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A lover of classical and contemporary literature, El Greco moved to Venice in 1566 where he was influenced by artists of the High Renaissance period. It is evident thathisartistry wasinspiredbythe works of Michelangelo as well as Roman architecture.
Several ofhismasterpiecessuch as “Assumption of the Virgin” and “The Disrobing of Christ” were commissioned by monasteries, palaces and cathedrals. However, around 1579, the latter work caused such controversy in its price that it El Greco was subjected to several lawsuits.
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WESTFIELD– TheTownBookStore inWestfieldhas announcedthatitsTown Book Press has recently released two new postcards which are reproductions from original oil paintings by members of the Westfield Art Association.
“Prospect Street,” by Linda Kolar, is a view of the fire station tower as seen from the entrance to the Municipal Parking Lot on Prospect Street.
“Arcanum Hall,” byAnne Mann offers a view of the intersection of East Broad andElmStreets,as seenfromthesidewalk in front of Theresa’s Restaurant.
Both of these original paintings were created on the streets of Westfield ing events sponsored by the Westfield
Art Association. These two new postcards now join reproductions of two watercolors by Burton Longenbach named rialPlaza” and“WestfieldStation,East
bound”, a watercolor by Florence MacDowell entitled “The View
Through Mindowaskin Park” and a photograph byRonGemeinhardttitled “Westfield Station, Autumn.”
Town Book Press is the publishing arm of The Town Book Store of Westfield, Inc. and provides an outlet for local artists and authors. It currently has in print “How Fletcher Was Hatched” by Harry and Wende Devlin and “Suburban Mothers: The Funny Life” by Tina Lesher and Joan Mund.
Two more titles, “A Kiss for a thog” by the Devlins and “Harvesting Ice” by Lawrence Cirelli are scheduled durfor release in September.
The cards are priced at 75 cents each and are available at The Town Book Store, Barron’sDrugStore,Periwinkle’s Fine Gifts, Galleria West, Drug Fair and “Memoother downtown establishments.
For more information on the post cards, please call (908) 2333535.
C O L O R S C O M E ALIVE...The Town Book Press of The Town Book Store in Westfield recently released two new postcards depicting the paintings of members of the WestfieldArtAssociation, Linda Kolar and Anne M a n n . “ A r c a n u m Hall” by Anne Mann and “ P r o s p e c t Street” by Linda Kolar are now available for 75 cents each at The Town Book Store and other downtownestablishments.
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By MICHELLE H. LePOIDEVIN
Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times
TRENTON— TheNewJerseyState Council on the Arts has recognized organizations such as the Westfield Symphony Orchestra (WSO), WestfieldYoungArtists’Cooperative Theatre (WYACT), New Jersey formingArts Center(NJPAC)fortheir
preservation and celebration of the arts by opening up the state’s coffers andpouringfunds intotheir2000bud gets.
The WSO, which has been a staple in the Westfield community and is the resident orchestra of Union County, received$27,000in nization received the same amount in
the 1999 budget. “We look forward to providing the same excellence and outreach that we have been providing for 17 years,” noted Nancy N. Jackson, Executive Director of the WSO.
Sheaddedthat thedistributionofthe Wargrants
at the meeting of the Cuncil, which she attended, “was beautifully done.”
“Due to an administrative turnover, we(theWSO)did notmeetthetimeline to reapply” to the Council for a grant, according to Ms. Jackson.
She added, however, that she was happy the Council thought the WSO worthy of the grant money despite the fact that they did not reapply.
WYACT, which did not receive aid from the state in the previous budget, was granted $23,250 for the year 2000.
“Obviously, we were thrilled about grant,” reported Artistic Director and Founder of WYACT, Cynthia Meryl.
She stated that the grant will be of great assistance to a program she lieves helps to hone theatrical skills as
as teaching responsibility in a troubling world.
Thetalents oftheWYACTensemble, which were recently spotlighted an NBC morning program, were
also seen this summer in Oliver! at the NJPAC and The Threepenny Opera in the Arts Incubator Festival at Kean University.
One of the top 10 groups to receive from the Council is NJPAC. Last year, the arts facility, which is
sixth largest in the nation, was given $750,000. This year, the cil will dole out $1.2 million to keep
theprogramsatNJPAC ing. “We were absolutely delighted to receive a considerable increase from the State Council for the Arts,” thused NJPAC Assistant Vice dent of Public Relations Jeffrey
PerNorman. Grateful for the “significant amount of support” from the council, Mr. Norman told TheWestfield Leaderand
The Times that NJPAC enjoys lightingthe talentofNewJerseybased artists and organizations, while also bringing the best artists in the world to the New Jersey audience. funding.TheorgaPaper Mill Playhouse in Millburn
has alsorankedamongthe nizationstoreceive cil will grant $1 million to the group which received $770,000 last year.
