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You’ll find them in most supermarkets and many convenience stores: cheap, disposable plastic containers that package vegetables like arugula or spinach. Maybe you casually tossed one in the trash after cooking or snacking recently. But in Rie Hasegawa’s hands, a flimsy lid that once sealed one of those containers now has a second life. She turned it into a piece of art. Or, more precisely, something she used to make a piece of art.... READ ON

New Jersey Stage has been selected to produce three Fall 2019 Season Preview Guides in partnership with ArtPride New Jersey and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.  ​​​​​​​The guides will be digital publications, similar to the monthly magazine New Jersey Stage has produced for the past five years. These three digital publications will be published under the Discover Jersey Arts brand and feature regional content and advertising for North, Central, and South Jersey. The guides will cover events for the months of September, October, and November.... READ ON

Connecting with history through the arts can be a powerful experience. In the late 1970s, the dramatic miniseries “Roots” brought the legacy of the slave trade home to a record number of Americans. In 2018, the Princeton & Slavery Project went beyond academics by commissioning short plays and original artwork to address the roles played by slaves and slave owners in the university’s early history.... READ ON

​​​​​​​About a decade ago, while she was still in college, Margaret Fanning began sifting through boxes packed with albums of old family photos.... READ ON

Imagine spending four months on the other side of the world in a place where the sun doesn’t rise for about nine weeks. That’s where New Jersey natives Matthew Runciman and Danielle Galietti found themselves as they created interdisciplinary, multi-sensorial artwork in Iceland.   ... READ ON

Street painters have been around for centuries, but are still rare in New Jersey.  If you wander around Lambertville this summer you might see one at work.  His name is Joshua Lance and even though he’s a native to the town, he’s painted all over the globe including stints in several area of Asia and Europe. ... READ ON

In the age of Instagram, food is a visual obsession. “The Shared Meal,” an exhibition at Artworks in Trenton, dives deeper, exploring the meaning of food through the work of nine visual artists. Two paintings by renowned Trenton painter Mel Leipzig are included. The first pictures his family around the kitchen table in 1975, the second, his daughter’s family around her own kitchen table over 30 years later. ... READ ON

History is a powerful force, bringing the past forward and revealing clear connections between the world today and events and experiences that occurred before. So, when history beckoned, Rowan University Art Gallery responded with its current exhibition “Women Defining Themselves: The Original Artists of the SOHO 20,” on view at the Gallery at 301 High Street in Glassboro through July 27.... READ ON

(NEWARK, NJ) -- When Geeta Acharya arrived at the Matheny Medical and Educational Center as Corporate Compliance Officer in June 2010, she was impressed by its Arts Access Program, which empowers individuals with disabilities to create art without boundaries. Acharya, a resident of Bridgewater, is also an artist and was amazed by the facilitation process, which employs professional artists who follow the instructions of artists who may not have control of their hands and, in some cases, are non-verbal, communicating 'yes' and 'no' by a blink of the eye or a nod of the head.... READ ON

“You know, there is always such as thing as timing. And if you let yourself, allow yourself to work on timing, you really get it.” Toshiko Takaezu, the great ceramic artist who lived and worked in New Jersey for most of her life, was full of wise observations such as this. It was one of the reasons why so many people were deeply drawn to and influenced by her. I count myself among them. A documentary about her was my first big project as a producer ... READ ON

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