Opportunity for Artists:
New Art Group 2018 Solo Show Competition

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Our Galleries are closed for the summer.
Please see our About WAC page for our Summer Office Hours.
The galleries will open again September 7.

Sunday and Monday: closed • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: noon – 5 p.m.
Saturday: 10 - 3 p.m.

Watchung Arts Center Members Juried Show

Heinz W. Otto Gallery

December 3-23

Opening' Reception, December 3, 1-4 PM

The Upper and Lower Galleries of the Watchung Arts Center are reserved every December to showcase the extensive talents of our members. In our Heinz W. Otto Gallery, the WAC proudly presents its annual Members Juried Art Show.

Current Watchung Arts Center members were invited to submit their work for this Juried exhibit. This year, 30 artists responded to the “Call to Artists” with entries in a variety of media.

The following prizes were awarded at the opening reception on Sunday, December 3:

Prize Winners

image by Anthony Sienkiewicz

 First Place

Anthony Sienkiewicz

 “It Used to Be 'Kool'”


image by Alicia Cotter

 Second Place

Alicia Cotter

"Waterlily III"


image by Virginia Carroll

 Third Place

Virginia Carroll

 “Water for NYC”


Honorable Mention

Charlann Meluso

"Tabletops -3D Shadowbox"

Maryann Ficker

 “Morgan 2”

The first-place winner will be awarded a solo show in the Lower Gallery during 2017.

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Upcoming Exhibitions

January 6 - 27

Opening Reception, January 7, 1-4 PM

Heinz W. Otto Gallery

Watchung Arts Center Invitational

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Form for Exhibitors

If you would like to exhibit at the Watchung Arts Center, please contact Paul Pinkman, VP Visual Arts, Watchung Arts Center, e-mail pauledwardpinkman@gmail.com.

Download a sample of our Exhibitor Agreement.

If you have any questions or comments, call (908) 753-0190.

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Joan Rosen
"Photo Debut"

Lower Gallery

December 2 - 23

Opening' Reception, December 3, 1-4 PM

image by Joan Rosen

Joan Rosen
Birdman in Washington Square Park

In conjunction with the Members Exhibit, the center’s Lower Gallery will feature the work of photographer Joan Rosen, the winner of the 2016 WAC Members Juried Exhibition, in an exhibit entitled “Photo Debut”. Rosen, a recently retired administrator for the Bayonne Public Schools’ Music and Art Department, has taken up photography with a passion over the last few years. A trained musician, with no formal visual arts education, she gives credit for what she has learned about photography and creating images to the artists among the staff and students whom she worked with over the years. In addition, her participation in the New Jersey Photography Forum has afforded her, as a new photographer, the opportunity to experience the images of seasoned photographers, and to discuss with them some of the processes used.

image by Joan Rosen

Joan Rosen
Mermaid at the Watering Hole

Rosen describes the work in this exhibit as encompassing “sunsets of varying hues and subjects in the same space in St. Maarten and a variety of images from New Jersey to New York to California to Virginia to Illinois to Maine that are landscape, nature, street and candid photos. I firmly believe that as music is the ability to hear, art is the ability to see. Through the magic of photography and light, photographers record images that are sometimes different from what we actually see with the human eye, making that image, according to photographer Galen Rowell, ‘more powerful than what you actually observed,’ and I hope more interesting and enjoyable for the viewer.’

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Call for Entries: New Art Group

Three Solo Shows Competition
Submit entries for Lower Gallery Shows in March, May or June 2018

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Upcoming Exhibitions

January 6 - 27

Opening' Reception, January 7 1-4 PM

Lower Gallery

Sarah Canfield

image by Sarah Canfield

Sarah Canfield
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Sarah Canfield received her BFA in painting, cum laude from Alfred University in Alfred, New York. She has exhibited her work in locations throughout the Northeast, including the Pennsylvania State Museum, Woodmere Art Museum, Salmagundi Club in New York City, Monmouth Museum, Montclair State University, Noyes Museum, Fairleigh Dickinson University, and the Google corporate offices in New York City. Awards have included a purchase prize at the Pastel Society of America in New York City and project grants from the Pennsylvania Council for the Arts. She teaches drawing and painting at the Visual Art Center of New Jersey and is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America.

image by Sarah Canfield

Sarah Canfield
Power Supply 4

Canfield says of her work that it “blurs the line between realism and abstraction. I start with still life objects including wires, circuit boards or musical instruments and then distort them in various ways. The fractured or crystallized forms that emerge make the original objects disintegrate. Shapes are liquified by physically manipulating the photographic prints and using them as source images for oil and pastel paintings. An organic and abstract quality is created amid the mechanics of metal and wire. This imagery invites ambiguity, with forms suggestive of technology, the body and landscapes. The intrusion of technology in the natural world begins to suggest a theme of man and machine. The completed works are real and dreamlike, manmade and organic, intellectual and emotional. As the objects in my paintings break apart or melt away, they become as short lived as the latest electronics on the market. I continue to explore this curious relationship between the timeless and transient in my paintings.”

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