Jada Fabrizio Photographic Fairy Tales

Opening at Monmouth Museum

“I love watching how light can create a mood. Photography uses light to create the perfect combination of reality mixed with fantasy,” said Jada Fabrizio, Monmouth Museum’s New Jersey Emerging Artists Series artist presenting Photographic Fairy Tales from August 18th through September 17th, 2017. Her art work will be featured in the Nilson Gallery at the Museum, located at 765 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, NJ.The Opening Reception, August 18th, will be held from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PMFabrizio’s Gallery Talk will be held on September 13th from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM, both the Opening Reception and the Gallery Talk are free and open to the public.

In this new body of photographic work Fabrizio is able to capture a single moment, and use that moment to invoke an entire story. She said, “I believe that art should make you feel something, it should touch you, make you think, laugh, cry. I consider myself an

alternative reality photographer. I sculpt my own characters, build dioramas, and light the scene to create surreal visual fables or freshly minted fairy tales for adults.”

Using aspects of iconic imagery each photograph is packed with details that lead the viewer somewhere in their memory. Working with fictional scenes desensitizes the narrative and creates a haven for viewer sympathies. In safety, viewers are more likely to project their own experiences and narrative onto the piece. Each image is purposely unresolved. They are, in essence, stories in need of an ending.

Jada Fabrizio The March HareJada Fabrizio is an American Photographer who lives and works in Hudson County, New Jersey. She studied creative writing at SUNY New Paltz and photography at the School of Visual Arts andICP (International Center of Photography) in New York City. She received the 2016 Art Scene Today first place award for “It’s a mad mad world.”

The New Jersey Emerging Artists Series, now in its eleventh season at the Monmouth Museum, features six annual solo exhibitions in the Nilson Gallery which provide a unique and exciting opportunity for New Jersey artists to showcase their work. The artists selected for this series represent the diversity of new talent in the State, and demonstrate their creativity in a wide variety of media. Gallery talks scheduled during the exhibitions offer the New Jersey Emerging Artists the opportunity to share insights on their work. Opening July 14th is Lisa Lackey: Just a Moment, textile paintings; and on September 22ndPeter Meadowsong: A Movable Feast, Watercolors.

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The Monmouth Museum, founded in 1963 as a Museum of Ideas, presents changing art, history and science exhibitions to educate and entertain while providing a destination for creative expression and life-long learning to the diverse community it serves. Imaginative and informative changing exhibitions in the Main Ga

 

llery and Nilson Gallery present a wide variety of art in all media.

The Monmouth Museum, an independent, non-profit organization, is located at 765 Newman Springs Road, in Lincroft, NJ. For hours and more information about the Monmouth Museum exhibits and programs visit the website at: www.monmouthmuseum.org or call 732-747-2266. You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

5 Modern Signs of a Cheating Boyfriend

by PeopleLooker 

Before smartphones stole our attention, the signs your boyfriend was cheating were different.

Suspicions might have arisen if he came home from work late. Or if someone was repeatedly calling the house phone and hanging up when you answered.

But thanks to today’s technology, your boyfriend has easy and instant access to connect with whoever crosses his mind: A girl he swiped on Tinder, an old crush he found on Facebook, a co-worker or someone he met at a coffee shop.

He could be having an affair on his phone while being in the same room as you and you wouldn’t even know it. That is, unless you know what to look for.

If you want to know if your boyfriend is cheating in today’s world, look for these modern signs:

1. He Won’t Let You Look at All the Apps on His Phone

Some apps save your location history. Other apps allow users to have secret conversations. If he’s not okay with you seeing what apps he has installed or if he gets anxious about you looking, it sounds like he doesn’t want you to know where he’s been.

2. He Gets Texts Messages Late at Night

Late-night texting could be a sign that he’s trying to conceal his communications with someone from you.

Then again, it could be his mom.

To get a clue, examine his body language when that next text pings at 1:11 AM.

