Monday, October 9, 2017

WAA & CAG Team Up To Present Peter Jacobs

This event marks the first time we have co-produced a monthly event with our friends in the Contemporary Art Group (CAG). Many of us are longtime members of both groups, but if you are not familiar with CAG, they are a membership art community based out of the Watchung Arts Center whose focus is on exhibitions. CAG averages 10 member exhibits each year in a variety of venues around Northern NJ.

PLEASE NOTE THE NEW LOCATION AND DATE OF THIS EVENT, which was previously scheduled for October 15th at the Westfield Public Library. See the poster below for updated info:
We welcome artist Peter Jacobs to the Community Room, where he will present slides and discuss his work and how he has built his career around making art. Refreshments will be served!

Remember to stay in touch with us throughout the year as weather & speaker schedules may alter some event dates. Lots to learn, see, and do:

website: westfieldartassociation.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/WestfieldArtAssociation/
email: westfieldartassociation@gmail.com
Spot of tea, anyone? We had a wonderful CreativiTEA party in September. Creative exercises were led by Avi Kiriakatis and Alison Hooper. And SO much food that we even had leftovers...



Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Welcome! Our Fall 2017 - Spring 2018 Schedule

Mark your calendars for an exciting 96th year of art. We have been doing this longer than any other organization in New Jersey, and this year looks to top them all!

The 2017-18 season is going to be a year of collaborations: we are partnering on specific events with the Contemporary Art Group, Friends of Mindowaskin Park, the Downtown Westfield Corporation, Friends of the Westfield Library, Juxtapose Gallery, South Avenue Arts, and Limani Grill. It promises to be a great year!

Please note that we have listened to you and shortened our events: they will now be only 2 hours long, running from 1-3pm. Also note that we historically aim to schedule our events on the third Sunday of the month.


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We look forward to seeing you all at these exciting & educational events!

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year as weather & speaker schedules may alter some event dates. Lots to learn, see, and do:

website: westfieldartassociation.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/WestfieldArtAssociation/
email: westfieldartassociation@gmail.com

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

June Recap: Our 95th Anniversary Gala at Masker's Barn

Our Masker's Barn fundraiser - which marked the close of our 95th season - was a wonderful celebration, with a full house and many of art sales. So nice to see so many friends, supporters, & patrons of the arts on hand for our celebration!


Members, friends, and patrons enjoying the evening

As a locally-based nonprofit, we strive to enhance our community through public art education, art appreciation, and through occasional exhibitions by our members. The many cultural events that we put on FREE OF CHARGE to the Westfield community each year are wholly funded by member dues and fundraising. 


A harpist played softly throughout the event

We are a wholly volunteer organization. This means that 100% of your membership dues - and donations - go into our events, NOT into management expenses and overhead. Even with more than 100 dues-paying friends & members, our costs for insurance, guest speakers, and venue rentals far exceed our annual income from dues. We make up the difference by applying for event-specific grants and by holding an annual fundraising event.

Members hard at work preparing for our guests

Unlike our regular public events, we chose to charge admission for this fundraising event. The proceeds of the more than 130 tickets that were used in part to cover the venue rental, insurance, and food and drinks - and also provided a much-needed boost to our bank accounts as we prepare for another season of free events.


Historian Priscilla Hayes speaks about the county's famed de la Selva murals

It is well worth noting that we did NOT charge the exhibiting artists ANY fees or commissions on their sales - and we sold THOUSANDS of dollars of artwork during this one-night event! 100% of the sale prices went directly to the artist. That is a highly unusual arrangement, but is a demonstration of our commitment to our member artists and the work they are creating.


Exhibiting artist members of WAA

Many thank-yous are due to our Board of Directors, who planned and worried and worked and worked and worked on this event for over 14 months: Avi Kiriakatis, Brooke Gardiner, Paul Federico, Maxine King, Michael Endy, Francesca Azarra, Sharon Reed and event chair Laura Brown. And to Mariya Kovalyov. And to our speaker, Priscilla Hayes. And to Dan Bernier of Union County Parks & Recreation. And to the Union County Freeholders. And to so many others who helpd make this event a success for both the community and our organization.

Monday, May 22, 2017

May Recap: Mana Contemporary

We had a quick carpool to Jersey City and a GREAT tour of Mana Contemporary on Friday. There is always so much to see there. For this visit, our knowledgeable tour guide was Alex Santana. She took us for private viewings of Richard Meier's architectural models and John Chamberlain's swing-camera photographs. We also viewed the AYN Foundation's large collection of Andy Warhol silkscreens. Great exhibits.

We also had the opportunity to visit with several seasoned artists, surely interrupting them as they worked. Talking to artist in their own studio is a wonderful experience, and we had several. The first working artist that we spoke with wa Geraldine NeuwirthNext we visited with Daniel Frankenthal in her studio.





Clockwise from top: Danielle Frankenthal, Warhol's Marilyns, and signing 
petitions in support of the NEA


A trip to Mana Contemporary is never complete without a visit to the Mana Café. After a nice lunch, it was a beautiful day for a short driving tour of bustling Jersey City and the stellar views of Manhattan from the waterfront.

If you have not yet experienced Mana Contemporary, follow this link to their website: http://manacontemporary.com/

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Our May Event: Field Trip to Mana Contemporary on 5/19

Join us for a private, guided tour of Mana Contemporary in Jersey City on Friday, May 19. If you have yet to visit this incredible arts space, you should definitely join us for this field trip!

