Fred Cole likes to create three dimensional images from existing materials. His sculptures are being exhibited through the month of April in the Main Hall Display Case at the Highland Park Public Library in New Jersey.
“The images in this display use materials such as plastic, wood, metal, springs, electrical components, motor covers, fan blades, gas lines, and plastic reflectors,” Cole said. “They help me convey ideas that hopefully make the viewer see that what’s new is not always best, and that in a “throw-away and buy culture” such as ours existing materials never go out of style or potential use.”
According to the Highland Park artist, the re-purposing of material to use in artistic expression is not a new art form. Famous artists such as Picasso and Duchamp did this early in the 20th century.
“However, to develop themes that are often driven by the material, but not limited to it, continues to reveal new forms of expression to me on a consistent basis. At other times the materials I use help me to convey an existing idea into imagery that I enjoy,” Cole said.
There are a lot of books in a library, but some are beautiful to look at as well as to read! Artist Book and Prints, an exhibit by Coleen Tyler, an artist and art educator, is being featured in the Main Hall Display Case at the Highland Park Public Library, 31 North Fifth Avenue, through March 31.
Original photographs by Tyler illustrate Egress Denied, a large mural at the center of the exhibit. Ludicrous and ET TU and You are both art books that use prints and words to articulate ideas and impressions. Ludicrous is especially meaningful to Baby Boomers experiencing the disappearance of the familiar.
“Artists bring sensitivity to materials and an awareness of the history of books,” Tyler said. “They may bring new insights into the traditional book form, making books that are often more abstract and visual. An artist book can expand and redefine how we look and think about books and our lives.
Tyler, a long time Highland Park artist, has worked in many different mediums including watercolors, oils, collage. This is her third exhibit of artist books at the Highland Park Public Library.
Highland Park Artists William Giacalone and Bill Bonner, are exhibiting at the Highland Park Public Library during the month of March 2016 in the meeting room. An art reception will be held in their honor on Sunday, March 13 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.
Giacalone, who has lived and painted in Highland Park for more than 50 years, is also a retired commercial art designer and a children’s book illustrator. Bonner a freelance who enjoys manipulating images with graphics software. His website, https://sites.google.com/site/raritancanalphotos/, is related to his D&R Canal photojournalism project that he started in 2001.
Both artist are sharing new work together in the library meeting room. Giacalone began his painting series, Scrapings, with scrapings of paint. Bonner has added digitalized photos from Bound Brook and from Highland Park’s own Raritan Avenue.
Eva Hui Cheng is displaying her ceramics and abstract paintings at the Highland Park Public Library in the meeting room and in the front hall display case through the month of February 2016.
“I use color to express my feelings, “ Cheng said. “Oil paintings are therefore a useful tool for releasing my distress and anxieties onto a canvas. Usually when I finish a painting, my world becomes calm and I can face a brand new day”.
Cheng has displayed her artwork in café and galleries in the area. The Edison resident also likes to craft ceramics.
“It is through ceramics that I have learned nothing is under your control,” Cheng said. “You can only accept what comes, admire whatever shape of pot, vase or plate comes out from the kiln”.
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 for the month of January, 2016. The art work is in the meeting room and in the front hall display case. Three students from Highland Park are included in this exhibit. Talia Fishman, Liz Broggi-Sumner and Elena De Arguelar are all Highland Park students.
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 35th 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.
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) or visit the website at https://artsandedcenter.org/.
The Highland Park Public Library is featuring an exhibit by Highland Park Artist S Ilan Block from November 30 through December 31, 2015. The art show, Rabbi and Rock Stars: Paintings by S Ilan Block from 2012 to 2015, will be on exhibit in the Main Hall Display case and the Meeting Room at the library. An art reception for the Highland Park artist will be held on Thursday, December 3 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM.
S Ilan Block was born in Highland Park and has lived in the borough most of his life. Recently, he spent five years living and studying in Israel.
