a Kodak Duafle, but recently I decided to do photography more skillfully and creatively. The turning point was my cross-country journey in 2017 from Highland Park, NJ, to Seattle, WA which provided the opportunity for an intensive eleven weeks of uninterrupted photography.”

The Highland Park photographer has also exhibited at the Metuchen Public Library, the Hamilton Street Gallery in Bound Brook and has participated in other art exhibits in Highland Park, Metuchen and in the Middlesex County Senior Art Competition where she won a prize in 2019.

“Through the actual act of photography and digital processing, I realized that for me the photograph was only the beginning of the creative act, the raw material which could be manipulated into something striking and extraordinary”. “My photos are not at that point yet, but I’m working on it”.

Irene Riegner photo

Strangeness: Acrylic Paintings by Jessica Wu

Strangeness: Acrylic Paintings by Jessica Wu will be on exhibit in the meeting room at the Highland Park Public Library from November 1 through November 29, 2019. The exhibit is a collection of acrylic pieces on canvas frames.

“The paintings depict many strange images I have in my head, hence the title,” Jessica Wu, a Highland Park High School student said. “The inspiration mostly comes from visuals in my everyday life, like dumplings and tree stumps, but in my dreams and in my imagination, there is always a story behind it. There is always a different perspective we can see objects with. And I like showing that through painting. There are surprises and depth in even the most mundane of objects.”

Her artwork has been displayed in exhibitions such as Sharron’s Art Center’s group exhibitions in 2017-2018 and the 11th annual Highland Park Open Studios exhibition. She has also worked on public art projects such as “No Human Beings are Illegal” and “Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Women’s rights”, which are indoor murals in the HP middle school and high school buildings. She also participated in “The Language Project” hosted by Metuchen Downtown Alliance Public Art and designed an Adirondack chair to display outdoors.

Currently, Wu is in the process of designing an outdoor mural at All Colors Inc., to be painted at the entrance of town in celebration of Highland Park’s cultural diversity.

Jessica Wu - paintings

Stalking the Wild Photo II

Stalking the Wild Photo II will be exhibited at the Highland Park Public Library in the meeting room and main hall display case from October 1 to October 31, 2019. Photographers Mary and Kenn Krasner will have an art reception on Sunday, October 6 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

For the last thirty years or so, Mary and Kenn Krasner have amassed literally thousands of tranquil landscapes, nature scenes and panoramas they have taken while walking, hiking, and snowshoeing in local, state and national parks, wildlife areas & refuges, and in and around the highways and by-ways of New Jersey, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and New York. In every season, and in all kinds of weather.

“We consider ourselves to be serendipitous photographers – a fancy way of saying that we don’t really pre-plan our photography outings”, Mary Krasner said. “We shoot what we see with the camera(s) we have with us at the time. For us, nature’s beauty is everywhere, so we’re always finding things that catch our eye, speak to us, or completely captivate us – and hopefully, we bring something of ourselves, something new or fresh to the subject, whether it’s a small beautiful detail or a different and unique point of view.”

The husband and wife photographers have had many exhibits at the Highland Park Public library and throughout the region.

There have also been many times, without any indication or portent, when we’ve stumbled upon scenes of incredible beauty, both great and small” Kenn Krasner said. “We used to call that dumb luck, but now consider them to be gifts from the universe.”

Stalking the Wild Photography II

To Life: Illustrations By William Giacalone And Photographs By Bill Bonner And Larry McCandlish

To Life:Illustrations by William Giacalone and Photos by Larry McCandlish and Bill Bonner will be on exhibit at the Highland Park Public Library in the meeting room and Main Hall display case from September 3 to September 30, 2019. An art reception will be held in their honor on Sunday, September 8 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. All three are long time residents of Highland Park.

During the 1960s William Giacalone (Bill) illustrated a number of story books and Hebrew school books for young children. Three Stories by Sholom Aleichem, The Pitzel Holiday Book , The Shlimeels of Chelm by Sol Scharfstein, Draydel, Draydel, Draydel, Debbie In Dreamland-Her Holiday Adventures, and one of his favorites, The Schnitzel Book.

Giacalone, who has lived and painted in Highland Park for more than 50 years, is also a retired commercial art designer and was art director for the Remco Toy Corporation and other firms. He was a three-time winner of the Technicraft Corporation Competition. The lifelong area artist, who grew up on a chicken farm in Piscataway, received his art education at Cooper Union and the Art Students League, both in New York. He has exhibited nationally and internationally and has been in exhibits with artist George Segal at the B’nai Brith Klutznick Museum in Washington, DC.

Bill Bonner is a freelance photographer who enjoys manipulating images with graphics software. His website, is related to his D& R Canal photojournalism project that he started in 2001. Larry McCandlish will also be exhibiting digitalized photos.

Green Reflection by Larry McClandish
Green Reflection by Larry McClandish
William Giacalone (Bill)
Painting by William Giacalone (Bill)

Hanging in There: Art Show by a Daughter and Her Father

A very unique father and daughter art show will be exhibited at the Highland Park Public Library from August 3 until August 31, 2019. Hanging in There: Drawings & Paintings by Joyce Mo, daughter and Poetry & Calligraphy by Z. Mo, Father, will be displayed in the meeting room.

