Sunday, April 13, 2014

Art Take Away for Education

The School of Social Work at Monmouth University will  be celebrating its 40th Anniversary in the 2014-2015 academic year.  Forty years of preparing social workers at either the baccalaureate level or since 1998 at the graduate level is quite an accomplishment.  We are quite proud of our alumni and their achievements and look forward to celebrating all throughout the 2014-2015 academic year. We are equally proud that our graduate program has also been recognized in the 60th position as a “Top 100” program by US News and World Report.

One of our first events that will kick off our anniversary year will be an “Art Take Away for Education” on June 20, 2014.  This event will be held in Rechnitz Hall, a brand new Art Gallery building on the beautiful Monmouth University campus.  The “take away” guarantees that everyone who comes to this event will leave with a piece of donated original art, whether it is sculpture or framed painting.  All proceeds will be put towards scholarships in social work for our graduate students.

If you are interested in making a donation of one of your pieces of original art that will be part of the take away and silent auction during this evening, please print this information.  Monmouth University is planning on photographing a select group of pieces and putting them on a website for invited guests to view before the event along with information about you and your work.

Art Take Away for Education

To donate to the “Art Take Away for Education”, please return the agreement below with your artist’s information to Monmouth University and mail to School of Social Work, 400 Cedar Avenue, West Long Branch, NJ 07764. If you would like to e-mail your information you may do so to

For additional information, call the School of Social Work at 732-571-3543.
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Name of Art Piece: __________________________________________________________________

Name of Artist: ____________________________________________________________________

Medium of Art:_____________________________________________________________________

Value of Donation_______________________________________________________

City and State: ___________________________________Phone: ____________________________

E- Mail _______________________________________________________________


Authorized Signature: _______________________________________________________________

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Exhibits Celebrating the Natural World!

This spring seems to heralding art inspired by the natural world. 

The first exhibit, entitled Expressions of the Natural World: A Juried Exhibition, is located at the Monmouth Museum on the campus of Brookdale Community College in Lincroft. The exhibit is open from March 16 – May 4, 2014. 
Some of the highlights are:
Riccardo Berlingeri's work entitled Mimic, which is made from Recycled plastic water bottles. This was a new piece from 2014 in which Berlingeri melted the plastic water bottles. 
the artist and his work

detail of Mimic

This piece I purchased - Crow Hill is an etching by Patricia Wynne.   As contract artist for scientists at research organizations, her detail was impeccable. I look forward to seeing this piece every day.

My iPhone image does not do this piece, a graphite on paper drawing, justice. Carol A. O'Neill's piece, Fallen, is delicate and charming. She is also pictured here with me and my piece, the green encaustic piece paired with a real bird's nest.


Also at the show was friend and sculptor Amy Puccio. She is pictured here with her work, Avant Gourd, a wood mosaic piece.

Some other notable works:

Wendy Osterweil's Dawn at Birds' Gate, art quilt, silkscreen printed with fiber reactive dyes, machine quilted

Maria Lupo's Mossman, a sculpture made mixed media with Spanish moss.
detail of Mossman

James Murray's Gravity-

Alan Walker's Fishtyct, acrylic on canvas-

Christine Cote's Wild Apples 5, an archival digital print-

Another show celebrating the natural world is at JAM Gallery.  The show is entitled "ECO-ARTS" is on view from April 4-June 1. The JAM Gallery is located 321 East King Street • Malvern, PA 19355. I look forward to seeing everyone at the May 2 opening! Check back for a review of that exhibit next month.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Highlights from the Fountain Fair

Highlights from the Fountain Fair-

Here I am with my cousin Roslyn at the Fair with my piece Washed Up. The piece is 45" x 45" . 

Here's an wide angle lens shot of the Sculptors Guild Booth.

Stuck in traffic to the Lincoln Tunnel - I couldn't resist this shot of the Empire State Building with the moon.

A special thanks to Thea Lanzisero and Elaine Lorenz for organizing the Sculptor's Guild Booth; much thanks for Roslyn Esperon and James Rosenthal  for coming all the way to NYC to see me! 

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Fountain Fair

As a part of the Sculptors Guild, I am so honored to be included in this amazing group of sculptors for the 2014 Fountain Fair. The line up is very impressive! The booth number is D-105. I will be there all day Sunday, March 9 and would love to see you!

Hyperallergic wrote about the 2013 Fountain Fair here.  In 2011, I had the opportunity to visit the Amory and Volta art fair. At that time, I never dreamed that I would be apart of an art fair - but here it is!
March 2011, Amory Art Fair

So what are art fairs anyhow? Art fairs are  gatherings where art galleries set up shop in booths to do business, to see and be seen, to attract new clients, to be available to repeat clients, to promote their artists, to be on the lookout for artists whose work they like. The more familiar art fairs are  Armory in New York City, Art Basel Miami Beach in Miami, Art Basel in Switzerland, Art Cologne in Germany and Frieze Fair in London. Then there are smaller art fairs that attract mid-level galleries with a more modest roster of artists whose prices are more affordable- like Pulse, Scope, Fountain, NADA, all of which show in Miami and New York City; Volta, which takes place in New York City and elsewhere internationally. Stop by the blog again and see photos of this year's Fountain Fair!