What facial expression does he make upon reading the message?

Does he look happy? Excited? Does he have a smile he can’t wipe off his face?

If he’s smiling while texting back – think: does he typically have that smile when he’s texting his friends?

This is the kind of situation your instincts are made for. What is his smile saying? Does it look like the same smile he gave you when you first started dating?

His reaction to a late-night text will tell you a lot. If he rolls over in bed and ignores it, it’s probably nothing.

3. He Always Keeps His Phone on Silent

Did your boyfriend used to leave his phone on the kitchen counter and now he keeps it in his pocket on silent? If so, that sounds suspicious.

A cheating boyfriend doesn’t want to miss a beat of ecstasy by disappearing from a texting conversation with the other woman.

Guys who’ve admitted to cheating reveal they used to text the other woman right under their girlfriends’ noses – that means while lying next to her in bed, while talking in the kitchen, while in the passenger seat of the car, etc.

Just because your man is physically with you, it doesn’t mean he is mentally.

A guy who keeps his phone on silent around you doesn’t want you to know who is texting him or when.

4. He Has Suspicious Names or Numbers on His Phone

Are there any nicknames on his phone you don’t recognize? Or calls from unrecognizable numbers?

To keep his lover’s info hidden, he might try to pull a fast one on you. Some guys have put the other woman’s number within the contact info of one of his family members. Others will use only a first name, initials or a nickname to conceal her number on his phone.

And don’t just give up your quest for truth if he tells you it’s just a friend or co-worker. The accessibility of being connected to different people all the time could have led to an emotional affair.

5. He Says He Has “Issues” With His Phone, Email, Facebook, Etc. or His Phone Always “Dies”

If a guy is constantly blaming modern technology or a dead phone for randomly falling out of a conversation, it sounds like he’s hiding something.

You want to give him the benefit of the doubt, but this situation sounds more like an excuse to not talk to you. He could be limiting conversation with you so he can talk to her. Again, this is one of those situations your good instincts will lead you to truth.

Infidelity is as old as relationships, but the signs of a cheater have changed. Technology has become a sneaky way to cheat, so you should know which behaviors look like an affair.

About Justin Lavelle

Justin Lavelle is the Chief Communications Officer for PeopleLooker and it is the easy way to search for people. It gives you fast, affordable, and easy access to public records.

PeopleLooker is widely used by online daters who use background checks to help screen their potential dates. Find out ages, marital status, addresses, email addresses, phone numbers, criminal records, and so much more! All the records you need in one simple report.

Lisa Lackey Just a Moment Opening at Monmouth Museum

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The Monmouth Museum’s New Jersey Emerging Artists Series will present Just a Moment by Lisa Lackey from July 14th through August 13th, 2017 in the Nilson Gallery at the Museum, located at 765 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, NJ. The Opening Reception, July 14th, will be held from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PMLackey’s Gallery Talk will be held on July 19th from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM, both the Opening Reception and the Gallery Talk are free and open to the public.

Lisa Lackey is an artist who focuses on recreating her version of the world through fabric, collaged onto canvas and overlaid with detailed stitching. She refers to her blend of fine art and craft as textile paintings. Fabric and thread replace the medium of paint on a canvas.

Her work is about capturing and translating moments from everyday life into textile images made from a collage of fabric color blocks overlaid with embroidered details. The image is of an organic moment in time where the artistic constructs of color, depth, and composition coalesce. She recreates these fleeting memories using traditional, centuries old textile craft techniques. “The layering of these different views of time into the work is very powerful for me,” she explains.

She was nurtured and inspired in the love and appreciation for all things visual by her graphic artist father and textile artist mother, while her love affair with sewing and women’s domestic craft traditions were handed down to her by her great-grandmother. This has led Lisa to create work with bold graphic fabric shapes intimately stitched with meticulous details.

