I mentioned here yesterday that I was unclear about just when and what "Art Walk" was to be, and that I had been unable to get information about it from the Newark Arts Council's website.
Most fotos today are from this evening's reception for a fotograffic exhibit in the Art Gallery at WBGO. The liting conditions proved very difficult for my camera, too dim for detail and to freeze motion, but brite enuf that flash turned out as bad on its end as no-flash on its.
Then I attended the reception for the Tony Graves foto show at WBGO/Jazz 88 today and almost literally ran into Linwood Oglesby, Executive Director of NAC (which, I clarified thru him, is said as separate letters, not the word "knack") in the narrow hallway that serves as BGO's Art Gallery. I asked him about Art Walk. He explained that this is the first of what are to be a number of Art Walks, once a month, focusing on different parts of the city. This time, the area is Market Street and the Lincoln Park area (which are about a mile apart, walkable but not close). From 6-10pm FRIDAY (tomorrow, April 23rd), not Saturday, participating galleries will be open for people to walk in. Again, the arts community is stepping up to give Newarkers things to do in the evening. Art Walk is to be something like the Studio Tour during Newark's artswhirl in late October each year. I asked if there was a map available, and he said yes. I said I had gone to the NAC website the day before and found nothing. He said the info was now available.
Pianist and trumpeter entertain.What I later found at the NAC site was an introductory couple of paragraphs and a link to a press release. But no map. Here's the introduction.
The Newark Arts Council kicksoff a new program, Newark Art Walk this Friday, April 23. The Newark Art Walk will take place on the fourth Friday of each month through October, and focus on a cluster of Newark’s galleries and restaurants, typically within walking distance of each other.Here's some more detail about the first Art Walk, from the NAC's press release.
The new initiative, a spin-off of the Newark Arts Council Open Doors Studios Tour during which visitors have the opportunity to experience Newark’s vast arts community over the course of one weekend, will offer visitors a more intimate showcase of the vibrant and evolving downtown art scene, as well as the local businesses and restaurants, on a monthly basis.
Art forms including visual, media and performance will be featured each month. Participants in the first of the monthly Art Walks feature galleries in the Market Street/Lincoln Park zone, including
Gallery One, Gateway One (across from Newark Penn Station), gugaart.com 6PM – 10PM
Guerilla Galleries Presents: `MASKET'
Submerged Art Gallery, 210 Market Street, submergedart.org, 6PM – 10PM
Presents: “Another Art Show” * * *
Brick City Coffee Company , 11 Lafayette St, 7AM – 8PM
Eclectic Brew: Mansa K. Mussa
cWOW [City Without Walls], 6 Crawford St, cwow.org, 6PM – 10PM , performance 7PM.
Comedy Night Last Laugh featuring comedian C.J. Prince. LOL exhibit on view.
Russell Aldo Murray Gallery , 460 Washington Street, RAMGalleryspace.com, 6PM – 10PM
Grand Opening Reception of the Russell Aldo Murray Gallery at Lincoln Park featuring masters of African-American art and spoken word.
Solo(s) Project House Studios , 972 Broad Street, 6 – 10PM
Solo Project #1: Outside Your Box
Paintings in Lobby by Willa Goldthwaite
SOILED PROJECTS consignment shop preview
Dorthaan Kirk, BGO's Special Events and Programs Coordinator, says that the station has 6 art receptions a year. This is the first I heard about.
ADDITIONAL GALLERIES THAT WILL BE OPEN APRIL 23
Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art , 591 Broad Street, aljira.org, 6PM-10PM
"I'm always thinking of you even when I'm kissing another boy" by Ethan Shoshan
The EmergeNext Project "Her Dark Matters" by Jenny Salomon
A VHS screening of Rene Laloux's "La Planète Sauvage" (Fantastic Planet), 1973, science fiction animation, 72 minutes, rated PG.
Then Cephas (pronounced sée.fas) Bowles, President and CEO of BGO, reminds the audience that WBGO and wbgo.org reach far beyond Newark.
