Arts High and Arts Middle School Student Work on Exhibit – 2019

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 for the month of January. The work is in the meeting room and the Main Hall display case.

The exhibit features work completed by gifted and talented students who participated in the Middlesex County Arts High or Arts Middle School. Highland Park High School students Talia Fishman and Edan Blank have work in the show as well as Highland Park Middle School students, Grace Budd-Cording, Gwyneth Gherzan and Martin Mann. The programs, now in their 39th 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 about exhibits at the Highland Park Public Library call 732-572-2750 or go to the website at 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, or visit their website at

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 Endowments for the Arts.
Pangilinan- Middlesex County Arts

Isler - Middlesex County Arts

Winter Landscapes: Watercolors by Erich Edelmaier

Eva Love’s father, Erich Edelmaier, was the owner of a local grocery store in a village near Vienna, Austria. He was such a devoted businessman, he had little time to paint, a hobby that became a passion for him. Landscapes: Watercolors by Erich Edelmaier, is a very special exhibit of gifts he gave to his family. The exhibit of quaint village life depicted in each painting is on display at the Highland Park Public Library, 31 North Fifth Avenue, in the Main Hall Display case, throughout the month of December 2018.

“On any special occasion, whether it was a birthday, anniversary or Christmas, we all could count on getting an Erich Edelmaier original and the envelopes were always opened with great anticipation and the cards became treasured family heirlooms,” Eva Love, his daughter said. “I had told my father about exhibiting his cards here at our library and he was touched to hear that. Unfortunately he passed away before he could see it. I am proud to share his work with you.”

Erich Edelmaier, a prolific self- taught artist, also painted in oils, pastels, and acrylics.

Erich Edelmaier painting

Artworks by Shannon Donaghy: The Girl With Three Names

The Girl With Three Names: New Work by Shannon Donaghy will be displayed at the Highland Park Public Library, 31 North Fifth Avenue, from December 2 through December 30, 2018. An art reception will be held for the artist on Sunday, December 2 from 2:00 PM to 4 PM.

Shannon’s works consist of a variety of mediums and practices such as oil painting, drawing with mixed media, fiber arts, and screen-printing. Through her works she expresses the point of view of a transracial adoptee, self-perception, self-portraiture, morphing identity and various ways of seeing the self.

Shannon Donaghy was born under the name of Kim, Mi-Ryung in South Korea, and was then adopted at three months old by her current family in New Jersey. She has graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art from The College of New Jersey. Shannon worked as a Gallery Assistant at The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ, Intern at the Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick, NJ, Teacher Assistant and Studio Manager at the Academy of Art of Highland Park and Gallery, Highland Park, NJ, and Intern at the Onishi Gallery in NY, New York. She has exhibited her artwork at the Blackwells Mills Canal House in Somerset, NJ.

by Shannon Donaghy

Romantic Realism: New Sketches and Paintings by Huiyi (Kristy) Nong

Romantic Realism: New Sketches and Paintings by Huiyi (Kristy) Nong will be on display at the Highland Park Public Library, 31 North Fifth Avenue, from November 1 to November 30, 2018 in the meeting room. An art reception in Nong’s honor will be held on Sunday, November 4 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

Huiyi (Kristy) Nong grew up in the Guangxi Province of China. Kristy came to America in 2016 and now lives with her family in Parlin, New Jersey. She is a senior at Saint John Vianney High School.

Her work explores realism with techniques that soften images and invite the viewing eye in to fresh, new worlds.

drawing by Huiyi (Kristy) Nong

Highland Park Artists Collective’s Community Art Project at the Library

The Highland Park Artists Collective’s Community Art Project, Buck Art, featuring clever, humorous and whimsical art constructions will be featured at the Highland Park Public Library, 31 North Fifth Avenue, in the Main Hall display case from November 1 through November 30, 2018.

According to Bill Bonner, one of the artists in the display, the art objects were all created as part of the Buck art competition. Guidelines include creating from supplies purchased from the Highland Park Buck Stops Here shop on Raritan Avenue. Contestants are allowed to buy $10 or less worth of supplies.