A Maplewood resident, Lisa has lived in Manhattan, amongst 8.4 million people, which heightened her awareness of the issues of identity, both public and private.  Lackey continues, “I have chosen to eliminate facial identity from the information I present, so the people I portray may remain anonymous.  In truth, personal identity is not important to the story I am telling.  Our lives are universal in many respects, and it is this deeper understanding I choose to explore.”

A graduate of the University of Kansas and the School of Visual Arts, Lisa holds Bachelor degrees in both Architectural Engineering, and Environmental Design, as well as a Masters in Fine Arts. She teaches in a New York City public school, of which she is founding member. She currently has her residence and studio in Maplewood, New Jersey.

The New Jersey Emerging Artists Series, now in its eleventh season at the Monmouth Museum, features six annual solo exhibitions in the Nilson Gallery which provide a unique and exciting opportunity for New Jersey artists to showcase their work. The artists selected for this series represent the diversity of new talent in the State, and demonstrate their creativity in a wide variety of media. Gallery talks scheduled during the exhibitions offer the New Jersey Emerging Artists the opportunity to share insights on their work.

The Monmouth Museum, founded in 1963 as a Museum of Ideas, presents changing art, history and science exhibitions to educate and entertain while providing a destination for creative expression and life-long learning to the diverse community it serves. Imaginative and informative changing exhibitions in the Main Gallery and Nilson Gallery present a wide variety of art in all media.

The Monmouth Museum, an independent, non-profit organization, is located at 765 Newman Springs Road, in Lincroft, NJ. For hours and more information about the Monmouth Museum exhibits and programs visit the website at: www.monmouthmuseum.org or call 732-747-2266. You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

Museum Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday 12pm-5pm.

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Travel to Havana from the Comforts of Home with a Classic Mojito and PBS Special “Weekend in Havana”

With the premiere of WEEKEND IN HAVANA on PBS coming up July 18th, we’re cooling off your summer with this delicious WEEKEND IN HAVANA Classic Mojito recipe provided by wttw.com/weekendinhavana!

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The Classic Mojito

The cleanest, most refreshing Cuban cooler is, hands down, the mojito. During Hemingway’s time in Havana, he reportedly enjoyed his at La Bodeguita del Medio, where cantineros are said to have been the first to muddle mint into the cocktail. Some Havana restaurants, including Dona Eutimia’s, off Plaza Catedral, serve a frappé version, another delicious way to beat the Havana heat.

  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • Juice of one half of a lime
  • 2 sprigs mint
  • 1 shot white rum
  • 2 shots sparkling water

Mix the sugar and lime juice, then muddle the mint into the mixture. Mix in the rum. Add ice and sparkling water.

Journey to the heart of Cuba’s magical city during a WEEKEND IN HAVANA

Premieres Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at 8:00 pm Eton PBS as part of the “PBS Summer of Adventure”

(CHICAGO) June 8, 2017 — Travel with host Geoffrey Baer to explore the heart of Cuba’s magical capital city, now open to American tourists after more than 50 years. Three young locals — architect and restorationist Daniel de la Regata; Irene Rodriguez, one of Cuba’s top flamenco dancers; and Grammy-nominated jazz pianist Roberto Fonseca — serve as enthusiastic guides, allowing viewers to experience this vibrant and historic place through the eyes of those who love and call it home. Produced by WTTW Chicago, directed by Leo Eaton, co-written by Eaton and Geoffrey Baer, and produced by Donn Rogosin, Dan Soles and Hugo Perez, WEEKEND IN HAVANA WITH GEOFFREY BAER premieres Tuesday, July 18, 2017, 8:00-9:00 p.m. (check local listings) on PBS. Also available for viewing on wttw.com/weekendinhavana, the documentary is part of the “PBS Summer of Adventure,” a lineup of programs designed to take families on exciting adventures around the world.