According to Director of ment John McEwen, the award is a 30 percent increase in comparison to the “flat funding” that the theater has ceived in the past seven years.
“We are extremely pleased about that,” Mr. McEwen stated.
He added that the additional $4 lion, which the Legislature has passed on to the state, comes close to the funding that used to be provided in 1989 when it peaked at $2 million.
The additional funds will be applied to a “play development program that has remained dormant,” according to Mr. McEwen. Working with lyricists and composers, the program enables playwrights to get a “piece on its feet” by testing out a production through workshops and finally to a small, inthe vited audience.
The Union County Arts Center (UCAC)inRahway, whichisthehome toanumberof concertsbytheWestfield beSymphony Orchestra, was granted
$21,500 for the 2000 season. The thewell ater was given $21,800 for 1999.
“It is really quite an honor,” stated Executive Director of UCAC, Joseph durMancuso, regarding the monies reing
ceived from the Council. He added that the recognition of the theater by the council “heightens the organization’s stature.”
Mr.Mancuso addedthatthe$21,500 will be applied to the professional thefunding ater series of the theater. Specifically, the money will fund the theater’s prothe duction of Man of La Mancha which is Counslated to run from March 10 to March
FILMING AT FERRARO’S... Westfield native and writer/ director of Homemaker 3000 works with New York actress Alisha Campbell during a scene filmed last Saturday at Ferraro’s Restaurant in Westfield.
By MICHELLE H. LePOIDEVIN
Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times
WESTFIELD – Just when you thought it was another anonymous camera crew and its bulky equip ment screeching through the streets, preppingto filmanothersitcom,com mercial or snap a few quickie shots — this time, it’s different. It’s per sonal.
This time, it is homegrown Westfielder Jeremy Carr, a graduate of Westfield High School, who is
also the writer and director of Home aliveandgrowmaker
3000, a short film which was shot at Ferraro’s Restaurant in Westfield late Saturday evening.
enWhile the Italian restaurant has
been the setting for many meals en Presijoyed
by Mr. Carr and his family, it was selected because of its romantic ambiance, according to Producer and Central New Jersey native, Eliza beth Shea.
Mr. Carr noted that in comparison spotto
New York City, Westfield is a much easier town to film in because it is friendlier and the permits im posed upon filmmakers are not as restrictive.
monies.TheCounAnna Ferraro and her staff also en couraged Mr. Carr and Ms. Shea to make themselves at home. “They
Develophave just been amazing. It’s unusual and hard to find. They have been so friendlyandsupportive,”commented
reMs. Shea. She added that on the evening of the shoot, Ferraro’s Restaurant had pizza prepared for the film crew,
milallowed them to use anything they needed and were very accommodat ing.
Vicki’s Diner was originally slated forascene inHomemaker3000which was to be shot that Sunday. However,
according to Mr. Carr and Ms. Shea, the owner, Vicki Pavlou, decided to pull the plug on filming at the last minute.
The filmmakers then decided to replace the shoot at Vicki’s Diner withthebackdrop oftheBoundBrook Diner. Ms. Shea and Mr. Carr are considering using a Westfield resi dence for another backdrop.
Mr. Carr told The Leader and The Times that Homemaker 3000 is a comedy about an “average Joe” who
lives in the suburbs in the perfect home and gets more than he barSpecially gained for after he purchases a ro botic housewife. Ms. Shea, who recently graduated from Seton Hall School of Law, re vealed that Homemaker 3000 is “a satirical look on gender issues.” While, Mr. Carr added that he would like audiences to derive their own underlying moral to the short film. Although there are no celebrities featured in the film, over 200 women were auditioned for two lead female roles. One of the women chosen was featured in the national tour of the theatrical production of Sunset Bou levard.
The young writer and producer began his career shooting films with buddies at Westfield High. He later met Ms. Shea at Mount St. Mary Academy inWatchung while appear ing in a production there. They at tended Boston University and re mained close friends.
Homemaker 3000 will be com bined with other short stories to be come one main feature film.
“And, hopefully, it will be appear ing at the Rialto Theatre,” mused Mr. Carr.
Who said you can never come home again?