May Recap: Mana Contemporary

We had a quick carpool to Jersey City and a GREAT tour of Mana Contemporary on Friday. There is always so much to see there. For this visit, our knowledgeable tour guide was Alex Santana. She took us for private viewings of Richard Meier‘s architectural models and John Chamberlain‘s swing-camera photographs. We also viewed the AYN Foundation’s large collection of Andy Warhol silkscreens. Great exhibits.

We also had the opportunity to visit with several seasoned artists, surely interrupting them as they worked. Talking to artist in their own studio is a wonderful experience, and we had several. The first working artist that we spoke with wa Geraldine NeuwirthNext we visited with Daniel Frankenthal in her studio.

Clockwise from top: Danielle Frankenthal, Warhol’s Marilyns, and signing 
petitions in support of the NEA

A trip to Mana Contemporary is never complete without a visit to the Mana Café. After a nice lunch, it was a beautiful day for a short driving tour of bustling Jersey City and the stellar views of Manhattan from the waterfront.

If you have not yet experienced Mana Contemporary, follow this link to their website:

Our May Event: Field Trip to Mana Contemporary on 5/19

Join us for a private, guided tour of Mana Contemporary in Jersey City on Friday, May 19. If you have yet to visit this incredible arts space, you should definitely join us for this field trip!

Founded in 2011, Mana Contemporary is visual and performing arts center with a 27-acre campus in Jersey City. This unique operation combines galleries, a ballet company, studios for working visual artists, an art school, a winery, several restaurants, and…well, you really need to experience it.

For more info on this fascinating venue:

We will meet at South Avenue Arts in Garwood at 8:45am, where you can leave your car free of charge. We will carpool from there. Our tour begins at 10am, and we will return at about 3pm. No reservations necessary, but wear comfortable shoes as this will be a walking tour. Members only for this special event. Not a member? You can join day of the event!

March recap: Juxtapose Gallery

Juxtapose Gallery hosted our March event this year, with a presentation and an informative Q&A session with owner – and WAA board member – Danielle D’Amico.

a full house of WAA members at Juxtapose Gallery

It’s not every day that an artist has the opportunity to meet casually with a gallery owner – especially a successful gallery that has been continuously open in Westfield for over 40 years. This special event offered a relaxed & friendly environment in which to hear first-hand how a gallery works both with artists and art buyers.

owner Danielle D’Amico answering member questions

Attending artists were encouraged to ask Danielle the questions that they had always wanted to ask a gallery owner. It was a fascinating discussion, and another one of the unique opportunities that the WAA offers its many artist members.

Along with original fine art pieces, Juxtapose also offers expert framing & matting services to artists – and WAA members always receive a discount. Not a member yet? What are you waiting for?!

Our March Event at Juxtapose Gallery: Sunday, March 19

This event, the second of the season in which we will take a look at the business side of art, will be hosted by our board member Danielle D’Amico, owner of Juxtapose Gallery.

This is your chance to learn first-hand about the art gallery business from a gallery owner. Listen to Danielle talk – in her own gallery – about the history of Juxtapose, the type of art they have historically sold, what the Westfield art-buying audience is looking for in a local gallery, and learn about the selection process that she uses in evaluating the art and artists that she caries. We will also hear how Juxtapose offers expert framing and other services to artists – and don’t forget that WAA members always receive a discount!

Because we will be meeting in the gallery and surrounded by original artwork, we will not be offering refreshments at this event. However, this is a wonderful opportunity to have a treat or a conversation over a cup of coffee at one of the many establishments in downtown Westfield. Come for the art event, then make an afternoon in downtown.

Juxtapose Gallery, 58 Elm Street, Westfield
PEASE NOTE: In the event of inclement weather on the 19th, we may need to re-schedule. Check back here for details on the day of the event.