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For decades, New Brunswick has been one of the most vibrant arts towns in the state, but the city is just getting started.  Construction has begun on the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center, an exciting project which will help cement the city’s “theatre row” as a premier destination for the arts.... READ ON

These aren’t the kind of floral paintings you’ll find hanging in the lobby of most motels or for sale at your local department store. At first glance, you might not even realize that some of the Rob Ventura pieces that currently line the walls at Proto Gallery in Hoboken depict flowers at all. They’re filled with abstract shapes, wild brushstrokes and deep, dark hues of red, orange, purple and black.... READ ON

I don’t know about you, but I often rely on quotes by famous people and great thinkers to help me distill down an immense concept into a few well-chosen words. And, when I searched for wise phrases about art, I found pages and pages to choose from.... READ ON

For those living with Autism Spectrum Disorder, art may be their only mode of communication. One end of the spectrum includes those who are the most isolated and who literally live in their own world. Yet, even if they are unable to write or speak, some are able to create art which offers a glimpse of the person inside. For those at the other end of the spectrum who are much more functional, artwork shows how strong their abilities can be.... READ ON

Fun fact: There are more than 900 roads and highways across the United States named for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (I know this is for real–I read it on the interwebs).... READ ON

Two things went through my mind when I heard about the “Bruce Springsteen: A Photographic Journey” exhibition at Morven Museum & Garden in Princeton: (1) Don’t miss it, and (2) it’s at Morven?!?... READ ON

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

We lost many great artists during the past year. For those of a certain age, this was the year we lost many of our heroes and artists who grew old with us. It began with the loss of David Bowie and the obituaries kept coming. Some of the musicians lost in 2016 include Prince, Glen Frey, Paul Kantor, Maurice White, Phife Dawg, Sir George Martin, Merle Haggard, Leon Russell, and Leonard Cohen.... READ ON

In just two years, the NJ Stage Awards have developed quite a following throughout the Garden State arts community. Designed to help shine a spotlight on arts organizations throughout the state, the complete list of winners for 2016 were announced in New Jersey Stage magazine. We will be highlighting the winners of one category per day until the end of the year. This article takes a look at the Best Place To View Art category.... READ ON

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