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Newark USA

A fotojournal about LIVING in Newark USA, New Jersey's largest and most cultured city, by the author of the foto-essay website RESURGENCE CITY: Newark USA.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

"Moon Seat" and Demolition

I am backed-up in my posting, because I was out and about on Sunday the 20th, walking a great deal and taking 136 pix. As this note suggests, I will be uploading posts as I complete them, with the dates shown being the day FOR which they are intended, not ON which they are done. I have a bunch of topics and a whole bunch of fotos with which to illustrate these upcoming posts.

Outside-the-Box Bicycle Seat. I have mentioned that I am in and out of East Orange, South Orange, and Irvington all the time, in that I live in Vailsburg, which is, as I call it, "a peninsula surrounded by land". The South Orange Public Library's hours are longer than those of the Vailsburg Branch of the Newark Public Library, which is significantly closer to me. The South Orange Pathmark is also now the ONLY supermarket in my area that recycles plastic shopping bags (or what I call "plags"). It seems to me that the State of New Jersey should REQUIRE all supermarkets that pack up groceries in plastic bags to accept the return of such bags for recycling. Why the h* has the State not done this? The waste is actually worse than just customers' being unable to recycle plags, because there are a lot of bags that stick together and end up on the floor within the supermarket, and then thrown away.

In any case, I was coming out of the South Orange Pathmark when I heard two gentlemen (one black, the other white) conversing agreeably about the unusual seat installed on the white guy's bicycle. (In that the "rider" of a bicycle supplies the actual motive power, s/he actually does "drive" the bike, tho we oddly call her/him the "rider". Conversely, the "driver" of a motor vehicle does not provide the motive power, so is actually only a rider.) I listened in long enuf to establish that there was something very different about the white gent's bicycle, so I looked more closely at that bike. It turns out that the seat was unlike anything I had seen or even heard of. It went crosswise, not front-to-back.

I was intrigued, so asked the owner of that bike, "Rich", about that seat. He said it was called a "moon seat". I wondered about the name, but thought of the bizarre practice of "mooning", so pushed my butt out a tiny bit to see if that's what it might refer to, and he indicated immediately that that was the idea.
When I looked at the seat closer, however, I saw that it may have had nothing to do with "mooning", but was, rather, shaped like a crescent moon, sideways to the movement of the bike. Brilliant! Women may not appreciate, instantly, how VERY brilliant the "moon seat" is. The standard bicycle seat, be it narrow or wide, puts pressure upon men's anatomy, which can cause sexual dysfunction more than just discomfort. The "moon seat" puts no such pressure upon men's anatomy. So why hasn't it become standard-issue equipment for men's bicycling?
Rich found it on the Internet. I don't know if it is available in local bicycle shops. There's an art-show opening at Index Art Center this Friday, and there was, recently, a bike shop in that same block of Washington Street, so if I get Downtown while that shop (if it's still going) is open, I'll see if they have moon seats.
South Orange Family Dollar No More. The supermarket chain Pathmark was, a few years ago, bought by A&P. The resulting consolidation of operations placed a small A&P only some 700' from the large South Orange Pathmark. The owner of both properties then had a decision to make, whether to keep both stores open or close one, and if to close one, which one. Plainly the much larger Pathmark should have been retained, and was. A&P evacuated its small supermarket, which was then taken by Family Dollar. It was a very nice store, run by South Asians (Indians and/or Pakistanis).
A couple of months ago, that store put up "Going Out of Business" signs. I think I have seen other Family Dollar stores fail, perhaps because the corporation opened too many, too close together. But that might not have been the reason for this particular store's going out of business, because when I returned to my car from a trip into the Pathmark to deposit a check in the Bank of America ATM within it, and had decided to walk up the one-block hill to see what has taken the place of that store, I was startled to see this.

