Wheel-thrown Stoneware, Porcelain and Raku Fired Pottery

Wheel-thrown stoneware, porcelain and Raku fired plates, vases resembling sculptures and functional pieces by Michael Brailove will be on exhibit in the Main Hall Display Case at the Highland Park Public Library, 31 North Fifth Avenue, June 4 through June 30.

Brailove, a long time Highland Park resident, has been using the wheel for thirteen years and firing his large plates, vases, cups, and sculptures and firing them in electric or gas kilns. He also has a number of them Raku fired.

“My early works reflect admiration for American pottery,” Brailove said. “Currently I am focused on carving and design.”

Brailove is a student of pottery at Raritan Valley Community College and commends their excellent faculty in his development as a potter and sculptor.
Michael Brailove pottery

Recent Photographs and Prints: Coleen Tyler and Marcia Shiffman

The meeting room at the Highland Park Public Library will feature through the month of June 2017, Recent Photographs and Prints: Coleen Tyler and Marcia Shiffman. An art reception will be held for the artists on Sunday, June 25 from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Coleen Tyler has been working with black and white film and her subjects include portraits and landscapes.

Marcia Shiffman has been working on lithographs, etchings, and silkscreen related to memory.
Tyler photograph

Shiffman: woman holding pom

Tyler Shiffman exhibit

Amee Pollack Shows Books and Prints

Amee J. Pollack, a book artist and collagist who earned her MFA in Book Arts and Printmaking from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia in 1994, will be exhibiting a collection in the Main hall Display Case of the Highland Park Public Library throughout the month of May. She also received a fellowship from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Her artists’ books and prints, published under “Spitz and Pollack”, are in over 50 permanent special collections such as the Brooklyn Museum, Cooper Hewitt Design Museum (Smithsonian), New York Public Library Print Collection, The Getty, and Yale University. Currently she advises Visual Arts students at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University in New Brunswick.

Amee Pollack

Mixed Media Group Show

The Mixed Media Group Show with artists Deborah Bloom, Allie Giberna, Mimi Hickman-Perfetti, Diane Reh, Marjorie St. Clair, and Linda Tower, will be in the meeting room at the Highland Park Public Library from Sunday, April 2 to Sunday, April 30, 2017. A reception will be held for the artists on Sunday, April 2 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

“The contributors to the art show met at Jeff Cohen’s classes held at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Rutgers University (OLLI-RU),” Diane Reh said. “We all have very different styles and backgrounds.

mixed media group

100 Years of Cameras

The Fleetwood Camera Museum of North Plainfield is exhibiting 100 Years of Camera at the Highland Park Public Library from April 1 until April 30, 2017 in the Main Hall Display Case. Watch the decade to decade changes the cameras underwent as they made their way from professionals to eager beginners.

Some of the antique cameras you will be abe to see are: Eastman Kodak box camera ca. 1900, Autographic Camera ca. 1910, Kodak Rainbow Hawkeye Folding camera ca. 1914, Brownie Hawkeye Box Camera 1949 (Moulded Bakelite Body), Agfa Isolette (popular during the 1950s and 60s), Polaroid Folding camera 1955, Minolta 16 sub-miniature spy camera 1972-74, Twin reflex cameras and Single Reflex cameras, and Edward Weston light meter 1935.

Included also is equipment from early photographic processes: a daguerreotype, a tintype, cabinet cards, and cart-des-visites.

Sara Parmigiani from the Fleetwood Camera Museum is curating the show.

100 years of cameras

Serenity: Photos by Kenn Krasner

Serenity: New Photos by Kenn Krasner will be in the main hall display case and in the meeting room at the Highland Park Public Library from March 2 to March 31, 2017. An art reception will be held for the show on Sunday, March 5 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM in the meeting room.

Kenn has been a Highland Park business owner for the last two decades. Along with his wife Mary, he is a managing partner of Spheres, a web development company. He also has been taking photographs since 1963.

Kenn participated in Highland Park 2016 September Window Art Walk, and his photos continue to be displayed in the window of Saiff Drugs.

Kenn Krasner photo

Spirit in the Sky by Kenn Krasner

Poem Portraits from a Gold Star Father

William Koch Jr , a Gold Star father, will be exhibiting Poem Portraits in honor of his son CPL Steven R. Koch in the Meeting Room of the Highland Park Public Library from Sunday, January 29 through Tuesday, February 28, 2017.

“My poem portraits are a clear and simple presentation of images with verse to express sorrow, pride, patriotism, loneliness along with a multitude of feelings about family loss, courage and compassion “ Mr Koch said. “Some of the pieces are in one of my 3 books, but most are newer renditions of plight, life, death and existence.”

Mr. Koch will read will read from his three books, Patriotic Passion, Oh Conscience, and Casualties of War on Saturday, February 18 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.

In all three books, William Koch Jr. writes about dealing with the loss of his son, CPL Steven R. Koch, in Afghanistan. “This collection of verses and short poetic stories are what I see and feel around me at dark and painful times that can only be experienced through similar losses of loved ones too early or tragically,” Koch said about his books. The author will also be signing books at this event.

Ageless Warriors

A Little Retrospective – New Ceramics by Bryan Weitz

Bryan Weitz, a ceramic artist, is displaying a sampling of his ceramic works at the Highland Park Public Library through the month of February 2017 in the Main Hall Display Case.

“My earliest ceramics were attempts to understand the balance between the clay, the potter’s wheel, and my own hands. No easy task,” Weitz said. “After this, I spent a period making symmetrical wheel-thrown pots, using photos of traditional pottery to influence my forms.”

Weitz has completed a wide range of ceramic work. He has used many types of clay, developed many glazes (the glass-like surface of the ceramic), and used various methods of firing the clay.

“My most recent focus is on simple, organic-shaped serving bowls. I hope you enjoy my ‘little retrospective’.”

Weitz is a New Jersey native who delved into clay casually twenty five years ago. His first class was a wheel-throwing course at Parson’s school of design in New York City. He became enamored with the process of ceramics and continued classes at Parson’s as well as taking private classes and continued study at other institutions. As his skills developed, he participated in many craft fairs and sold work in fine craft shops in the Tristate area. As his work took on a more “artistic” style, he exhibited in shows and galleries.


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