Monday, October 12, 2009

Allentown Art Guild Group Show at Laurita Winery!

Since the formation of the Allentown Art Guild in 2006, we have hosted our annual group show during the weekend of the Harvest Festival at the barn studio of Jeff Martin Photography. While we truly enjoyed this space and the success of the shows there, it was a lot of work to do up front to only have the show up for 2 days. We hope that you will come out and join us for our first Group Exhibit at Laurita Winery in New Egypt New Jersey. The show is up for exhibit from October 12th 2009 — through January 7th, 2010. We will host an opening reception on Sunday November 15th from 2pm-5pm. Admission is free. Works on display will be available for purchase direct from Laurita. For more information and directions to Laurita, please visit their website here.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

June Meeting Location Changed!

Due to our record rainfall this month, my backyard is one big Mud-Pit and there is more rainfall in the forecast for this friday as we are canceling Raku night at my place and having a meeting at the barn instead. There is some news to go over, we will have a show and tell, Ellen has some Altered Books information she would like to present, and if time permits, we will discuss the ins and outs of keeping an internet blog. Hope to see you there!

PS...we are not scheduled to have a meeting in July, but if I have enough people interested in attending, I would be more than happy to do the Raku night the 3rd friday in let me know if you would come!


Monday, June 8, 2009

AAG August Meeting: Art Stroll in Bordentown

Friday August 21st, 2009 - The AAG will meet in downtown Bordentown NJ to enjoy an inspiring stroll around the galleries in town followed by a pizza party outside on the deck of Marcellos! More details soon! Should be a fun evening....Galleries and shops stay open late every third friday...for more info visit their website at

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Congratulations Jude!

AAG Member Jude Harzer Jude Harzer was awarded a Geraldine Dodge Fellowship in the amount of $5,000. for a Visual Arts Initiative that will enable her to spend five weeks as an artist in residence at the School of Visual Arts in NYC beginning in July 2009. Her focus will be on oil painting and the integration of new materials such as metal, wood and wire into her work.

Jude's recent exhibitions:

National Association of Women Artists
120th Annual Exhibition
Opening Reception: May 17th
1-4 pm
at the
Salamagundi Art Club
47 5th Ave.
New York, NY
May 11-29,2009

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Call for Artists!

Calls for Artists

Gallery 125 in Trenton, NJ, invites submissions from artists for their Fall, 2009, exhibit, Current Exposures. Artists working in any form of photography: traditional film, digital, alternative, computer enhanced and manipulated are invited to submit up to 5 images (entry fee $20) for consideration. CD images must be .jpg files preferably 4" x 6" at 300 DPI, compression level 10. Submission must also include hard copy version of:

Cover sheet with artist's name, home address, phone number, email address and brief biography/resume

One CD of images (up to 5 images per artist on one CD)JPEGs 4" x 6" at 300 dpi.

Title sheet with title, medium, framed dimensions, and year created for each entry. NOTE: the title of piece must be the SAME name as the file name on CD

A $20 check payable to TDA/Gallery 125.

Send to Gallery 125, 125 S. Warren St., Trenton, NJ 08608. Please include a stamped, self-addressed envelope if you wish to have the CD returned. Accepted entries will be posted on website, July 3. For further info: 609-989-9119, or visit

Deadline- June 17 Current Exposures Photography Show
September 11 through November 7, 2009

Juror: Michael Dalton, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Photography, Mercer County Community College (BFA, School of Visual Arts/MFA, Columbia University). In addition to teaching, Michael Dalton is a working photographer who has exhibited extensively over the last 20 years. His work is in the permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Yavne Center for the Arts in Israel. More at .

BOI’s of New Hope Fine Art Gallery is hosting the 2nd annual PAINT-OUT: NEW HOPE on June 12th and 13th, 2009. This plein air painting competition/exhibition takes place over the course of both days. Artist are invited to create works in any 2 dimensional painting or drawing medium on location in the borough of New Hope and Washington Crossing State Park on Friday and/or Saturday.
Exhibition opening, Award Ceremony and Artist reception will be Saturday June 13th. Prizes Awarded include Best in Show Award and The TAWA Member Award.

The competition is open to all artists over the age of 18. Entry is limited to 30 artists (who will be notified by email and/or phone.) Participants must register at BOI’s of New Hope Art Gallery each day of the competition before beginning to
paint, and must have materials in hand. Works submitted to the competition have to have been started and completed within the time/date boundaries of the competition, ‘en plein air.’ No preliminary sketching, drawing, painting may de done prior to the competition. No work can be done in “studio”,

For entry form, further rules and details, contact:
Lonn Braender at BOI’s of New Hope
9 West Mechanic St
New Hope, PA 18938

The Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts in Millville, NJ (South Jersey) invites submissions from all NJ, PA, DE artists, working in all mediums for a July exhibit, Sand, Beach & Glass. Works submitted can not have been shown at RRCA before.

