Poetry Reading and Artist Reception with Maria Mazziotti Gillan

Celebrate Women’s Month and the opening of The Friends of the Library Poetry Night Series with New Jersey’s beloved Poet, Maria Mazziotti Gillan, on Tuesday, March 5 at 7:00 PM at the Highland Park Public Library, 31 North Fifth Avenue. Also enjoy an Art Reception for her New Paintings that will be up through March 2019 in the meeting room.

She is a recipient of the 2014 George Garrett Award for Outstanding Community Service in Literature from AWP (Association of Writers & Writing Programs), the 2011 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award from Poets & Writers and the 2008 American Book Award for her book, All That Lies Between Us (Guernica Editions). She is the Founder /Executive Director of the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College in Paterson, NJ, and editor of the Paterson Literary Review.

Maria Gillan is also director of the Creative Writing Program and Professor of Poetry at Binghamton University-SUNY. Maria has published 22 books of and about poetry, and 4 anthologies. Her most recent books are the poetry and photography collaboration with Mark Hillringhouse, Paterson Light and Shadow (Serving House Books, 2017) and the poetry collection, What Blooms in Winter (NYQ, 2016). The Girls in the Chartreuse Jackets (Redux Consortium), is a new collection of her poems and accompanying paintings.

“Whereas in my poetry, I try to root my work in the details and specificity of ordinary life, in my art I am not attempting to achieve realistic portrayals of people or birds or flowers. Rather I am trying to capture energy and feeling,” Maria Mazziotti Gillan said. “I am trying to get the essence of the subject down on paper, to convey joy or sadness, exuberance or loss.”

Maria Gillan painting

Maria Gillan

Arts High and Arts Middle School Student Work on Exhibit – 2019

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. The work is in the meeting room and the Main Hall display case.

The exhibit features work completed by gifted and talented students who participated in the Middlesex County Arts High or Arts Middle School. Highland Park High School students Talia Fishman and Edan Blank have work in the show as well as Highland Park Middle School students, Grace Budd-Cording, Gwyneth Gherzan and Martin Mann. The programs, now in their 39th year, offer advanced art 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 about exhibits at the Highland Park Public Library call 732-572-2750 or go to the website at www.hpplnj.org. 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), email info@artsandedcenter.org, or visit their website at www.artshigh.net.

This program has been made possible in part by a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowments for the Arts.
Pangilinan- Middlesex County Arts

Isler - Middlesex County Arts

Winter Landscapes: Watercolors by Erich Edelmaier

Eva Love’s father, Erich Edelmaier, was the owner of a local grocery store in a village near Vienna, Austria. He was such a devoted businessman, he had little time to paint, a hobby that became a passion for him. Landscapes: Watercolors by Erich Edelmaier, is a very special exhibit of gifts he gave to his family. The exhibit of quaint village life depicted in each painting is on display at the Highland Park Public Library, 31 North Fifth Avenue, in the Main Hall Display case, throughout the month of December 2018.

“On any special occasion, whether it was a birthday, anniversary or Christmas, we all could count on getting an Erich Edelmaier original and the envelopes were always opened with great anticipation and the cards became treasured family heirlooms,” Eva Love, his daughter said. “I had told my father about exhibiting his cards here at our library and he was touched to hear that. Unfortunately he passed away before he could see it. I am proud to share his work with you.”

Erich Edelmaier, a prolific self- taught artist, also painted in oils, pastels, and acrylics.

Erich Edelmaier painting

Artworks by Shannon Donaghy: The Girl With Three Names

The Girl With Three Names: New Work by Shannon Donaghy will be displayed at the Highland Park Public Library, 31 North Fifth Avenue, from December 2 through December 30, 2018. An art reception will be held for the artist on Sunday, December 2 from 2:00 PM to 4 PM.

Shannon’s works consist of a variety of mediums and practices such as oil painting, drawing with mixed media, fiber arts, and screen-printing. Through her works she expresses the point of view of a transracial adoptee, self-perception, self-portraiture, morphing identity and various ways of seeing the self.

