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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.