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Joanne Petuchovas studied Fine Arts Education, but began her career in commercial art when everything was still done by hand (pre-computers). She eventually switched careers to Special Education. In all aspects of her personal and working life, she utilized her creativity and artistic skills to enhance her lessons and student experiences.

Now retired, she has been able to concentrate on her love for photography and creating with paper. Iris paper folding, tea bag folding, and collage are some of the techniques used on her unique note cards. Use of color, pattern, texture, embellishments, vintage ephemera and other “found” materials enhance her designs. Her photography began with a focus on flowers, but has grown to include a variety of subjects.

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Park Ave Club is organizing 16th Annual Juried Exhibit. This year’s theme is “Eat, Drink, Be Merry”. For all of you interested, either print the two files attached, or get in touch with the organizers (the e-mail is in the prospectus) to have an original prospectus sent to you.

Let us know if you were picked. We would like to feature your works on our blog!

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Please join us for a group tour of the “Matisse and American Art” exhibit at the Montclair Art Museum on the afternoon of Friday, March 31. The docent-led tour will be from 2 to 3 p.m. You may view other exhibits at the museum before or after the tour. Participants pay for admission to the museum and the special exhibit: $18 for adults, and $16 for seniors. ALC will provide the tour fee.
Montclair Group Tour
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Sally Abbott will show her works at the Lundt-Glover Gallery, 58 Meyersville Rd., Chatham Twp., NJ in her upcoming solo show “On the Road and Home Again” hosted by Art League of the Chathams. The show is on view March 10 – June 13, 2017.

The opening reception on March 10, from  6:30 to 8:30 pm, will be accompanied by the live music of Joel Read and is open to public.

The solo show and reception coincide with the opening reception of the ALC Spring Group Show at the same location and time. Please stop by and check out both these exciting events.

Sally Abbott Spring 2017

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Anne began studying art with her aunt who was an art teacher when she was 7 or 8. Throughout junior high and high school, she studied at the local art center and in high school was selected to help the art teacher in one of his classes. After taking art classes at university, she studied at a government sponsored atelier in Paris and much later at the Visual Art Center of New Jersey in Summit. At her first show there, she received an all media promise award for her painting “Dino”. She has been participating in group shows in Morris and Union counties and had her first solo show in 2014 at Gallery 297 in Madison, NJ. She works mostly in oils and acrylics.
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ALC organized docent lead group tour of Montclair Museum’s Matisse and the American Art exhibit.


“Thanks for organizing this field trip. The docent was really excellent. I learned so much and enjoyed the good company of everyone visiting.” LK



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Please scan the current offerings at the ArtSpace in Morristown. If you are interested, contact Julie Friedman.

Beyond The Photo
Sunday, January 22nd  10:00-3:00
Instructor:  Julie Friedman PSA $80.00
Many painters, from time to time, rely on the use of photographs to build their paintings.  They use them for inspiration, composition ideas, and for accurate information regarding light and shadow.  They are a wonderful resource and a back up support when you cannot get outside to paint.  However, the camera has its limitations and what it shows you is an oversimplification of color and nuance.  This workshop will help to identify all the lies that the photo are telling you, as well as help explore how you can build on what you see in the photo to create  paintings that are above and beyond the reference.  We will explore how to effectively lie a lot and tell the truth a little:)  You will never look at your photo the same way again! This workshop is for all mediums.
Creating Strong Compositions
Monday, January 30th  10:00-3:00
Instructor:  Julie Friedman PSA  $80.00
Strong composition is the foundation for exciting paintings.  This workshop will focus on how to take all the favorite places and subjects that we love to paint and build strong compositions around them to create exciting and dynamic paintings.  We will explore how the use of balance, line, negative and positive shapes, and dissection of space help to move the eye through the painting.  The use of editing and simplifying what you see, to direct the viewer to the essence of the painting, will be discussed.  We will also focus on how to identify the focal point and make decisions for the painting that help support it.  This is a workshop that never gets old… and is always worth revisiting. This workshop is for all mediums.
Painting Values
Monday, February 6th 10:00-3:00
Instructor:  Julie Friedman PSA $80.00
Values do the work and color gets the glory”  This workshop will take a good, hard look at the value scale and the importance it plays in building paintings that push and pull space, that convey form and dimension, and feel solid and balanced.  We will learn how to dismantle color to assess the value ranges underneath it and how to use this information to better our paintings. The concept of how mid-value paintings vs wide value range paintings influence mood, will be addressed. This workshop is for all mediums.
Adding The Wow Factor To Your Work
Sunday, February 12th  10:00-3:00
Instructor:  Julie Friedman PSA  $80.00
We have all had the experience of listening to someone tell a story in which the facts are exaggerated and the details are embellished…. yet, we still pay attention.  No matter how incredulous what is being relayed to us is, it holds our interest and sparks our curiosity.  This workshop is about just that!  We will explore how to take the subject we are focused on painting and add information to it that stretches what we see and feel to create that wow factor.  Nothing is too outrageous here… we will take it to the extremes  and then dial it back slowly to relatable levels.  If you are looking for fun exploration in your painting, this workshop is for you! This workshop is for all mediums.
Rebuilding a Disappointing Painting
Monday, February 27th  10:00-3:00
Instructor:  Julie Friedman PSA  $80.00
How many times have you started an exciting painting only to have it disappoint you at the end?  This workshop will look at the different ways you can transform those paintings into new work that either recaptures what was lost, or helps you to discover new directions in which to take it.  There isn’t a better feeling than revitalizing a painting that you thought was overworked and/or building something new based on an accidental mark that occurred in the process of salvaging it.  By doing so, it helps you to see your own failsafes, formulas and crutches that you use, and shows you different ways around them.  This workshop is one of my personal favorites 🙂 and is for all mediums.
Color Matters
Sunday, March 5th  10:00-3:00
Instructor:  Julie Friedman PSA  $80.00
Color is perceived and felt differently by everyone.  For some, it is intuitive and spontaneous… for others, it is carefully considered and thought out.  Regardless of which category you fall into, this workshop will help push you further in your color decisions than you have previously gone.  We will run through a quick lesson on color theory and then use that knowledge to create more interesting and complicated color decisions for our paintings.  Knowledge is power and having the understanding of how color reacts and behaves is key to building vibrant, rich paintings.  This workshop is for all mediums.
Painting The Ordinary
Monday, March 13th  10:00-3:00
Instructor:  Julie Friedman PSA  $80.00
As painters, we are all looking to explore something that has not been explored before- a composition or subject matter that is new and refreshing.  This workshop will address this concept and take it one step further… we will focus on painting something ordinary, making it fresh and interesting, using everything we know about building strong paintings.  We will address cropping, editing tools and ideas, as well as placement and detail information that will transform something ordinary into something unexpected! This workshop is for all mediums
Finding Your Artistic Voice
Sunday, March 26th  10:00-3:00
Instructor:  Julie Friedman PSA  $80.00 
As artists, we all have certain marks, color combinations, and compositional choices that are uniquely ours.  This workshop will help you to identify yours… to evaluate which ones are authentic and genuine to your own expression, and which ones are not.  This will force you to look at what tendencies you have towards relying on certain formulas and ideas to resolve elements of your painting.  This workshop is an eye opener!
To sign up for any of the workshops, contact Julie at ArtSpace.
A reserved spot will not be confirmed until payment is received.
A 10% discount will be given for enrollment in 3 or more workshops.
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