“As I Recall”–Coleen Tyler and Marcia Shiffman—Photographs and Prints

Coleen Tyler and Marcia Shiffman, friends, artists and neighbors in Highland Park, are exhibiting together at the Highland Park Public Library from February 1 through February 28, 2019. “As I Recall”—Photographs and Prints will be in the meeting room and an artist reception will be held on Sunday, February 10 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. The artists will talk about their work at 3:00 PM. This is their second exhibit together.

“We both spend time at Rutgers seriously pursuing our art interests and continue to benefit from the creative and stimulating environment that it provides,” Coleen Tyler said. I think that the title of this exhibit, “As I Recall” reflects a shared focus on time and memory that is evident in our work.”

Coleen Tyler is exhibiting the Gelatin Silver Prints and is also exhibiting in the main hall display case. Tyler has had many exhibits and workshops at the Highland Park Public Library. She has also exhibited extensively throughout the state and the tristate area. Tyler is also an art teacher and ESL teacher who has taught in many New Jersey communities. Her exhibits have featured her art in many different mediums. Tyler has a Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics from the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. She has her Bachelor of Science in Art Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, PA.

Marcia Shiffman, a printmaker, has also worked as a professional planner and landscape architect since 1976. In 2012, Shiffman returned to her original passion, printmaking. She has created etchings, lithographs, and silkscreen prints.

“I have been creating etchings, lithographs and silkscreen prints,” Shiffman said. “My work has focused on images based upon my memories and life experiences. I am very interested in drawing to create the image with varied lines, shadow, light and textures creating depth.”

Shiffman has a Master of Arts in Graphics and a Bachelor of Fine Arts, both from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. In 2018 she received First Place Prints in the Middlesex County Senior Art Exhibit and has displayed her in Highland Park and throughout Middlesex County.

Marcia Shiffman, Dancers 9

Coleen Tyler

Photographic Memory, Gelatin Silver Prints by Coleen Tyler

Photographic Memory, Gelatin Silver Prints by Coleen Tyler will be in the main hall display case at the Highland Park Public Library from February 1 through February 28, 2019.

Gelatin silver print is the technical name for a black and white photograph made from a negative. A suspension of silver salts in gelatin is coated onto a support, commonly paper. The paper is exposed to light, traveling through the negative. It is then chemically developed in the dark room, creating the print. This process was the most common way to develop black and white photographs in the 1880’s and is still in use today.

“My experience in making photography from film is a recent one and I consider myself to be in the early learning phase of a demanding, yet rewarding, process,” Tyler said. “Light, its presence and absence, are the heart of photography. The black and white image evokes a beauty that is timeless, regardless of the subject matter.”

“I am intrigued by the transformation of subject as it appears in the clear light and deep shadows of the photograph. It is a world unto itself isolated from the emotional layering of color. I think I am searching for some type of truth about nature and humanity that seems to exist in the past, waiting for me to find and acknowledge. While not knowing what I seek, I can recognize its truth, captured in a fleeting moment on film, with just the right amount of light and dark to reveal it.”

Highland Park Artist Coleen Tyler has had many exhibits and workshops at the Highland Park Public Library. She has also exhibited extensively throughout the state and the tri-state area. Tyler is also an art teacher and ESL teacher who has taught in many New Jersey communities. Her exhibits have featured her art in many different mediums. This month she is exhibiting As I Recall: Photos and Prints in the meeting room with artist Marcia Shiffman.

Tyler has a Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics from the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. She has her Bachelor of Science in Art Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, PA.

Candle, Coleen Tyler

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

Stalking The Wild Photo: An Exhibit at the Highland Park Public Library

Husband and wife photographers Ken and Mary Krasner will be exhibiting, Stalking Wild Photos, in the Meeting Room and Main Hall Display Case from October 2 through October 31, 2018 at the Highland Park Public Library in New Jersey. An art reception will be held for the photographers on Sunday, October 7 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

For 30 years Ken and Mary Krasner have amassed thousands of serene, inspirational and tranquil landscapes, nature photographs and panoramas. The photos were all taken while walking, hiking, and snowshoeing local, state and national parks, and wildlife areas & refuges, as well as in and around the highways and by-ways of New Jersey, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and New York, in every season, and in all kinds of weather.

“We see nature’s beauty everywhere we look,” Ken said. “Even in places you might not think it exists. For us, the opportunities are endless – no matter where we go, there’s always something that catches our eye or completely captivates us – and we then try to bring something new or fresh to the subject – a small beautiful detail or just a different point of view”

To see more of Ken and Mary Krasner’s photos, go to their website: MySerenityPhotography.com.

