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Elizabeth Paseler Named Winner of $10,000 Engage Toms River Community Mural Project

Elizabeth Paseler Named Winner of $10,000 Engage Toms River Community Mural Project(TOMS RIVER, NJ) – On April 14, at the Toms River Council Meeting, Mayor Thomas Kelaher proclaimed Elizabeth Paseler, the winner of the $10,000 Engage Toms River Community Mural Project.  Sponsored by the Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation with the close collaboration of the Toms River Business Improvement District and the Toms River Artist’s Community, The Engage Toms River Community Mural Project was open to all residents in Ocean County.  The Ocean County artistic community was tasked to use their talents to create a mural showing the best of Toms River, to be displayed on the wall of Nancy’s Café in Downtown Toms River.

42 remarkable entries were reviewed by the jury, co-chaired by Danny Clinch, Brian Hanlon and Yvonne Yaar, who created a shortlist of the top three murals.

Finalists Elizabeth Paseler, Gregg Hinlicky and Carolyn Travisano’s work was then displayed at The

River Market Restaurant, The Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library, The Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts at Ocean County College and Community Medical Center.  The community was invited to vote for their favorite mural on The Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation’s website www.jayandlindagruninfoundation.org.

The community voted over 5000 times with less than 300 votes separating first and third places.  



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Jeremy Grunin, Executive Director of The Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation stated, “The Engage Toms River Community Mural Project is community in every sense of the word.  Elizabeth’s design will be turned into a “paint by numbers” canvas allowing every visitor to the Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library the opportunity to paint the mural.  We are looking forward to a very busy and artistic spring!”

Mayor Thomas F. Kelaher stated, "I am optimistic that the Grunin Foundation's attention and devotion to the arts will result in Toms River becoming a center for the arts in Ocean County."

Councilman Al Manforti stated, “I am looking forward to painting the mural myself at our library and seeing Toms River’s artistic talents unveiled at the Downtown Toms River Harvest Festival.”

Jay Grunin, Founder of the Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation stated, “Linda and I are very happy with the community’s growing enthusiasm for our Engage Toms River programs.  We look forward to building on each success and announcing the next Engage Toms River program at the mural’s unveiling during the Toms River Harvest Festival.”

Visit www.jayandlindagruninfoundation.org for more information.

Elizabeth Paseler Named Winner of $10,000 Engage Toms River Community Mural Project

About The Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation

The Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation is a private family philanthropic organization based in Toms River, NJ.  Its aim is to make Toms River the regional template for quality of life and strong economic health through root-cause focused investment in health care, education and the arts.

To demonstrate our commitment to sustained engagement and participation of all of Toms River’s residents in the arts, it developed the Engage Toms River Program.  Engage Toms River (#EngageTomsRiver) will become the hub of the community’s creative ingenuity.    The Foundation wants to encourage every citizen in Toms River to awaken his or her creativity, individuality, artistic and technical abilities to embed interaction with the arts and culture in the community.   The Foundation will host two to three Engage Toms River programs every year, open to everyone in Toms River AND with a minimum prize of $10,000.

PHOTOS:  (TOP) Pictured left to right, Carolyn Travisano, Elizabeth Paseler and Gregg Hinlicky

(BOTTOM) Elizabeth Paseler’s winning entry which will be at Nancy’s Café wall in Downtown Toms River



originally published: 2015-04-19 13:12:05


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Newark Arts announces launch of new name for its Annual October Arts Festival

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(NEWARK, NJ) -- Newark Arts has announced the launch of a new name and brand for its annual art festival. The former Open Doors Citywide Arts Festival is now the Newark Arts Festival and will take place October 4-7, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey, reflecting the city’s position as a City of the Arts and national arts capital. In keeping with the festival’s beginnings as an artist studio tour, the Open Doors Open Studio Tour will remain a festival highlight, along with a number of exciting spotlight events. Newark Arts welcomes artists of all disciplines to apply to its Call for Participation, open now at the festival website. The deadline to apply is August 3, 2018 by 5:00pm.


Visual Arts Center of New Jersey Presents Member Exhibition Featuring Elaine Denton

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(SUMMIT, NJ) -- The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey will present a new show in their member exhibition series, highlighting the work of Livingston, New Jersey artist, Elaine Denton. Selected by the Art Center’s Membership Committee, this show will be on view in Ann’s Place Gallery from June 23rd through August 20, 2018.


The West Windsor Arts Council Presents:  Generation Next: The Family Show

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(PRINCETON JUNCTION, NJ) -- West Windsor Arts Council (WWAC) presents Generation Next: The Family Show, part of its annual “Generation Next” exhibition series from June 25 through August 17. Based on an exhibition idea by artist Joy Kreves and curated by her daughter, Ivia Sky Yavelow, this exhibition includes work by 13 visual artists, each part of a family where two consecutive generations are visual artists.


D&R Greenway Land Trust presents Cosmophilia

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(PRINCETON, NJ) -- D&R Greenway Land Trust presents Cosmophilia **, a special exhibition by award-winning environmental artist Cameron (Cami) Davis from June 21 to July 25 in D&R Greenway’s Johnson Education Center, 1 Preservation Place, Princeton.   ​​​​​​​The artwork, on large canvases that draw the viewer into the space, “celebrates our human relationship within a whole, living and evolving Earth and Cosmos,” says the artist.








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