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Page 20 Thursday, July 29, 1999 The Westfield Leader and THE TIMES of Scotch Plains – Fanwood A WATCHUNG COMMUNICATIONS, INC. PUBLICATION

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By MICHELLE H. LePOIDEVIN

Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times

Francesca Azzara Megan Pollock Barbara Zietchick

“Concurrent Evolutions” by Francesca Azzara was recently featured by Art & Attic in Red Bank during an exhibit held last year. One of the monotypes by Barbara Zietchick which will be featured

through Friday, August 27, at the Automatic Data Processing Headquarters in Roseland. For more information on the exhibit, please call (908) 6543631 or (973) 9745000.

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“Africa,” an acrylic painting by Megan Pollock received an Honorable Mention at the 36th Annual Plainfield Outdoor Festival of Art

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Although she thought herself to be deeply flawed, the lead singer of The Carpenters, Karen Anne Carpenter, interrupted the turbulence of the 60s and 70s with an angelic, flawless voice which has yet to be duplicated.

While her brother, Richard Carpenter knew he wanted to be a musician at a very ripe age, Karen polished her singing while pursuing her love for the drums in her teenage years. Although she hid behind a set of drums during most early performances, Karen’s voice forced her to take center stage even though that wasn’t where she was comfortable.

The Carpenters were signed to A& M records and provided the ears of the world with harmonies so crystal clear and pure that their first hit single, “Close to You,” sold over 300,000 copies. Other familiar tunes included

“Rainy Days and Mondays” and “Superstar.”

Heavy touring ensued, leading to Karen’s bout with anorexia nervosa and Richard’s war with sleeping pills. The flawless image of two carefree natives from New Haven, Connecticut became blurred while their voices tried to rise above it all.

Close friends of Karen Carpenter have asserted that her craving for love could be found in the most poignant Carpenter lyrics but her body image took priority over her ability to fight her disease and continue a career of song.

At 32 years of age, Karen’s voice was silenced when she died in her parent’s home of heart complications due to the eating disorder. Her brother, Richard, continues to be a stalwart representative of Karen’s sound and legacy.

WESTFIELD – As part of Kean University’s Arts Incubator Series, the Westfield Young Actors’ Cooperative Theatre (WYACT) will join the centennial celebration of 20th century German playwright, poet and director Bertolt Brecht with a weeklong run of his most famous work,

The Threepenny Opera. Threepenny will be performed on Fridays, July 30 and August 6, Saturdays, July 31 and August 7 and Sundays, August 1 and 8. All shows will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Murphy-Dunn Theatre in the Vaughn Eames Building at Kean University in Union.

Brecht was a theatrical reformer who developed what became known as epic theater — using drama to create a social forum for his causes. With the help of one of the most celebrated 20th century composers, Kurt Weill, Brecht The Threepenny Opera, or Die Dreigroschenoper.

The play is set in Victorian England’s Soho area, but satirizes the bourgeois society through the love story of Polly Peachum and “Mack the Knife” Macheath. The production’s music was one of the first to introduce jazz into theater.

Brecht reinforced the “strangeness” of singing with different lighting, and sought to have audiences pay attention to the meaning of a song rather than its beauty. The production also employs various staging techniques.

Mack the Knife will be portrayed by Rich McNanna, who recently played Mr. Brownlow in Oliver! at The New Jersey Performing Arts Center. He is a senior English Education major at Seton Hall University.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. They may be purchased at The Music Staff on Quimby Street in Westfield or by calling (908) 233-3200.

PLAYING THE ROLE… Rich McNanna will portray Mack the Knife, and Margaret Bautigam will play Polly Peachum in Bertolt Brecht’s The Threepenny Opera from Friday, July 30, through Sunday, August 8, as part of The Arts Incubator Festival at Kean University in Union. Tickets may be purchased at The Music Staff on Quimby Street in Westfield or at the door. For more information, please call (908) 2333200.

