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Young artists go to camp in Ridgewood

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Young artists go to camp in Ridgewood

AUGUST 29, 2014    LAST UPDATED: FRIDAY, AUGUST 29, 2014, 12:31 AM
BY EILEEN LA FORGIA
STAFF WRITER

“It is exciting to see the progress the young students make within one week at art camp,” said instructor Laura Paray.

The oil painting summer session was held at the Ridgewood Art Institute’s East Studio the week of Aug. 18 to 22. This is the third summer that Paray has taught an oil painting summer session at Ridgewood Art Institute. The students paint from still life and from landscapes previously created en plein air.

“There is no better way to learn than from real life set ups, the three dimensional objects are there and the goal is to convey that on a two dimensional surface,” said Paray.

“The landscape sketches help them to see the colors used to create atmosphere in an outdoor scene, and eventually they can attempt to paint outdoors themselves using the information that is given – helping them to translate the complicated outdoors into an understanding of color and value and the reasoning behind the prismatic palette of the Ridgewood Art Institute.”

Paray teaches oil painting for young people on Sundays 12 to 2 p.m. during the year.

– See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/arts-and-entertainment/art/young-artists-explore-different-mediums-at-camp-1.1077871#sthash.Kk6kJLH4.dpuf

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Exhibit in Ridgewood shows art’s therapeutic value

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Exhibit in Ridgewood shows art’s therapeutic value

AUGUST 15, 2014    LAST UPDATED: FRIDAY, AUGUST 15, 2014, 12:31 AM
BY EILEEN LA FORGIA
STAFF WRITER

West Bergen Mental Healthcare’s Third Annual Partial Care Consumer’s Art Show is being held at the Stable Art Gallery in Ridgewood through Aug. 27.

“Partial Care Consumers enjoy art groups which support their goals to wellness and recovery,” said Donna Marinaro, partial care director.

There are approximately 100 pieces by 50 individual artists created in specific therapeutic groups such as: Visual Arts for Self Expression, Dynamics through Art, Open Art Studio and Young Adult Expressive Arts. The art is created with a free choice of medium; whether oils, pastels, colored markers, pencil or acrylic oils on canvas, each piece is uniquely individual. They also enjoy mixed media, individual drawing, murals together and sculptural work and needlework for creative self-expression.

“This show represents the work of all the consumers,” said Julie Mansfield, who organized the artwork for the show. “The groups are facilitated by a team of clinical case managers offering exciting expressive art and music groups, social skills groups and vocational rehab and overall living and psychological educational groups.”

– See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/arts-and-entertainment/art/show-at-the-stable-shows-art-s-therapeutic-value-1.1067846#sthash.nCK3oOyp.dpuf

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Ridgewood Library hosts art exhibit featuring scenes in Ridgewood

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Ridgewood Library hosts art exhibit featuring scenes in Ridgewood

AUGUST 8, 2014    LAST UPDATED: FRIDAY, AUGUST 8, 2014, 12:31 AM
BY EILEEN LA FORGIA
STAFF WRITER

Adele Grodstein’s exhibit at the Ridgewood Public Library features oil paintings of scenes in Ridgewood as well as landscapes from travels, still lifes and even a portrait. The show is full of life and vivid color.

“Movement is always there – the struggle to keep everything in position for the brushstroke balancing the knowledge that when I look up again, the whole view will have changed slightly,” said Grodstein.

“Big Sky (Going to the Sun Road)” is a large painting from a family trip to Glacier National Park.

“I was very excited about the photo I took and wanted it to be a painting. Glacier National Park is so beautiful, a disappearing landscape,” she noted.

Ridgewood’s Duck Pond scene was painted in February and is called “No Skating.”

– See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/arts-and-entertainment/art/travels-as-well-as-everyday-life-inspire-artist-1.1064387#sthash.V5lzb9Gs.dpuf

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Ridgewood artist and family members share exhibit

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Ridgewood artist and family members share exhibit

MAY 9, 2014    LAST UPDATED: FRIDAY, MAY 9, 2014, 12:31 AM
BY EILEEN LA FORGIA
STAFF WRITER

“Art in the Family” features four generations of the Toan family with a unique exhibit at the Cottage Place Gallery.

Marion Toan Jones and her husband Bob have been well-known Ridgewood residents for the past 30 years. Marion worked as a clinical social worker and Bob has a PhD in social policy and administration. He has been president of the Children’s Aid and Family Services in Ridgewood for 29 years. Both have spent two years each as president of the Unitarian Society in Ridgewood.

This eclectic show was Marion’s idea. It displays artwork from her mother and aunt as well as that done by Marion and her two cousins, Debbie Patton and Meryl Toan. On exhibit are mixed media, photography, acrylic paintings, oil and batik artworks. Younger family members in the exhibit include Marion’s children Kim Tyner and Nick and her two grandson’s Ben and Finn, 7 and 4 years old. Debbie Patton’s son Ben and Meryl Toan’s daughter Emmy Toan are also part of the show.