The other artists represented in the exhibit are Ellen Rebarber, Stephanie Sasso, John Marron, and Tom Maugham.

buck art 2018

Stalking The Wild Photo: An Exhibit at the Highland Park Public Library

Husband and wife photographers Ken and Mary Krasner will be exhibiting, Stalking Wild Photos, in the Meeting Room and Main Hall Display Case from October 2 through October 31, 2018 at the Highland Park Public Library in New Jersey. An art reception will be held for the photographers on Sunday, October 7 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

For 30 years Ken and Mary Krasner have amassed thousands of serene, inspirational and tranquil landscapes, nature photographs and panoramas. The photos were all taken while walking, hiking, and snowshoeing local, state and national parks, and wildlife areas & refuges, as well as 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 see nature’s beauty everywhere we look,” Ken said. “Even in places you might not think it exists. For us, the opportunities are endless – no matter where we go, there’s always something that catches our eye or completely captivates us – and we then try to bring something new or fresh to the subject – a small beautiful detail or just a different point of view”

To see more of Ken and Mary Krasner’s photos, go to their website:

Black Tie and Tails, Ken Krasner

Ken Stalking Wild Hazens Notch by Mary Krasner

Our Spirit Rises: New Works by Jacqueline Baker

Jacqueline Baker paints to honor her mother, Patricia Viola Baker, her closest friends and singers who have inspired her. She paints from life and she paints with an inner eye to capture the spirit of her subjects. Baker, a Highland Park artist and teacher will exhibit Our Spirit Rises: New Works by Jacqueline Baker from September 6 through September 30, 2018 at the Highland Park Public Library, 31 North Fifth Avenue. . An art reception will be held on Sunday, September 9 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM in the meeting room. Her sculptures and photographs will be featured in the Main Hall display case through September 30.

Baker, who is also a home health care nurse, has been honored for her art and commitment to teaching art by the City of Pert Amboy and the New Brunswick Public Library. She has exhibited her work throughout Middlesex and Somerset Counties.

She is dedicating her new art show to her mother’s memory. Many paintings honor her mother’s involvement in life and her ability to touch many lives even outside of her large immediate family of eight children. Jacqueline Baker painted Standing Strong, at the age of 33. It was the first piece she ever painted. “The painting portrays a black woman who refuses to give up her faith and dreams despite undergoing hardship,” she said. “Strength through adversity and challenge is a consistent theme running through Jacqueline’s work and is often interwoven with direct examples from black history.”

painting by Jacqueline Baker

painting by Jacqueline Baker

The Universe in a Flower

Sara Parmigiani, a curator at the Fleetwood Camera Museum, will be displaying her photographs of flowers at the Highland Park Public Library from August 2 to August 31, 2018.

One of her favorite artists is landscape artist Martin Johnson Head (1819-1904) who made stunning still life images of tropical flowers. Active in the 1840’s, Head would often isolate flowers such as orchids and magnolias and paint them against a dark background. The dark background enhances the wonderful colors of the flowers. “I love his paintings and find great inspiration for photographing flowers,” Parmigiani said.

Parmigiani has a BA in Fine Arts from Fairleigh Dickenson University and a MA in Museum Studies from Seton Hall University.

Sara Parmiagiani - pink orchid photo

Three Painting Friends

Three Painting Friends: New Works by Yumi Yang, Leona Cheung, and Sisi Ho will be exhibited at the Highland Park Public Library from August 2 through August 31. An art reception will be held by the artists on Sunday, August 5 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

For Yumi, pastel has been her favorite medium since 2005. Included in the show are her still lifes, landscapes, graceful interiors, and striking scenery, which have won awards.

Leona explores all kinds of painting media such as oil and pastel. Her artworks cover a variety of subject matters: landscapes, still lifes, animals, and people. She has won numerous awards in the past – the result of countless nights burning the midnight oil pursuing a perfect piece of art.

Sisi’s artworks consist of still lifes and portraits using charcoal pencils, oil, oil pastel, and IPad.

Mimi Jong
Painting by Mimi Jong
Sisi Ho
Drawing by Sisi Ho
Leona Cheung
Painting by Leona Cheung

Nature Around: New Works by Indrani Choudhury

Nature Around: New Works by Indrani Choudhury will be on display from Monday, July 2 through Tuesday, July 31 at the Highland Park Public Library meeting room. An art reception will be held for Dr. Choudhury on Sunday, July 8 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 years 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 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

boats, painting by indrani choudhury