Cheri Rogosky for The Westfield Leader and The Times

JAMMIN’ TOGETHER… Members of Verdict jammed for a packed audience on July 15 at the Village Green in Scotch Plains. Pictured, left to right, are: Bass Player Marcelino Thompson, Drummer Johnny Youth and Keyboardist Roland Richards.

Using mixed media on paper, Francesca Azzara calls her artwork “emotionbased” while taking off from abstract expressionism. Her technique does not emphasize color usage, but concentrates on line and texture.

A member of the Westfield Art Association, Ms. Azzara is currently finishing up her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree at Kean University in Union. She has exhibited extensively throughout the metropolitan area.

Most recently, she has featured eight paintings in an exhibit at the Nabisco Gallery in East Hanover. Mary Ellen Walsh, Art Advisor of Nabisco Gallery, has praised the unique artwork of Ms. Azzara, adding that the pieces evoke “a very Oriental kind of feeling.”

The artist told The Westfield Leader and The Times that she has recently been accepted at the New Jersey Art Annual which is a prestigious group show sponsored by the New Jersey State Council on When Megan Pollock recently

carried her awardwinning acrylic painting, “Africa” into the office of The Westfield Leader and The Times, it was evident that she had true pride and love for her artwork – and rightfully so. The realistic painting depicting the pride of an African woman received quite a few “oohs” and “ahs” from staff members.

But, most recently, “Africa” received an Honorable Mention at the 36th Annual Plainfield Outdoor Festival of Art.

A Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for her acrylic, “Expressionistic Still Life” was given to Megan by Congressman Bob Franks (R7th). A bevy of other awards have been garnered by the 1999 Westfield High School (WHS) graduate – too many to mention here!

Megan began oil painting at the age of 8 when she lived in Flemington. When she entered WHS, she began using acrylics. All in all, Megan enjoys both mediums, but also dabbles in watercolors, pencil, charcoal, pastel and pen and ink.

Whether she is perusing magazines for thoughtprovoking images or perching her easel at Echo Barbara Zietchick always

dreamed in color and was surprised when many told her there was only one way to dream – in black and white. For this monotype and gocco printing artist, having the eyes of an artist is an extraordinary gift.

the Arts at the New Jersey Museum in Trenton.

Ms. Azzara’s pieces are included in several corporate and private collections.

“It’s like the world of the mysterious,” Ms. Zietchick said of her technique and interest in art during her demonstration of gocco printing at the Sidewalk Sales in Westfield.

Ms. Zietchick received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Hunter College and earned graduate degrees from Wagner College and Richmond College.

A member of the Westfield Art Association and member of the Printmaking Council of New Jersey and the New Jersey Center for the Visual Arts, Ms. Zietchick depicts fantasy animals and fanciful

flowers through the unique and intricate process of layering, painting and printmaking. Ms. Zietchick will exhibit her artwork at the Automated Data Processing facility in Roseland through Friday, August 27. For more information about the exhibit, please

call (908) 6543631 or (973) 9745000.

She has displayed her work in galleries, arboretums, hospitals, schools and other facilities throughout the Metropolitan area. Most recently, she had a solo exhibition at the New Jersey Center for Visual Arts in Summit during May and June.

Ms. Zietchick believes that Westfield is the home to a large number of talented artists and is a community which is open to the creativity which emanates throughout the town.

Lake Park, Megan finds inspiration for her artwork from things that move her.

“It’s fun to bring the picture into your own artwork,” she explained while describing a piece

she completed in which she depicted a fun interaction between friends on the WHS football team.

The old masters like Van Gogh and Monet spark motivation for Megan. She enjoys emulating those techniques and styles of Impressionist painters in which she can “get really messy,” but admits that she likes to “get really realistic” with more contemporary pieces like “Africa.”

Looking ahead to her pursuit of an art major at Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire, Megan has found herself inspired by fellow artists in the local area and at exhibitions.

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how “Every child is an artist. The problem is how “Every child is an artist. The problem is how “Every child is an artist. The problem is how “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” to remain an artist once he grows up.” to remain an artist once he grows up.” to remain an artist once he grows up.” to remain an artist once he grows up.”

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