Painting Demonstration and Conversation With Mike Oberndorf

On Sunday, March 18, the Westfield Art Association (WAA) takes you into an artist studio to present a live painting demonstration and conversation with artist Mark Oberndorf.

Don’t miss this exciting WAA Learning Studio at South Avenue Arts, where artist Mark Oberndorf  will be creating an acrylic painting while explaining his process and taking questions from participants. You can’t get closer to the art than that!

Mark Oberndorf hails from Wyckoff, New Jersey. He is well known for his realist painting style, which says “captures the disappearing American landscape that dates from the nineteen-forties, fifties, and sixties.”

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).

The WAA Artist Interview: Brooke Gardiner

We may be the oldest arts organization in New Jersey, but that doesn’t mean we don’t like to try new things: Introducing a completely digital members event for January, 2018 – the launch of our new video interview series.

Who would we choose for our first member artist video? Yes, I already told you in the headline: Brooke Gardiner. Brooke is our longest-serving board member, and has over the years served as President, Treasurer, and Vice-President, making him likely more responsible for the direction of our organization than anyone else currently in our membership. Watch this short video and you will see and hear the story behind some of Brooke’s favorite sculptures.

And now about one of our newer board members, Paul Federico. Paul has written, directed, edited, and produced this marvelous video of Brooke. We look forward to more artist interview episodes in the future.

We hope you will enjoy this new approach to art appreciation and education, and that you will share it with friends both new & old.

Our organization may have begun in 1922, but we are still keeping it fresh is 2018!

WAA Holiday Dinner

We had a wonderful holiday dinner with a great group of WAA artists.

What a wonderful event! Twenty-six members joined us for a lovely, candlelit holiday celebration at Limani in Westfield.  We shared a special three-course meal of seafood – specially prepared for us by owner George Vastardis – as we reviewed our art events of the past year and previewed highlights of the year to come. We also took the time to celebrate each of our members who had a big exhibit in 2017.

Thank you to everyone who attended.

A special thanks to Avi Kiriakatis for organizing the dinner.

Looking forward to 2018.

Re-Cap: Peter Jacobs

This afternoon’s co-sponsored event with Peter Jacobs was well-attended by members of both the WAA and CAG groups – we even drew a few new faces to this exciting event.

Peter presented off of slides, and walked us through both his art-making process and the intended communications of his work. The focus of his presentation was The Collage Journal, his carefully preserved, numbered & dated Strathmore paper pads and how he exhibits them.

If you did not have a chance to see this enlightening presentation, you can see Peter’s 2012 interview with NJTV about his collage journals here.

We enjoyed seeing such a good crowd of artists, and listening to Peter tackle all your questions. A big thanks to our friends at CAG for introducing us to Peter and co-hosting this event with us – let’s do it again soon!

For more information on Peter, follow this link to his website.