May 1st, marks the opening day of brand new art studios just one floor up in the 183 Monroe St. Passaic, NJ location. A collaboration with my brothers current ceramic studio this space creates a whole new feel.
The spaces are currently full but please check out the pictures and inquire about being placed on the waiting list.
So happy to welcome Holly Suzanne Rader to the NP Studios in Passaic. From paintings to sculptures her work is beautifully magical and poetic. Holly’s use of color is bold and seems to pop right off the canvas. These works are nostalgic with a contemporary flare.
Please read her biography below and click on the link to view her full website.
HOLLY SUZANNE RADER BEGAN HER FINE ARTS CAREER AS A CLASSICALLY-TRAINED PORTRAIT PAINTER, WHILE IN RECENT YEARS EVOLVING INTO A SCULPTOR AND MIXED MEDIA ARTIST EXPLORING A WIDE RANGE OF MATERIALS INCLUDING ACRYLIC, PHOTO COLLAGE, WAX, RESIN, PAPER MACHE, SEQUINS, GLITTER AND EVEN CANDY. SHE IS DRAWN TO SUBJECT MATTER TYPICALLY OF VINTAGE GLAMOUR. BRIGHT DRIPS OF PAINT, GLITTER-ENHANCED PHOTOS AND HIGH GLOSS FINISHES CREATE A VISUAL SEDUCTION OF COLOR AND TEXTURE. THE OVERTURE OF HER WORK, WHETHER ON CANVAS OR IN SCULPTURE, EVOKES A PLAYFUL PRESENCE OF THE FEMININE SOUL.
WHILE COMPLETING HER MFA AT THE SAVANNAH COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN, SHE TRAVELED EXTENSIVELY AND RECEIVED INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION. SHE WAS A FEATURED ARTIST IN THE 2002 “WOMEN BY WOMEN” EXHIBITION AT THE MONA BISMARK FOUNDATION IN PARIS. SHE WAS COMMISSIONED TO CREATE PAINTINGS FOR THE 2006 SCAD FASHION GALA HONORING DESIGNER VERA WANG. IN 2010, THE COLLEGE COMMISSIONED HER TO CREATE OVER ONE HUNDRED MIXED-MEDIA FIBER WORKS TO BE INSTALLED AT THEIR NEW HONG KONG CAMPUS.
COTTAGE LIVING MAGAZINE DESCRIBED HER WORK AS “BLENDING FEMININITY WITH MODERN FORM.” SHE HAS ALSO BEEN FEATURED IN THE NEW YORK TIMES, THE ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION, AND LE MONDE AND LE FIGARO MAGAZINES.
~Holly Suzanne Radar
Something new has walked through our doors! So happy to have Omar Portilla Cinematographer, Film-maker and Director. You can view his website at http://www.omarportilla.com/home.html
I am a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, with nearly eight years of military service and three combat tours to Iraq. I first got into film through acting, and attended Rosa L. Parks H.S. of Fine and Performing Arts. I was a Theatre major. After leaving the military I attended Montclair State University for B.F.A. in Film-making. In 2012 I started 3YRS2Life Production. My concentrations have been Director, Director of Photography and Producer. This past summer I directed a feature documentary Defining Challenge, which is currently in festivals. I also was the Director of Photography for the feature film The Depths which started Michael Rispoli and was directed by Jamison Locascio. Currently working on pre-production for a feature film shooting in 2016. I am a freelance filmmaker in the Greater New York City area.
Director – Director of Photography – Producer
We are looking forward to seeing new works from artist Mira Levy! Please check out her website at http://cargocollective.com/miralevy
Welcome to NP Studios in Passaic!
Mira Levy is a painter and high school arts educator from New York, currently residing in Jersey City, New Jersey. She earned her BFA in Painting from Mason Gross School of the Arts in 2014, and paints in watercolors and oils. Her paintings are often figurative, playing with, and creating unique environments through, color and texture. Mira experiments with different mediums to manipulate the paint and achieve various effects in her paintings. Her larger pieces are inspired by her plein air watercolor paintings of her own neighborhood as well as her near and far travels.