Most older buildings in this area are repurposed rather than demolished for something new. So I guess whatever is planned for that site would not fit with the building that had been there. What might be going up instead? Housing? I'll check from time to time.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Print Shop Art Show Saturday; Pridefest Sunday

Font sizes today are those I am presently inclined to use generally from now on, 150% of the default for regular paragrafs and 130% for captions, block-indented quotes, etc. If anyone would prefer another of the schemes I have shown in recent posts, or another scheme altogether (which they should specify), please contact me at schoonmakr @ aol . com [after taking out spaces, naturally].

Art Opening. I plan to attend an art-show opening reception this Saturday evening. My friend Jerry was tentatively scheduled to come in from Manhattan to join me, but we would have had to arrange in advance a specific time and place near Newark Penn Station to meet, in that my cellfone has stopped working after four years and I can't contact SafeLink to see if they'll replace it. You see, that Lifeline program's Technical Support department operates mainly by fone, and my fone doesn't work! Further, their email contact form does not work. I keep getting a demand that I fill in the complete serial and model number for my "Inoperable Equipment", even tho I did fill in the exact information given on the card that came with that fone. No ordinary email address is given, just a rigid feedback form that does not accept my information.

This and the next four fotos are from a prior Print Shop art show I discussed here on June 1st.

There's not even a fax number to which I might send an electronically-generated fax. So what I am apparently to be reduced to doing is writing a letter, printing it out somehow, and sending it off by postal mail. My printers at home aren't working right now. The printer in my color, multifunction machine is out of ink, and the replacement cartridges are not just ridiculously expensive but also not available in-store at Staples in Bloomfield, tho they used to be. I'd have to order them over the Internet and either have them delivered to my house or arrange to pick them up at a specific store. My monochrome laserprinter has some mechanical problem in which the mechanism that is supposed to lift a shield out of the way keeps slipping back in the way, so nothing prints. I feel that I understand simple mechanics enuf that I should be able to fix this myself, but have not yet taken off the side panel that hides where the problem occurs. The South Orange Public Library has a means by which a person using wifi can send a document to the library's printer and pay a modest fee per page, and I confirmed that that option is still available, at 15¢ a page. I don't know if the Vailsburg Branch of the Newark Public Library will let me move a letter off my laptop's hard drive via flash drive onto one of their wired computers to print a hard copy. It would be good to know all my options.

The brite spot over the young woman's right shoulder is not part of the artwork but the reflection of my camera's flash, which I should have turned off for these fotos in good indoor lite.

This is a wondrous age when everything works, but a very frustrating era when any of the technology upon which we rely, fails. I might have prevailed upon Jerry to let me use his fone to call SafeLink, and then reimburse him for the minutes I use, but he has to buy fone cards rather than pay overages on a mailed bill, so I'd rather not impose upon him. In any case, arranging to meet without our cellfones proved too difficult, so I am not to meet Jerry on Saturday.

This is the emailed invitation to Saturday's event. The line-centering is their idea.

Join us!

For an Opening Reception:
Saturday, July 19th, from 7-11pm

Join us on Saturday, July 19th for the opening reception of the Intimate Utterance Exhibition, curated by Mata Ruda. The exhibition is an intimate dialogue in a private language by a friendship of artists better known for their public voice.

Artists Include:
Vulpes Vulpes
Ariana Barat
Ricardo Cabret
Mata Ruda

To learn more about the Newark Print Shop visit:

For further information visit the event page:

That notice does not contain the address of the Print Shop, but you don't have to go to the event page noted to find it. The address is 304 University Avenue, 2nd Floor, Newark, NJ 07102 (opposite Essex County College and over the former Skipper's Plane Street Pub).

Pridefest, Sunday. I saw, posted on the South Orange Public Library's bulletin board several weeks ago, this poster about a "Pride Week" of events in the 'burbs. I complained here last year that there should be no such suburban event, but all Gay Pride events should be held in Newark. What happened last year is almost certain to happen again this year and every year in which competing events are held outside and inside Newark: most white people will go to the suburban event; most black people will go to the Newark event, and we will have dueling, SEGREGATED "Pride" events. (I have not actually attended any suburban events, so don't really know how white the crowd is, but I was born and raised in the suburbs, so would be very surprised if the suburban Gay Pride events are well integrated. Newark's near-in suburbs are a lot blacker / more "diverse" — don't you just love that euphemism? — than, say, those of Cleveland, but Montclair (one of three municipalities in which events were held) is only 27% black, Maplewood (where most events were held) is 35% black, and South Orange (where other events were held) is 29% black, as compared to the region's central city, Newark, which is now about 52% black.

