We plan to reschedule our Children's Exhibit for October 18. See below for more information

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Gallery Hours:

Sunday and Monday: closed • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: noon – 5 p.m.
Saturday: 10 - 3 p.m.


"2015 Invitational: Artists and Their Friends"

September 8 - September 26

Heinz W. Otto Gallery

Artists' Reception, Sunday, September 13, 12:00 - 2:30PM

Precipice  - Alaine Becker

Alaine Becker - Precipice

The Watchung Arts Center will be showing the “2015 New Art Group Invitational: Artists and Their Friends,” an exhibition of new work by 12 artists, organized and installed by the New Art Group, an organization of visual artists with a 22 year history in north central New Jersey.

Running from Tuesday after Labor Day weekend through late September, with the opening reception on Sunday, September 13 from noon to 2:30pm, the 2015 New Art Group Invitational highlights key works from a variety of New Jersey based artists. Varying greatly in medium, visual approach and subject matter, the exhibit is an opportunity to see the works of some members of the New Art Group members alongside the works of other artist friends whose artist endeavors they admire and respect.

New Jersey is increasingly the home to a large number of artists who are experimenting with visual media in new ways. There are many examples of how artists worked stylistically with or off on one another, artists such as Pablo Picasso and George Braque. Artists rely heavily on other artists for influence, support and for how different artists are executing in a medium or style that is either similar to theirs, or sometimes radically different from theirs. This exhibit gives the viewers a chance to see how those affinities can be obvious or subtle or sometimes not even apparent, but nonetheless there.

“As our second invitational, we wanted to bring to our audience artists they may not be familiar with,” says New Art Group founding member, Paul XO Pinkman.

George's Palette #1 - Heidi Sussman

Heidi Sussman - George's Palette #1

“Artists who are friends throughout our development are incredibly important to how we stay dedicated to our work and how we experience and develop new ideas that keep it vital.”

The artists whose works are represented in this show are Aliza Augustine of Jersey City, Francesca Azzara of Westfield, Alaine Becker of South Orange, Jane Caminos of Watchung, Pauline Chernichaw of Englewood Cliffs, Dorothy Kuehn of Maplewood, Nancy Ori of Berkeley Heights, Paul XO Pinkman of Plainfield, Madeleine Shaw of Shrewsbury, Heidi Sussman of West Orange, Eric Valosin of Montville, Gail Winbury of Westfield.

In addition, we are trying something new this time, an opening brunch. As a way of offering a different viewing time and experience, we are having our opening earlier in the day and offering coffee, tea and brunch snacks.

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“Textures of Life” by Darren TIng

September 8 - September 26

Lower Gallery

Artists' Reception, Sunday, September 13, 12:00 - 3:00PM

17-year- old Millburn High School student Darren Ting began taking photos when he was six. Throughout the last ten years, he has explored disparate aspects of daily life through his camera, which is shown by his vision of light patterns as well as images that caught his eyes in everyday life.

Italy - Darren Ting

Darren Ting - Italy

He gave his first solo show at Millburn Library, and later at the Chase Auditorium in Madison. Mitchell Seidel of Star Ledger calls Darren’s refreshing vision as interesting and spontaneous. Darren was invited to present his work at New Jersey’s ‘Unique Vision’ Photography workshop, as well as to exhibit his work in several group exhibitions at Watching Arts Center, Tenri Cultural Center (NYC), Gallery of Taipei Cultural Center (NYC), and at the Montclair Museum.

Darren Ting - France

Darren Ting - France

Darren received a National Silver Award (2014), two-time Gold Key award in New Jersey (2014 and 2015) as well as numerous honorable mentions and silver key awards from Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards. Darren had been interviewed on NY TV1 for his photo-series on light patterns. Last May, Darren organized, curated and exhibited in a charity photo exhibition titled "Generation Z", which raised $1700 for The Sunshine Kids Foundation.

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23rd Annual Children's Juried Art Exhibition

Curated by Monica Schraiber Otero


We have tentatively scheduled this for October 18. An updated flyer will be available soon.

23rd Annual Children’s Juried Art Exhibition recognizes the budding talents and creative potential of young artists.  The mission of the show is to encourage artistic development in children by providing an opportunity for the display and appreciation of their work outside home and school.  The WAC therefore, hopes to encourage the support of instructors, schools, and parents in our communities to promote student’s participation in this exciting event.

Open to all New Jersey residents ages 4 – 17 years old. Download the flyer here.

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Form for Exhibitors

If you would like to exhibit at the Watchung Arts Center, please download and complete the Exhibitor Agreement.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Ludmila Kalivoda, VP Visual Arts, Watchung Arts Center, e-mail pruhonice@aol.com.

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