I am so pleased to welcome fiber artist Mercury Hogan to the NP Studios Passaic location!
Mercury Hogan does not have origins. Born in Hong Kong to parents from the United States and the Philippines, she was raised in seven countries on three continents – a multicultural upbringing that has taught her to question everything and take nothing for granted. The sensation of being an outsider, of taking up someone else’s space, has been one of the only constants throughout her nomadic life.
Mercury has been drawn towards the methodical neurosis and universal necessity of fiber arts since the age of three. In her work, she unites traditional fiber methods from around the world, innovative textile practices, personal narrative, and ritualistic performance. Her existential dread leads her to record every second of her creative process as evidence.
Joins the Passaic studio this month. We are looking forward to seeing her newest creations!
Eileen Alcalde is a painter and teaching artist recently relocated from Brooklyn to New Jersey. Her work explores the complexity of social and political relationships and human behavior. Primarily working in oil and acrylic paint, Eileen uses bold colors and strong brush strokes to express her conflicted responses to these topics. As a first generation American of Latin heritage, Eileen uses art as a way to explore her own identity while simultaneously exploring the intersectionalities of culture, gender, and race. In addition, Eileen is inspired by her work with youth. She seeks to use her creative practice as a way to empower young people to find their voice through art and connect with their community. She is a strong believer that art and art education should be accessible to all.
Hi, my name is Carlos Alvarado Jr. and I am a New York, New Jersey, Florida and destination photographer specializing in weddings, beauty, portraiture, headshot, events, corporate and real estate photography. I have been shooting for over ten years. A clean, bold and graphic style has become my style.
I am a husband and a father of two beautiful girls and one little boy who will be here soon! Family is my life, so it’s important to me that I give the same attention to my customers that I give my family. I love getting to know my clients before their session. This ultimately shows in the final images. Being able to deliver to my clients and give them more than what they expect is the goal.
I have never given up on learning and mastering my craft. I also offer one on one lessons in teaching others about photography. I enjoy sharing my knowledge and helping others understand their passion for photography.
“It’s never too late to do something you love,” Carlos
I began photographing with a Brownie Camera when I was just 8 years old. For the last 50 years I can’t remember when I didn’t have a camera in my hand. Deep inside I knew that Accounting and IT were not fulfilling but it did pay the bills. I started studying at SVA and ICP in the evenings while working full time to formalize my craft with some wonderful mentors like Algis Balsys and Jerry Vezzuso. My photography was born on the streets of New York and in the documentary projects and environmental portraits of interesting people who gave me their images. If there is anything I want to do with my retirement it is to share my images with as many people as possible and continue to grow my body of work.
Isaac Williams is a painter, illustrator, digital and performance artist from Montclair, New Jersey. Williams earned his BFA at Montclair State University in 2008 and proceeded to further his education, in fine arts, by earning his MFA at Pratt Institute in 2011.
Isaac Williams has exhibited his work in many shows around the Tri-state area, such as the Harlem Arts Festival and the 17th Annual Art in the Atrium, Inc. Currently, he works as an Art Handler in the New York/New Jersey area.
These works are driven by an aesthetic intensity that is meant to ignite and cultivate an awakened emotion. His work reflects his persistent desire to create, express and explore subjects regarding the mind, environment and its relationship to identity.
“Born and raised in Paterson, NJ, Carlos Alva began his career in photography as a hobby in 2011. A passion to capture the missed moments that people failed to recognize as beauty. It also started small. In a living room with movable furniture as people came to his house to shoot. Eventually, taking the name of BlackHill Photography, Carlos pursued his passion wholeheartedly. He has been fortunate and blessed enough to have worked with models and actors of all different experience levels. He has managed to work with models represented by some of the top model agencies in the world. He also had the privilege of working with models who would appear on CW’s America’s Next Top Model as well as numerous TV and screen appearances. Now along with his wife, they have decided to open BlackHill Studios in Passaic, NJ where they cater to aspiring actors and models as well as industry veterans as they continue their journey in the entertainment industry.