The curators say: “Sand, Beach & Glass takes us farther than relaxing beach havens and shows us not only the beauty and splendor of all things ‘Down the Shore,’ but also the ingeniousness of those artists who not only paint and sculpt art inspired by the beach environment but the artisans who have raised glass making to a fine art. This exhibition will be juried by the Exhibition Committee of the RRCA. Prizes to be Announced. Entry fee is $20.00 for 3 images, and $5.00 each additional image. Only 2 details permitted for 3D work. (no more than 3 works may be entered for consideration.)

Entries must be postmarked by June 8, 2009

For a full prospectus or additional information, you can go to the Center’s website at; or you can call them at 856-327-4500 or email

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

May 2009 Meeting: En Plein Air on location at Laurita Winery!

SUNDAY May 17th 2-5pm
at Laurita Winery
35 Archertown Rd, New Egypt, NJ 08533

Join us at Laurita Winery in New Egypt for an afternoon of En Plein Air Art! Bring your supplies and creativity! Members shall meet upstairs on the 2nd Floor at 2pm for a brief business discussion about our upcoming group show. Rain or Shine!

Remember dues are due!

Monday, May 11, 2009

NJ Arts, History & Tourism Funding in Jeopardy! Your voice of support is needed!

Please Support Levels for Arts, History & Tourism as Specified in Law
Governor Corzine's FY2010 budget proposal indicates levels of state funding for arts, history and tourism below minimum levels stated in legislation that established a dedicated revenue stream to support these industries. Please write your district legislators and ask them to honor the law and vote for a budget that includes, at the very least, the minimum levels of support for arts, history and tourism promotion stated within the law.

Please click on the link below to show your support!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Congratulations to AAG Member Tess Fields!

Congratulations to AAG member Tess Fields for her acceptance into the

Garden State Watercolor Society
40th Annual Open Juried Exhibition

March 29 - April 20, 2009

Historic Prallsville Mills
Delaware River Mill Society at Stockton, Rt. 29
Stockton, New Jersey 08559

Way to go, Tess!!!

For more info:

Sunday, March 22, 2009

March Meeting Pics

Thanks to all who came out for an inspiring evening....A special thanks to AAG member Tess Fields for her watercolor background technique demonstration!

AAG member Tess Fields demonstrates a watercolor background technique.

AAG member Bill Martin discusses one of his latest watercolor paintings.

AAG member Lisette Herz talks about her handmade paper mixed media painting.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Beholden to Beauty

Painter, educator uses art to offer children hope, healing

Jude Vereb Harzer, a painter and educator, believes one of her greatest gifts is the ability to discover beauty in places where it seems the most difficult to find.

The Millstone native, who graduated valedictorian of the Allentown High School class of 1981, grew up in a single parent household as one of six children. In a house "filled with noise," quests for quiet and beauty were constant, necessary pursuits for her. Read Full Article Here.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Flashes of Hope

There is timelessness in a portrait. It is a memorial to a moment of personal history, where a telling expression speaks for a life. The Mona Lisa's smile. Albert Einstein's eyes....Please click on the link to read the article in this past Sunday's Star Ledger about AAG Member Jeff Martin's work with Flashes of Hope. Read the full article here.

. Professional photographer Jeff Martin of Allentown, above, shows patient Ja'Nora Evans of Milltown one of the pictures he took of her Wednesday at Bristol-Myers Squibb Children's Hospital in New Brunswick. Below, patient Ricky Rodriquez of Perth Amboy, with his mother, Ynocenia, during a shoot with Marin, who is one of the photographers for Flashes of Hope, an organization that makes images of young people with life-threatening illnesses.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

The Bank Show Exhibit - Jeff Martin

The newest show in the Allentown Art Guild's continuing art on display at The Bank in Allentown, New Jersey is the first in series of 1 person shows. The current 3 month exhibit features the work of Allentown photographer Jeff Martin. You can learn more about Jeff at his Stop by The Bank to see the show - 20 North Main St Allentown, NJ 08501.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Thanks for an Inspiring Evening!

The Allentown Art Guild would like to thank artist Robert Girandola for coming out and speaking about his life and work. If you would like to learn more about Mr. Girandola, visit his website at Stay tuned to see the evening posted on YouTube . . .details soon . . .

Saturday, January 17, 2009

AAG Members Only Wed Nights Open Studio

Every Wednesday evening the members of the Allentown Art Guild are welcome to join in at our Open Studio Night held from 7-10pm.

Place -The Roosevelt Public School
2a School Ln, Roosevelt, NJ 08555

Directions: ( Rte 539) towards Hightstown until you get to Windsor Rd and make a right turn(white church on corner on left side). Take that until you reach the next stop sign, make a sharp right turn which is Rte 571 which goes into Roosevelt. Make a right turn on to Pine Dr (opposite the Borough Hall and firestation/first aid building), and then first left onto School La. Go straight and park near the school. Entrance is all the way towards the right side of building.

