Artist William Giacalone, is exhibiting in the meeting room at the Highland Park Public Library in November 2014. His new show of large paintings, is titled Jewish Life: Historical, Biblical and Imaginative Art. His paintings are whimsical and reminiscent of the old country where Hasidim studied and danced with the Torah, villagers labored on farms, and where students attended small village schools.
During the 1960s Giacalone illustrated a number of story books and Hebrew school books for young children. Three Stories by Sholom Aleichem, The Pitzel Holiday Book, The Shlimeels of Chelm by Sol Scharfstein, Draydel, Draydel, Draydel, Debbie In Dreamland-Her Holiday Adventures and one of his favorites The Schnitzel Book.
Giacalone, who has lived and painted in Highland Park for more than 50 years, is also a retired commercial art designer and was art director for the Remco Toy Corporation and other firms. He was a three-time winner of the Technicraft Corporation Competition. The life long area artist, who grew up on a chicken farm in Piscataway, received his art education at Cooper Union and the Art Students League both in New York. He has exhibited nationally and internationally and has been in exhibits with artist George Segal at the B’nai Brith Klutznick Museum in Washington, DC.
Although Alexander Agor has been an agent for New York Life Insurance for 14 years, he is also an artist and photographer who in his career covered the Six Day War in Israel, worked for the magazines Harper’s Bazaar and Time Out, did press production photography for the Royal Court Theatre in England, and worked in Italy for Italian Vogue. Along the way he photographed John Lennon and other icons from the 1960s and 1970s.
His photo paintings are on display at the Highland Park Public Library through October 2014 in the Meeting Room.
His diverse career has contributed to many experiments in his photo paintings that resemble large posters. His work has also been exhibited at the Mostly Mozart Festival at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center, the Perry Art Gallery in Manhattan, and at the Golda Meir Art Center in Israel.
Dr. Indrani Choudhury, born in Calcutta, India, worked as a biomedical research scientist for 25 years beginning in India and continuing in the United States at UNDNJ until she retired in 2005. That year she reconnected to her first passion – painting. For the month of September, Dr. Choudhury is exhibiting at the Highland Park Public Library. An art reception will be held for the artist on Saturday, September 6 from 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM in the meeting room.
Her paintings span her whole universe, from her local supermarket in New Jersey, to her childhood home in Calcutta, to scenes from travels around the world. In each 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. She paints to communicate the way she sees the world.
Bo Jordan gives new meaning to the expression, “hand-painted”. The Highland Park artist literally finishes 90 percent of her paintings without brushes, using her fingers and palm to apply paint to canvas. Her impressionistic paintings will be on display in the library in August 2014.
An art reception will be held for Jordan on Saturday, August 9 from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM.
“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. Four 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 first solo show.
Amita Shukla, a visual artist from Highland Park and a junior at Highland Park High School, first exhibited her artwork in the main hall display case at the Highland Park Public Library in 2013.
Shukla, who is currently studying art at the Art Academy of Highland Park under Ana Soto-Canino, will have her first solo exhibit, “Technicolor Dreams,” in the Library meeting room from July 1 through July 31, 2014. An art reception will be held for her on Sunday, July 20 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.
She has also attended Middlesex County Arts High School during the last year.
“My first drawing experience was in preschool, emulating Michelangelo on the undersides of tables, but I have since progressed to canvases,” Shukla said. “More than any other thematic content, this exhibition is about my growth as an artist, and a celebration of art as a means of adding interest to everyday scenes– stopping to paint the roses.”
The pieces in this show are all from within the past two and a half years, and they encompass a wide variety of media and styles.
Jayant Shroff, a Metuchen artist, is displaying Paintings from Diverse Perspectives with a group of fellow artists, Geeta Acharya, Rohini Zutshi, Gomathi Subbiah, and Yogini Shroff, MD in May 2014 at the Highland Park Public Library. Jayant loved painting and art as a student in India. He deferred painting for 40 years to build a career and raise a family. Beginning 2001, Jayant picked up painting where he had left off, fulfilling his dream. Jayant paints in watercolor, acrylics and oil pastels using the subject matter that reminds him of his roots.
Jayant worked in various corporate research and management positions in a fortune 100 company retiring in 2001 after 34 years, to devote his retirement to painting.
The Paint and Palette Group of the Metuchen Senior Center is proud to present its second group art show at the Highland Park Public Library. The exhibit will be on display from March 5 through March 27.
For the past several years, the group has been meeting once a week on Thursday for a couple of hours, said Cathy Ostermueller, the Director of the Metuchen Senior Center. “Paint & Palette art group provides a great opportunity for our seniors with basic capabilities to further develop and sharpen their skills.”
Currently the group meets under the leadership of Terry Antoniewicz a local artist and art instructor. The group concentrates on watercolor, painting and mixed media while exchanging ideas with each other and learning new techniques, matting and framing with in-class demonstrations.
Shelley Phillips, recently retired from a career of teaching art in elementary school, has been busy doing what she loves most – painting!
Her work is quite eclectic, including styles ranging from abstract to realistic, themes of abstract florals to landscapes to portraits and people. Shelley enjoys working in oil paints, but you can also view her acrylics and pastels. “I’m an observer of the world around me and often see things in terms of ‘This might make a great painting!’” She often uses her 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 NJ about 16 years ago, she started an art program and taught at the Rabbi Pesach Raymon Yeshiva, retiring 2 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.
Another love of Shelley’s is origami. You might have seen one of her several displays in the glass showcase at the library or attended one of her adult origami classes there.
Please join us for an artist’s reception for Shelley’s exhibit in the Highland Park Library’s Meeting Room (in the back of the library) on Saturday, February 8th, from 2-5 PM. The exhibit will be displayed throughout the month of February.
Steve Varner was raised in Texas where he became very well known for his electric bass playing. Moving to New Jersey, he has picked up pastels and has rendered portraits, early morning and the beauty of local settings you might recognize. Varner has played acoustic bass with Pat Martino, Phil Woods, Dave Liebman and Michael Bond as part of the New York and New Brunswick jazz scene.