Gallery at the Rotunda in Borough Hall becomes a reality as Inaugural Show is installed

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IMG_0655.jpgThe following was submitted by  Linda Vonderschmidt-LaStella, Rotunda Gallery Director:

 

RotundaGalleryInsignia.jpegTuesday evening, most of the artists who have work in the Rotunda Gallery inaugural show gathered to hang their work. Mike Bransfield, of the new Gallery Board, and I marked spots for anchors and John from DPW did a solid job of installing them. The hanging was really wonderful.  Most people brought family members.

 

Basically this first exhibit includes a single piece of work by each artist who has volunteered on the Junebug Committee,13 in all.

  

This first exhibit will hang until Sept. 30.  The next exhibit will open Monday, Oct. 5.  The plan is for the exhibits to be Seasonal;  these first two are "invitational's".  The real rhythm and schedule will begin Jan., 2010.

 

We will prepare a prospectus with all the details about applying in the next week or so for anyone interested in exhibiting at the Rotunda gallery.  Basically, we are asking that all submissions come to us by mid-September. The Board will do a review in early October and set the schedule for the coming year.

Bios for the 13 Exhibiting Artists:

 

Kim Adlerman is a local children's book artist and author. Her critically acclaimed three-dimensional style often contains natural objects. Kim's artwork can regularly be seen at banks, restaurants, and galleries throughout New Jersey.

 

Amy Brooks is the owner, artist and designer of Paradise Custom Stained Glass.  Her work ranges from traditional stained glass to contemporary fused and slumped pieces.  She loves to combine techniques and styles to custom create paradise for each patron.

 

Michael Bransfield and his family have been residents of Metuchen for the past 12 years.  He was one of the founding members of the Metuchen Art Works gallery.  His colorful paintings combine elements of representation and abstraction where the image is discovered in the act of painting.  Michael has shown extensively, most recently at The Monmouth Museum and The Noyes Museum in The NJ Arts Annual Exhibition.

 

Ellis Eisner has been making art for over 40 years. She is a professional Art Therapist, and has been practicing for the past 10 years, since earning her Masters Degree in 1999 from New York University. This piece entitled, "Roman Arches" was created using pastels on textured paper.

 

David Glasofer has been a commercial and family photographer in Metuchen for over 20 years. His studio is at the south end of Main St. He uses photographs as the basis for his artwork and applies a variety of techniques to achieve the end result.

 

Mark Harris is an Internationally exhibiting photographer involved in various Metuchen and Edison Arts Organizations. He is a proponent of traditional film and chemical-based black and white photography. His images are mostly abstract in nature although he also works with photographs of people.

 

ChenFang Lei was born in 1963 in Taiwan and graduated in 1984 from XinZhu Teacher's College, majoring in "Children's Art Education". She is now working with 4-14yr children at the "Little Fish Art Studio" in Metuchen, NJ.

 

Mallory Leonard is an Art Education student at Kean University with a minor in Art History.  She specializes in mixed media art (photography, collage, paint, sculpture).  She also makes and sells crafts:  crocheted apparel, hand-made bags, and pillows, and volunteers at that local hub of culture, the Raconteur bookstore in Metuchen.

 

Lauren Rabinowitz, aka THE CARTOON GODDESS, has been working as an illustrator and designer for over 25 years. She is also a graphic arts educator. She has lectured, taught classes, given workshops, presentations and seminars for illustrators, cartoonists, animators and designers at various universities and institutions of higher education.

 

Karen Rutherford attended California College of Arts and Crafts in 1963-64. Karen graduated from Chico State College (Chico,California) in 1967 with a BA in Art - Painting and Print Making. She has been a Graphic Designer  since 1967.  She also won awards for her Water Color painting in Florida.  She has drawn many pen & ink house portraits of North East homes. 

 

Linda Vonderschmidt-LaStella, co-owner of Earthsongs Works in Clay & member of the Cultural Arts Commission, likes to describe herself as an "arts activist".  Her ceramic installations can be found in residences & corporate spaces both here and abroad.

 

Mickey Waring is currently Art Director and Art Teacher at the Westerhoff School of Music & Art.  A member of the Metuchen Cultural Arts Commision and recently contributor of the Visual Arts Connection, Ms. Waring has been a driving force in the arts community of Metuchen for more than 22 years.

 

Lynda Woodworth, a proud Metuchen resident, has been an oil painter for the past several years and is a regular student at the Academy of Art of Highland Park, NJ, working with academy director Ana Eloisa Soto-Canino.

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Can't wait to see it all -- hope the rain lets up.

So sorry you stopped by before all of the "tagging" was complete! All I.D.'s are up and all explanatory text about the gallery and this show in particular are now on the wall.

The collaged piece in question is by Mallory Leonard, a current art student at Kane in their Art Education program. We are thrilled to have attracted several college students to participate in the Junebug this year. Mallory is actually on the Committee and will be leading the Interactive Activity June 5 outside Borough Hall.

A genuine focus--in every area of life right now--but espcially in the arts, is creating with recycled materials. That is part of what Mallory is dealing with in that work.

I encourage everyone to engage in conversation with her--and all of the artists--with work in this inaugural exhibit!

Really? Don't tell the art critics. they might get offended.

It wasn't a review, it was a question. That piece does not have a tag with the artist's name, and the piece is, in fact, a collage of photographs on a piece of cardboard.

That photographic collage piece is actually very cool. Looks three dimensional.

If someone post a negative review on here, makes me want to see it for myself even more.

Nobody wants to read negative art reviews by nobody.
We can make up our own minds.

Who's responsible for the photographic collage of a house on a piece of cardboard?

Stopped by last night for a sneak peek and was so thrilled. Every piece looks great and adds such character to that space. Congrats and thank you to everyone involved with this, it's a great addition to Metuchen!

Congratulations! Sincere thanks to the Cultural Arts Commission, and Linda and Nino in particular, for bringing this idea for a gallery forward and making it happen. It will be a great asset for us all. Please, everyone, stop in, take a look, add a little art to your day!

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