The opening receptions for the ALC Spring 2019 group show and the Sally Abbott solo show took place on March 15.

Artwork from both shows will remain on view at the Chatham Township Municipal Building through June 7.

Chatham Township Mayor Tayfun Selen (second from left) with Ann Frommer, and Ellie and Craig Culver.
Sally Abbott with her granddaughter Kimmy, in front of Sally’s portrait of her, entitled “Kimberly Anne.”
Celeste Fondaco with her pastel portrait of her dog Pippin.

Gage and Ann Johnson provided music at Sally Abbott’s solo show.

Attendees at Sally Abbott’s solo show reception.



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The Essex Water Color Club will hold its annual show at the Library of the Chathams during the month of February. The opening reception is Sunday, Feb. 3, from 2:20 to 4:30 p.m.

The show will include a watercolor on Yupo painting, titled “Hidden,” by June Fisher-Markowitz, ALC secretary. The exhibit will run until Feb. 27.

"Hidden" by June Fisher-Markowitz

“Hidden” by June Fisher-Markowitz.

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The opening reception of ALC’s Winter Friends and Family Show Dec. 9 featured a holiday boutique, a show and sale of 6×6-in. artworks, and a celebration of the league’s 30th anniversary, as well as a solo show of watercolors by Betsy Mirabelli and a group show by members and guest exhibitors.

The solo show in the Lundt-Glover Gallery, and the group and mini shows in the strolling gallery, will remain on display in the Chatham Township Municipal Building through March 11.



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FANELO AGUAYO has been making films for two decades in Spain, Boston and New York City. But he has been a painter as well, working mostly with oils.

Painting is for this Spanish-American artist “a need like eating or sleeping -he said. But it is also a method to let go, to fight the demons and make the angels fly. It is a tool to find the truth and expose the lies. It is a universe where you can be heard and understood, a vaccine to survive without going insane. It is a path to live and let die, a passport to enjoy today and tomorrow”.

In 2015 Fanelo won the “Marian Anderson Memorial Award for Portraiture” at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, in Summit.

You can see more of Fanelo Aguayo’s work oh his Instagram.

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As part of the art league’s Winter Friends & Family Show, 31 6×6-in. artworks by league members are on display. See a sampling of some of the works above. During the opening reception Sunday, Dec. 9, visitors may take their purchases of mini artworks home with them.

The mini show will remain on view, along with the general membership and solo shows, through mid March.

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Watercolor is Betsy Mirabelli’s chosen medium, and landscapes are her major focus and inspiration. 

Her solo exhibit, “Landscape Meditations,” on display through mid March 2019 in the Lundt-Glover gallery at the Chatham Township Municipal Building, includes 50 watercolor paintings.

Betsy studied watercolor with Elizabeth O’Reilly at Parsons and the New School in New York City, where she was first introduced to plein air painting. She later took classes at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey in Summit with Nancy Korde, Anne Kullaf, and Fernando Catague. She has gone on plein air watercolor workshops with Kullaf to Aspen, Colo., and to Siena, Italy.

Betsy likes the unpredictable nature of watercolors, and always enjoys “when a painting just flows. It’s like a meditative state,” she says.


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Save the date for the upcoming ALC Family and Friends Winter Group Show, Solo Show of Betsy Mirabelli’s watercolors, small works 6″x6″ exhibit, holiday boutique and a celebration of the group’s 30’th anniversary. December 9, 2-4pm at the Chatham Township Municipal Building.


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I purchased my first camera, a Minolta XG-A in college and have had an on again/ off again relation with my camera through the years. I reluctantly gave up film for a Nikon D70 soon after my children were born. I grew to love that camera, and still have it. Unfortunately, I broke my good lens and had to find a replacement. This year I upgraded to the Olympus E-10 Mark III, a mirrorless model.  I take photos of just about anything that catches my eye. Nature, travel, action, street art, people and animals are all good subjects for me. More photos can be viewed at the Photocrowd website.

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