Come meet artist Ricardo Roig at a free opening reception for his latest work, "Home & Abroad" -- a series of hand-cut stencil screen prints, mostly depicting Hoboken interiors, exteriors, parks and beautifully intricate cityscapes. Learn more here: https://www.hobokenmuseum.org/exhibitions/upper-gallery/upcoming-shows
You can tell that an artist has achieved a measure of success when she can give up her day job to produce her art full-time. You can tell that she has a real passion for her artwork when she gives up a fun job like product designer and children's book author. Trained as a commercial artist at the Kansas City Art Institute, Jan Huling stumbled into beadwork on a lark. In 2001, her sister showed her some Pez candy dispensers that she had decorated with beads. Jan thought it looked like fun, and tried her hand at gluing beads onto a kazoo. She has always been fond of musical instruments, and had played kazoo in her college band. She then beaded a box to hold the kazoo, and when she heard about a program on HGTV that was seeking unusual examples of handcrafted objects, she submitted the work, which was featured on the show.
From kazoos, Jan moved on to beading other objects that struck her fancy--kewpie dolls, toys, animal figurines, old musical instruments--things she found mostly at thrift shops and flea markets. Sometimes she combines items, such as an exotic taxidermied beetle and matchbox, in a beaded frame, called "Forgiven."
For the show in the Hoboken Museum's Upper Gallery, Jan had to borrow back from a collector one of her favorite recent works, "Taming the Tiger" (2015, pictured above), which started out as an ugly, shiny black plaster figurine she picked up in a thrift shop in her home town of St. Louis. Once she spray-painted it a matte green to prep it for beading, she could see the tiger's graceful pose and muscles more clearly. It gained character as she added colorful beads. It became one of her favorite works, and she regretted that she didn't have much time to enjoy it herself before a collector claimed it.
"I start with the eyes, and soon it feels like I'm having a conversation with the piece," Jan says. She doesn't plan out the pattern in advance, instead, she lets the piece tell her how to develop the patterns of whorls, stripes and zigzags. She credits her experience as a professional product designer for honing her innate sense of pattern and color combinations. Over the years, she's developed her own technique, and discovered new tools, such as a very fine-nosed air pen, to apply the glue. She's largely self-taught, and while she's met a few other serious "beadists," it's not a technique taught in art schools. She sometimes teaches classes herself now, at Peters Valley School of Craft in Layton, N.J., and in resort destinations like Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
She and her husband Phil met while both were working at Hallmark in Kansas City. They moved to Hoboken in the late 1980s, when she was pregnant, and says it has been a great place to raise her son, and they truly love living here.
Huling's works have been described as "oddball assemblages" by The New York Times, a description she's proud of. Her work has also been featured in national and regional arts and craft magazines, and is frequently exhibited. She recently earned a fellowship from the NJ State Council on the Arts, with a show at the end of the year. A gallery in St. Louis, Duane Reed Gallery, represents her work. To see more examples, visit her website at janhuling.com, or follow her on Facebook.
Save the Date! Saturday, September 19, 6-8pm
Roslyn Rose and Don Sichler present their amazing works!
Artist Reception: Saturday, September 19, 6-8pm
Artist Talk: Sunday, September 20, 3:30pm in conjunction with the Hoboken Art Walk which is held the third Sunday of every month!
“Éloge des Femmes” by artist and curator, Issa Sow
Issa Sow’s exhibition is dedicated to women with a specific focus on their importance in positions of power. Issa underlines that “in my own life experience I have never seen peace in the world. On the contrary, the horror continues “.
“Eloge des femmes” aims to demonstrate that the innate aspects that make women different to men are essential in creating and maintaining harmony in the world “As women bear children and give life to them, they value life at a different level and would therefore have a different and less violent approach to conflicts . If you look at what is going on in the world women are often treated very badly. I have heard and read that in some civilizations that baby girls are killed by their fathers as they prefer to have a son…but those fathers themselves only exist thanks to a woman…their mother. Hundreds of thousands of women are victims to violence every day”
“We need to promote and support diversity in business, politics and our communities” states Issa as he explains that women are often already in leadership positions within their own families and each family represents a micro world.“Don’t be afraid of women, they won’t hurt you…women are our mothers:J. Women should be part of any important decision in the hope that it will help us to become “real” men and to achieve world peace….quickly before it’s too late”
Issyra Gallery would like to invite you to a constructive and positive debate on this topic on Saturday September 12th from 6:30 – 8:00pm. The debate will be followed by art, culture, music and rencontres. Everyone is welcome. If you would like to be part of the debate panel kindly send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
EatMetal Art Jewelry Gallery is currently showing Everyday Earring Exhibition curated by Elizabeth Tokoly, owner of Art Jewelry Gallery EatMetal located in the Monroe Arts Center. The exhibition showcases the work of 21 visionary artist and over 100 pairs of distinct earrings.
The exhibition is intended to discuss the idea of Everyday through the body adornment of an earring. The show will discuss the artist idea of what everyday conveys and allows the audience to engage by viewing, interpreting, and finding their everyday earring. It is the first curated show of the gallery and I am very excited to share each artist ideas with the community.
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