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Prime

Prime Time, Maureen, Maureen Gass-Brown, New Watercolors

Prime Time, Maureen Gass-Brown, New Watercolors,

Church St. Art & Craft

Join us for the month of April as we welcome spring with “Prime Time” a delightful floral watercolor exhibit by member artist, Maureen Gass-Brown.

An opening reception will be held on April 8th from 4:00 – 7:00pm. There will be a special discount on all unframed originals that will only be offered during the reception!

As always, artful refreshments will be served and everyone is welcome.

Church St. Art & Craft, 2 Church St., Mt. Holly, NJ in the Historic Mill Race Village of Shops,

609-261-8634

Prime Time, Maureen Gass-Brown, New Watercolors, Church St. Art & Craft

Church St. Art & Craft is an eclectic art space. We are a cooperative art gallery in the historic Mill Race Village in Mt. Holly, NJ. We are a custom frame shop, a place to gather and create art and a shop to purchase charming hand made gifts. In short, a wonderfully creative place to visit!

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Food

How Food Moves: Edible LogisticsImage: Amber Art and Design, Corner Store Project

How Food Moves: Edible Logistics

Amber Art & Design / Ryan Griffis & Sarah Ross
Brian Holmes / Otabenga Jones & Associates / Cynthia Main
Claire PentecostPhilly Stake / Stephanie Rothenberg
Candice Smith with Freedom Arts / Kristen Neville Taylor

Daniel Tucker, Guest Curator, Graduate Program Director in Social and Studio Practices at Moore College of Art and Design
March 27 – May 27, 2017
Public Program and Reception: Thursday, March 30, 2017, 6:00 – 8:30pm
Our public program begins at 6:00 pm followed by the reception
Rowan University Art Gallery, 301 High Street West, First Floor, Glassboro, NJ 08028
Admission to the gallery and reception is free and open to the public.
The public program begins at 6:00 pm, led by guest curator Daniel Tucker in dialogue on art, geography, and agricultural planning with Professor Megan Bucknum Ferrigno from Rowan University’s School of Geography and Environment, and with exhibiting artists.

Artists explore the US food supply chain and its complex patterns of distribution in between the point of origin (the farm) and its point of consumption (the plate). The exhibition aims to highlight the work of contemporary artists grappling with the complexity of this movement through multi-media, research-based, and participatory practices that focus a lens on the social and industrial impacts of migrant workers, food justice movements, immigration, multiculturalism, and economic disparities. This project builds upon Tucker’s event series, Moving Units: Where Food & Economy Converge. A companion booklet, produced by Rowan University Art Gallery, serves to provide a general overview of US food supply chains. It includes descriptions of the artist contributions to the exhibition that relate to each step on the chain. Throughout this booklet you read about an approach to geographic education that values connecting with the world outside the classroom. The booklet was researched and written by Megan Bucknum Ferrigno, part-time faculty member of Rowan University’s Department of Geography, Planning and Sustainability. Additional contributions made by Dr. Chuck McGlynn, Dr. Jennifer Kitson and Makenzie Franco.

About the Artists and Projects

With Corner Store, Amber Art & Design – a team of Philadelphia-based artists that work on public art within marginalized communities that have little or no access to art – explores the contemporary sociological and psychological intersection between pan-ethnic Black and Asian communities in Philadelphia and how relationships are shaped based on which side of the counter we stand. (image top)

Illinois-based artists Ryan Griffis and Sarah Ross are represented by Between the Bottomlands and the World, a video (combining photographs, narrative writing, and moving images) exploring the rural Midwestern town of Beardstown, IL, a place of global exchange and international mobility, inscribed by post-NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) realities.

Brian Holmes, an art and cultural critic with a Ph.D. in Romance Languages has a long-standing interest in neoliberal globalization and a taste for on-the-ground intervention. His online atlas, Living Rivers, is devoted to the Mississippi and Great Lakes watersheds and shows these fluid ecosystems as they are inhabited by a multitude of creatures and radically altered by human enterprise.

Otabenga Jones & Associates, a Houston-based educational art organization, documents a collaborative art project and public health program addressing the ongoing crisis of obesity and its related risks with “The People’s Plate.” Inspired by the Black Panther Free Breakfast for School Children Program, this art project includes a public mural in Houston and programs to kick off a year-long commitment to health education.

Cynthia Main, a multidisciplinary artist from Missouri focuses on relating to the land as part of an integral view of a more sustainable society. She shares her hand-made buckets and barrels created using traditional techniques to readdress storage as one of the current dilemmas of localizing production.