“It’s a miracle – they didn’t expect Marion to live more than a year,” said Bob Jones about his wife’s participation in the art show. She was diagnosed with brain cancer in January 2008. As a result of the surgery, memory and speech were affected, but not artistic expression. Since the surgery, Marion has won a number of best in shows. She also had a successful solo show at the Cottage Place Gallery in 2012.

“Art is an emotional expression because she often doesn’t have the words,” Bob noted.

– See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/arts-and-entertainment/art/art-in-the-family-showcases-local-artists-1.1012919

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RHS Senior Ziqian Xu is a National Young Arts Foundation Merit Winner

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RHS Senior Ziqian Xu is a National Young Arts Foundation Merit Winner
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Ridgewood NJ, The RHS Art Department is proud to announce that senior Ziqian Xu is a National Young Arts Foundation Merit Winner. Ziqian was one of 700 students chosen from over 10,000 national applicants to participate in regional programs. She was awarded $500 and last week she attended a weeklong art program of master classes and workshops in New York City.

Photo top: Teachers Anjali Shah and Kellie Conforth joined Zi at the Young Arts Exhibition at MoMA PS1 in Long Island City, NY, which featured the artwork of the all the winners.

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Four RHS students named 2014 Scholastic Art Northern New Jersey Regional Award winners

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Four RHS students named 2014 Scholastic Art Northern New Jersey Regional Award winners

Ridgewood NJ, The Ridgewood High School Art Department is proud to announce that four students have been named 2014 Scholastic Art Northern New Jersey Regional Award winners: A senior won three Gold Key Awards and a Silver Key Award for digital art; a sophomore won a Gold Key Award for drawing; a senior received two honorable mentions for drawing; and a junior received an honorable mention for sculpture.

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The RAI Young People’s Scholarship

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The RAI Young People’s Scholarship 
March 12,2014
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Dear Member;

The Ridgewood Art Institute is pleased to be the recipient of a $10,000 grant from the Copper Beech Foundation. The grant may be used for one or more scholarships to be awarded to a deserving high school senior or seniors who is currently enrolled as a member of the Ridgewood Art Institute and is planning to pursue a career in art. The scholarship will be paid directly to the school of higher learning or college, which the recipient will attend.

The recipient will be selected after a review of completed applications. A qualified panel will consider such factors as; talent, financial need, awards & distinctions, dedication to their art, work ethic, and participation in the activities of the Ridgewood Art Institute. The scholarship and its amount will be awarded at the sole discretion of the Board of Trustees.

Students, who wish to apply, must submit the  2014 Members Scholarship Application Form by April 7, 2014 — (click here for more information and application downloads).  Please include at least two letters of recommendation. Worthy candidates will be invited to a portfolio review where they will be expected to bring six examples of their original work. The recipient(s) of the scholarship will be notified by letter before May 5, 2014.

Sincerely,

Joel Popadics
Education Chairman

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Exhibit in Ridgweood features two artists Vi Shipley and Jackie Collier

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Exhibit in Ridgweood features two artists Vi Shipley and  Jackie Collier
Friday, February 14, 2014
BY  EILEEN LA FORGIA
STAFF WRITER
The Ridgewood News

“I fell in love with the cardinal,” said a viewer of Jacqueline Collier’s watercolor paintings on display at the Valley Hospital Gallery in Ridgewood. Collier is sharing gallery space this month with Vi Shipley.

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‘Cardinal in Winter’ by Jackie Collier’Daylilies’ by Vi Shipley’Hibiscus’ by Vi Shipley’Martha’s Vineyard’ by Jackie Collier

“Mainly I consider myself a watercolorist, but I am interested in other mediums – like print making,” said Collier. Lately she is doing linoleum cuts and lithography. On display are linocuts including “In the News,” printed on newspaper, “Bouquet in Black and Gray,” printed without the newspaper and “Bouquet in Black and White.” “Kimono” is a linocut done from a live a model while “In the Parlor” is a linocut from a photograph.

Interesting artworks include: “Sunflower Bouquet,” done on her iPad, enlarged and printed. “Summer Garden” is a pastel. Collier feels her pastel artwork is able to portray some of the same soft qualities as watercolor with slightly more intensity. “Double Vision” is a Styrofoam print from a photo of sunflowers she grew on her deck. Also on display is a monotype print on Plexiglas. “As a Special Ed teacher I often used art to enhance subjects,” she added.

Watercolor scenes span the seasons – “Summer Time,” “Autumn,” and “Spring is Here” and “Cardinal in Winter.” “Along River Road Park” shows autumn reflections while “Martha’s Vineyard” is where she summers.

– See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/arts_entertainment/art/245484791_Exhibit_in_Ridgweood_features_two_artists.html#sthash.br3PdiI6.dpuf