independent artists

Lotus Moment: The Face In The Tree

By |August 28th, 2018|

Why This Is Awesome: On my way to return (and check out) some books at the Newark library branch downtown, I walked through the nearby Washington Park to return to my car. It was there that I saw this fascinating image painted (?) on a […]

What Is The Artist’s Role In Gentrification?

By |August 20th, 2018|

About a year ago, I attended a local community meeting here in Newark for citizens concerned about the changing face of the city. You see, Brick City, after 50 years of neglect, economic disenfranchisement, and disproportionate criticism fueled by racism, xenophobia and class discrimination, is […]

Steal This Quote: Magdalena Abakanowicz

By |July 2nd, 2018|

Art will remain the most astonishing activity of mankind, born out of struggle
between wisdom and madness, between dream and reality, in our mind.
— Magdalena Abakanowicz, Polish sculptor and textile artist

So What’s Going On With Austin Romanaux

By |May 14th, 2018|

The weekend of May 5th, I had the pleasure of covering the Montclair Film Festival for NewJerseyStage.com. I’ve reviewed new films on my blog in the past, and I love a good film festival where I get a peek at movies most might not see […]

The Why Of Independent Bookstore Day

By |April 30th, 2018|

It may seem odd that we have days on the calendar dedicated to shopping. No, I’m not talking about days like Black Friday,  Cyber Monday, or Prime Day (I don’t even know how that one got started.). Instead I’m referring to days like Record Store […]

Did You Hear About: Montclair Literary Festival 2018

By |March 12th, 2018|

 

I love a good festival! Whether it’s for music, art, film, poetry or just the cultural exchange of ideas, festivals make the world feel just a bit brighter and reminds you there’s a lot of talented people in the world who will enrich our lives […]

Making Newark A City Of The Arts

By |February 26th, 2018|

If you recall, back in January, I reported on Newark’s community info session for the conversion of a long dormant bank building on South Ward’s Clinton Ave. into an artist’s housing and creative community center. That session, and the details shared, is just one of […]

An Anchor For Artists: The Nina Simone House

By |January 14th, 2018|

Is Newark on the verge of developing its first artists’ housing co-op? That was the $64,000 question asked at last week’s community meeting for the future Nina Simone House in Brick City’s South Ward neighborhood. Spearheaded by the Mayor’s office along with the Newark Community […]

Steal This Quote: Carrie Fisher

By |December 30th, 2017|

I don’t want life to imitate art. I want life to be art.
— Carrie Fisher, American actress, author and activist

Fumeroism Up Front

By |October 30th, 2017|

Last Thursday, I donned my best poseur-wear and made my way to the Lower East Side to a nondescript art space for the quintessential New York art experience: the gallery opening. And not just any gallery opening, the “Grafstract” by Fumero gallery opening. If the name […]