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, 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 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

Highland Park Artist Gilda Singer

Brooklyn-born artist Gilda Singer will display still-lifes and landscapes at the Highland Park Public Library from July 31 through August 31, 2017 in the meeting room.

Singer, a Highland Park resident for 11 years, started painting in 1989 when she was still living in Brooklyn. She took continuing education classed at Brooklyn College and at a local paint store in Midwood.

“I was really joining my mother and two of my brothers who were all painters,” Singer said. My mother worked as a silk screen printer from 1923 until 1932 when she was married. Women were not supposed to work in those days.”

According to Singer, who likes to paint from photos, magazines and from her imagination, her mother copied the designs from Persian rugs and placed them on lampshades. She worked for a man who imported the rugs from Lebanon. Her twin brothers are also artists, one designing jewelry and one in mixed media. In addition to painting with oils on canvas, Singer also builds miniature rooms, often creating Colonial bedrooms and kitchens.

“I want to thank my late husband David Singer for giving me all the confidence I needed to begin and continue painting,” Singer said. “I want to dedicate this exhibit to him.”

Her work will also be exhibited in a show at Middlesex County College in August.

Gilda Singer painting

Highland Park Artist Ellen Rebarber

Ellen Rebarber is a sculptor who works with a variety of materials: metal, wood, stone, cement, plaster, clay, glass and most recently acrylite. The long time Highland Park resident loves to make fused glass jewelry and platters and an exhibit of this work will be in the Main Hall Display Case at the Highland Park Public Library throughout the month of August 2017.

Rebarber will tell you that she is a risk taker. Throughout her adult life, Ellen was always taking a class to learn more or something new to enhance her art. She took classes with George Segal, the sculptor, who made a profound impression on her work. She learned about form, texture, composition, painting, drawing, art and music.

“He really taught me how to see and comprehend our surroundings, for which I am very grateful,” Rebarber said.

After her retirement from teaching in Highland Park, Ellen enrolled for sculpture classes at Middlesex County Community College. She later continued classes at Mason Gross School of Visual Arts at Rutgers University. She studied with Rudy Serra, who was very inspirational and encouraging to her.

She works in her studio in her home where she spends much of her time. Ellen recently completed a commission for an indoor water fountain, for the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development.

rebarber sculpture