Art In The Park

Join us for an afternoon of Art in the Park – in beautiful Mindowaskin Park!

Everyone is encouraged to come out and participate. Artists and non-artists alike are encouraged to come out and enjoy Westfield’s 100 year old treasured green. With it’s walkways, trees and picturesque pond there is an abundance of inspiration for all.

We are encouraging everyone to come together as a community and celebrate the beauty of the park and create together.

Artists – bring your supplies! Maybe try a new medium or experiment with a new technique.

We suggest that artists who are not usually “plein-air” painters to experience the joy of nature as inspiration! Cameras, sketchbooks, watercolors, collage, crayons – any art medium is welcome!

Art admirers – come out and watch art being created – chat with and learn from the artists .

There will be art supplies available for a small fee for those who would like to join in!

Oil Painting Demo With Mark Saenger Recap

On Sunday, May 20, the Westfield Art Association presented a wonderful demonstration by painting instructor Mark Saenger at South Avenue Arts in Garwood New Jersey.

Mr. Saenger is a Bob Ross certified instructor who is one of the regular instructors at South Avenue Arts in Garwood.

The demonstration began with an informative discussion of the painter’s choice of materials and process. He shared his love of the artwork of George Inness and advised the audience to see the works at New Jersey museums.

The dark canvas and unusual technique informed and inspired all who attended. Mark’s instruction style is conversational and extremely helpful to beginners as well as experienced painters.

The Westfield Art Association has been offering art events to the public for almost 100 years. To learn about our next event and more please browse our website.

South Avenue Arts, an art school and studio, is located at 221 South Avenue in Garwood, directly across from Home Depot.

If you are interested in finding out more about Mark Saenger, his art and process, you can visit his website.

Oil Painting Demo With Mark Saenger

On Sunday, May 20th, the Westfield Art Association (WAA) takes you into an artist studio to present a live oil painting demonstration with artist Mark Saenger.

Mark Saengers Art Classes and landscape Painting Workshops are a hit with students. Saenger teaches in NJ and other areas.  An independent artist and a charismatic teacher, Mark Saenger maintains a studio in New Jersey.

He is a recipient of various awards, including the prestigious Copper Beech Foundation Award, from the Art Institute’s 26th Annual Juried Art Show.The winning painting, The Canal in Winter is shown above with Mark. A phone call from the HBO show, “The Sopranos” requested that his art be featured in the 2001 season. He has made appearances in numerous shows and is a member of various art associations. He aspires to maintain the respect and friendship of his peers in the art world.

As a beginning artist himself, many years and grey hairs ago, Saenger was initially motivated to paint by a college art professor who advised him to “stick with it.” The paint-along artist, Bob Ross seen on TV, fascinated Saenger. He took a workshop with this popular personality only to find, to his disappointment, but more to his benefit, that nothing which looks so easy could be achieved without commitment and skill.

From thereon, he began a rigorous study of the principles of art, having to spend long hours behind the easel and miles of canvas.
He has studied with some of the most notable landscape artists of today.

Since 2003 Mark Saenger continues to conduct plein air Painting Workshops and Art Classes in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.
Recently throughout the USA. Saenger enjoys helping beginners and intermediate artists get on the road to success, like his mentors had done for him.

Saenger’s goal is not only to stop time and capture a certain light effect or condition, but to ensure that the viewer can feel the warm glow of the sunset, or the bitter cold of winter.

South Avenue Arts, an art school and studio, is located at 221 South Avenue in Garwood ,directly across from Home Depot. Our event will run from 1-3pm, with refreshments served. Free and open to all (donations gladly accepted from non-members).

Painting Demonstration With Mark Oberndorf Recap

On Sunday, March 18,2018 there were many opportunities to delight in the arts throughout Union County. One very special event was offered to the public by The Westfield Art Association.

There was excitement and enthusiasm in the air at South Avenue Arts in Garwood when The Westfield Art Association hosted a standing room only crowd – enthralled by artist Mark Oberndorf as he demonstrated and spoke about his work.

Painting Demonstration With Mark Oberndorf Recap

Mr. Oberndorf, a self taught artist, told about his process and his passions. His warm conversational style of presenting encouraged the audience to participate with questions and comments. Mr. Oberndorf shared that he first focuses on capturing landmarks, buildings and signs that command our attention. He then observes the natural effects of changing light in nature and creates nostalgia filled tributes to time and place.

Painting Demonstration With Mark Oberndorf Recap

The artist also also told how he navigated the art world to gain representation in various galleries. His paintings of beloved New Jersey locations have helped him to establish a reputation as an iconic New Jersey painter. The New York Times has covered his artwork and many New Jersey newspapers have reviewed his exhibitions. Mr. Oberndorf’s work is in the permanent collection of three museums and you can see examples of his work on his website.

Painting Demonstration With Mark Oberndorf Recap

Painting Demonstration With Mark Oberndorf Recap

The Westfield Art Association offers presentations and events to the public throughout the year. A calendar of events, information about contributing and becoming a member can be found on our website here.