Gary Saretzky: Nineteenth-Century New Jersey Photographers: Hunterdon County
Thursday, October 15, 2020, 7 p.m.
Online via Zoom
On October 15, Artsbridge gives the community an opportunity to go back in time to see what life looked like in Hunterdon County in the nineteenth century. Artsbridge’s Distinguished Artist Series speaker will be Gary D. Saretzky, archivist and photographer. Of the approximately 3,000 different photographers who were active in New Jersey before 1900, more than 80 lived or worked in Hunterdon County, most of them in Flemington, Lambertville, Clinton, and Frenchtown. In his slide lecture, Gary D. Saretzky will profile these pioneers, including Gideon C. Angle, Frank Z. Fritz, and John and Mary Sunderlin. These photographers documented the people and places of their times. In addition, their individual histories provide insight into social conditions of their era. Mr. Saretzky’s presentation will begin at 7 p.m. on October 15 in a Zoom live-cast that everyone can enjoy safely from the comfort of home. Gary D. Saretzky, archivist and photographer, worked as an archivist for more than fifty years at the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Educational Testing Service, and the Monmouth County Archives. Saretzky taught the history of photography at Mercer County Community College, 1977-2012, and served as coordinator of the Public History Internship Program for the Rutgers University History Department, 1994-2016. He has published more than 100 articles and reviews on the history of photography, photographic conservation, and other topics, including “Nineteenth-Century New Jersey Photographers,” in the journal, New Jersey History, Fall/Winter 2004. In 2012, he received the Maureen Ogden Award for Lifetime Achievement in New Jersey History at the New Jersey History Issues Conference.
Sculptor Mira DeMartino will present “Empowerment Through Artfirmations,” at Artsbridge’s Distinguished Artist Series this month. A decade ago, Mira developed her own technique of sculpting calling it AlumixArt™ mixed media–consisting mostly of aluminum. She uses this unique medium to explore the area of modern spirituality. Her goal is to challenge viewers to connect with their potential of self-empowerment through art. “I believe in self-empowerment. I believe that what we see around us influences our mental attitude. I create sculptures as a tool for self-empowerment, and I call them “Artfirmations.” says DeMartino. Join Artsbridge for Mira’s presentation of her spirited sculptures at 7 p.m. on February 20 at the Prallsville Mills, 33 Risler St., Stockton, N.J.
Born in Gdansk, Poland, now living in Pennington NJ, Mira has a Masters degree in painting from the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk, Poland and an MBA from University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland. Her work is housed in many private collections locally and around the world.
Friday, March 6, 4–6p.m. Saturday, March 7, 9–11a.m.
Saturday, March 7, 12–3p.m. Volunteers needed, come and help
Artists’ Reception for Members
Sunday, March 8, 4–6p.m. *Daylight savings time. Bring food to share. Drinks are supplied by Artsbridge. Bad Weather date: 3/15, 4–6p.m.
Exhibition Times, All Welcome
Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays 12–4p.m. March 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, and 21 Please promote the exhibit on social madia and to your friends.
Post-exhibit Art pick up ONLY Sunday, 3/22, 1–4p.m.
Artists’ Reception for the exhibit will be at the Historic Prallsville Mills. Join us for this fun event and bring a covered dish, appetizer or dessert to share. Artsbridge will provide the drinks. Join us to celebrate our art and our community. Check our website or facebook page for weather postponement.
Award ribbons will be presented during the reception. In addition, we have the popular Peoples Choice Award. Remember to vote for your favorite piece of art at the reception or during the exhibition. The PCA winner will be announced at Post-exhibit pick up, on the website, and on our Facebook page.
Membership: You must be a current member to submit art. Join or renew your Artsbridge membership online with PayPal or by mailing a check and form. An appli- cation is printed on the reverse side of this form.You may also renew at Drop off with cash or check and the filled-in form.
All current members art submissions will be accepted in any medium and should be of current art.
Volunteers: There will be a volunteer sign-up at Drop Off. Please give your time to help make this exhibit the best it can be. We need your help with: art drop off, hang- ing, reception set up and clean up, gallery sitting, and closing pick up and clean up. Remember this is a Members’ exhibit and we need your help.
