Monday, September 28, 2009

Tag Galaxy

Hey folks! It's your friendly SAA blogger here. I was flipping through my twitter account today and saw a tweet about Tag Galaxy.*

*If that just sounded like a foreign language continue reading, if not, skip this paragraph and continue below.

(Let me time out for a moment here. If you aren't a tweeter and think that somehow your beloved SAA blog has gone off the deep end, fear no more! is - yet another - social networking site, but the unique aspect of twitter is it enables you to keep your finger on the pulse of what's happening in the world. Hmmm...I'm beginning to think I should have written a twitter blog first...ah well. As I was saying, twitter keeps you in touch beyond whatever friend base you may have. For example, I am "following" - i.e. I get updates or "tweets" from these people/groups - Art in America, an art site in Ireland, MoMA, NYTimesarts, etc. You are able to follow whoever you want really - celebrities, artists, writers, magazines, museums - and these groups are all around the globe! So if you really want to follow that obscure band from Australia, chances are they have a twitter account.)

Back to the whole point of this tirade. I was recently checking out my old college art professor's twitter account and she had posted something called Tag Galaxy . It's a site that allows you to browse through Flickr photos in 3D. (What's Flickr? you ask...oh man, you gotta keep up with these's a photo sharing website, very cool and easy to use. Go ahead, click on the link!)

If you aren't familiar with Flickr then check out both sites to compare the two. If you are already Flickr savvy, then go to Tag Galaxy and type in what you want to search. This will bring up a 3D planet-like system that allows to narrow your search by clicking on the different "planets." Once your search is narrowed enough to your liking, click on the middle "planet" and images from your search will form a 3D globe. You can then click on the globe to move it and view all the images or doubleclick on one image to enlarge it. There's also an arrow above the right side of the globe telling you if there are even more pics that didn't fit on the globe during the first round.

Huh? Just check it out, you're smart, you'll get the hang of it before you can say twitter!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Surviving Breast Cancer Lecture at SAA

Somerset Art Association
"Surviving Breast Cancer:
Decades of Hope"
Panel discussion comprised of medical professionals and women diagnosed during different stages of their life
Medical Experts
Dr. Angela Lanfranchi
Dr. Kathleen Toomey
Pam Adams
Meera Bagle
Sheryl Hardy
Marion Behr
 Guitarist Bob Filoramo will perform an original piece written for a close friend and survivor
Thursday, October 8
6:00-8:00 pm
Somerset Art Association
Suggested donation $10

Funds raised will benefit the
Somerset Art Association with a pecentage donated to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation
Seating is limited.  To Register Call SAA.
(908) 234-2345 
  "There were the obvious changes...I lost my hair and had both breasts removed, but the reconstruction of one breast went awry and I had to have it deflated. So, outside of being lopsided, I had the shriveled remains of a fake boob...wasn't pretty.  They eventually removed the tissue expander from my right side and left me with only one breast (and a fake one at that) for nearly 9 months.  And to top it all off I gained about 10 pounds during it all...but if you asked anyone who knew me - I was at my sexiest during those months with no hair, one boob and 10 extra pounds...and it was because I believed it was true.  And that was the change I never expected to gain from a cancer diagnosis...I made the decision to not let cancer slow me down.  This was my life and I wasn't going to let this get in the way."
Survivor Pam Adams, diagnosed at age 27

Monday, September 14, 2009

Fall Studio Classes for Teens

Register Now for the Somerset Art Association's
Fall Studio Classes for Teens

teen painter
Class 479: Teen Photography Workshop
Oct. 31, Nov. 7, 14, 21

Class 480: Fashion Illustration
Oct. 31, Nov. 7, 14, 21
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Adult Studio Classes Suitable for Teens Interested in Advanced Study
Class 405: The Art of Cartooning
Sept. 21, 28, Oct. 5 (skip Oct. 12), 19, 26
6:30-9:00 pm

Class 406: Evening Watercolor from A-Z
Sept. 21, 28, Oct. 5 (skip 10/12), 19, 26, Nov. 2
6:30 -9:00 pm

Class 409: Photo Memory Book
Oct. 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
6:30-9:00 pm

Class 412: Drawing Figures & Faces
Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Dec. 7
6:30-9:00 pm

Class 420: Evening Oil Painting
Sept. 22, 29, Oct. 6, 13, 20
6:30-9:00 pm

Class 425: Evening Oil Painting
Oct. 27, Nov. 3, 10, 17, 24, Dec. 1
6:30-9:00 pm

Class 427:Photography for the Studio Painter
Nov. 11, 17, 24, Dec. 1
7:00-9:30 pm

Class 431: Animal Portraits
Sept. 23, 30, Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28
6:30 - 9:30 pm

Class 432: Painting in Acrylic
Sept. 23, 30, Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28
6:30-9:00 pm

Class 438: Color Theory
Dec. 9, 16
6:30-9:00 pm

Class 444: Evening Oil Painting
Oct. 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5, 12
6:30-9:00 pm

Class 451: Watercolor Landscapes
Sept. 19, 26, Oct. 3, 10, 17

Complete Course Descriptions Are Listed in the Fall Brochure.

