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

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