Geoffrey, host of the 10 That Changed America series about game-changing buildings, homes, parks and towns as well as more than 20 specials on Chicago history and architecture, takes to the streets of Havana with his guides and new fast friends, Daniel, Irene, and Roberto. After meeting up at a café in Cathedral Plaza in Old Havana, he is given a whirlwind tour of Cuba’s fascinating and colorful history, a hands-on introduction to Afro-Cuban music and dance, a primer on Havana’s varied architecture and efforts being made to restore many of the city’s ruins, and an inside look at how everyday Cubans live in this “old city trying to find its place in the modern world,” a land off-limits to Americans for decades.

The immersive website for WEEKEND IN HAVANA WITH GEOFFREY BAER will take visitors on a weekend tour in text, sound, images, video and VR/360 around Havana. The mobile tour explores the culture, sights, and Cuban rhythms of this unique and mysterious place. Also featured will be side trips to visit Hemingway’s Cuba, see how Cuban cigars are made, learn how to make the perfect mojito, explore baseball in Cuba, and a timeline of US/Cuba relations. Geoffrey Baer’s travel journal will feature his favorite photos and memories from the trip.

Guided by his new friends, Geoffrey witnesses the nightly firing of the cannon at the fortress of San Carlos de la Cabana; visits Plaza de Armas, the city’s first public square; rides in a 1950s-era red Chevrolet on a journey through Havana’s breathtaking but sometimes crumbling architecture; and meets an auto mechanic charged with keeping many of Havana’s vintage automobiles in running order. He also takes a wild ride in a “coco taxi,” a small yellow vehicle sans seatbelts that looks like a coconut, and gets an overview of the vivid local arts scene, which includes street musicians along El Malecón’s crowded sea wall. He dines in one of the city’s many paladars (intimate family restaurants in what were once private homes), and hobnobs with the fashionable young crowd at La Fabrica, a series of art galleries, bars and performance spaces located in an old factory.

Geoffrey also visits a ruined sugar plantation where African slaves once toiled and takes part in a present-day Santeria ritual in a private home. From Roberto and his band, Geoffrey gets a quick tutorial on Afro-Cuban percussion at the famous Studio Areito, one of the oldest surviving recording studios in the world. After a visit to the U.S. Embassy, Geoffrey watches young athletes taking part in America’s and Cuba’s joint national pastime, baseball, unearths some reminders of the turbulent Cuban Revolution era, and is granted rare access to one of Havana’s most important restoration projects: El Capitolio, Cuba’s Capitol building, modeled after the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. He also imbibes at one of Ernest Hemingway’s favorite watering holes and boats out to the small fishing village of Cojimar, the setting for The Old Man and the Sea, where he tours Hemingway’s house with co-producer Hugo Perez.

Geoffrey checks out the glitzy floorshow at the Tropicana nightclub, and ends his journey at La Guarida’s rooftop piano bar, perched atop a crumbling mansion. With Roberto’s band playing in the background, he reflects on the new understanding he has gained of Havana. “This production was unlike any other,” said Geoffrey, “a journey I will never forget. I really feel that I left a piece of my heart in Havana, along with the wonderful friends I made and the magical experiences they gave me. I hope audiences enjoy this trip as much as I did!”

“For me, this is a show about the spirit of the people of Havana,” said director/writer Leo Eaton. “Their warmth and hospitality — especially from our guides — made this film possible, and it was a real pleasure to tell their story.”

For Executive Producer Dan Soles, Senior Vice President and Chief Television Content Officer at WTTW in Chicago, this project was a dream come true. “As a second generation Cuban-American, traveling to Havana meant so much. It was a thrill to see this amazing place with my own eyes and meet some of the remarkable people leading Cuba into the future.”

WEEKEND IN HAVANA WITH GEOFFREY BAER is directed by Leo Eaton, hosted by Geoffrey Baer, co-written by Leo Eaton and Geoffrey Baer, and produced by Donn Rogosin and Hugo Perez. The Executive Producer is Dan Soles.