I mention at top right of this blog that I am the man who in 1970, as a member of the organizing committee, offered the term "Gay Pride" for events surrounding the first march (that is, walking demonstration or parade) in Manhattan to celebrate the Stonewall Riots of the previous summer. It was never our intent, as creators of the annual march and associated celebrations, that they be racially segregated. Rather, we intended all-inclusive events, as symbolized later by the Rainbow Flag (designed in 1978). It disgusts me that Gay Pride celebrations in this area almost certainly ARE segregated. Certainly there were few white people at last year's Newark Pridefest, apart from people staffing information tables and the like. That must end. The suburban events should be done away with in future years, and all would-be celebrants encouraged to get together in beautiful Downtown Newark (and I mean that description of Downtown literally, not facetiously).
Fortunately, Newark gay men and lesbian women have refused to give up their own celebrations in Downtown Newark. See the Newark Happening website for detailed information. The march starts at 1:00pm from Broad Street and Raymond Boulevard. I hope there's easy parking around there, and there might be, given that it's a Sunday. I marched once, in 2010 (see pix in my post of November 21, 2011), but haven't woken up on time since. I'll try this Sunday. Last year I did get to the information tables and such in Washington Park after the march, and discussed that here on November 18, 2013. I found the following list of activities for Sunday at the Newark Happening website of the "Greater Newark Convention and Visitor Bureau[, ...] the official destination marketing organization for the cities of Newark and Elizabeth, New Jersey."
Sunday, July 20th
- Community Church Service * Free * Washington Park * 11AM
- Pride Parade * Grand Marshall Ms. Theresa * Free * Broad Street & Raymond Blvd to Washington Park * 1PM
- Pride Festival * Free * Washington Park * 1PM-8:30PM.
- PrideFest After Party * 58 Park Place * 830pm - 11pm
There is also an over-produced website at Newark Gay Pride.org. It has banners moving around, so I find it off-putting. The banner items are supposedly clickable (a hand icon appears if you hover the cursor over them), but clicking does not take you to a details page. Even more off-putting is this bit of insulting lunacy just below the moving banners: "CELEBRATING NEWARK'S LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, TRANSGENDER, AND QUEER COMMUNITY!" "Queer"? What is wrong with these people? There is no such thing as a bisexual or "transgender[ed]" person. Bisexuals are cowards and/or liars who will not accept being gay. "Transgendered" people are lunatics who need to be snapped out of their insane delusions. And "queer" is an insult.

This and the next foto are from last year's Pridefest in Washington Park, which I kept in reserve for my advance notice of this year's event.

Alas, there is still a lot of work to be done on gay rights. Two insane developments in the comic-book industry this week show remaining problems in the straight world. The first is the just-announced death of "Archie" of Archie Comics, who is shot dead while trying to defend a gay friend. Didn't the publisher realize that there are a lot of people who will think, "Serves him right. That's what you get for defending perverts"?
The second absurdity is that "Thor" of the X-Men comics is being changed to a woman. The first thought is that he is to undergo a "sex-change operation", but that is apparently not what's to happen in October at all. Entertainment Weekly explains how a comic-book series is to create a WOMAN named "Thor"!:
In the new series written by Jason Aaron and drawn by Russell Dauterman, there’s a whole new Thunder God–or Goddess, rather. It all comes out of the Original Sin story arc. "For reasons that will be revealed in Original Sin, Thor won’t be able to pick up the hammer," says Alonso. "Someone has to pick up the hammer. And someone does. And they become Thor." That someone is a lady—whose precise identity won’t be revealed immediately. "There are several women in Thor’s life, and one of them is going to be the new Thor. You aren’t going to find out who it is for some time. This is a slowly unfolding mystery."