Black Tie and Tails, Ken Krasner

Ken Stalking Wild Hazens Notch by Mary Krasner

The Universe in a Flower

Sara Parmigiani, a curator at the Fleetwood Camera Museum, will be displaying her photographs of flowers at the Highland Park Public Library from August 2 to August 31, 2018.

One of her favorite artists is landscape artist Martin Johnson Head (1819-1904) who made stunning still life images of tropical flowers. Active in the 1840’s, Head would often isolate flowers such as orchids and magnolias and paint them against a dark background. The dark background enhances the wonderful colors of the flowers. “I love his paintings and find great inspiration for photographing flowers,” Parmigiani said.

Parmigiani has a BA in Fine Arts from Fairleigh Dickenson University and a MA in Museum Studies from Seton Hall University.

Sara Parmiagiani - pink orchid photo

After the Storm: New Photos and Paintings by Lindsay Holeman

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.
holeman photo

Recent Photographs and Prints: Coleen Tyler and Marcia Shiffman

The meeting room at the Highland Park Public Library will feature through the month of June 2017, Recent Photographs and Prints: Coleen Tyler and Marcia Shiffman. An art reception will be held for the artists on Sunday, June 25 from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Coleen Tyler has been working with black and white film and her subjects include portraits and landscapes.

Marcia Shiffman has been working on lithographs, etchings, and silkscreen related to memory.
Tyler photograph

Shiffman: woman holding pom

Tyler Shiffman exhibit

100 Years of Cameras

The Fleetwood Camera Museum of North Plainfield is exhibiting 100 Years of Camera at the Highland Park Public Library from April 1 until April 30, 2017 in the Main Hall Display Case. Watch the decade to decade changes the cameras underwent as they made their way from professionals to eager beginners.

Some of the antique cameras you will be abe to see are: Eastman Kodak box camera ca. 1900, Autographic Camera ca. 1910, Kodak Rainbow Hawkeye Folding camera ca. 1914, Brownie Hawkeye Box Camera 1949 (Moulded Bakelite Body), Agfa Isolette (popular during the 1950s and 60s), Polaroid Folding camera 1955, Minolta 16 sub-miniature spy camera 1972-74, Twin reflex cameras and Single Reflex cameras, and Edward Weston light meter 1935.

Included also is equipment from early photographic processes: a daguerreotype, a tintype, cabinet cards, and cart-des-visites.

Sara Parmigiani from the Fleetwood Camera Museum is curating the show.

100 years of cameras

Serenity: Photos by Kenn Krasner

Serenity: New Photos by Kenn Krasner will be in the main hall display case and in the meeting room at the Highland Park Public Library from March 2 to March 31, 2017. An art reception will be held for the show on Sunday, March 5 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM in the meeting room.

Kenn has been a Highland Park business owner for the last two decades. Along with his wife Mary, he is a managing partner of Spheres, a web development company. He also has been taking photographs since 1963.

Kenn participated in Highland Park 2016 September Window Art Walk, and his photos continue to be displayed in the window of Saiff Drugs.

Kenn Krasner photo

Spirit in the Sky by Kenn Krasner

Cuba Now: Photos by David Antebi

Long time Highland Park resident David Antebi is exhibiting photos from Cuba in the Main Hall Display Case at the Highland Park Public Library, 31 North Fifth Avenue, from September 1 through September 30, 2016. He will talk about Cuba: Then and Now on Thursday, September 8 at 7:00 PM at the library.

After 50 years of the US embargo on Cuba, the travel restrictions were lifted last year. David Antebi and his wife Paula took advantage of this opportunity and booked an eight-day trip in January, 2016 with a group called Road Scholar. The trip focused on the arts. The photos in the display case are a sample of his attempt to document what he experienced.

“We visited old Havana, rural areas, tobacco and organic vegetable farms, and a luxury coastal hotel,” Antebi said. “Candid portraits were taken to capture images of people at work. Where ever we went – bus stops, the market place- we were greeted with music and dance groups. We witnessed the creative spirit visiting local artists galleries, dance studios and a modern art museum where we had a chance to mingle and interact with Cubans.”

According to Antebi, Cuban politics were evident at a book fair where pamphlets, and books on revolutionary theory, biographies on Fidel Castro, and Che Guevara, and medals from the Revolution were displayed. Also on display, were vintage music albums of the ’50 and the ’60 from famous Cuban singers of that time period. David and Paula, long time residents of Highland Park, witnessed tourists from all over the world crowding the lobby of the historic Hotel National located in old Havana where they stayed to experience the old and the new Cuba. “For the short time we visited Cuba we witnessed the physical devastation created by the embargo but were captured by the vibrant spirit of the people for life,” Antebi said.

Cuba by David Antebi