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The Caring Canvas Hosted Josignacio's Art Unveiling Ceremony and Dedication in Asbury Park, NJ


(Asbury Park, NJ)-- The Caring Canvas, a premier traveling art gallery that combines fine art with philanthropy founded by Laura Brunetti, hosted an art unveiling and dedication on Saturday afternoon on November 5, 2011 at the Asbury Park Transportation Center located on Main Street in Asbury Park, NJ. The gathering was free and was open to the public.

Contemporary Cuban Artist Josignacio of Miami created the 8 foot X 9 foot masterpiece 'Tree of Life'. The Caring Canvas and the artist presented this gift and dedicated it to the Children of Asbury Park. Josignacio's original triptych art, 'Tree of Life', consists of three consecutive paintings that represent a powerful convergence of the past, present and future to create one extraordinary image of humanity. The painting is valued at $180,000.

Josignacio was born in Havana, Cuba. He is a contemporary Cuban Artist (painter), neo-figurative, mostly abstract, who has resided in the USA since 1989 and he is notably known for the creation of the plastic paint medium in 1984. The Plastic Paint Medium is a painting technique consisting in the use of epoxy resins as an "agglutinating medium" and "pigments" as colorants, obtaining a real plastic finish with a new visual effect. Some of his artwork is currently available on display at the Laura Brunetti Art Gallery located in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida as well as online at artnet. Josignacio currently resides in Miami Beach, Florida.

The celebration included the honorable Mayor Ed Johnson who conducted the unveiling and speeches were presented by Doug Ferrari of SICA (Shore Institute for the Contemporary Arts), Freeholder Amy Mallet and Mental Health Association's Director of Development Laura Oncea. Singer and songwriter Dave Miller performed live acoustic music throughout the
afternoon and special guest vocalist 'Quint Essence' of Asbury Park sang The National Anthem. Light fare and refreshments were served while Monmouth County families as well as guests from NYC enjoyed this exciting event.

One of the most creative humanitarians in New Jersey, Laura Brunetti, founded The Caring Canvas and has had unstoppable success with her art exhibits and community projects. Right where Josignacio's painting is installed in the transportation center; Laura hosted a free Caring Canvas summer camp for the children of the city this past August every Tuesday and Thursday. It was a very meaningful location to place Josignacio's art where children's art was created at Laura's camp.

Susan Belfer, President of Belfer Communications cheered, "Josignacio's art is a celebration of the growing arts & culture scene that Asbury Park has cultivated throughout history. This is a true gift to the community. As we unveiled his art, it was clear to all of us that the TREE OF LIFE was always meant to be right there. Josignacio's art will be admired by thousands of visitors each year in the legendary city of Asbury Park, NJ."

Stay tuned for the next Caring Canvas project. Organizations that wish to work with The Caring Canvas can contact us at 732.239.1559 or on our Facebook fan page THE CARING CANVAS.




Studio Montclair Hosts "Affair of the Art"
(MONTCLAIR, NJ) -- Studio Montclair and presenting sponsor, Keller Williams NJ Metro Group, Montclair, will host “Affair of the Art,” an evening celebration of Studio Montclair  at 18 Label Studios, 18 Label Street in Montclair, NJ, Saturday, November 17, 2018, from 7:30pm to 10:00pm. 
Walsh Gallery Presents Exhibits of Tom McGlynn and David Freund
(SOUTH ORANGE, NJ) -- The Walsh Gallery presents two new exhibits: “Tom McGlynn: Standards,” a new series of paintings comprised of permutations of shape, color and the interplay of these elements, and “Gas Stop: Culture,” black and white photographs by renowned photographer, David Freund.  The exhibits will be on display from Monday, November 5th through Friday, December 14th.
Masters of Illusion: The Legacy of John F. Peto At Morven Museum & Garden
(PRINCETON, NJ) -- Morven Museum & Garden hosts Masters of Illusion: The Legacy of John F. Peto from November 15th through May 12, 2019. Morven has partnered with the John F. Peto Studio Museum,  to present a new look at trompe l’oeilart in New Jersey.  Trompe l’oeil, pronounced “tromp loi,” is a French phrase meaning “to deceive the eye,” which is used to describe paintings that create the illusion of a three dimensional scene.  There will be an Opening Reception on November 14 at 6:00pm.
ArtsBergen Hosts Connect The Dots Networking Event On November 5th
(HACKENSACK, NJ) -- If you enjoy creating art, designs, inventions, woodwork, crafts, or other products, come to the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation's (NNJCF) ArtsBergen next Connect the Dots event, Makerspace Expo, on Monday, November 5.  The hands-on networking event takes place at Bergen Makerspace in the Bergen County Technical Schools Adult & Continuing Education Building, located at 190 Hackensack Avenue in Hackensack, New Jersey from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.  The event is free and open to the public.  Good-will donations are welcome.
Nikolina Kovalenko’s Artwork on Display in Watchung
(SUMMIT, NJ) -- Artist Nikolina Kovalenko is interested in humanity’s vanishing connection with nature and the consequences our everyday actions have on the environment. That fascination provides the inspiration for her new exhibition, Reclamation, which will be on display at the Watchung Reservation’s Trailside Nature and Science Center, in Mountainside, NJ. Presented in partnership with the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, this show will be on view from October 12, 2018–February 12, 2019.