Jimmy Fallon and his writers apparently did not see that, but assumed that Thor was to undergo "sexual-reassignment surgery", that is, that he is to be castrated and otherwise surgically and chemically mutilated in the insane attempt to "change his sex", which cannot be done. Every single cell in his body would continue to bear the XY chromosomal configuration that, in human beings, only a male can have. That chromosomal configuration cannot be changed, so "sex change" is impossible. All that IS possible is that an intolerant society can drive a tragically sad and confused man to hate himself so badly that he persuades himself that he is 'really' a "woman trapped in the body of a man", and that he can change his unalterable biological reality by surgical and chemical mutilation. Jimmy Fallon on The Tonite Show thus joked on Wednesday, July 16th, that Thor becomes an Ex-Man. Tee hee. Isn't that funny? Castrating a person driven out of his mind by intolerance is so funny! What next? Jokes about Josef Mengele castrating Jews in concentration camps? Today, we might be required to regard Mengele as a hero, an early exponent of sex changes!
How long will it take society to decouple gender and sexual orientation, and accept that a fully male and manly person can be 100% oriented to men? Until everyone understands that being a man does not require that he be attracted to women, and that you don't have to be a woman to be attracted to men — so an unhappy man doesn't have to persuade himself that he is "really" a woman, then devastate his body and ruin his life to try, impossibly, to 'become' a woman — we will still have work to do. Lots and lots and lots of work.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Second Round of Blossoms

Today's font scheme is 160% of the default for regular paragrafs and 140% for captions and such. Note: Regular readers will have noticed that posts sometimes appear a couple of days after the date shown. That is because posts are intended FOR the date shown, not necessarily uploaded ON the date shown. I have, indeed, backfilled a post for the 11th, entitled "Progress Pix of School Annex".

On June 7th I showed pictures of the blossoms of old-growth wisteria on and around my house from May. The vines have, since then, added a lot of new growth. New blossoms appear on some, but not all, of that new growth. Here is a flower cluster that has just appeared over the roof above my porch.

This year's new growth will add to next year's floral abundance, as gives me more to look forward to during the long months of winter.

New Magnolia Blossoms. Each year, in mid-April, two trees flower about 500' north of my house, in the yard of a house at the intersection of Smith and Silver Streets. A weeping cherry tree on the west has in prior years been glorious, and has partially hidden a lush magnolia to the east. This year, however (as above), the cherry's display was much reduced, due to severe pruning of what I hope had been dead or dying branches. That is, I hope that the owner of the property didn't just cut it back to reduce the amount of fallen petals after the blossoms faded. The magnolia, however, was still lush.

I noticed soon after I moved to my house that the magnolia issues a second, much-reduced round of blossoms in July, and checked to see if a second round had come out this year. Sure enuf, the weeping cherry was covered only in leaves, but the magnolia was punctuated by a second round of bloom.

Do all magnolias issue blossoms twice a year? Or is there something unusual about the one at Smith and Silver Streets in (the Vailsburg section of) Newark?

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Pro Soccer Nearby

Former Guyon pipe company buildings now used for murals for the Red Bulls soccer team. Today's experimental font scheme is 150% of the default for regular paragrafs and 130% for captions and such. Update, July 15th: I have added three paragrafs and accompanying fotos.

I have twice in recent days addressed one foreign game, cricket, played in the Newark area, so thought I might as well, on the day that soccer's World Cup is decided, address another foreign game played nearby, Major League Soccer. I have attended exactly one soccer game in my life, a professional match at the stadium of the "New York" Red Bulls in Harrison (NJ), which is only a mile or so over the Passaic River from the Ironbound. My friend Gaetano (an Italian name pronounced gie.tón.oe) from the Ironbound, treated and accompanied me. I'd have had little reason to go except to be with my friend and to describe and show pictures of that experience in this blog. But I did also very much want to see the stadium from inside. I had taken progress pix of its construction (June 9, 2009 and February 13, 2010) and been very impressed by the structure.