WEEKEND IN HAVANA WITH GEOFFREY BAER is made possible, in part, by The Joseph & Bessie Feinberg Foundation.

A full press release is here:
Weekend in Havana Press Release

Contact: CaraMar, Inc.

Mary Lugo, 770-623-8190; lugo@negia.net

Cara White, 843-881-1480; cara.white@mac.com

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Weekend in Havana – Geoffrey Baer and Daniel de la Regata restoration architect (Photo courtesy of WTTW and Brian Canelles)

 

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Weekend in Havana – Daniel de la Regata restoration architect with Geoffrey Baer at Plaza de la Catedral (Photo courtesy of WTTW and Brian Canelles)

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Weekend in Havana – Roberto Fonseca musician with Geoffrey Baer (Photo courtesy of WTTW and Hugo Perez)

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Weekend in Havana – Geoffrey Baer high above Havana Harbor (Photo courtesy of WTTW and Brian Canelles)

Jason M. Stewart, Abstract and Schematic Paintings Opening at the Monmouth Museum

Contact: Laura Oncea, pr@monmouthmuseum.org

The Monmouth Museum’s New Jersey Emerging Artists Series will present Negotiations of Place by Jason M. Stewart from June 2nd through July 2nd, 2017 in the Nilson Gallery at the Museum, located at 765 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, NJ. The Opening Reception, June 2nd, will be held from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PMStewart’s Gallery Talk will be held on June 21st from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM, both the Opening Reception and the Gallery Talk are free and open to the public.

“It is through the physical act of creating that I honor a past experience but also create a new place.” “Schematic drawings, which represent fact and accuracy, are drawn from memory; memories filled with emotions and inaccurate accounts.” – Jason M. Stewart

In Negotiations of Place, Stewart is concerned with the struggle that occurs between the real and the remembered, the rational and instinctual. “My process begins with an awareness of place and the way it is seen, experienced, and remembered. Through photographs and drawings, I study places of personal significance and transience,” said Stewart. These studies are abstracted through the improvisation and vocabulary of paint in a way that honors the locale while becoming something new. The abstractions develop in unknown directions. They are improvised and intuitive, reactionary and resourceful, quick but authentic.

“My intent is to juxtapose a painting with itself. Thick, organic, viscous layers are contrasted with delicate marks, transparent glazes, or geometric simplicity. While paint builds up, it destroys or limits what is underneath – creating a push and pull between the past and present.” Jason M. Stewart is a New Jersey artist working with painting, installation, mixed media sculpture and assemblages.

The New Jersey Emerging Artists Series, now in its tenth season at the Monmouth Museum, features six annual solo exhibitions in the Nilson Gallery which provide a unique and exciting opportunity for New Jersey artists to showcase their work. The artists selected for this series represent the diversity of new talent in the State, and demonstrate their creativity in a wide variety of media. Gallery talks scheduled during the exhibitions offer the New Jersey Emerging Artists the opportunity to share insights on their work.

The Monmouth Museum, founded in 1963 as a Museum of Ideas, presents changing art, history and science exhibitions to educate and entertain while providing a destination for creative expression and life-long learning to the diverse community it serves. Imaginative and informative changing exhibitions in the Main Gallery and Nilson Gallery present a wide variety of art in all media.

The Monmouth Museum, a private, non-profit organization, is located at 765 Newman Springs Road, in Lincroft, NJ. For hours and more information about the Monmouth Museum exhibits and programs visit the website at: www.monmouthmuseum.org or call 732-747-2266. You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

Museum Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday 12pm-5pm.

How To Run A Business While Traveling

by Jamie Perkins, welovecostarica.com

Traveling and managing your business was a far too difficult journey in the past, but the development of technology and wide use of the Internet have opened doors to this opportunity. This doesn’t mean that it doesn’t come with any challenges, because it does. However, there are ways on how you can effectively manage your business while maximizing your travel experience.