Monday, February 17, 2014

A sad farewell

The art world lost three amazing people this month.

The first was a friend and colleague from The Arctic Circle, Terry Adkins. Terry was a nice guy, amazing artist and musician. The art world lost a good man. 

photo by Laura Petrovich-Cheney

To read more about Terry, please click here and here

In January, I meet the amazing  gallery director of Feature, Inc. - Hudson. I was at his gallery (review here) and looked forward to attending his gallery openings and getting to know him. Read more about Hudson here.

Lastly, someone that I admire very much and would love to have meet was Nancy Holt. Her bio can be read here. 

All this death has had a profound effect on me, particularly Terry's death.  It brings back so much sadness and I feel so terrible for his family that I never met. I know that grief. Last summer, I lost my father and in 2012, I lost my brother-in-law and his wife. Knowing that I am almost at the mid-point of my life, I am beginning to make some major changes in my life. Life is too short not to pursue one's dreams. But dreaming needs planning and planning is what I am doing now. More on that later...

Monday, February 3, 2014

My personal political rant against a president for whom I voted

For those you unfamiliar with the President's most recent speech, please click here. Essentially, the President took a cheap shot at studying art or art history as "useless." Inspired by another blogger, I found the Kennedy speech an awesome place to start. I am tired of my profession and my life choice as being the scapegoat for the ills of this nation. I am an artist and an art teacher. So here is my letter to the President - for whatever it is worth.

Feb. 3, 2014

Dear Mr. President,

In response to your speech on the floor of a General Electric plant just outside Milwaukee, Wisconsin, you  made some remarks on the state of education and employment in the US, bringing up an art history degree in the process. As an artist and art teacher, I must take offense to that comment.

First, let me remind you of John F. Kennedy's words at Amherst College in 1963, to honor the poet Robert Frost:

"I look forward to an America which will reward achievement in the arts as we reward achievement in business or statecraft. I look forward to an America which will steadily raise the standards of artistic accomplishment and which will steadily enlarge cultural opportunities for all of our citizens. And I look forward to an America which commands respect throughout the world not only for its strength but for its civilization as well."

Second, I teach ART in an urban, low performing school district in New Jersey. (I am also a National Board Certified Early and Middle Childhood Art Educator with 14 years experience) My students love art because it is an opportunity for them to explore their creativity and discover their own voice. There are no tests to measure what I teach because I teach children:
critical thinking
question asking
sense of beauty
sense of wonder

Aren't these characteristics good enough for success? Next time, you want to degrade my profession, please consider your words more carefully.

Laura Petrovich-Cheney

Hyperallergic reports that President Obama writes an apology letter!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

All in a month's time

For those of you dreaming of spring, look closely.  Here's my Hammelis (more commonly know as Witch-Hazel) - the bloom is happening and proof that the earth is slowly starting to awake. 

Last night, was my community project at AIR Gallery was the panel discussion for A “Womanhouse” or a Roaming House? “A Room of One’s Own” Today. The panelists addressed questions similar to those posited by the original exhibition, but through a contemporary lens: What is the space necessary for an artist to make art in and for whom? Rather than a “Womanhouse” ought we now to envision a Rooming House or a Roaming House? What are the implications of the gendering of space, who owns domestic space, and is creativity more a private pursuit or a public one?    Panelist were: Maureen Connor, Vanalyne Green, Kara Rooney, and collaborative artists Sara Jimenez and Kaitlynn Rendell; lead by Mira Schor.

the panelists

the crowd 

Also this month, there were several exhibits that I attended:

First, the Monmouth Museum's Annual Juried Show (on view until March 9) is a always a perennial classical in Monmouth County. Here are some highlights: 

Michael Wolf, Portait of Hermes:
Portrait of Hermes


Consie Basset, The Senators (Honorable Mention):

Iguna Gremzde, Landscape for Emgergency 9:

Lisa Marie O'Connell, Disturbing the Peace:

Anthony Migliaccio, Scenic Lake:

Judy Hugentobler, Stacked Bird Mass (detail)

Alison Golder, Wave Theory:Twenty-Fours


Lisa Bagwell:

Ellen Martin, In Blue:

Ellen Martin (left) and your's truly 

In Queens, I visited Dorsky Gallery to see Janet Biggs, a Moore College of Art alumnus and The Arctic Circle resident. The show is "Thaw" and features the work of Janet Biggs, Michele Brody, Blane De St. Croix, Vicki DaSilva, Elise Engler, Phyllis Ewen, Andrea Galvani, Elizabeth Jordan, Itty Neuhaus, Alexis Rockman, and Scott Walden; open until April 6. 

Janet Biggs, Fade to White, video still:

Some other works at the show; the place was so crowded that I couldn't obtain a list of artists and work. My apologies for not being able to credit the artists:

Another NYC show that I saw and loved was  Todd Chilton at Feature Inc ; it's up until Feb. 16.

A highly recommended artist to see is Krista Svalbonas; her work, along with Lisa Pressman, is at ISE Cultural Foundation in NYC. Here are some of Krista's images from the show:
courtesy of the artists

courtesy of the artists