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12th Annual Members' Exhibition
New Jersey Pastel Society

Heinz W. Otto Gallery

Saturday, April 1 – Saturday, April 29

The Heinz W. Otto Gallery at the Watchung Arts Center will host the Pastel Society of New Jersey’s 12th Annual Members’ Exhibition during the month of April. The show will be on display from April 4th through April 30th. An opening reception will be held on April 9, from 1 to 4 PM, at which time awards will be presented to the winners. The reception and the exhibition are free and open to the public.

Life In Bloom

Life In Bloom


Mirror, Mirror

Reaching Into the Fog

Reaching Into the Fog


The Pastel Society of New Jersey was founded in 2005 and currently has about 150 members in New Jersey and beyond. The 12th Annual Members' Exhibition provides and opportunity for all of its members, both amateur and professional, a chance to exhibit their paintings. All paintings are done in soft pastel and encompass a wide variety of subject and theme from traditional landscape, portrait, and still life to experimental and abstract.

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Upcoming Exhibitions

May 3 - 31

Opening' Reception, Sunday, May 7 1-4 PM

Heinz W. Otto Gallery

Contemporary Art Group Annual Members Show

Lower Gallery

Orna Greenberg – "Ordinary People and Special Places"

"Artist Selects"
curated by Paul Pinkman

Lower Gallery

Saturday, April 1 – Saturday, April 29

Iris Lets Boogie Heidi Parrinello

Heidi Parrinello
Iris Lets Boogie

Prominent New Jersey-based contemporary artists are featured by curator-artist, Paul XO Pinkman in the exhibit, “Artist Selects.” The rich, complex nature that is evident in their respective works and the commitment that each artist has shown to the development of that work over time forms the basis for this group show.

Ignoring Constant Chatter - Alaine Becker

Alaine Becker
Ignoring Constant Chatter

The exhibit features eight well respected contemporary artists whose work shows the vitality of regional visual art. Featuring the works of Alaine Becker, Sarah Canfield, Neal Korn, Len Merlo, Heidi Parrinello, Fausto Sevilla, Cynthia Weiss and Ray Yaros, the exhibition is a representation of some of the finest contemporary art today as produced by artists based in New Jersey.

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24th Annual Children's Juried Art Exhibition

Curated by Monica Schraiber Otero

Each year, the Watchung Arts Center holds a juried art competition for children, ages 6-17. The 24th Annual Children’s Juried Art Exhibition was on display in our Studio from October 23 through Novermber 30. The exhibit recognizes the budding talents and creative potential of young artists.  The mission of the show is to encourage artistic development in children by providing an opportunity for the display and appreciation of their work outside home and school.  The WAC therefore, hopes to encourage the support of instructors, schools, and parents in our communities to promote student’s participation in this exciting event.

The opening reception on Sunday, October 23 was very well attended. Relatives and friends admired the children's work and were mesmerized by the quality of the pieces created in such mediums as acrylic, oil, pen, pencil, watercolor, pastel, tempera,polymer clay and mixed media. The entries were judged by local artist, Virginia Carroll, and awards and prizes were given in five different categories.

View the winning entries here

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Form for Exhibitors

If you would like to exhibit at the Watchung Arts Center, please download and complete the Exhibitor Agreement.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Ludmila Kalivoda, VP Visual Arts, Watchung Arts Center, e-mail

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