Chicago’s Claire Pentecost uses photography to show how industrial agriculture is only partly about supplying food and how it is structured to meet the problem of expense and excess capital accumulation when considering the cost of complex machinery, brand name chemical herbicides, pesticides, fungicides, fertilizers, and patented seeds.

How Food Moves: Edible Logistics

Philly Stake is a locally-sourced, recurring dinner that raises funds for creative and relevant community engaged projects that contributes to the well-being of Philadelphia’s neighborhoods through community arts, urban agriculture, social services, and activist work.

Stephanie Rothenberg’s Reversal of Fortune: The Garden of Virtual Kinship is a garden in the form of a global map that explores the question of what it means to be charitable through the click of a button and examines the cultural phenomena of online crowd-funded charity and how the flow of money impacts the project, positively and negatively.

How Food Moves: Edible LogisticsStephanie Rothenberg

Candice Smith runs Freedom Arts, an after school collaborative art program at Camden’s Freedom Prep Middle School, which is creating an installation responding to the idea that Camden is a “food desert” and examining the movement of food at their school and in their community.

Philadelphia-based Kristen Neville Taylor’s installation – a globe depicting routes of oranges and actual oranges outfitted with a QR code that links to music, articles, folk tales, and art – was inspired by a lyric from Leonard Cohen’s “Suzanne” (“and she feeds you tea and oranges that come all the way from China”) which she associated with the market place and the movement of food but also romance and exotic foreign cultures.

Admission to the gallery and reception is free and open to the public. 
Free parking is now available in the parking garage on Mick Drive directly across from the gallery. For visitor information go to our website: www.rowan.edu/artgallery.

Thank you to Mary Salvante, Rowan University Art Gallery for the content of this post.

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Dark

Dark Tourism, Ed SnyderHead Blood Red, Ed Snyder

Dark Tourism, Ed Snyder, The Cemetery Traveler, Church St. Art and Craft

Church St. Art and Craft, 2 Church St. Mt. Holly, NJ in the Historic Mill Race Village of Shops 609-261-8634

Ed SnyderThe Cemetery Traveler: October 5th – 30th, 2016

Artist Reception: October 15th, 2:30 – 4:30pm

What you will see: Ed Snyder’s passion for “dark tourism” began in the 1990s. Visiting and exploring locations most people avoid has become his passion, and one of the subjects for which he is best known. Whether it involves climbing a fence into a locked cemetery or exploring and researching abandoned ones, he documents his (sometimes shocking) experiences on his blog, “The Cemetery Traveler.”

Dark Tourism, Ed SnyderThe EmbraceEd Snyder

Dark Tourism, Ed SnyderEven the Angels CriedEd Snyder (click for large image)

The attraction to death for most people is a primal force. We avoid it for the most part, but when confronted with images that suggest our own mortality, we find that we cannot look away. While his photography can be experienced in a seemingly voyeuristic manner, there is no doubt that many of these images will haunt your dreams.

Dark Tourism, Ed SnyderA Light SnowEd Snyder

Dark Tourism, Ed SnyderVoodoo DollEd Snyder

Ed Snyder began this blog in order to share his decade-long experience with all things cemeterial. As a photographer specializing in images of cemetery statuary, I’ve run into some interesting people, had some unexplainable experiences, and had a lot of fun.” – The Cemetery Traveler

“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” – Pablo Picasso

“Church St. Art & Craft is an eclectic art space. We are a cooperative art gallery in the historic Mill Race Village in Mt. Holly, NJ. We are a custom frame shop, a place to gather and create art and a shop to purchase charming hand made gifts. In short, a wonderfully creative place to visit!” – Church St. Art and Craft

Dark Tourism, Ed Snyder
The End of TimeEd Snyder

https://thecemeterytraveler.blogspot.com/
http://www.edsnyderphoto.com/

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PROPELLING

Dread Scott, Rowan Art GalleryNewspeak: Ignorance is Strength, from the Newspeak installation, Dread Scott

PROPELLING HISTORY FORWARD

Revolutionary artist Dread Scott examines racial and cultural disparity in contemporary society

GLASSBORO, NJ – Renowned for making “revolutionary art to propel history forward,” acclaimed American artist Dread Scott, in his first New Jersey one person exhibition, opens the Rowan University Art Gallery at High Street’s new season with A Sharp Divide, an exhibition that tackle the racial and cultural disparities within our criminal justice system. The exhibit is on display from September 6 – November 5, 2016.