Materials are limited to water-based paints
AAG Members Only.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Artist's Magazine Annual Art Competition

Enter the 26th Annual Art Competition. More than $25,000 in cash prizes! More info here!


More than $25,000 in Cash Prizes!
5 First Place Awards: $2,500 each
5 Second Place Awards: $1,250 each
5 Third Place Awards: $750 each
15 Honorable Mentions: $100 each

Winners will be featured and finalists’ names will be published in the December 2009 issue of The Artist's Magazine. 13 finalists will be featured in The Artist's Magazine's 2009 Calendar. In addition, nine finalists will be featured in the "Competition Spotlight" in The Artist's Magazine , 12 finalists will be featured as "Artist of the Month" on our website, and all winners and finalists will receive a certificate suitable for framing.

Plus, the Student/Beginner Division (for artists age 16 or over who (1) have been enrolled in a post-high school art program for no more than four years OR (2) have pursued art on their own or in workshops/lessons for no more than four years):

5 First Place Awards: $150 each
5 Second Place Awards: $75 each
5 Third Place Awards: $50 each

Award Winners in the Student/Beginner division will be featured in the January/February 2010 issue of The Artist's Magazine.

PLUS all Award Winners and Honorable Mentions receive a 1-year subscription to The Artist's Magazine.

Deadline: May 1, 2009

Friday, January 9, 2009

Call For Entries!

NEW ART GROUP will be curating a series of competitions at the Watchung Arts Center in Watchung New Jersey during 2009 - 2010. There are no entry fees involved. The first four shows will be about - Narrative Art - Your Reactions to the present monetary crisis - Art Tiles - Encaustic works - Alternative Photography and three other shows to be determined.

Please visit for further information.
The basics are: No fee

All works must be hand delivered. The work must hang on the wall. No work larger than 72 inches. No insurance. 30% commission. No nudity. We will ask the accepted artists to donate $35.00 or less to the Arts Center. Works accepted as slides, CD's or electronic.

AND . . .

The Monmouth Museum
New Jersey Emerging Artist Series 2009-2010

The Monmouth Museum provides a unique and exciting opportunity for artists to showcase their work with its New Jersey Emerging Artists Series.

We are planning now for our Third Annual series of six one-person exhibitions. Each exhibition will run for one month during July, August and September 2009 and April, May and June 2010. The exhibitions are open to any artist 18 or older and currently living in New Jersey, who has not been featured in a one-person exhibition in the State (this includes solo exhibitions in any public venue where work was exhibited over a period of three weeks, was publicized in the media, and was accompanied by an opening reception). Artists will be chosen by the Museum Exhibition Committee from submitted CDs. Work will be considered in all media, but the pieces must be wall-mountable, must be original creations by the artist, and produced within the last five years. Submission of work by Monmouth Museum members is free. Non-members must pay a non-refundable fee of $10 to submit CDs for consideration. Guidelines for entry and entry forms are available and may be downloaded from the Museum's website:
Submission deadline: March 27, 2009.
INFO: 732-747-2266

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

AAG Member Judy Nahmias Exhibit

AAG Member Judy Nahmias has some of her paintings on display throughout the month of January at the Twin Rivers Library in East Windsor, NJ. There will be an opening reception this Saturday, January 10th 1pm till 3pm.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Winter — A Group Show

Please stop in and celebrate the beauty of winter —
A Group Exhibition including the work of AAG Member/President Ericka O'Rourke Opening Reception
Saturday February 7th 2009 4-8pm
(Snowdate - Sunday the 8th 4-8pm)
The Artful Deposit Gallery
201 Farnsworth Ave
Bordentown City, NJ 08505

AAG Member Jude Harzer Solo Show!

Please join our fellow AAG member in celebration at her very first solo show!

Jude Harzer - Serendipity
Opening Reception
Saturday February 7th 2009
701 Mattison Ave
Asbury Park, NJ 07712

Congratulations Jude!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

AAG January Meeting — Robert Girandola

Happy New Year! The first monthly AAG meeting will be Friday January 16th 2009 from 7-9pm at the barn studio of Jeff Martin Photography 78 N. Main St. Allentown, NJ. This meeting will feature Guest Speaker - TAWA President/Artist Robert Girandola. Mr. Girandola grew up in Allentown and now works as a Color Scientist as well as manages his sucessful art career. He works in many mediums including but not limited to paint, charcoal, sculpture, and bronze. *Reminder - Due to last month's weather cancellation, please bring your Secret Santa Exhange to this meeting! Guest fee: $10 per person (must call to sign up as space is limited)