DDC/MACA Sidewalk Gallery 2014
Welcome to the Madison Sidewalk Gallery
After a very successful inaugural event in 2013, the Madison Arts Sidewalk Gallery will return this spring. We are anticipating another talented group of New Jersey Artists who will participate in this public art exhibition which will be installed Saturday May 3.
The Madison Sidewalk Gallery is a collaborative project between the Madison Arts & Culture Alliance (MACA) and the Downtown Development Commission (DDC). It is designed to help promote the creative work of local artists, and to recognize Madison as a premier arts destination. This exciting new public art project is the first of many new collaborations for Madison and does many things for both the artists and the community including engaging civic dialogue, providing an economic benefit, connecting artists with communities and enhancing public appreciation of art.
The selected artists will be creating original works of art on 30” x 40” canvas banners that will be displayed on specially designed lampposts installed in key locations in downtown Madison. These art banners will add color, depth, and life to the streets and will remain on exhibit through the fall. At that time, the banners will be removed, and will be prepped for public auction—affording the general public an opportunity to purchase and own one of these original works of art. The Gala Auction event is scheduled for October 2014 at the Madison Hartley Dodge Memorial. The event will include refreshments, music, a meet-the-artist reception and a chance to purchase your favorite pieces of original artwork by some of New Jersey’s most sought after artists at auction. More details about the gala will be posted on this website shortly.
The Madison Arts & Culture Alliance (MACA), is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit coalition of arts organizations, cultural institutions, historic societies, colleagues and friends, dedicated to encouraging collaborations among the wide ranging cultural offerings in Madison. Their ongoing mission is to help strengthen our community through arts participation, recognizing that Madison, New Jersey is a town with rich and diverse cultural activities.
The Downtown Development Commission (DDC) was initiated by Mayor Elizabeth Baumgartner and the Borough Council in October of 1981, following a study by Projects for Public Space, funded through a Dodge Foundation Grant. The DDC is focused on coordinating redevelopment activities in the downtown district to foster a closer working relationship between all segments of the Madison community. The group works closely with the Chamber of Commerce, Historic Preservation Commission, Madison Arts & Culture Alliance and other groups to enhance the beauty and ambiance of Madison’s shopping areas.
For more information about the exhibit, the artists, the gallery or the Gala Auction, email us at email@example.com or like Madison Arts & Culture Alliance on Facebook.
Participating Artists 2014 (additional participating artists will be included shortly)
Danielle’s art career began in her thirties after earning a BFA from the School of Visual Arts of Manhattan. Now an award winning artist Danielle exhibits and is published nationally. Working primarily in oils or charcoal, her cropped images convey a slightly stylized realism giving the viewer an initial dramatic jolt, followed by an emotional connection.
A love of photography was the beginning of Amy’s artistic journey and is the basis for her painting exploration. Her inspiration comes from the natural weathering of objects, the texture of crumbling plaster, the mottled colors of architecture. She works with acrylic, paper and photo transfers to create the look of a textured, timeworn piece…building up the richness and subtlety of colors with the layering of the paint.
Daniel is an established fine artist, now emerging into the public arena. He is best known for his abstract ‘edgy’ acrylic work that makes art lovers want to touch the canvases. Marck’s diverse portfolio also includes pen & ink drawings that invite viewers to notice something different every time. Daniel works in the Jersey City school district as an Education Art Specialist, and is deeply involved in school-wide anti-bullying programs. He has been a two -time recipient of “Teacher of the Year” award. www.exclamationmarck.com
After 30 years of graphic design success, Dennis McKee has turned his talents toward fine art painting, mostly landscapes which he started painting in 2002. His painting education has been acquired through independent, self-directed, study. Dennis was influenced by studies with Elio Camacho, whose mentor was Ovanes Berberian, a Russian impressionist. Dennis works alla prima, wet-in-wet, and most paintings are done plein air. According to the artist, “I try to keep my colors intense and vibrant, with bold brushwork to capture the light and the energy of the natural world..”
Gail Mardfin grew up in Connecticut, attended Skidmore College, and graduated from Trinity College in Hartford. After moving to Morristown in 1975, she earned a master’s in studio art from Montclair University. She was head of the art department at Purnell School in Pottersville, teaching classes for nearly 20 years before founding PLP Graphic Design Services in 1996.
Gail is a member of the Myhelan Artists’ Network, Farmstead Arts, and in 2011 the founding co-organizer of the ARTsee Open Studio Tour in Bernardsville/Bernards Township, where she has had a studio on the tour for three years.
