Thursday, August 20, 2009

Help Support the Fight Against Breast Cancer

The Somerset Art Association is hosting several events in October 2009, during nationally recognized Breast Cancer Awareness Month, to raise awareness through the power of the visual arts about breast cancer which strikes 182,460 women annually.
 Image Early 
October 4 - 31
Artist & breast cancer survivor Marion Behr chronicles her journey of treatment, hope & survival in this exhibit of provocative sculptural works 
Surviving Breast Cancer: Decades of Hope
Thursday, October 8
6:00 - 800 pm
  Panel discussion comprised of medical experts and 
women diagnosed during different stages of life.
Image Early Benefit
Friday, October 23, 2009
7:30 - 10:00
 Entertainment by Susan Spiedel whose sold-out cabaret shows and off-Broadway performances have entertained crowds for over two decades.  

Funds raised to benefit
Somerset Art Association
with a percentage of the proceeds to benefit
Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation

How You Can Help
 We are currently seeking advertisers for the 
Image Early Benefit's Ad Journal 
 Tribute Page
where we will print a message in memory or in honor of a loved one 
To download information about these advertising opportunities,
Click Special Events on the side navigation bar.
or call SAA
(908) 234-2345
Ask for Ellen Rannells, Special Events Coordinator
Thank you for your support

Last chance to visit the Non-Juried Members' Exhibit!

Somerset Art Association's
Non-Juried Members' Exhibit
Last Day to Visit: August 28, 2009
Andreas Palette
Award Winners
Best in Show
John Henry
Veil of Perversion
Award of Excellence
Seppo Siimes
 Award of Excellence
Jinnie May
Filling in the Hours Between Lunch & Dinner
Honorable Mention
Rose Marie Rodin
Eternal Flame
Honorable Mention
Pat Barnabeo
Honorable Mention
Lane Scarano
Fortress of St. George
Summer Gallery Hours
Monday - Thursday 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Fridays - 9:30 am - 1:30 pm
Saturdays & Sundays closed
Admission Free. Wheelchair accessible. 

Note: The Gallery will be closed Thursday evening, August 27

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Fall 2009 Brochure Available now!

The Fall 2009 brochure is available online at the Somerset Art Association website or call SAA at 908.234.2345 if you would like a hard copy.

Ceramic Studio has day and evening classes available. Check out the fall brochure for more information!


Wednesday, August 5, 2009

4 Day Botanical Workshop this September

Somerset Art Association
Katie Lee
Katie Lee 
 4-day Botanical Workshop
September 8, 9, 10, 11
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
 This workshop will introduce students to the fundamentals needed to render plants and flowers accurately in graphite pencil and watercolor or gouache.  Through a series of simple exercises students will learn how to look closely, understand floral structure and most importantly learn a variety of techniques created to remove the mystery of how to depict botanical subjects realistically.  Additionally, students will be encouraged to keep a 'seasonal nature journal.'
Katie Lee is a renowned botanical and wildlife artist and instructor.  A graduate of the New York Botanical Illustration program, Ms. Lee has been an instructor at that institution for the past 16 years.  Her uniquely realistic botanical and zoological paintings have been successfully exhibited in one-person shows in the United States and abroad.  Her paintings have been accepted into the prestigious Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum's publication Birds in Art, 2002 ad 2003.  She ha also illustrated a number of books published by Sounds Prints, Norwalk, CT as part of their Smithsonian Wild Heritage Collection. 
$425 members
$475 guests
To Register
Call SAA at (908) 234-2345.   Space is limited 
Please note: 
There is a non-refundable fee of $50 included in the registration

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Graffiti as Art

Teaching junior high school students is not always an easy task. Well, to be honest, it's never an easy task, but some days run more smoothly than others. When I taught art to junior high school students in California one unit in particular captured the attention of my classes - graffiti art. 

I have found that one of the tricks of being a successful art teacher is to find projects that are relevant to students and if they think that they are getting away with something a little devious in the process all the better. 

At the start of this unit I would take the time to have a dialogue with my students as to the difference between unartistic "taggers" and artists who practice graffiti art. Our school, like many in California, was made up of several buildings that connected via outdoor hallways, so between the open campus and being in the middle of a couple strong gangs it made our school walls a constant target for gang tags (symbols, names, initials, etc.). I always emphasized the importance of being respectful of others, including buildings, and ways that artists who are interested in graffiti can make a living being hired to do just that.

I came across an article in the Arts & Design section of the New York Times on two Brazilian artists, who go by the name of Os Gemeos, who recently installed a 17 x 51 ft mural on the corner of the Bowery and Houston in NYC. It's beautifully rendered and filled with vibrantly colored whimsical scenes. The mural  will remain up until March 2010 and showcases a wonderful way in which graffiti art can be tasteful, masterfully crafted, and provide a means of earning a living as an artist.