If you have questions regarding SAA's studio classes and the proper placement of your teen, please call the office and we will be happy to assist.
(908) 234-2345

New Exhibition: Marion Behr

Marion Behr
Image Early
Generously sponsored by Ortho-McNeil
October 4 - 31
Artist Reception
Sunday, October 4
2:00-4:00 pm
Behr Dancing

Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007, artist Marion Behr was inspired by the Alpha Cradles which meld to a woman's torso to keep the body still during radiation, to create using these forms, sculptural totems expressive of the myriad of emotions felt by breast cancer patients during their journey of treatment, hope and survival.


Gallery hours
Monday - Thursday, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday evening 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Friday & Saturday 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Sundays and major holidays closed.
Admission Free.
Wheelchair accessible.
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Related Events
Surviving Breast Cancer: Decades of Hope
Thursday, October 8
6:00-8:00 pm
Panel discussion comprised of medical professionals and women diagnosed with breast cancer during different stages of their life
Suggested donation $10
Pre-registration is required by calling SAA (908) 234-2345
Image Early Benefit
Friday, October 23
7:30 - 10:30 pm
Entertainment by Susan Spiedel whose sold-out cabaret shows and off-Broadway performances have entertained crowds for over two decades. Hors d'oeuvres, desserts, wine & refreshments included.
$75 ticket

Funds raised to benefit
Somerset Art Association

with a percentage donated to
Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation
For information
click Special Events
call SAA (908) 234-2345

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Help Support the Visual Arts & Breast Cancer Research

Help Support the Visual Arts
Breast Cancer Research
for as little as $15

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"

one-person gallery exhibit by Marion Behr
October 4 - 31
"Surving Breast Cancer: Decades of Hope"
educational lecture
October 8
"Image Early" Benefit
to raise much needed operating funds for the Somerset Art Association with a percentage of the proceeds to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation
October 23
How You Can Help
SAA is 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. Tribute ads are $15.

Ad Journal Deadline: September 18

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

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

Check out the Fall 2009 Brochure for SAA!

Somerset Art Association's
Fall 2009 Brochure
is now available
Visit our website:
to download a copy
Call SAA at 908-234-2345 to request a hard copy

Kurie Red Tulips

Instructor Elaine Kurie

Not to be missed Fall classes at SAA!

Acrylic Painting Demonstration
Anne Kullaf
Hoboken by Anne Kullaf
Hoboken by Anne Kullaf
Instructor Anne Kullaf will demonstrate acrylic painting techniques using Chroma acrylics.
Participants will have the opportunity to sample the acrylics while painting alongside the instructor.
Paint, brushes and paper will be provided.

Saturday, September 12
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Somerset Art Association

$10 members; $20 guests

Pre-registration is required as seating is limited.
Call SAA (908) 234-2345
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Not to be Missed Fall Classes
Taught by Anne Kullaf

Class 404 & 410
A Contemporary Approach to Oil

Class 413
Constructive Critique

Class 414
Expressively Painting Transparent Objects
Class 439 & 445
Drawing & Painting, Enhancing Your Skills

Class 440 & 446
The Right Start, Introduction to Drawing & Painting

Class 444
Evening Oil Painting

Class 449
Pastel Basics & More

Class 452
Oil Basics & More
Kullaf Magnolia
Complete Class Descriptions Available on-line
Click Studio Classes.
To register, call SAA (908) 234-2345

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

A Day in Philadelphia

The final days of the Philadelphia Museum of Art's special exhibition: Henry Matisse and Modern Art on the French Riviera are upon us. Opened in December of last year, the exhibit is closing October 25th. Highlighting a vibrant collection of Matisse's paintings of France's sun drenched southern coast, the exhibit showcases why so many artists have been drawn to its beaches through the years.

While you're there take time to enjoy the richness of history, arts, and culinary experiences that Philadelphia has to offer. Spend the day in Philly wandering around its Historic District and sampling the gamut of eclectic dining options. Let your mind wander as you gaze at the inspirational art of the French Riviera and end the day with one of many theatre productions offered in the city.

Better yet, coincide your visit with the Philadelphia Fringe Festival going on from September 4-19. Encourage artists in dance, theatre, music, and various sundry. Tickets run from $10 up and you can visit their website and find the right production for your tastes. An annual event that's not to be missed!

Just remember - A fun day is only an hour away!
Glazing with Pencils Workshop
Carol Wax
Saturday, September 26

10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Using textured, toned or color papers, students will learn how to create black and white underpaintings that will then be glazed with color and graphite pencils. This method can be used to create black and white drawings with enhanced chiaroscuro lighting effects, deeper and more lustrous color drawings or as a technique for making quick sketches.

About the Instructor
Carol Wax is an internationally recognized artist whose paintings and mezzotint prints have been widely exhibited. Her work is included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and The National Museum of American Art. In addition to teaching workshops and lecturing throughout the country, she has taught at the Rhode Island School of Design and New York University.

$99 members
$125 guests

Call Somerset Art Association

Please note: There is a $10 non-refundable fee included in the registration