Shannon Donaghy was born under the name of Kim, Mi-Ryung in South Korea, and was then adopted at three months old by her current family in New Jersey. She has graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art from The College of New Jersey. Shannon worked as a Gallery Assistant at The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ, Intern at the Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick, NJ, Teacher Assistant and Studio Manager at the Academy of Art of Highland Park and Gallery, Highland Park, NJ, and Intern at the Onishi Gallery in NY, New York. She has exhibited her artwork at the Blackwells Mills Canal House in Somerset, NJ.

by Shannon Donaghy

Romantic Realism: New Sketches and Paintings by Huiyi (Kristy) Nong

Romantic Realism: New Sketches and Paintings by Huiyi (Kristy) Nong will be on display at the Highland Park Public Library, 31 North Fifth Avenue, from November 1 to November 30, 2018 in the meeting room. An art reception in Nong’s honor will be held on Sunday, November 4 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

Huiyi (Kristy) Nong grew up in the Guangxi Province of China. Kristy came to America in 2016 and now lives with her family in Parlin, New Jersey. She is a senior at Saint John Vianney High School.

Her work explores realism with techniques that soften images and invite the viewing eye in to fresh, new worlds.

drawing by Huiyi (Kristy) Nong

Our Spirit Rises: New Works by Jacqueline Baker

Jacqueline Baker paints to honor her mother, Patricia Viola Baker, her closest friends and singers who have inspired her. She paints from life and she paints with an inner eye to capture the spirit of her subjects. Baker, a Highland Park artist and teacher will exhibit Our Spirit Rises: New Works by Jacqueline Baker from September 6 through September 30, 2018 at the Highland Park Public Library, 31 North Fifth Avenue. . An art reception will be held on Sunday, September 9 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM in the meeting room. Her sculptures and photographs will be featured in the Main Hall display case through September 30.

Baker, who is also a home health care nurse, has been honored for her art and commitment to teaching art by the City of Pert Amboy and the New Brunswick Public Library. She has exhibited her work throughout Middlesex and Somerset Counties.

She is dedicating her new art show to her mother’s memory. Many paintings honor her mother’s involvement in life and her ability to touch many lives even outside of her large immediate family of eight children. Jacqueline Baker painted Standing Strong, at the age of 33. It was the first piece she ever painted. “The painting portrays a black woman who refuses to give up her faith and dreams despite undergoing hardship,” she said. “Strength through adversity and challenge is a consistent theme running through Jacqueline’s work and is often interwoven with direct examples from black history.”

painting by Jacqueline Baker

painting by Jacqueline Baker

Three Painting Friends

Three Painting Friends: New Works by Yumi Yang, Leona Cheung, and Sisi Ho will be exhibited at the Highland Park Public Library from August 2 through August 31. An art reception will be held by the artists on Sunday, August 5 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

For Yumi, pastel has been her favorite medium since 2005. Included in the show are her still lifes, landscapes, graceful interiors, and striking scenery, which have won awards.

Leona explores all kinds of painting media such as oil and pastel. Her artworks cover a variety of subject matters: landscapes, still lifes, animals, and people. She has won numerous awards in the past – the result of countless nights burning the midnight oil pursuing a perfect piece of art.

Sisi’s artworks consist of still lifes and portraits using charcoal pencils, oil, oil pastel, and IPad.

Mimi Jong
Painting by Mimi Jong
Sisi Ho
Drawing by Sisi Ho
Leona Cheung
Painting by Leona Cheung

Nature Around: New Works by Indrani Choudhury

Nature Around: New Works by Indrani Choudhury will be on display from Monday, July 2 through Tuesday, July 31 at the Highland Park Public Library meeting room. An art reception will be held for Dr. Choudhury on Sunday, July 8 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

Born in Calcutta, India, Dr. Indrani Choudhury was a biomedical research scientist for 25 years, in India and then in the US. She moved to New Jersey two decades ago, raised a family and worked for many years at UMDNJ. In 2005, she set up an easel in her guest room and returned to her childhood passion: painting.

Entirely self-taught, Indrani works solely in watercolors, transforming the medium beyond its typical constraints to produce the texture and richness of acrylics and oils. Her paintings include her local supermarket in New Jersey, her childhood home in Calcutta, and scenes from her international travels.  In each painting she tries to express something specific – a particular color, the interplay of light and shade, a moment we see but never notice, or a memory she has carried since her childhood.

Since 2008, Indrani’s paintings have been exhibited at over a dozen juried art shows and galleries throughout New Jersey. “I want to be an inspiration to all those who dream of doing what they truly love,” the Edison artist said. “Being able to paint is an affirmation of the power of dreams, long deferred and finally fulfilled”.

Indrani Choudhury painting

boats, painting by indrani choudhury

Portraits and More: Paintings and Drawings by Shelley Phillips

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.

Shelley Phillips

drawing by Shelley Phillips

From Sea to Shining Sea: Paintings

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.

Joyce Browning - From Sea to Shining Sea