“When I come into this space, I feel free…” – Jill Hellman
About a month ago, portrait and lifestyle photographer Dana Goldstein reached out to me because she was interested in getting in touch with some of the artists at NP Studios. This is the first beautifully made video she created of an amazing artist, psychotherapist, writer, dancer and mother, Jill Hellman.
Dana captured something very natural and raw in such a beautiful light. Jill is a great example of how important it is to work hard and be a good example for the next generation. Along with proof that when life kicks you down and you choose to persevere, the reward can “spill out of you with a vengeance”.
This is also a personal reminder of how lucky I am to be able to provide a pleasant space for someone to comfortably express themselves.
For more information about Dana Goldstein you can visit her website here. https://www.danagoldsteinphoto.com/
For more information about Jill Hellman you can visit her website here. https://www.jillhellman.com/
NP Studios proudly welcomes Syrian artist Adel Khalaf to the Prospect Park, New Jersey studio. Adel studied fine art at the Adham Ismael Institute in Damascus and in 2004 he completed his BA in Fine art, majoring in visual communications from Damascus University in Syria. Adel currently works and lives in New Jersey. Please read his statement below and click on the link to view his full website.
|Because as humans our frailty prevents us from revealing our weakness, sadness or pain, we hide behind humor, laughter and playfulness. Despite ourselves, we use this absurdity to confront tragedy.My portraits and ensemble sketches contain all the core elements of artificial playfulness yet they expose the veneer to reveal the pain beneath. My charcoal, pencil and acrylic artworks deliberately impose a dark, bleak vision directly contrasted by the incongruous humor in each piece.
My works exposes the unique masks of deception our characters wear innately, using subtle absurdities to hint at this subversion.
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
Holiday Craft Fair
NP Artist Studio, Coat Factory Ceramics Studio and many creative makers.
Saturday, November 12, 2pm-5pm
NP Artist Studios is pleased to announce our very first Holiday Craft Fair. Over 30 artists and vendors will be setting up shop to offer one of a kind handmade gifts and original works of art. The event will also offer three exciting demonstrations from its studio tenants. Fiber artist Mercury Hogan will show us how to use a loom and invite our guests to be part of a collaborative piece of fiber art. Guests who wants to try weaving can come up and weave a few inches and have their names labeled into their woven section. Jackie Grandchamps owner of Ceclile’s “Made by Hand, With Care” will be a completely customized experience at Melanger, their exclusive blend bar. They will be allowing guests to personally create their uniquely scented Shea Butter Whips and personalized bathing salt blends with pure, minimally processed enhancers. Cecile’s ingredients are harvested using traditional methods from around the world. Glass artist Stephanie Baness is inviting us into her bright and airy studio where her glass pieces truly come to life! Stephanie will be demonstrating how she gets an image onto a piece of glass by silkscreening, painting and working with stencils. She will also have glass pieces in various stages of the process so that people can see how the steps work together to create the final piece.
The Coat Factory Ceramics Studio on the 3rd floor will also be opening its doors providing a variety of sculptural and functional pottery along with handmade jewelry. They will be offering a selection of special holiday gifts. A variety of vendors will be displaying throughout both floors and refreshments will be served. Please join us on Saturday, November 12th from 2-5pm for a glass of wine, hors d’oeuvres and a unique shopping experience this holiday season. Be part of interactive artistic demonstrations and browse an eclectic assortment of original designs and handmade goods offered by local artists.
NP Studios in Passaic welcomes another new fantastic artist and medium….glass! Please enjoy the fantastic works by Stephanie Baness and visit her website for more information.
Gallery – Sowing Seeds Series
“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.” Henry Ford.
I am inspired by the world around me and personal events in my life. Sometimes that results in an introspective reflection on personal matters and other times it is an external response to what is going on in the world. Being an American who relocated to Canada means I am starting over at a mature age. The glass houses I construct demonstrate my feelings of being uprooted and trying to resettle in a new place. In addition to telling my own story, I am also motivated to create work that represents what is happening in my new town. Watching farm fields being bulldozed to prepare for subdivisions stimulates me to add another dimension to my work in response to my surroundings.
I work in glass because it is full of dualities: reflective/translucent, opaque/clear, strong/fragile. These dualities give another layer to my work that allows the viewer to delve deeper. Because glass has these inherent properties, the conversation gains another level. Also, given my subject matter of houses and home, using glass to fabricate the pieces immediately shows the inherent fragility in the piece as in life. Having a home is not guaranteed; your situation can be precarious and change in an instant.
As I continue to explore the role of houses in the community and my life, I am compelled to make installations of similarly sized houses to imitate rampant homogenized building without regard to personal differences. I also continue to emulate my feelings of belonging and creating community through my work.
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.
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.