I dealt, in brief, with this topic on March 23, 2010 but show now a more comprehensive presentation, with a slideshow of my pix from that day at the end of today's post.

Altho the venue is called "Red Bull Arena", the term "arena" today generally refers to an indoor setting for public spectacles, whereas the Red Bulls play in a 25,000-seat amphitheater open to the sky. The smooth exterior appears to be covered in a "skin" of matte, metal fabric.

The building is magnificent, one of the most impressive structures I have seen locally. Jersey City has built taller than Newark in recent decades, and various of this state's most noteworthy structures are distinguished historically rather than architecturally, tho some are both, such as Newark's Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart and Bayonne's St. Henry's Catholic Church.

In this foto you can see the metal 'skin' stretched over the arena. The three flagpoles all carry the U.S. flag. Why? Why not also, say, the flag of New Jersey and any Red Bulls flag there might be?

The stadium/arena is diagonally opposite the Harrison PATH Station, which is a good thing in that there is little to no free parking nearby. Indeed, accommodation to the arena closed scores of previously existing parking spaces in that area. That should never have happened. We've had almost a century to adjust to the Auto Age, but some municipalities refuse to accept that cars have to park somewhere, parking is for everyone, not just the rich, and all intelligent urban design must accommodate those paired mandates.

You see here the entire skyline of Downtown Newark in the distance, alongside part of Gaetano. I couldn't fit him and the entire skyline as well. Oops.

There is a long walk, of perhaps 1,200 feet, from the PATH Station to the entrance to the Arena. To the left of that pathway, there were two old buildings from the Guyon pipe company era, shown earlier, britened with soccer-themed — and, more specifically, Red Bulls-themed — murals.

Here, I zoomed in on Gaetano catching up with me. The skyscrapers of Downtown appear to be only a few blocks behind him, but they are actually across the river.

I don't recall the admission tickets we had as being specific to particular seats, so you could sit wherever you felt comfortable, and move from one location to another if you wanted a different perspective. At least that's how I remember things two years on.

Here you can see all of Gaetano. The blue stands beyond are unoccupied, but some stragglers might have come in later.

The stands were only fairly well occupied. Most spectators probably came in from NYC, by PATH to Harrison or Amtrak or NJTransit trains into Newark Penn Station, from which I believe there are, or at least at one time were shuttle buses to the arena. There is also the Jackson Street Bridge that people could walk across if they wanted exercise and terrific views of Downtown Newark to one side and the arena to the other.

Some parts of the stands were well occupied — even over-occupied.

Gaetano drove, and dropped me off at the start of the walkway, then went to park. I walked a little closer to the arena, then waited for him, and took some pictures while waiting. The day was glorious, with the wonderful arc of sky that I still revel in after 14 years in Newark, given my prior 35 years of Manhattan's severely shrunken sky, hemmed in by buildings tall and short. Even short buildings rise much higher than the tallest person, so the sky is always much reduced in the streets of Manhattan, but not around here.

Especially well-occupied was the cheering section just behind the goal.

Visual immersion in the great, glorious sky contributes to what I think is a generally more positive mindset among Newarkers than Manhattanites. The wondrous, lush greenery of Newark as against the paved-over, parched landscape of Manhattan also contributes to Newarkers' more cheerful outlook.

Attending an event with thousands of other people tends to make one feel festive, and that certainly seemed the case with the crowd for this game.

Here's some of the game's action.

I paid little attention to the actual game, and didn't even strive, in general, to capture the ball in mid-game, tho I did get a couple of such pictures. I did not at first realize on reviewing my fotos more than two years later that in the following picture I captured the ball just after it was kicked, because it appears not as a white circle, but as a wide, white streak!

