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Opening Our Eyes to Art in Westfield: Take Time to Enter a New Universe
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By MICHELLE H. LePOIDEVIN
Cheri Rogosky for The Westfield Leader and The Times
A FINE PERFORMANCE…The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra performed in a concert entitled, ‘Celestial Sounds: Music For The Millennium’ on June 30 as part of a music concert series at Echo Lake. The event was sponsored by AT&T and Chase Manhattan Bank.
Westfield Jazz Festival LineUp Announced WESTFIELD – The Third Annual Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival, sponsored by the Downtown Westfield Corporation and The Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce, will hold its third series of concerts on Tuesday, July 20, from 7 to 9 p. m. at various locations throughout the town.
·Jazz DeVille Trio will perform on Central Avenue near Bombay.
·Soul Jazz Trio will hold a concert on the corner of Quimby and Elm streets.
·The New Jersey Workshop for the Arts will present music on the Corner of Elm and East Broad streets.
·One More Once will perform on East Broad Street near Prospect Street.
·Positive Rhythmic Force will present a concert on the Corner of East Broad Street and Central Avenue.
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SCOTCH PLAINS – The Scotch Plains Cultural Arts Committee has announced that “Andy” the Clown and reggae band, Verdict, will perform
tonight on the Village Green in Scotch Plains.
“Andy” will perform for children at 7 p. m. for approximately 45 minutes. He is a trained New York City actor and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Management. He specializes in comedy shows and encourages audience participation.
He has been awarded the HEART Grant from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
Verdict will perform from 8 to 9: 30 p. m. This threepiece group includes exotic calypso with soca funk in its concerts.
The Scotch Plains Volunteer Firefighters Association will provide free birch beer to attendees. The committee will also raffle off tickets for Disney’s “Mickey’s Surprise Party,” a limited edition sericel.
The concert will be moved to the Scotch PlainsFanwood High School auditorium in the event of rain. For more information, please call (908) 3226700.
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NEW STORE OPENING… Mayor Thomas C. Jardim, pictured at right, recently presided at the official opening of Westfield’s newest downtown enterprise, CBL Fine Art, located at 155 Elm Street in the Trader Joe’s building. Joining the Mayor for the cutting of the ceremonial ribbon to signify the shop’s opening are store owners Connie, left, and Uzi Lior. The CBL Fine Art gallery features works of art for sale, framing, crafts and gifts.
Westfield Art Association Grants Awards at Reception
WESTFIELD – The Westfield Art Association (WAA) presented awards at the opening reception of its 75 th Annual Members’ Watercolor, Graphics & Photography Exhibition held from April 17 to 20.
The Norman Webb Best Watercolor Award, which was given in memory of the WAA watercolorist, was presented to Burton Longenbach for his watercolor, “Morning Bright.”
Awards of Excellence were garnered by Alison Hooper for her photograph, “Antiquity,” to Phil Kass for his watercolor, “Natasha’s Cat,” to Robert A. Loder, Jr. for his acrylic, “Storm Across the Bay” and to Betty Stroppel for her watercolor, “No Painting Today.”
Awards of Merit were given to Richard Grotyohann for his watercolor, “A Personal Friend of the Velveteen Rabbit,” James Malady for his watercolor, “Himself and Gus Having Dinner,” to
Fran Maurer for her watercolor, “Sunflowers” and Debbie Tintle for her watercolor, “Pink Nose II.” Honorable Mentions were awarded to Lydia Brunelli for her watercolor, “Crystal Comet,” to John Curch for his watercolor, “Alamo,” to Stephen D’Amato for his wat e r color, “Radam Schwartz Jam,” to Vicki Bloye Gainsburg for her watercolor, “Changes II,” to Maxine King for her Chinese brush painting, “Summer at Watchung,” to Sheilia Lenga for her photograph, “Pt. Pinos Lighthouse” and to John Less for his acrylic, “Harvey.”
For membership information or upcoming events, please call Membership Chairwoman Jane Annis at (908) 2323381 or President Barbara Schwinn at (908) 2327058.
WESTFIELD – The Westfield Symphony Orchestra (WSO) completed its 16th season and elected officers for 19992000 at the annual meeting of the Board of Directors which was held at the end of June.
The meeting was convened by outgoing president Mickey Foster who cited the achievements for the nonprofit professional symphony during the season.
These achievements included the recruitment of Nancy N. Jackson of Westfield as Executive Director; the performance of five concerts under the baton of Music Director Maestro David Wroe that were attended by 6,000 individuals; two concerts at First Night Westfield which were attended by 1,400 people and eight concerts for local school and preschool children.
