In Honor of Agnes

In Honor of Agnes is a new display in the Main Hall Display Case at the Highland Park Public Library, 31 North Fifth Avenue through January 31, 2017. Coleen Tyler is displaying collographs and letterpress prints she created in honor of Agnes Martin, an Abstract Expressionism painter and recipient of the National Medal of Arts.

“The work was inspired by a recent exhibit of Martin’s paintings that I saw at the Guggenheim,” Tyler, said. “She’s one of my favorite artists.”

Tyler, a long time Highland Park artist, has worked in many different mediums including art books, watercolors, oils, and collage. This is the latest of many exhibits she has lent to Highland Park Public Library.

Coleen Tyler 2017

Arts High and Arts Middle School Student Work

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 2017. The work is in the meeting room. Three students from Highland Park are included in this exhibit: Talia Fishman, from Highland Park High School and Olga Pirdruchna and Tara Shukla 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 37th year, offer advanced arts 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.

Talia Fishman portrait

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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Juicy Lush Landscapes by Michelle Trusiani

Michelle Trusiani will be displaying her new art exhibit, Juicy Lush Landscapes, through November 30, 2016 at the Highland Park Public Library in the meeting room and in the main hall display case.

Trusiani graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Art from Mason Gross School of the Arts in 2014, with emphasis on painting and graphic design. After school she started instructing BYOB painting classes. According to the artist, teaching has been incredibly fun and rewarding. She is also working as a full-time supervisor in retail. This leaves her evenings and some weekends to dive into practicing her craft.

Purple Mountains
Purple Mountains
Sailing
Sailing

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

Cuba Now: Photos by David Antebi

Long time Highland Park resident David Antebi is exhibiting photos from Cuba in the Main Hall Display Case at the Highland Park Public Library, 31 North Fifth Avenue, from September 1 through September 30, 2016. He will talk about Cuba: Then and Now on Thursday, September 8 at 7:00 PM at the library.

After 50 years of the US embargo on Cuba, the travel restrictions were lifted last year. David Antebi and his wife Paula took advantage of this opportunity and booked an eight-day trip in January, 2016 with a group called Road Scholar. The trip focused on the arts. The photos in the display case are a sample of his attempt to document what he experienced.

“We visited old Havana, rural areas, tobacco and organic vegetable farms, and a luxury coastal hotel,” Antebi said. “Candid portraits were taken to capture images of people at work. Where ever we went – bus stops, the market place- we were greeted with music and dance groups. We witnessed the creative spirit visiting local artists galleries, dance studios and a modern art museum where we had a chance to mingle and interact with Cubans.”

According to Antebi, Cuban politics were evident at a book fair where pamphlets, and books on revolutionary theory, biographies on Fidel Castro, and Che Guevara, and medals from the Revolution were displayed. Also on display, were vintage music albums of the ’50 and the ’60 from famous Cuban singers of that time period. David and Paula, long time residents of Highland Park, witnessed tourists from all over the world crowding the lobby of the historic Hotel National located in old Havana where they stayed to experience the old and the new Cuba. “For the short time we visited Cuba we witnessed the physical devastation created by the embargo but were captured by the vibrant spirit of the people for life,” Antebi said.

Cuba by David Antebi

New Beginnings by Jennifer Lorenz

New Beginnings by Jennifer Lorenz is an installation that will be at the Highland Park Public Library, 31 North Fifth Avenue from September 1 through September 30, 2016 in the Meeting Room.

Jennifer Lorenz is a freelance illustrator and fine artist based in in New Jersey. Trained in illustration, fine art, and graphic design at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY, she received a BFA in Illustration and an AAS in Graphic Design. She later attended the School of Visual Arts in New York, NY where she received a Masters degree in Art Education. Jennifer loves working in a variety of media including watercolor, colored pencil, ink, pastel, and oil.

Berkshires by Jennifer Lorenz

Highland Park High School students create found art

Highland Park High School students from Sarah Grunstein’s art classes will be exhibiting recycled art at the Highland Park Public Library, 31 North Fifth Avenue, from Monday, August 1 through Wednesday, August 31.The sculptures will be in the Main Hall Display Case.

Through a generous grant from the Highland Park Education Foundation, the Highland Park High School sculpture classes embarked on a Watershed Sculpture Project in conjunction with CoLab, a New Brunswick based arts organization, and The Lower Raritan Watershed Partnership (LRWP).

Students first learned from LRWP about the local watershed and threats facing it before participating, with the high school Marine Biology classes, in a watershed cleanup of The Meadows in Highland Park.

Students were then challenged to create found object sculpture out of the retrieved items, creating sculptures of creatures and wildlife that should be found in a watershed out of things that should not.

In total, 14 contractor size bags of recyclables and 9 bags of garbage were removed from the riverbank.

sculpture by student of Sarah Grunstein

Ceramics from Nature – Kirsten Vogelius

Kirsten Vogelius, a potter, is exhibiting in the main Hall Display Case at the Highland Park Public Library from July 1 through July 31, 2016. Her display, Ceramics from Nature, features work inspired from natural elements, bark, seashells and wood.

According to the New Jersey potter, the experience of taking a lump of clay and forming it to something functional is magical.

“I love experimenting, combining new and old techniques, materials and forms, but I favor the mid-century Danish style, myself being a mid-century Dane,” Kristen said. “Nothing is more exciting than opening a kiln or pulling a piece from a hot fire—and seeing the magic—or disaster!”

Kristen Vogelius

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