Distinguished Artist Series

Please join us on Zoom as Donald Gensler presents “Murals and Art in the Public Sphere.”

Thursday, September 16 at 7:00 p.m.

Muralist Donald Gensler

Artsbridge is going BIG with renowned mural artist and public art project manager, Donald Gensler. Viewers to his presentation “Murals and Art in the Public Sphere” will see finished murals and get to experience the process of producing murals through community-focused public-art projects. Gensler’s artworks investigate the personal at a public scale, often focusing on issues of social justice and community identity. Mr. Gensler will share some of his current studio work and discuss the administrative challenges in developing a community-focused public-art program.

As the “Art in Public Places” project manager for the Sacramento Office of Arts and Culture, Gensler manages restorations, ongoing projects, and new public art projects for the City of Sacramento. Both an attorney and working visual artist, he’s passionate about making and managing public art projects here and abroad. As an attorney, working in land conservancy and site acquisition, he understands the unique land use and contract challenges involved in locating projects in public spaces. For over twenty-five years he has worked as a visual artist in private, public and non-profit community programs in Arkansas, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, California, and internationally in Dublin, Ireland.

Mr. Gensler was an Adjunct Professor in public art at the School of Architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. For ten years, he lectured on public art and mural making at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design. While there, he also worked with the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, developing social-justice-centered arts programs. He actively writes about public space, mural making, social justice, and public art. His murals and writings on public art have been featured in the New York Times, Time Magazine, Philadelphia Inquirer and in recent publications such as books by Maureen O’Connell, If These Walls Could Talk: Community Muralism and the Beauty of Justice, Kiriakos Iosifidis, Mural Art: Murals on Huge Public Spaces Around the World Vol. 2, and Jane Golden, Natalie Pompilio, and Robin Rice, More Philadelphia Murals.

Songs of Hope – Donald Gensler

Topic: Artsbridge Distinguished Artist Series with Donald Gensler
Time: Sep 16, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Upcoming Distinguished Artists Programs

Enjoy the summer and watch for an August E-News with details of the Outdoor Art Sale and more

  • October 21: Dean Thomas
  • November 18: Jane Adriance

For more information about the series, email Thalscheid@gmail.com

Keep Our Programming Going!

We need your support to help Artsbridge continue its monthly events. Please make a donation today.


2021 Artsbridge Members’ Online Art Exhibition

Continues through June 30, 2021

Thank you to the members who entered this year. As in previous exhibits, our member artists submitted one piece of artwork and most art is for sale.

Click here for a PDF of the presentation.
Click here for a PDF of the price list.

To make a purchase, email the name of artist & title, along with your phone number to Laura at AB2021.Member.Exhibit@gmail.com

And the People’s Choice Award Winner is… Robert McBride for “Golden Hour, Anker Park”, a 12”x24” pastel on paper, as voted by you. He will receive a gift card from Jerry’s Artarama.

We are pleased to announce that Carol Cruickshanks, artist and Executive Director of New Hope Arts, was the jurist for awards. Awards were presented to these artists for their outstanding art.

3-Dimensional, “Shuttering” by Bonnie MacAllister
Watercolor/pastel/drawing, “Benjamin Franklin Bridge” by Christine Seo
Photography & Digital art, “Solitude” by Susan Hollenbeck
Acrylic Painting, “Four Years and an Hour” by Robert Hansen
Oil Painting, “Snowy Dawn” by Francisco Silva
The Ty Hodanish Award for Oil Landscape, “Moonlight Sonata” by Ilene Rubin.

Marketing: Online marketing will be on the Artsbridge website, Artsbridge Facebook, members’ personal Instagram and Facebook and news releases only. Please post it on all your social media platforms.

Any questions or concerns, contact Laura Nicholson at AB2021.Member.Exhibit@gmail.com

Website Directory

As an Artsbridge member, you have the opportunity to be listed on our website, but we need your information to keep the list up to date. Email the following information to Frank Silva at contactfranksilva@gmail.com with the subject “Artsbridge Member Sites”

  1. Your name
  2. A one sentence description about you and your art
  3. An image of your artwork (around 500kb)
  4. Your artist’s website URL
  5. Your Instagram name/link
  6. Your Facebook name/link

You must be a member of Artsbridge to qualify for this listing.

River Rats Plein Air Update

Bob Barish and other members go out painting, when weather is acceptable, in and around the River towns in NJ and PA. You are on your own to go to the same location and set up at a safe distance from others. Please wear a mask if you go to socialize with other artists and keep a 6-foot distance. Contact Bob at Bobbarish@me.com to be added to the email list.

Photo by Sue Ann Rainey

Artsbridge Facebook

Please continue to produce creative art and post it on our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/groups/ARTSBRIDGE for all to enjoy!

Peter Hunt Memorial Art Fund

Our dear friend Peter Hunt passed away in March. At the request of Peter’s family, we have established the Peter Hunt Memorial Art Fund. This fund will be used specifically for future Plein Air painting events or other similar events in his memory. To donate, you may send a check to:

Artsbridge PHMF
P.O. Box 354
Lambertville, NJ 08530

Please write the check to Artsbridge and in the memo line write PHMF. Thank you.

Thank you to all our donors as of 12-29-20: Tom & Joanne Chesar, Robb & Debby Sussna, Kay King, Tom & Linda Whitcraft, John Ennis & Jo-Ann Osnoe, Artsbridge, Gary Fournier, Cindy Ruenes, Marla Richie, Robert Beck & Doreen Wright, Dolores & Dolores Herr, Robert Barish, Edward Greninger

Online Art Gallery & Museum Hopping

James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, Pa: www.michenermuseum.org

Artists’ Gallery, Lambertville, NJ: https://www.lambertvillearts.com

Inspire Art Gallery and Studio, Dunellen, NJ: https://www.inspireartgalleryandstudio.com/

Las Laguna Art Gallery, Laguna Beach CA.: https://www.laslagunaartgallery.com

Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ: www.hunterdonartmuseum.org

The 2nd Floor Art Gallery, Revere, Pa.: https://the2ndfloorartgallery.com/

The Upstairs Gallery: https://www.theupstairsgallery.com/

High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA: www.high.org

Telfair Museums, Savannah, GA: www.telfair.org

Philadelphia Museum of Art, www.https://philamuseum.org/

2021 Artsbridge Board of Directors

President, Gary Fournier
Vice President, Laura Nicholson
Secretary, Doe Phillips
Treasurer, Gary Fournier
Newsletter, Sue Ann Rainey, email: artsbridgemembers@gmail.com