My quarrel with soccer is that the human creature rose to dominate this planet by virtue of two free limbs, with multi-digit paws (hands) that could, once freed of the need to propel the creature across the ground, manipulate things around him, as over time empowered us to shape everything to our use. Soccer arbitrarily steals from us the use of our hands, the very things that have enabled us to prevail over hostile, monstrous Nature (not, I hasten to add, "Mother Nature"; I may have mentioned here that if Nature is a mother, it is a mother like the monster of the ancient Greek mythical character Medea).

This was a "Meet the Team" day, in which members of the squad sat at tables and signed autografs. I addressed this on December 9, 2011, and showed a foto of my copy of an autograffed poster of the players in the stadium at nite. (Forgive the repetition today, two and a half years later, of a couple of the fotos in that post. The poster in the 2011 post is worth viewing again, tho.) In any case, the foto above shows a table with some of the players who were signing posters that we got, free, upon admission. I think the man farthest away is the guy with the most intensely penetrating stare when he looked at you. It was almost as tho he was flirting with everybody who came to the table.

Lots of people were taking lots of picturs that day. Here, I show some pro still fotografers. In my online album below, I show some video cameras as well.

When I zoomed in on the foto above to see what the writing on the yellow vests said, I saw this oddity.

There was a post-game wrapup by three men from the MSG Network. I don't know if any of them is famous, because I don't watch sports news, tho I confess that I will sometimes watch John Chandler when I come across him on WNBC just before The Tonite Show, but only because he's very pleasing to the eye.

One fan we lucked into seeing in the crowd went above and beyond ordinary team enthusiasm, wearing red paint or makeup on his face and horns on his head! One might almost think he wandered in from a New Jersey Devils game except that the horns were more typical of a bull than of the common portrayal of Beelzebub.

I'll let the bulk of my remaining fotos from that day speak for themselves in an embedded slideshow of my Picasa online album "Red Bull Arena", which contains 95 pictures, including all those used above. If any picture is unclear, you might like to check its caption in the album, tho most bear only the info "Red Bull Arena, Harrison, NJ, April 24, 2010." Now, the slideshow.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Progress Pix of School Annex

On February 26th, I showed the vandalistic demolition of the historic convent of what was my local Catholic church, Sacred Heart of Vailsburg. Today I show some progress pix of the construction of what I assume is an annex to the former Sacred Heart (elementary, parochial) School but is now the Vailsburg unit of the North Star Academy Charter School of Newark, which I think includes both elementary and middle-school grades. Here you see chainlink fencing around the original school structure as seen from the parking lot May 13th. That school contains the polling place for governmental elections for my neighborhood.

The next three fotos show the construction site at April 25th. This first shows a wide view that includes the church in the background.

This view of the left side of the construction site shows the existing school, beyond a high pile of earth.

For this closer view, I poked my camera thru one of the gaps in the chainlink fence as made the fence disappear. This foto thus shows an unobstructed view of construction equipment, a cement (or concrete) mixer, and rebar to embed in the concrete.

I passed by the site a number of times for weeks thereafter without stopping, in that there was no obvious change in the condition of the site. Then all of a sudden, I saw this striking change on June 5th, steelwork rising one story. The crane used to lift the beams is visible in the middle of the picture.

In this next foto, from July 9th, the crane is gone, replaced by a cherry-picker.

In the following foto, also from July 9th, you can see the flag on a pole over the shorter steelwork on the right. Does that indicate that this crappy little structure is the entirety of the new building? For that, they tore down a distinguished and historic convent? That should never have been permitted.

The last foto today is from July 13th. It shows the base of the cherry-picker inside the main structure, and the basket poking out the front. Perhaps I'll pass by early on a workday and find out what it's being used for.

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

ArtReach XXII Closes on Thursday

Today's experimental font sizes are 150% of the default font for regular paragrafs and 130% for captions and block-indented quotes. I have moved this post to Tuesday from Monday, and put a new post about cricket behind it (Monday), because I want to continue to alert people that they can still get to the show, which stays open until Thursday. I have now filled in the text and captions I skipped when I first uploaded this discussion.