“The acrylic-on-canvas paintings include many portraits of prominent rabbinical figures or depictions of musicians, all who have given me inspiration,” Block said.
He studied at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University and at Middlesex County College where he worked with Marsha Goldberg and Nadine Heller. He has previously exhibited at Congregation Ohav Emeth.
Judy Weinberg, a Metuchen artist, will exhibit her whimsical art photos at the Highland Park Public Library from October 3 to November 25, 2015. Her images printed on pillows will be in the main hall display case. An art reception will be held in the meeting room on Saturday, October 3 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.
Judy Weinberg is volunteer co-chair at Transformations Gallery located in the historic Old Franklin Schoolhouse in Metuchen. She was raised in Highland Park and became interested in photography at the age of 11 while participating in a photo club at her Middle School. She creates art photographs using nature, food, found objects, and architecture as her subjects. Sometimes the artist elaborates on a theme by creating series photos, while other times composing “scenes” by combining unusual objects not usually seen together to create a piece.
“I wanted to experiment with my images to see how they would work when printed on different mediums, while also creating art that people can take with them. Printing on metal has allowed the images to hang both indoors and outdoors, canvas adds a subtle texture, while printing on pillows allows my work to still be seen in the home – but now it’s off the wall.”
Artist Bo Jordan and WILL, Writers in League with Libraries, are hosting an Art and Book Reception on Sunday, September 27 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the Highland Park Public Library. Jordan’s impressionistic paintings will be on display in the library from September 9 through September 30. According to Elizabeth A. Pallitto, editor and founder of WILL, it is very fitting that the group holds a reception for their newly published book, Leaves of Fall, at the Highland Park Public Library. The community is invited.
“With the support of the library, we have become a community—and we encourage other writing groups to do the same,” Ms. Pallitto said. “Our workshop is in its element in the local public library, a natural meeting place for a group of writers.
Last September when the group was meeting at the library for their weekly workshop, artist Bo Jordan was putting up her art exhibit, and the group asked if her painting Fall Foliage could be featured on the cover of their new book.
Most of Ms. Jordan’s paintings include latex, enamel and acrylic. Four years ago she developed her hands on technique.
As a child, Anjana Jose was formally trained in pencil sketching and water coloring at Kalabhavan, a renowned art institute located at Cochin, India. She was trained in advanced watercolor techniques at Ridgewood Art Institute, New Jersey under Joel Popadics. The artist’s work will be on display at the Highland Park Public Library from August 3 to August 30 in the meeting room and in the main hall display case.
Her paintings mostly reflect life and travel experiences. The message she communicates through her paintings is very detail oriented and precise. It brings an element of surprise to the viewer. She portrays an emotional characteristic to the paintings with strong color composition and subtle details and uses this style to connect.
She hails from Cochin, a beautiful paradise in India and inherits the artistic heritage from her family. She also completed a bachelor’s degree in engineering where technical drawing helped enhance her drawing skills immensely. She spent two years at Bangalore teaching children painting and sketching.
Ruth Jansyn’s photo exhibit, the Photographer’s Eye, is on display in July 2015 at the library. Ruth F. Jansyn has been taking photos since she received her first Kodak box camera, graduating to a Nikon, a Minolta 7 and finally a digital camera.
“For me, the most important instrument is my eye, both when I snap the shutter and then when I view the image,” Jansyn said.
Along the way from her journey from high school teacher to college professor she traveled to archaeological sites in Northern Italy, Australia, and Russia and along with her husband traveled across the United States and Europe.
For seven years she studied photography at Long Island University in New York. She has lived in Highland Park for three decades and new splits her time between New Jersey and southwestern Texas.
Photographer Ruth Jansyn has dedicated her photography exhibit in the Main Hall display case to her grandmother, Julia Magnus. Included in the display is Ruth’s mother’s, “Reminiscences of a German Jewish Woman Physician” which chronicles Ruth’s grandmother’s life during the 1930s and 1940s in Nazi Germany.