Mr. Foster also noted that this year two concerts were held for all fourth grade pupils in Westfield through a partnership with the Westfield Coalition for the Arts and the Westfield Public Schools Fine Arts Department.
The WSO was also designated by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders as the Resident Orchestra, receiving funding for seven free performances which celebrate the spirit of Union County.
Nine master string classes were conducted for the Linden School System and the annual “Balloon Parade” for preschool youngsters, teachers, parents and friends at Mindowaskin Park were also notable events, according to Mr. Foster.
Several key benefactors and groups were recognized for their support of the WSO during the year. Among those organizations were the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Merck & Co., Inc., PNC Advisors and PNC Bank and The Westfield Foundation.
The Friends of the Westfield Symphony Orchestra, the organization’s guild, also received special recognition for its support during the
season including the success of the annual Tour of Notable Homes that raised $26,000 for the symphony.
Stephen E. Barcan, a 30year resident of Westfield who previously served as vice president and chairman of the Music Committee, leads the new slate of WSO officers as
president. Mr. Barcan is a shareholder and administrative director of the law firm of Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer in Woodbridge. He is the past chairman of the Land Use Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association.
He received his undergraduate degree from Columbia University in New York City and is a graduate of Rutgers University School of Law. He is also past president of Temple EmanuEl in Westfield. He and his wife, Bettye Barcan, are the parents of three children and have one grandchild.
Other officers elected to the board include: Barron Cashdollar and Jane Kelly, President’s Council; Emma DeGiralamo, Special Events; Mark Fleder, LongRange Planning; Mickey Foster, Music; Louis Franz, Marketing; Helene Gersten, Education and Outreach; Michael Margello and Dr. Norman Luka, Personnel and Germaine Trabert, Nominating.
Ms. DeGiralamo was also named Secretary. John McCormack was named Treasurer.
The WSO will offer its next concert, “Tango in the Park,” on Saturday, July 31, at 7: 30 p. m. in Echo Lake Park featuring Latin American music as well as selections from the musical, West Side Story and the opera,
Carmen. This is a free concert funded by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
The WSO 19992000 subscription series, “Season of Enchantment” will open in October. A free brochure describing the WSO series is available at the symphony’s office, 224 East Broad Street, Westfield. For more details or membership information, please call (908) 2329400.
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and gestures of rehearsing ballet dancers and female nudes, French painter and sculptor Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas was a virtuoso of modern art during the late 19th century.
Born into a wealthy banking family in Paris in 1834, he studied at the École des BeauxArts where he honed his drawing ability.
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Daring the senses. Bending your perception of art. Introducing a new way of looking at life. Accomplishing just this, the Soho portion of New York City is a multi-textured, swirling blend of what art is all about. With the beckoning banners peeking from the pedestals of Soho’s galleries to the eclectic art lovers lining streets like Bleeker and Mercer, the district draws upscale talent and the souls of the curious.
But, take a close look at Elm Street and other avenues around us. Could Westfield be that far behind from stirring up its own art district? Wouldn’t it be a welcome shocker if businesses like Parness Gallery, Juxtapose Gallery and the new CBL Fine Art establishment claimed a collective portion of the Westfield streetscape for their own? These tiny meccas have positioned themselves on either side of Elm, daring passersby to enter into a different atmosphere and learn about a world beyond themselves. Galeria West on Central Avenue and Reflections On Canvas on Elmer Street also lure in pedestrians.
If you’ve read “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” by C.S. Lewis, maybe you understand what I mean. In the fiction favorite, four English children discover a mystical world called Narnia by walking into the depths of their closet, where all kinds of adventures are encountered and barriers are surmounted. Walking into a gallery is a lot like that. We never know what we are getting into. We just expect to find something interesting.
So often times than not, we are pulled into a new world through a painting or pastel, sculpture or stained glass piece that teaches us something new about ourselves. I have found myself staring up at the towering soldier-like buildings of Wall Street just by morphing into an etching by Helen Frank at Juxtapose. I’ve journeyed up the twisting paths of an Albanian village in Alush Shima’s “Village Walkway” at Parness. I’ve stumbled beyond a framed portrait of Jeanne Heubertene by Amedeo Modigliani and wondered if I was reincarnated.
What is discouraging, however, is enjoying these different mindscapes and watching passersby merely peering in, wondering, wandering, pausing and moving on. Here is what I have to ask: What’s stopping you? Is it easier to stroll by and numbly soak in the usual, ordinary shopping experience than to take a step up into a gallery and turn your perception of art upside down?
Each of these establishments is a Narnia. An open invitation. An RSVP is not necessary, just an open mind.