One of the many concerns that you might face with this set up is with your personal relationship, especially if you have a partner or a family of your own. You’ll need time to be together. So, unless you are traveling with them, a good thing to do is to travel six months and spend the next six months at home. This will not only let you spend the quality time you need with your loved ones, but it will also prevent you from feeling burnout from traveling.

The Internet plays a major role when traveling and managing your business at the same time, as you can communicate and connect with your employees, suppliers, clients, and other people you need to contact wherever you are in the world. Determine the tools that you can use for communication, including Trello, Skype, Slack, and more, and make good use of them.

To help you make the most out of your travel, while ensuring that your business is well taken care of, browse the infographics below. It contains helpful tips on how you can effectively manage your business while traveling.

How To Run A Business While Traveling (PbS)

Nature from a Different Angle by Daniel Sroka at Monmouth Museum

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                             CONTACT:  Laura Oncea

April 11, 2016

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Nature from a Different Angle by Daniel Sroka at Monmouth Museum

Lincroft, NJ – The Monmouth Museum’s New Jersey Emerging Artists Series will present Nature from a Different Angle by Daniel Sroka from April 28th through May 28th, 2017 in the Nilson Gallery at the Museum, located at 765 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, NJ. The Opening Reception, April 28th, will be held from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.  Sroka’s Gallery Talk will be held on May 17th from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM, both the Opening Reception and the Gallery Talk are free and open to the public.

“I make art that recreates this feeling of holding a part of nature in your hands”

Sroka creates immersive abstract photographs from the most familiar parts of nature — leaves, shells, ice, and seeds. “I only photograph what I can hold in my hands, creating art that explores nature on a personal scale” he said. “I’ve always been more interested in a leaf that fell to the ground than the view in the distance. When I pick up a leaf and experience it first hand, nature becomes real for me: an integral and relevant part of my life.”

By working with abstraction, texture, and form, Sroka creates photographs that reveal the complexity buried within in the simplest parts of nature. His dream-like photographs balance a raw beauty with a striking sense of design. His art is sought after by distinctive resorts, spas, restaurants, and wellness offices around the world. Many of his pieces will be available in different sizes for sale at the Museum during his exhibition there.

The Monmouth Museum, founded in 1963 as a Museum of Ideas, presents changing art, history and science exhibitions to educate and entertain while providing a destination for creative expression and life-long learning to the diverse community it serves. Imaginative and informative changing exhibitions in the Main Gallery and Nilson Gallery present a wide variety of art in all media.

The New Jersey Emerging Artists Series, now in its tenth season at the Monmouth Museum, features six annual solo exhibitions in the Nilson Gallery which provide a unique and exciting opportunity for New Jersey artists to showcase their work. The artists selected for this series represent the diversity of new talent in the State, and demonstrate their creativity in a wide variety of media. Gallery talks scheduled during the exhibitions offer the New Jersey Emerging Artists the opportunity to share insights on their work.

The Monmouth Museum, a private, non-profit organization, is located at 765 Newman Springs Road, in Lincroft, NJ. For hours and more information about the Monmouth Museum exhibits and programs visit the website at: www.monmouthmuseum.org or call 732-747-2266. You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

Photos attached:  Pensive, photography, by Daniel Sroka, 2016; Teardrop, photography, by Daniel Sroka, 2014; Inward, photography, by Daniel Sroka, 2013

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7 Countries that Said ‘Adios’ to Fossil Fuels & Run 100% on Clean Energy

By Jamie Perkins, welovecostarica.com

A few days ago, Colombia has suffered from a massive landslide that left over 200 people dead. A few weeks before that, Indonesia has also suffered from the same problem, although there were fewer casualties.

According to the witnesses, the landslides were caused by violent rains and heavy flooding. They have been in the area for a long time, but they have never witnessed such kind of natural disaster. In short, we are now living in an era where the effects of global warming have become worse.

