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.
Colonia Artist Sangeeta Bhagat and her students from Studio 105 are exhibiting their paintings, pastel works, and drawings together in an exhibit, Celebrating Art, at the Highland Park Public Library through June 30. An art reception will be held for the adult and children artists on Saturday, June 13 from noon until 4:00 PM.
Sangeeta Bhagat is an artist from India who incorporates the traditional with the spiritual. Her design sense was honed from her background in fashion designing. In addition to painting, she teaches students from nursery school age to adults. The artists featured in this show are Ava Borker a seven year old first grader and Sana Borka, 10 years old, both from James Madison Primary School in Edison, Yinisha Bhagdev, Michelle Barksdale, an art teacher from P.S. 242 in Harlem, Priyanka Ramanujam, Ronit Kalsis a kindergartener from Edison, Jashan Kalsi, an eight year old, Shrey Tayal, an 11 year old, Lipi Patel, a third grader from James Madison Intermediate School, Dhyanashri Raman, a fifth grader from Martin Luther King Elementary School in Edison, Tarun Ravilla a sixth grader from Herbert Hoover Middle School, Tanvi Ravilla a third grader from Benjamin Franklin Elementarty School in Edison,and Yinisha Bhagede. “I didn’t know any techniques and was clueless about the world of art, Sana Barkar said. “After a year of painting, I have learned many new skills and I hope I will be the greatest artist one day.”
The first camera that caught Highland Park Photographer Tom Maugham’s eye was his family’s 1932 Kodak folding camera. His grandfather had given the Number 1 Pocket Kodak to his parents to use for their honeymoon. In that year it cost $17. A considerable amount of money for that decade.
About 30 of his Kodak Folding Cameras, manufactured between 1899 and 1954, are on exhibit at the Highland Park Public Library through the month of June 2015 in the Main Hall Display case.
In spite of his collection, and although his folding cameras are in working condition, Tom Maugham uses a Canon digital camera. He produces his prints in his “digital darkroom” using Adobe Photoshop and an Epson photo-quality printer. Tom is a native of New Jersey where he still lives. His work celebrates bridges, farm scenes, and dramatic factory settings. He has won numerous awards in recognition of his technical and artistic achievements.
May is a perfect time to exhibit The Art of Mort Farrah at the Highland Park Public Library, 31 North Fifth Avenue. The retired city planner paints from memories of the Jersey shore. His work in several mediums – acrylic, oil, pen and ink, water color, and graphite pencil call to mind the bright lights and vivid colors that are so prevalent at ocean resort towns.
The art show will be in the meeting room from May 2 through May 30, and an art reception for Farrah will be held on Saturday, May 2 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.
The Highland Park artist has had several showings of his work, including at the library, local galleries, and street fairs. He is one of the founding members of the Highland Park Artists Cooperative and also exhibits in their group shows. After retiring from city planning in 2002, Farrah took advanced art courses at the Rutgers Mason Gross School of Fine Arts and then began exhibiting and marketing his work at local art fairs and exhibits.
“My paintings and drawings are from memory and some have been inspired from photographs, especially some scenes from the Seattle waterfront,” Farrah said. “The work is basically representational, but there is a hint of abstract in several paintings where the mix of shapes and colors dominate the art rather than the subject matter.”
Using found wood, paper and other objects, Edison Artist Adam Padavano creates a miniature world. During the month of April 2015, his small works will be on exhibit at the Highland Park Public Library in the Main Hall Display Case.
“I see potential in smaller spaces and surfaces as areas for intimate expression and transmission of ideas and emotions, Padavano said. “Taking inspiration from miniatures and toys, the small works I have made invite viewers to investigate scale, childhood play, memory and our relationships to objects in everyday life.”
Padavano has exhibited in Brooklyn, Boston, Buffalo, Staten Island, Nyack, Asbury Park and Red Bank. He has worked for McFarlane Toys as a scenic artist and photography assistant. He has also taught at Monmouth University and Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences.
He received his MA in studio art from Kean University, concentrating in painting and sculpture and a BFA from Alfred University, where he studied drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and video.
Joyce Browning, a long time resident of New Brunswick, is presenting a mixed media show at the Highland Park Public Library in April 2015. An art reception will be held Sunday, April 12 from 2:00PM to 4:00 PM.
Browning has been an artist and art teacher for many years. In the Willingboro Public School System, not only did she teach, she also was known for her art showcases, wall murals, and two and three dimensional stage sets. She has exhibited internationally and has also participated in developing programming for the New Jersey Education association’s Teachers’ Convention.
She has also been instrumental in community projects, including being the Project Director for the Middlesex County Cultural & Heritage Commission Neighborhood Arts Consortium and Art Coordinator for the New Brunswick Oktoberfest.
Browning now retired, teaches part time at Rutgers University and volunteers at the New Brunswick Public Library and the New Brunswick African American Heritage Committee. She also continues to paint and exhibit.