The Monmouth Museum presents  CUBA TODAY: Through the Eyes of Twelve Photographers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Monmouth Museum presents
CUBA TODAY: Through the Eyes of Twelve Photographers
Lincroft, NJ – “Cuba is a photographer’s paradise” said Marsha Michel, one of twelve diverse photographers coming to the Monmouth Museum this March. Their journeys have taken them from Santiago DeCuba and Guantanamo in the East, to Camaguey, Trinidad, Santa Clara, and Havana in the West. Their work offers us an opportunity to see Cuba with new eyes. Their images are a testament to the richness of the Cuban people’s heritage, culture, history, diversity, and ingenuity as well as the Cuban government’s reminders of their revolution and the U.S. Trade Embargo.
Peter Tingler, the curator for this show, will have you coming away with the realization that Cuba is much more than old cars and cigars.
CUBA TODAY: Through the Eyes of Twelve Photographers opens with an artists reception on Sunday, March 18th from 4 – 6 pm at the Museum, located at 765 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, NJ on the campus of Brookdale Community College (Parking Lot 1). The Opening Reception is free to the public and refreshments will be served. CUBA TODAY runs through Sunday, May 20th. The Museum’s Main Gallery is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm, Fridays 10 am – 9 pm and Sundays 12 noon – 5 pm. Admission is $8.
The twelve artist featured in this exhibition are: Barbara Berger Brill of Englewood, NJ ; Cyndie J. Burkhardt of New York City; Constance Stirling-Engman of Ithaca, NY; E. Jan Kounitz of Jersey City, NJ; Marsha Michel of Old Tappan, NJ; Mansa K. Mussa of Newark, NJ; Nancy Ori of Berkeley Heights, NJ; Franc Palaia of Rhinebeck, NY; Karen Rossen of River Vale, NJ; Jay Seldin of Montclair, NJ; Heidi Sussman of West Orange, NJ; and Exhibition Curator, Peter Tilgner of Tenafly, NJ. These artists all brought their own personal experiences and perspectives to their visit. Some of their comments include:
What I encountered left me spellbound. – Barbara Berger Brill
The spirit of the people left the biggest impression – Cyndie J. Burkhardt
The people will always be Cuba’s greatest asset – E. Jan Kounit.
They were so welcoming, it was easy to make beautiful portraits – Nancy J. Ori
It’s hard to be unhappy when you hear such beautiful sounds rising from the ruins. – Heidi Sussman
A Panel Discussion will be held on Wednesday, March 28, 7:00 pm at the Monmouth Museum. It is Free and Open to the public.
Nancy J. Ori, a student of Ansel Adams, and one of the photographers in the exhibition, stated that “Art gives us a history and our history gives us art” Her photographs are images of the people in Cuba, who symbolize the life and spirit there. They represent a microcosm of hope and fear. The old, as well as the young, are united by a look of life experience. “They have weathered the test of time. They stand as quiet voices that tell of the harsh realities of life and of sacrifices made by the common man. Through these images we see vulnerability and endurance. There is a beauty that reveals itself through these kinds of observations. Their hopes and fears may have come and gone but these images remain as reminders of the many pieces there are to the puzzle of Cuba.” Nancy Ori will present Cuba: Observations of a Photographer, an Artist Talk on Monday, May 14, from 10:30-12:00pm, Free for Museum members and 2 guests. Call for more information: 732-224-1992.
On Saturday, May 5, there will be a Cuba Today: Modern Dance Performance at 6pm starting with a Museum Reception followed by the performance in Brookdale Community College Performing Arts Center Theater, located right next to the Museum at 7pm. Brookdale Community College Dance Club Ensemble will perform student choreography based on the exhibition CUBA TODAY. The performance will be curated by Doreen Laperdon Addison, Dance Adjunct and Dance Club Advisor and will also feature guest choreographer Jill Molinaro and her company the Jill Molinaro Modern Dance Company. The reception and dance performance are Free and open to the public.
Attached 1st image Transportation for Two: by Constance Stirling-Engman who expressed that she wants her images to dispel stereotypes about the Cuban people and show that they are expressive, resourceful and moving forward as a culture. My hope is that they preserve their rich cultural identity while engaging with the larger world.”
2nd image: Working It by Nancy J. Ori
3rd image: School Yard by Peter Tilgner

 

The Monmouth Museum, an independent, 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 Museum exhibits and programs visit their website at www.monmouthmuseum.org or call 732-747-2266. You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.
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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.

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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6 AV LCL, Fullsize, Fabric and thread on canvas, 36″ x 36″

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Selfie 053115, Fabric and thread on canvas, 16″ x 12″

 

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.

Nature from a Different Angle by Daniel Sroka at Monmouth Museum

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                             CONTACT:  Laura Oncea

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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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