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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.

Jim Amon Wildlife Photo Exhibit to Open Jan 5th at the East Amwell Museum
(RINGOES, NJ) -- The East Amwell Historical Society and the Sourland Conservancy will present An Exhibition of Photographs of Plants and Animals Native to the Sourlands by Jim Amon at the East Amwell Museum in Ringoes.  The opening reception will be held on January 11th at 7:00pm. Admission to the East Amwell Museum and exhibit will be free and open to the public on weekends from 1:00pm - 4:00pm.  The exhibit will be on display from January 5 through February 15, 2019.
Herb & Milly Iris Gallery Hosts "The Price Of Sugar" by Jenny Flexner Reinhardt
(SOUTH ORANGE, NJ) -- The Herb & Milly Iris Gallery at the South Orange Performing Arts Center hosts a new exhibition by Jenny Flexner Reinhardt December 10, 2018-February 22, 2019.  In The Price of Sugar, Reinhardt has woven the theme of the bright and seductive appeal of sugar and confectionary, along with its dark side; the addiction, the excess and the disease. Sugar is both sweet and dangerous.
Newark's Gladys Barker Grauer To Receive 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award From The Women's Caucus For Art
(NEW YORK, NY) -- Gladys Barker Grauer, a pillar of the Newark, New Jersey, arts community, will be one of four recipients of a 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award from The Women’s Caucus for Art (WCA) during an awards celebration on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT). Fellow recipients include Olga de Amaral, Mary Beth Edelson, and Mira Schor. The recipients for the 2019 President's Art & Activism Award are L.J. Roberts and Aruna D'Souza.
Studio Montclair Presents "Art-To-Go," a Holiday Sale and Exhibit
(MONTCLAIR, NJ) -- Studio Montclair (SMI) is holding a Holiday Sale and Exhibit from November 27 through December 21 at the Studio Montclair Gallery, 127 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair, NJ. An opening reception with light refreshments and artists’ demonstrations will be held on Saturday, December 1st from noon to 4:00pm.
D&R Greenway Land Trust Presents The Juried Exhibition "Lovely as a Tree"
(PRINCETON, NJ) -- D&R Greenway Land Trust’s juried exhibition, Lovely as a Tree, includes the work of more than 80 artists responding to the words of poet Joyce Kilmer: “I think that I shall never see  a poem lovely as a tree.” The artwork is on view November 19, 2018 through January 25, 2019 at D&R Greenway’s Johnson Education Center, 1 Preservation Place, Princeton. 

Peter Max Remembers Frank Sinatra
(HOBOKEN, NJ) -- As fans of Frank Sinatra across the world remember the legendary entertainer on what would have been his 103th birthday (December 12th), pop artist Peter Max provides a series of portraits of 'Ol' Blue Eyes' at different points throughout his career. Max, with a 5 decades-long career of his own, created these signature, vibrantly colored portraits, working with the Sinatra family to celebrate the Sinatra Centennial in 2015. They remain a fan favorite at gallery shows across the country.
Jerry Gant 1961-2018
Jerry, There is no bio that will seem complete for you. Where would it be listed, amongst your numerous and diverse accomplishments, that you talked to people, always seemed to find time for the younger artists, to talk to them and look at their sketchbooks? Your use of language as a material, testing limits, associations, and possibilities.
PODCAST: An Artist Asks "The 20 Most Important Scientific Questions Of The 21st Century"
In this podcast, we speak with them about art, activism and how women invented Postmodernism. “The 20 Most Important Scientific Questions of the 21st Century” runs through December 14th at Douglass Library.
Artist Mel Leipzig At 83
We recently met up with artist Mel Leipzig at Artworks in Trenton. He was there to do what he does every day – create big paintings of people he likes. While the Artworks staff went about their business getting the space ready for this year’s Art All Day event, happening this Saturday, Mel pulled a few of them aside to capture them in their natural habitat in acrylic.
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.

Event calendar
Tuesday, Dec 18, 2018


THE NEPTUNES @ Lobby Bar at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Atlantic City, Atlantic City - 7:00pm

Funk Tuesdays @ Crossroads (Garwood), Garwood - 8:00pm

Holiday Express Benefit Concert @ Count Basie Center For The Arts, Red Bank - 7:30pm


H.A.G.S. COMEDY SHOW @ The Saint, Asbury Park - 7:30pm

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