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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!”
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.
Reflection: New Works by Indrani Choudhury will be on display from Wednesday, June 1 through Thursday, June 30 at the Highland Park Public Library meeting room in Highland Park, New Jersey. An art reception will be held for Dr. Choudhury on Sunday, June 5 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 year 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 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”.
On display in the library reference area is Mary Forsberg’s diorama that she entered in this year’s Philadelphia Flower Show. Motivated by this year’s theme, National Parks, she created a diorama to honor her father and mother, Phil and Marion. It represents Gunnison Beach, located at Sandy Hook National Recreation area. It is New Jersey’s only nude beach and the only one to allow alcohol consumption.
The judges awarded her second prize. In addition to winning a $300 prize, being selected to enter the contest itself was a big honor. There were only six West Coast and six East Coast dioramas.
Attached to the diorama is this explanation, “Phil and Marian had included sunbathing au natural on their bucket list for years. Their 45th wedding anniversary came on a beautiful sunny warm day so they packed their cooler with coffee, donuts, wine, cheese and cake and spent the day absorbing the sun and the spectacular views of The City”.
Although Forsberg’s parents never visited a nude beach, and as far as their daughter knows, never had any inclination to, her mother did love plants. The diorama features 21 live plants and succulents. It also accurately depicts the New York skyline as seen from Sandy Hook National Park. A small cat, Rutger, accompanies them. The cat’s presence is a tribute to the actual cat who lived in the greenhouses at Rutgers Gardens for 21 years. The diorama will be on display at the Highland Park Public Library throughout May.
“This was all a tribute to my parents Phil and Marian Forsberg and to Rutger, the 21 year old gray cat who lived at Rutgers Garden and was the unofficial mayor of the garden,” Forsberg said. “My mom died in October last year, and Rutger died a week before the flower show.”