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As a child of the Fifties and Sixties, born and raised in Southern California, Bryan could not avoid soaking up the pop culture and angst of that time and place. He was fascinated by cheesy Sci-Fi and horror movies, super hero comics, Mad Magazine, Salvador Dali, The Twilight zone, Zap Comics, etc. All of those influences plus the “duck and cover” mentality of the Red Scare had their shots at a sensitive mind. In addition to the constant threat of atomic annihilation, the Civil Rights Movement, Vietnam War, and the Kennedy and King assassinations further provoked a political awareness and a sense that all is not right with the human species. At an early age art became a way for Bryan to deal with and make sense of the world.... READ ON

It’s the (early) 70’s and that was the warm up drill in Mrs. Lester’s typing class where I learned to type over 100 words per minute. Today, of course, it would be “all good men and women.”... READ ON

(MONTCLAIR, NJ) -- Matisse and American Art, the first exhibition to examine this French master’s profound impact upon the development of American modern art from 1907 to the present, is currently on display at the Montclair Art Museum. The exhibition is organized by Dr. Gail Stavitsky, MAM chief curator, with co-curator Dr. John Cauman and consultant Lisa Mintz Messinger. MAM is the sole venue and it will be on view through June 18, 2017.... READ ON

(BURLINGTON, NJ) -- The 2017 People’s Choice Awards is winding down, with only a few days left for the public to vote for their favorite New Jersey arts groups. Nearly 100 organizations and 11 arts districts are competing this year in 16 categories, including favorite theater to see a musical, opera company, art museum, music festival and more. Area arts lovers have already cast more than 16,000 ballots, with voting ending this Thursday, February 16 at 11:59 p.m.... READ ON

(NEWARK, NJ) -- When the Newark Museum’s Chief Curator Ulysses Grant Dietz steps down from his position at the end of 2017, he will leave behind a 37-year legacy marked with silver, jewels, ceramics and a Victorian mansion.... READ ON

(MANALAPAN, NJ) -- The Garland Law Office in Manalapan will hold workshops on the Fundamentals of Grant Writing and Glommering Funding. They are presented by Charles Burke who has over 30 years experience in presenting seminars and workshops on alternate sources of funding and grant writing as a way to help individuals, organizations, clubs, nonprofits, educational and arts groups. The cost is $50 for each event in advance.... READ ON

New Jersey Stage will list any show cancellations sent to us at or that we find on social media. Please let us know the name of the show that is cancelled, the venue, and if the show will be rescheduled or not. You may also contact us if you know your events are still on.... READ ON

(NEWARK, NJ) -- Women in Media-Newark will present an innovative art exhibit entitled “Women in the World: A Visual Perspective” at three separate locations. Rutgers University-Newark’s Paul Robeson Art Galleries,; Monmouth University’s Pollak Gallery, and New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s (NJPAC) Victoria Lobby will each host a special segment of the exhibit. This art exhibition is presented as a part of “Women In the World,” Women In Media – Newark’s eighth annual Women’s History Month Film Festival that will take place from March 28 – April 6 at venues throughout the state.... READ ON

(ENGLEWOOD, NJ) -- The Sandy Bennett Art Gallery at the Bergen Performing Arts Center hosts Expressionist Art: Majestic Exhibition, a solo exhibition of mixed media paintings by Julio Borges. The art exhibit is in residence at The Sandy Bennett Art Gallery on the 2nd floor of the bergenPAC from February 4-26, 2017. In this exhibit, Julio Borges reflects on his life and journey from Cuba to New Jersey with the use of oils on canvas. ... READ ON

(MORRISTOWN, NJ) -- James Fiorentino, a nationally renowned sports and wildlife artist who resides in Hunterdon County, is currently exhibiting a series of watercolors of rare wildlife at the Mayo Performing Arts Center Art Upstairs Gallery, until February 28, 2017. This exhibit is in partnership with Studio 7 of Bernardsville and Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey.... READ ON

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