Heather Ujiie Explores "Terra Incognita" At Rowan University Art Gallery
“My life’s mission is to challenge myself to go to new places,” said Heather Ujiie, a Bucks County, PA, multimedia artist whose latest work, “Terra Incognita,” is on display at the Rowan University Art Gallery now through November 17, 2018.
Kevin Sampson: Solo Exhibitions In New Jersey and Beyond
“I’m a Civil Rights baby. I grew up laying across picket lines and blocking traffic.” Artist Kevin Sampson’s father, Stephen, was a well-known Civil Rights leader in New Jersey, and he instilled a commitment to community that his son still honors.
Basking Ridge Resident Returns to Matheny to Help Assist in Strategic Planning for 'This Amazing Place'
When Ellen Lambert was director of development at the Matheny School and Hospital in Peapack, NJ, from 1993 to 1995, one of her major achievements was the formation of a fundraising plan for what would eventually become the Robert Schonhorn Arts Center. The concept of Matheny's Arts Access Program  -- which enables people with disabilities to create art, assisted by professional artist-facilitators  -- was emerging in '93, and the arts center was eventually built in 2000.
City Without Walls and Aljira To Shine At Newark Arts Festival
Two long-running art spaces, City Without Walls (“cWOW”) and Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art (“Aljira”), will house pop-up exhibits during the Newark Arts Festival, October 4-7, 2018.  Though both spaces are now in a period of transition, through the support of Newark Arts, they will activate with fresh exhibits during Newark’s citywide annual festival of the arts. 
The Healing Power of Art
Entering the office to see a neurologist can be a terrifying experience.  I know because I’ve had to do it for years.  Thankfully, when I see my doctor I am surrounded by his photographs on the walls. It’s more than a hobby for Dr. Noah Gilson, it’s a lifelong passion.






Event calendar
Sunday, Oct 21, 2018


MUSIC

DiTrani Bros: Folk, Swing, Jazz, Ragtime!! @ Roxy and Dukes Roadhouse, Dunellen - 7:00pm

Jazz Guitarist Abe Ovadia @ Englewood Public Library, Englewood - 7:00pm

Gypsy Jazz Brunch with Pyrenesia and Max Hansen Buffet @ Hopewell Theater, Hopewell - 11:00am

Dryden Ensemble: Bach Cantata Fest @ Miller Chapel (Princeton), Princeton - 3:00pm

Suzzanne Douglas @ South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC), South Orange - 7:30pm


THEATRE

The Ghost Princess @ Pax Amicus Castle Theatre, Budd Lake - 2:00pm

The Shuck @ Cape May Stage, Cape May - 3:00pm

CDC Theatre presents A Few Good Men @ CDC Theatre, Cranford - 2:00pm

Wait Until Dark @ Somerset Valley Playhouse, Hillsborough - 8:00pm

World Premier of, HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL, A Horror of a Play @ Forum Theatre (Metuchen), Metuchen - 3:00pm

The Color Purple @ Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn - 1:30pm and 7:00pm

Almost, Maine @ Jay & Linda Grunin Center For The Arts At Ocean County College, Toms River - 2:00pm

Black Tom Island @ The 1882 Carriage House, Liberty Hall Museum, Union - 3:00pm

*Uncle Vanya, Scenes from a Jersey Life in Four Acts @ Hudson Theatre Works, Weehawken - 7:00pm

Black Coffee by Agatha Christie @ Westfield Community Players, Westfield - 2:00pm







DANCE

DRACULA - THE ATLANTIC CITY BALLET @ The Strand Theater, Lakewood - 4:00pm


FILM

A conversation with John Cusack Following a screening of Say Anything @ Count Basie Center For The Arts, Red Bank - 7:00pm


KIDS

Summit Farmers Market Pumpkin Painting @ Summit Farmers Market, Summit - 10:00am


POETRY

The Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival @ Victoria Theater @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Newark - 9:00am


MISC

HAUNTED ILLUSIONS LIVE @ Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), Englewood - 3:00pm

THE MAGIC OF BILL BLAGG LIVE! @ State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick - 2:00pm

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