Our dependence on dirty energy like fossil fuel has become one of the biggest reasons why global warming is taking place. If we don’t do something about it, we might suffer from bigger natural disasters. The good thing is that there were smaller countries that have taken the lead in fighting global warming.

They have shown that if they can do it, other countries have no reason for not following. Smaller countries have fewer financial resources, but they have managed to make the necessary changes. They have also relied on alternative energy for years – a strong rebuke to critics who have said they would still go back to fossil fuels in the future.

Our world has tremendously suffered because of global warming and we can’t afford to make it even worse.

Check out the infographic below for more information about the countries that have taken the bold move. Bigger countries should also follow their footsteps. Those who have polluted more should do more.

7 Countries that Said 'Adios' to Fossil Fuels & Run 100% on Clean Energy

PRESS RELEASE: A Traveling Exhibition, Pulped Under Pressure/The Art of Handmade Paper coming to The Monmouth Museum

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Laura Oncea

March 1, 2017 pr@monmouthmuseum.org

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A Traveling Exhibition, Pulped Under Pressure/The Art of Handmade Paper coming to The Monmouth Museum

Lincroft – Pulped Under Pressure, co-curated by Reni Gower and Melissa Potter, is a traveling exhibition that will be on display in the Main Gallery of the Monmouth Museum from March 19th – May 7th 2017. The opening reception, will be held March 19th from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, and is Free and Open to the Public.

On Saturday, March 25, 2017 the Monmouth Museum and The Jill Molinaro Dance Company, sponsored by the Brookdale Community College Dance Club are proud to present a modern dance workshop, art gallery reception, performance, and panel discussion featuring guest artist Jill Molinaro and dancers.
This arts collaboration was the brainchild of dancer and choreographer Jill Molinaro and inspired by the traveling exhibition Pulped Under Pressure, specifically the artwork of Reni Gower. This collaboration begins with a free Master dance class on March 25, 2017 from 10:00-11:30 at the Black Box Theatre located at the Brookdale Community College PAC. Thirty spots available for class, Pre-registration online at dlaperdonaddison@brookdalecc.edu. At 11:30 participating dancers have free admission to view the artwork in the Monmouth Museum Main Gallery.
At 6 pm the Monmouth Museum will be hosting a coffee and cookie reception along with free admission to view the Pulped Under Pressure exhibition. Immediately following, at 7:00 pm at the Brookdale Community College Black Box Theater is a free performance from the Brookdale Community College Dance Club and The Jill Molinaro Dance Company. A panel discussion will follow the performance regarding how the artwork inspired the dances.
With traditional hand papermaking at its core, Pulped Under Pressure underscores important contemporary issues steeped in history and craft. Enticed through touch, these works encourage a contemplative slowing down even as they urge recognition of some of the most pressing issues (environmental crisis to global marginalization) facing civilization today.

Co-curated by Reni Gower and Melissa Potter, Pulped Under Pressure features seven artists from California, Illinois and Virginia. Each of the artists, Jillian Bruschera, Julia Goodman, Reni Gower, Trisha Oralie Martin, Melissa Potter, Marilyn Propp, Maggie Puckett, starts simply with a foundation of pulp made from natural fibers. Their multifaceted results incorporate a rich range of printmaking, letterpress, papercutting, and installation with a diversity of recycled disposable materials (junk mail, egg cartons, old cotton t-shirts, ripped denim jeans) as well as old bedsheets, beetroot, heirloom plants, and illuminated el wires. In very unique ways, these artists consider paper beyond its most common function as a passive surface of record or craft. Instead, the material is transformed and imbedded with content that turns communication into a public practice. By challenging assumptions, the artists of Pulped Under Pressure create artworks that are both beautiful and brave.

The artists of this exhibition begin with wet pulp that is stirred, formed, drained, and then pressed to remove the excess water from the fibers before drying the finished product. While the word “pressure” in the exhibition’s title recalls this penultimate step, more importantly it alludes to the ways in which these artists adopt hand papermaking to convey pressing concerns beyond functional considerations, often using the medium as an activist tool for social engagement. In their art, process itself has inherent value.