Ebony Simpson, cWOW's Executive Director, in front of multilingual ArtReach graffic just inside the front door.

Each year, Newark's oldest independent art gallery, City Without Walls, pairs established artists and high school students in a program called "ArtReach". This is the 22nd year of that program. I attended the culminating exhibition for this year's pairings on June 12th, which was announced by an email invitation, the relevant portion of which I quote below.
ArtReach XXII, the twenty-second season of City Without Walls’ award-winning education and exhibition program, opens on Thursday, June 12, 2014, 6-8pm with a free public reception and at City Without Walls (cWOW), 6 Crawford Street, Newark, NJ 07102. The exhibition is free and open to the public Wednesdays – Saturdays 12-6pm through July 10, 2014.

Murals by Bryan Diaz, student & LNY, mentor.
In addition, the screening of New New [two "New"s?] Media works by Andrew Teheran & apprentices from East Side High School’s New Media Studies Magnet Program [what about it? There is no end to this 'sentence' — fragment, really — in the email.] Students: Andre Marques, Dylan Alves, Lucas Da Silva, Marcel Lopes, Vanessa Da Silva and more, with Alumnus Mentor Joao Tarouco will be on view at cWOW’s New Media Project Room.

I did not see a label for the large sculptural pair between the woman in the foreground and crowd in the background, so don't know who did it.
The main gallery features wall drawings, photography, painting, sculpture, installations and videos by the following fifteen pairs of students and mentors:

• Nelsy Baro (Arts High School) and Lisa Conrad
• Daniel Bastos (East Side High) and James Wilson
• Siria Delgado (Arts High School) and Beth Whitney
• Bryan Diaz (Arts High School) and LNY
• Naijlaa Evans (Central High School) and Adrienne Wheeler
• Marcus Everson (Arts High School) and Darrell Goza
• Manuela Iglesias (East High School) and Colleen Gutwein
• Jerry Jackson (St. Benedicts Prep) and Matt Gosser
• Amos Koffa (Arts High School) and Malik Hardaway-Whitaker
• Diana Lema (East Side High) and Cathleen Parra
• Azure Martin (Central High School) and Tamika Bradshaw
• Manuel Mejia (Arts High School) and Derek Franklin
• Kayla Muldron (Arts High School) and Jennifer Johnson
• Denzel Rodriguez (East Side High) and DuBois Ashong
• Carlos Ivan Vega (St. Benedicts Prep) and Joseph O’Neal

The area above shows, far right, Mama Angelou, by Malik Hardaway-Whitaker, so I guess the other pieces in the group are by him and/or his mentee, Amos Koffa.

This is part of the animated film in the side room. Altho 3D glasses were available, the part of the film I saw did not appear to be in 3D.

Here, what may be the family of a student artist pose for a picture, presumably near the student artist's work/s.

I think these three pieces are by Azure Martin (mentor) and Tamika Bradshaw (student).

Here are Lisa Conrad (mentor, at left) and student/mentee Nelsy Baro (Arts High School).

And here are James Wilson (mentor, at left) and student/mentee Daniel Bastos (East Side High). The top picture looks sort of like James, doesn't it? The lower picture contains a glaring grammatical error, which has to be deliberate: "Freedom is a illusion". I actually do hear this disgraceful error with increasing frequency, as tho either people don't realize that you must ALWAYS use "an" before a vowel sound or they know they have made a mistake but don't care to correct it, perhaps for fear of drawing attention to it. Whatever the reason, it's got to stop. This irksome practice is among a number of bad developments in English of late that I addressed April 1st in my infrequently updated political blog.

This area is Office, Deconstructed, by Matt Gosser (mentor) and Jerry Jackson (mentee).

This is Retroactive by student artist Diana Lema.

I seem not to have fotograffed the label alongside the group above. If cWOW would like to send me that ID (and correct any mistakes I may have made), I will add that info once I have it. The last foto I'll show today is a view of the crowd. cWOW generally gets a good turnout at its opening receptions, representative of Newark.