FEBRUARY 20: Maira De Martino – Empowerment through “Artfirmations”
MARCH 19: Gary Sarestzky – 19th Century Photographers of Hunterdon County
APRIL 16: MaryAnn McKay – Mixed media artist
Thursday, Jan. 16th at 7 pm, Prallsville Mill, Stockton, NJ
Sandy Hanna, artist, author, and storyteller has always been interested in broadening our relationship with history. In not understanding history we are destined to repeat it and this theme runs through her recent paintings that compliment her published memoir; “The Ignorance of Bliss: An American Kid in Saigon.” Growing up as a ten-year-old in Saigon, Vietnam, in the early 60’s with her military family, she has painted on canvas images that still linger with her, complementing the stories she has included in her period specific book.
Her talk will focus on ‘Art as Storytelling.’ Visual images are catalysts for the written word and these paintings give the viewer clear access to a time and a place called Vietnam in the early years before the on-going conflict catapulted the United States into chaos. Every culture has its own stories or narratives as a means of entertainment, education, cultural preservation, or instilling moral values. Sandy Hanna’s stories and paintings strive to do all of the above.
Having participated in art shows internationally, her work was recently exhibited as part of the Hydra School Project 20 th Year Anniversary in Greece, displayed in the Museum of Hydra. Her undergraduate studies were at the California Institute of the Arts and her Masters work was at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in the ‘Biology of Cognition.’
The Joint Artsbridge & New Hope Art League Art Exhibition was a success. It ran from November 10th to the 24th on Fridays through Sundays. There were 19 art sales, 6 for Artsbridge members and 13 for NHAL members. There were 140 artists exhibiting over 270 pieces of art displayed on the wall and in the art bins. Thanks go to co-chairs Sue Ann Rainey and Jane Ramsey for all their hard work and to all the members who volunteered their time.
Interested in running our exhibits? Artsbridge is looking for a new Exhibits Chairperson for 2020. Email Sue Ann Rainey at firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
Karen Titus Smith: Her Work and Artistic Journey
Karen Titus Smith: Her Work and Artistic Journey Thursday, November 21, 2019, 7 p.m. Prallsville Mills, Stockton NJ
Karen Titus Smith will be Artsbridge’s “Distinguished Artist” when their series continues at 7 pm on Nov. 21, at the Prallsville Mills, 33 Risler St., Stockton NJ. An artist and creative force at a New York design firm, Ms. Smith’s artwork graces the walls of exclusive hotels throughout America, including the presidential suites at the Willard and Watergate Hotels in Washington, DC, and the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City. Her commissioned murals are largely scenic pieces that create indoor environments. She uses and teaches the old masters process and primavera techniques. Her demonstration at the Mill will share an old master technique of underpainting and glazing.
A career spanning three decades, the artist’s vast experiences have ranged from sign painting to theater drops, still life to abstract.
Born in Narbeth, PA, Karen earned a BFA from Moore College of Art, and continued her studies at The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art and Tyler School of Art. Since 1978, her home and studio are in Pemberton NJ, where she paints and teaches in both oil and acrylics.
Honorable Mention, Erin April Cooper, untitled:the way through
Honorable Mention, Glenn Donnelly, Bucks County Barn
Photos from the 2019 Members show
Artsbridge has a new president.
Artsbridge has a new president. Congratulations to Gary Fournier from East Windsor NJ. He was elected to a two year term starting in the first of the year. Gary comes with an impressive history of corporate and organization positions. He is a member of the River Rats Plein Air group. Gary is a painter and works mainly with oil, acrylic and water color.
In other news….. more changes to the Artsbridge Board. Doe Phillips has joined the Board as secretary replacing Trudell Green who has moved out of the area. Former Presidents Margie Milne and Edie Sharp are both going off the Board. Edie has moved to Texas, Margie will still be around to help with shows and events as well as the E-News editor (looking for someone who would enjoy doing that job).
HELP WANTED. Artsbridge still has officer and committee spots to be filled in order to keep our organization going.
Positions We Still Need:
Assistant for PR and Advertising
Publisher for the E-News
Future Show ChairsIf you are interested and have the skill sets to step into, or learn one of these positions send an email to Sue Ann Rainey at email@example.com
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Bucks County College Lower Campus February 4th – March 21st Prospectus
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Monday, JANUARY 28 TH ART DROP-OFF: THURSDAY, January 31st FROM 4PM – 6:30 PM OPENING RECEPTION: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8TH FROM 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM SPECIAL NOTE: ALL ARTWORK TO BE PRICED AT $125.00
SAVE THE DATE
The Artsbridge Members’ Show at Prallsville Mills this year will move from our usual February dates to March.
So mark your calendars. March 19 – April 1. Details on drop off, reception, etc will be posted with a prospectus soon.
2019 Speakers Series
January – Phoebe Wiley
February – Florence Moonan’s talk is rescheduled from our weather cancelled November Meeting