Not interested in commercial galleries, Gail has had numerous exhibits of her work in public spaces in the Somerset/Morris/ Hunterdon county area – including two-person shows at the Madison Library in 2008 and 2012. www.SeetheGood.net
Medy is a Bulgarian born artist of Armenian descent and a classically trained pianist who expresses her vision through music and painting. She started drawing and piano at a very early age, and later studied piano pedagogy at the Juilliard School of Music and oil painting at the Art Students’ League, both in NYC. More recently she studied watercolor painting at the New Jersey Center for Visual Arts, the Ridgewood Art Institute, and with noted watercolorists around the world. Her extensive work has been shown in juried exhibits at the Salmagundi Club and the National Art Gallery in NYC, as well as with the New Jersey Watercolor Society and the Garden State Watercolor Society, and solo shows at the Morristown Memorial Hospital, the Atrium of the Morristown Courthouse, the Frelinghuysen Arboretum, Morris County Library and other prominent public spaces.
Medy’s work can be found in private and corporate collections in the US and Europe.
Sally Lipson Lebwohl
Sally’s landscapes are inspired by places in her life, near and far. Her still lifes beautifully capture the delight she finds in everyday objects. She has enjoyed drawing for years—and now finds working in pastel combines her interest in pure pigment and paper. A resident of Madison, NJ since 2003, she has continued art studies in New Jersey at Artspace Studio, Morristown, Lakeside Art Studio, Parsippany and New Jersey Center for Visual Arts, Summit. Before moving to New Jersey, Sally worked in art galleries in New York and Connecticut, and in architecture, photography, and publishing in Boston. She holds a BA in Studio Art from Connecticut College, studied at Boston Architectural Center and earned a Certificate in Decorative and Fine Art Appraisal from New York University.
Susan is a mixed media artist who works in stained glass water color, pastel. She is an art instructor and media specialist at Glassworks Studio in Morristown NJ and in 2010, created a large-scale stained glass installation for Drew University. Susan graduated from The College of William and Mary and holds an MFA in Illustration from Savannah College of Art & Design.
Tine Kirkland Graham
Tine is a local artist who started her art career painting pastel portraits of children and she now paints large, colorful paintings of beach scenes, boats, people, dogs, houses…or anything near the water. She is a published author and illustrator, and has donated many of her paintings to the Goryeb Children’s Hospital at the Morristown Medical Center. Tine is currently creatiang artwork for the Kopila Valley Children’s Home in Nepal, which was
founded by Mendham student Maggie Doyne.
Internationally recognized artist, Maria Lupo was born and raised in Newark, NJ. Maria attended Rutgers University, NJ receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Through Rutgers University, . Lupo began her sculptural studies in Cennina, Italy which proved to be a major influence on her work as well as a new artistic. Maria continued her studies in Sculpture at Hunter College, CUNY, receiving a Master’s of Fine Arts degree. In addition to her studies as a fine artist. Maria has completed her Post-Masters Specialization in Art Therapy from Caldwell College and is a Registered Art Therapist holding a second Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology. A recipient of the NJ State Council on the Arts fellowship award, Ms Lupo’s work is included in many public and private collections.
Kris has lived in Madison for 11 years and has been creating art since she was a young girl growing up in Ridgefield CT. She received a bachelor of arts from the University of Richmond, in VA. Kris is the principal of Pfeifer Design, a graphic design company based in . Madison, and has worked in a variety of design capacities for the last 20 years, with clients ranging from toy manufacturers, to zoo and aquarium shops, to hair salons. In addition, she has lent her design services to several local non-profits including the Madison Education Foundation, Dress for Success Morris County and Kings Road School. A mother of two, Kris finds times to volunteer with the KRS PTO, particularly the Meet the Masters art enrichment program, where she enjoys inspiring and guiding young artists. www.pfeiferdesign.com
Chris was born in Jersey City and raised in Maywood, NJ, and he has been painting or drawing in one form or another as far back as he can remember. He is a Fine Art graduate of the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Art, where he found his passion for open-air painting. After postgraduate courses, Chris traveled throughout Italy and England painting whatever inspired him along the way. Over the years, he has also worked as a silkscreen and gold leaf printer. As the artist himself says, “Art is the most important thing in my life. I love the feel of the brush to canvas, pencil to paper, the smell of the paints and linseed oil…My art is about the feeling of the moment.”