An artist’s presentation and panel discussion with Dread Scott, presented by the Office of Social Justice, Inclusion, and Conflict Resolution, is scheduled for September 15 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm in Eynon Ballroom, located in the Student Center on the university’s Glassboro campus. A reception to welcome the exhibition follows from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at the High Street gallery, 301 West High Street in Glassboro. Shuttle service between the Student Center and the gallery will be provided to students and the public following the panel discussion.

The exhibit serves as a survey of Dread Scott’s public engagement, performance-based, and multi media based works, completed from 1987 – 2014. In examining racial disparities, the work explores the complexities of the criminal justice system such as the criminalization of youth, profiling and discrimination, stop and frisk tactics, and other civil rights issues. The selected pieces include video, photography, recordings, and audience interactions.

“This is a world of profound polarization, exploitation, and suffering and billions are excluded from intellectual development and full participation in society,” Dread Scott explains. “It does not have to be this way and my art is part of forging a radically different world.”

He notes that his work “illuminates the misery that this society creates for so many people and it often encourages the viewer to envision how the world could be.”

Dread Scott works in a range of media including performance, photography, screen printing, video, installation and painting. His works can be hard-edged and poignant. His art has been exhibited at the MoMA PS1; the Contemporary Art Museum in Houston; The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis; the Pori Art Museum in Finland; and in the Whitney Museum’s inaugural exhibition at their new building. The Brooklyn Academy of Music presented his performance Dread Scott: Decision as part of their 30th Anniversary Next Wave Festival, and the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts presented Dread Scott: Welcome to America. Recent work has been presented in several showings in New York and his sculptures have been installed at Logan Square in Philadelphia.

He first received national attention in 1989 when his art became the center of controversy over its use of the American flag. He was denounced by the President and the United States Senate, which soon after passed legislation to “protect the flag.” His opposition to this law resulted in a Supreme Court case and a landmark First Amendment decision.

Dread Scott is the recipient of a Creative Capital Foundation grant; a Pollock Krasner Foundation grant; fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts; and was a resident at Art Omi International Artists Residency and the Workspace Residency at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Additionally, his work has been integrated into academic curricula, discussed in art history classes, and featured in Henry M. Sayre’s “foundations” text, A World of Art (7th Edition).

dread2Headshot Dread Scott

The gallery is located at 301 High Street. Free public parking is available on High Street and neighboring streets. Municipal parking areas are available off Lake Street (behind Little Beefs Deli) and near the Barnes and Noble shopping complex between New Street and Rowan Blvd.
Admission to the gallery, lecture, and reception is free and open to the public. Regular gallery hours are Monday – Friday, 10 am to 5 pm; Thursday – Saturday, 10 to 7 pm. Directions can be found on the gallery website. For more information, call 856-256-4521 or visit www.rowan.edu/artgallery.

Support for programming at Rowan University Art Galleries has been made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

Thank you to Mary Salvante, Rowan University Art Gallery at High Street, for the content of this post.

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Ourself

Ourself: Roosevelt Plaza Park, Camden   Ourself : An Interactive Public Art Piece

Roosevelt Plaza Park, Camden NJ – 2016

Ourself is a site-specifific, responsive artwork that shares the positive inner voices of Camden. By entering the work the public activates audio clips of personal interviews with local residents from all walks of life, around the theme of motivation and ambition.

The infinite mirrored space symbolizes the many voices of the community that define our story and ourselves. Ourself is produced by New American Public Art in collaboration with Cooper’s Ferry Partnership, the City of Camden, Connect the Lots, Get Healthy Camden and NextFab.

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The work is generously funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Kresge Foundation, and the Campbell Soup Foundation. The Connect the Lots initiative is a community-driven initiative to activate Camden, New Jersey’s vacant and underutilized spaces through the identification and implementation of artistic, cultural, and recreational projects and activities in these spaces to create safe and vibrant gathering places for the residents of the City of Camden.

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For more information visit newamericanpublicart.com/ourself

Contact: New American Public Art info@newamericanpublicart.com 10 Tyler Street, Somerville,, MA 02143

Meishka L. Mitchell, AICP, PP meishka@coopersferry.com 2 Riverside Dr # 501, Camden, NJ 08103

ourself4New American Public Art is a multi-disciplinary studio for conceptualizing, designing, fabricating, and installing interactive projects.

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