The opening reception for the daughter and father art show and Mo’s poetry reading will be held on Saturday, August 3 at 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM in the meeting room. Joyce Mo (莫乔希) is a student at Highland Park High School entering 12th grade. Her interest in art piqued during the free-draw activities in her kindergarten class.

“For me, the process of creating was and remains the most enticing aspect, “ Joyce said. She has studied art at the Academy of Art of Highland Park since 2010. She now works as a teaching assistant at the Academy. She has exhibited at the Water is Life Gallery, Museum of Radiant Peace, and published in the Celebrating Art Artists Book. In addition to exploring the world of calligraphy from her father, Joyce primarily uses watercolors, charcoal, oil paint, and colored pencils.

Joyce’s father, Zeqian Mo (莫泽乾,Mo Lao Mo莫老莫, Shiquan Mo莫石泉), is a biologist, Chinese calligrapher and poet. He has been practicing Chinese calligraphy & seal carving (zhuanke篆刻) for many years under Master Yuxiang Zhang (张羽翔), Hong Huang (黄泓) and others. He has had calligraphy and seal carving work exhibited at Guangxi Museum and won prizes in China.

“I have started pondering about life, humanity and nature since I was a kid” Mo said. “I put thoughts into words through poetry that are also visual art.”

barometer, cat, hanging in there

What Lies Beneath: New Painting by Cathy Reddy

What Lies Beneath: New Painting by Cathy Reddy will be displayed From May 30 to June 30, 2019 at the Highland Park Public Library, 31 North Fifth Avenue, in the meeting room.

Cathy Reddy had been a software engineer for 35 years when her children gave her a 92 piece wood painting box set as a Mother’s Day gift. She has not stopped painting since that memorable occasion.

“In order not to waste the money, I took online classes on water color and acrylic painting so that I could make use of all those tubes of color and brushes,” Reddy said. “I am still taking classes on the Internet!”

Reddy paints voraciously and is displaying more than 30 acrylic paintings depicting the Great Wall of China, Mount Saint-Michael in France, Taj Mahal, Petra from Jordan, the City of Jerusalem and Legzira Beach in Morocco. She also paints subjects as close as local New Jersey parks.

“I paint because it gives me a sense of accomplishment, encourages creative thinking, encourages brain connectivity and plasticity and increases my empathy,” Reddy said.

Cathy Reddy painting

Ceramics: Work by Marion Munk at the Highland Park Public Library

Marion Munk grew up on a chicken farm in Toms River during the 1930s and 1940s. She was an artist who grew up in one of the 40 different communities that drew people from the cities in the 1930s to start farming. The children of these New Jersey Chicken farmers, many who became artists, are being exhibited at the Highland Park Public Library throughout June. Marion Munk’s ceramics are being shown in the front hall display case.

An art reception and panel discussion will be held on Thursday, April 4 at 6:00 PM in the Meeting Room where art work by Phil Orenstein, Rena Siegel, Jerry Hirniak, Raphael Ortiz, Ellen Rebarber and Bill Giacalone will be displayed. At 7:30 PM the film, The Land Was Theirs, about the New Jersey chicken farmers, will be screened.

Marion Munk has a BA from Rutgers University’s Douglass College and an MFA specializing in ceramics. from Rutgers University. Munk has repeatedly visited the Czech Republic and is a regular participant in the international symposia organized in the town of Dubi near Teplice.

“I bring to my projects a fondness for clear, precise relations for cleanness of form and delight in joyful Playfulness,” Munk said about her exhibit. “I like most of all to depict the connections and shared spaces of sharply defined spherical bodies in white porcelain.”

Marion Munk, ceramics

Artists Raised on the Chicken Farms

The Highland Park Arts Commission is presenting an exhibit on artists raised on New Jersey chicken farms at the Highland Park Public Library from April 4 through May 27, 2019. An artists reception will be held on Thursday, April 4 at 6:00 PM in the meeting room.

A surprising number of artists were raised on these farms and live in Highland Park and the surrounding community. The Highland Park Arts Commission will also screen The Land was Theirs (1993) at 7:30 PM about the experience of growing up on the farms.

A panel of artists including Rena Segal, Marion Munk, Phil Orenstein, Jerry Hirniak, Raphael Ortiz, Bill Giacalone, and Ellen Rebarber will talk about growing up on the farms and their art work. They will also discuss Neo-Dada, Fluxus, George Segal, Happenings, and the influence of Rutgers Mason Gross on the NYC art scene.

These artists will also be exhibiting their work throughout the month of April in the meeting room and main hall display case.

painting by Phil Orenstein

Raising Hands about Dyslexia Awareness

The Highland Park High School/Raising Hands Tutoring Project is raising awareness about the challenges of dyslexia. It will be on display at the Highland Park Public Library, 31 North Fifth Avenue, in the main hall display case from March 1-March 31, 2019. Students in Sarah Grunstein’s art classes created clay pieces to represent the struggle of students with Dyslexia. Four confidently raised hands stand alongside a reluctantly raised arm mounted on ripped paper. On the ripped paper are Highland Park High School student statements about what it means to be reading challenged.

“One in five children are reading challenged,” Holly Turner, director of Raising Hands Tutoring said. “The exhibit seeks to visually represent what text looks like to a reader with Dyslexia.” Raising Hands Tutoring provides these services free of charge for qualifying children in Highland Park. For more information about Raising Hands Tutoring please visit at

Raising Hands - dyslexia awaremess