Of the many configurations Jillian Bruschera’s handmade paper bricks entitled Wastemade can take, one version resembling a crumbling, unstable wall, may be suggestive of her ongoing efforts to dismantle barriers of all sorts. A California native, Bruschera is an interdisciplinary artist who recycles discarded materials. By combining bits of broken technology (tv remotes, cassette tape, and cds) with waste paper and trash cardboard, the artist questions built-in obsolescence, over consumption, and identity.

Based in Oakland, CA, independent artist, Julia Goodman makes cast paper works from discarded bedsheets with papyrus pulped from beets obtained from local organic farmers. Loosely based on the history of rag paper, Goodman devised a project that addresses the historical theme of scarcity, characteristic of an earlier era when rags were a rare, and thus prized commodity for paper production. Her biographical and biological approach produces works that are both fragile and strong.

Professor in the Painting and Printmaking Department at Virginia Commonwealth University, Reni Gower incorporates sacred geometry, based on the interlocking designs of Celtic knots and those appearing on Islamic tiles, in her spray pulped paintings and papercuts to reveal universal cross-cultural connections. Over time and space, complex, repetitive geometric patterns have long offered a meditative pathway to understanding universal truths and, as an antidote to our busy outer lives, Gower intends to inspire a similarly contemplative state of mind.

Inspired by her heritage, Chicago artist Trisha Oralie Martin includes native Fillipino tattoo designs and textile motifs in her highly patterned works. By archiving a practice that reflects a native people’s symbiotic relationship to the environment, the artist invites her audience to look, learn, and communicate despite differences. Her focus on participatory projects shares an ethos encapsulated by the Fillipino term, kapwa, often translated as “togetherness” or “fellow being.”

Influenced by crafters, feminists, and Quaker activists, Columbia College Chicago Associate Professor, Melissa Potter considers the radical history of women through traditional handicrafts, gender rituals, and untold personal histories. Her series of work Food, Sex & Death stems from her research on the history of the immigrant women who as prostitutes and low-wage workers, worked in the location of The Papermaker’s Garden, once the center of Chicago’s vice district at the turn of the 20th Century until the mid-80s.

Chicago artist and co-founder of Anchor Graphics, Marilyn Propp examines the coexistence and clash between the industrial and the natural worlds. By combining luminous color with the materiality of handmade paper and graphic images, the artist entangles marine life with industrial debris in provocative reflections on destruction.

Based in Chicago, interdisciplinary artist Maggie Puckett uses the seductive tactility of handmade paper in concert with rich organic color to foretell the dire effects of climate change. By working collaboratively, her work triggers environmental awareness that imbues socially engaged local actions with the power to impact the global.

“Our Exhibition Committee selected Pulped because of its commitment to showcasing different mediums, like papermaking, and the artists’ use of recycled materials, which we continually encourage in our Green Arts Studio. The seven contemporary artists included in this exhibition bring a high level of talent and creativity to the subjects they present. We are excited about sharing this work with our members and many visitors this spring,” said Avis H. Anderson, the Executive Director of the Monmouth Museum.

Funding for Pulped Under Pressure was made possible in part by Virginia Commonwealth University, VCUarts, and the Painting and Printmaking Department.

Admission to the Museum and exhibition is $8, Members are Free.The Museum is located on 765 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, NJ, Parking Lot #1 on the campus of Brookdale Community College. The exhibition will run through May 7th, 2017.

The Monmouth Museum, a private, non-profit organization was founded in 1963 as a Museum of Ideas, presents changing art, history and science exhibitions to educate and entertain while providing a destination for creative expression and life-long learning to the diverse community it serves.

For more information about the Monmouth Museum exhibits and programs their website is http://www.monmouthmuseum.org or call 732-747-2266. You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

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