Founded in 2011, Mana Contemporary is visual and performing arts center with a 27-acre campus in Jersey City. This unique operation combines galleries, a ballet company, studios for working visual artists, an art school, a winery, several restaurants, and...well, you really need to experience it.

For more info on this fascinating venue: http://manacontemporary.com/





We will meet at South Avenue Arts in Garwood at 8:45am, where you can leave your car free of charge. We will carpool from there. Our tour begins at 10am, and we will return at about 3pm. No reservations necessary, but wear comfortable shoes as this will be a walking tour. Members only for this special event. Not a member? You can join day of the event!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

March recap: Juxtapose Gallery

Juxtapose Gallery hosted our March event this year, with a presentation and an informative Q&A session with owner - and WAA board member - Danielle D'Amico.


a full house of WAA members at Juxtapose Gallery

It's not every day that an artist has the opportunity to meet casually with a gallery owner - especially a successful gallery that has been continuously open in Westfield for over 40 years. This special event offered a relaxed & friendly environment in which to hear first-hand how a gallery works both with artists and art buyers.


owner Danielle D'Amico answering member questions
 
Attending artists were encouraged to ask Danielle the questions that they had always wanted to ask a gallery owner. It was a fascinating discussion, and another one of the unique opportunities that the WAA offers its many artist members.

Along with original fine art pieces, Juxtapose also offers expert framing & matting services to artists - and WAA members always receive a discount. Not a member yet? What are you waiting for?!


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Our March Event at Juxtapose Gallery: Sunday, March 19


This event, the second of the season in which we will take a look at the business side of art, will be hosted by our board member Danielle D’Amico, owner of Juxtapose Gallery.





This is your chance to learn first-hand about the art gallery business from a gallery owner. Listen to Danielle talk – in her own gallery - about the history of Juxtapose, the type of art they have historically sold, what the Westfield art-buying audience is looking for in a local gallery, and learn about the selection process that she uses in evaluating the art and artists that she caries. We will also hear how Juxtapose offers expert framing and other services to artists - and don’t forget that WAA members always receive a discount!

Because we will be meeting in the gallery and surrounded by original artwork, we will not be offering refreshments at this event. However, this is a wonderful opportunity to have a treat or a conversation over a cup of coffee at one of the many establishments in downtown Westfield. Come for the art event, then make an afternoon in downtown.

Juxtapose Gallery, 58 Elm Street, Westfield

PEASE NOTE: In the event of inclement weather on the 19th, we may need to re-schedule. Check back here for details on the day of the event.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

February Recap: Art & Music

Our February event - offered free to all in the Westfield community - delivered a beautiful mix of different forms of artistic expression as we explored the relationship between visual and musical art.


Dr. Thomson lecturing on Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition

Our dynamic guest presenter, Dr. Barbara Thomson, led us through an afternoon that alternated seamlessly between lecture, live piano, recorded musical selections, projected slides of paintings, an organ performance...and finally a guided art-making experience that put our new knowledge to use.


 WAA members & guests listen to Gunther Schuller's Seven Studies on Themes of Paul Klee

We chose to host this special event in Patton Hall at the First Congregational Church in Westfield because the facility provides easy access to a grand piano, an organ, and space to create art.


Dr. Thompson supported her discussion of the difference between Baroque and Romantic musical
structures with notes both on paper AND on the piano. That was a terrible pun, wasn't it?

   


Following a short walk to the church's sanctuary to hear Dr. Thomson perform Bach on the organ, many members stayed on to put their new learnings to use. Executive Board member Paul Federico led the group in creating images of musical instruments while listening to a range of diverse recorded musical selections. As anticipated, the music had a major impact on the resulting artistic compositions.




This unique presentation was a long time in the making, and we are grateful to the Westfield Foundation for providing the generous grant that made this presentation - and the use of this exceptional facility - possible.

We thank Dr. Thompson, the First Congregational Church of Westfield, and the Westfield Foundation for a wonderful afternoon of artistic education & exploration.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Making Connections: Art & Music on February 26

Join us in February as we host a presentation on the relationship between visual and musical art on Sunday, February 26th from 1-4pm in Patton Hall at the First Congregational Church of Westfield, located at 125 Elmer Street. This event is free & open to all. 



We launched of our Making Connections lecture series last February with a presentation on Art & Poetry by professor, poet, & artist Michelle Greco.

In this second installment of our Making Connections series, we will take a look at Art & Music with accomplished lecturer, concert organist, & musical director Dr. Barbara Thomson, of Mountainside.



Dr. Thomson is Organist at Rutgers University, Monmouth Reform Temple, and First Congregational Church of Westfield, where she also Musical Director. As an organist, she has performed across the US and Europe, including at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, Lincoln Center in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. If you have attended concerts of the Westfield Symphony, you may have heard one of her insightful pre-performance lectures, or read her reviews as the classical music critic for the Westfield Leader/Scotch Plains Times.

Although visual & musical art are typically seen as two distinct forms of expression, Dr. Thomson will illustrate how they can inform each other beautifully. This afternoon event will focus on listening and visual association based on musical passages. Attendees will also participate in a guided art-making session... catch the muse! Light refreshments will be served.


The WAA gratefully acknowledges receipt of a generous grant from the Westfield Foundation that makes this event possible.