Shelley Phillips, the founder of the art program at Rabbi Pesach Raymon Yeshiva will have a solo show at the Highland Park Public Library through April 2018. An art reception will be held on Sunday, April 8 from 1:30 – 4:30 PM.
“I’m an observer of the world around me and often see things in terms of ‘This might make a great painting,’” Phillips said. “I often use my own photos as inspiration — candid people shots and vacation photos and close-ups of flowers.”
Originally from Philadelphia, Shelley attended Tyler School of Fine Arts of Temple University for her BFA. She moved to Massachusetts where she taught art in the Newton Public Schools for many years. After moving to New Jersey about 21 years ago, she started an art program and taught at the Rabbi Pesach Raymon Yeshiva, retiring seven years ago.
Shelley has won Honorable Mention two times for her paintings in the Middlesex County Senior Art Exhibits. She has had her work displayed at Fiddleheads Restaurant in Jamesburg recently. Other exhibits include Edison Art Society at City Hall, the East Brunswick Library with Suburban Artist’s Guild exhibit, of which she is a member and The Grounds for Sculpture Member’s Exhibit. She also belongs to and has exhibited with the Center of Contemporary Art and the Visual Arts Center of NJ, where she currently takes classes. She has exhibited multiple times at the Highland Park Public Library.
Eight artists from The Unitarian Society (TUS) Art Exploratory Group are exhibiting From Sea to Shining Sea: Paintings, in the meeting room of the Highland Park Public Library from March 1 to March 31, 2018.
According to Joyce Browning, one of the founding members of the group, the artists began painting together 10 years ago.
“We started because we all had an interest in art and what was very interesting is that we came from all over the globe and from different walks of life,” Joyce said. “It began with me teaching the class and grew to us all sharing tips and techniques.”
The artist include Jennifer Kahn, Peter Kahn,, Christine DeMuro, Tatiniana Rodionoba, Galina Malinsky, Dan Strombom, and Joyce Browning. This is the group’s second exhibit.
Mayu Burr, an artist specializing in Japanese Saimitsu painting will have an exhibit at the Highland Park Public Library from February 3 through February 28, 2018 in the meeting room. The artist will also display sketches and origami in the main hall display case. A reception will be held on Sunday, February 18 from 2:00 PM through 4:00 PM. Light Kosher refreshments will be served and the public is welcome.
Mrs. Burr specializes in capturing and enhancing the minute details of the world around her, including people and tiny creatures. At the other end of the spectrum from the French Impressionist School, Mayu is the foremost proponent of the School of Extreme Selective Détaillé, known as E.S.D. Art or (Saimitsu) in Japan. The extreme precision of her rendering evokes the masterpieces of Jean-Baptiste Édouard Detaille (1848 – 1912). Mayu sees and draws what the impartial camera lens misses. You might notice in her sketches, people who have performed at the library or from local shops.
Mrs. Burr’s pieces also highlight her skills at rendering three dimensional objects.
Cats, Dogs, Portraits and Beyond: Paintings by Meilun Lee will be on display in the meeting room at the Highland Park Public Library from December 2 through December 30, 2017. An art reception for the artist Meilun Lee will be held on Saturday, December 9 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.
Meilun (Ivy) Lee was born in Taipei, Taiwan. She has been studying oil painting from well-known American artist Grace Graupe Pillard since 2005. Meilun has also spent several years drawing in the live nude art studio in Red Bank.
“I like to blend Western painting techniques with Chinese painting concepts,” Mailum said. “I always had the impression that a portrait was the most complex kind of painting: therefore I wanted to tackle the hardest challenge first. However, I now think that portrait is not as difficult as I thought, and flowers are not as simple as I imagined.”
The artist’s honors include: 2008-The Color of Spring awarded by the Annual Monmouth Museum Juried Show, 2011 Temptation-First Prize at Middletown Arts Center Annual Amateur Artist Competition Oil Painting Category, and 2011-Cat-Selected by Arts Alliance Juried Show.
After the Storm: New Photos and Paintings by Lindsay Holeman will be on display in the meeting room at the Highland Park Public Library through November 2017.
A born Jersey girl, Lindsay Holeman is a self-taught artist who moved to Highland Park two years ago. She paints in acrylic, water color, and mixed media. She also enjoys photography. Her art has been included in the 2012 Memory exhibit at the Ewing Municipal Complex as part of the Creative Collective Art Group. Her work has also been featured at Art Space in Long Branch, and in private collections throughout Mercer County.
She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Goucher College in MD and is in the process of completing her Master’s Degree in Education at Rider University.
“An elementary school teacher, Lindsay hopes to inspire children and teens to create art for self-expression and to raise awareness about significant issues affecting the community,” Lindsay said. “As a behavioral consultant for Maxim Healthcare Services, where I worked with children and teens with emotional and behavioral issues, art therapy played a crucial role in their coping abilities and in their healing.”
She currently teaches with Fresh Theatre Arts, a local children’s theatre company.
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.
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.
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.
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.