Index Art Center , 585 Broad Street, IndexArtCenter.org, 6PM – 10PM
Filmideo! Independent shorts curated by Sara Mayti
Reception Room: Works by J Mike Kuhn
Sumei Multidisciplinary Arts Center , 85 Hamilton Street, corner of NJ Railroad Ave, sumei.org, 7PM – 10PM
LIFE DRAWING WITH OR WITHOUT INSTRUCTION, Sessions: $15 each
Instructor/Facilitator-Artist Kevin Darmanie
Dorthaan had introduced us to "Steve" from Mississippi, who was in town for a convention at the Newark Museum (seems odd, but that's what she said) and had become familiar with WBGO during his visit. While the speakers spoke, Steve sketched.Now, here's a surprising twist, if the press release is correct.
Art district zones that will be highlighted throughout the year include: Halsey Street Village, and Downtown and Ironbound. Early next month the balance of 2010 schedule will be announced. The Newark Arts Council Open Doors Studios Tour, taking place September 24 – 26, 2010 will offer an inclusive look at all of the galleries via the Gallery Crawl and Studio Tour.
Fotografy School, #1. My camera couldn't fotograf this foto poster of Peter Jennings with a female jazz figure because of poor lite and reflections from track lites above.Hm. On November 2, 2009, I wrote here:
So the beginning of the second day of Open Doors '09 was great; the end was great; the middle needed work. I don't know whether a forecast of rainy weather adversely impacted the event. This is one major reason I would argue for moving Open Doors a month earlier, because September is ordinarily pretty warm and dry. Even major tourist guidebooks for New York say that September is the best month to visit the NY area. We are certainly not New York (thank goodness), but we get their weather first, so mild, dry September would seem a better time for Newark's arts whirl.If the September dates (which are Friday-Sunday) are correct (the same dates in October are Sunday-Tuesday, so not likely), perhaps a lot of other people agreed that we should do this during warmer, dryer weather. I dare not claim any credit in producing a shift a month earlier, especially since we might have a hurricane then. Of course, if the weather is beautiful, it was all my idea. If it is dreadful, the change in date is all NAC's doing.
Fotografy School, #2. Here, I decided to try flash, since the upward angle should not reflect the flash back into the camera. It surprised me how well this picture turned out. (Among Tony Graves's pictures in the show is one of Dee Dee Bridgewater with a shaved head and wearing a flowing red dress.Linwood said that the Submerged Gallery is 3 floors at the corner of Beaver Street and Market, started by an artist who moved here a couple of years ago from Los Angeles. I asked, "Salomon [Anaya]?" Yes. I met Salomon, at Rupert Ravens Contemporary, shortly after he arrived. I said to Linwood that I wasn't sure he'd stay in Newark, since he was from Los Angeles. I realized later that I should have clarified that the winter is so severe here as against Los Angeles that he might flee back to sunnier climes, not that Newark doesn't compare well against L.A. as a city congenial to artists. I told Linwood that I had inquired of Rupert if they were participating in this Art Walk, but was told by his associate, Gae Savannah, that she didn't think they were participating this time. Linwood said that Rupert is so big that he can't turn on a dime, but it took a lot of room for him to turn around — like a battleship or aircraft carrier, I suggested. Linwood anticipated that RRC would participate in a later Art Walk.
I got an email announcement from LPCCD about the RAM Gallery (I don't know if RAM is said as a word or as its constituent letters; perhaps I'll find out Friday) that explains that it is "a collaborative effort" between the Morristown group "Art in the Atrium" (which for some reason is referred to as "ATA", tho I don't see what the second-A is for) and the Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District. I still don't understand the "Coast" part of that name. In any case, it is in the same space I showed here last October 29th, a new ecologically "green" townhouse. The Gallery is to be "a contemporary art and event space in Lincoln Park, an up and coming eco-arts and cultural destination in Newark", and is named for one of LPCCD's founding members, (the late) Russell Aldo Murray.
Fotografy School, #3. I took one more foto of a foto poster, with flash, to see if that was a good fix for the problem of shooting obliquely at a surface marred by reflections.As I walked back to my car, parked several blocks away (more about Newark's insane parking restrictions some other time), I made a short sidetrip to take more pix of NJPAC, since I mention it a lot and want to have a different picture for each mention. I was pleased to see that all the letters of Theater Square Grill were lited, unlike the situation I showed here March 28th.
On the way to BGO from my car I also noticed that Washington Florist had removed the dead dwarf evergreen I showed here March 27th. They have not as yet, however, replaced it with something wonderful. A florist could put revolving plantings into a display planter out front, with a descriptive plaque about what the name of the plant is, the lite and soil requirements, etc., as both a sales pitch and environmental education for passersby.