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 Рspecially prepared for us by owner George Vastardis Рas 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.

WAA & CAG Team Up To Present Peter Jacobs

This event marks the first time we have co-produced a monthly event with our friends in the Contemporary Art Group (CAG). Many of us are longtime members of both groups, but if you are not familiar with CAG, they are a membership art community based out of the Watchung Arts Center whose focus is on exhibitions. CAG averages 10 member exhibits each year in a variety of venues around Northern NJ.

PLEASE NOTE THE NEW LOCATION AND DATE OF THIS EVENT, which was previously scheduled for October 15th at the Westfield Public Library. See the poster below for updated info:

We welcome artist Peter Jacobs to the Community Room, where he will present slides and discuss his work and how he has built his career around making art. Refreshments will be served!

Please see our CALENDAR for more events.