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  • 20 Sep 2019

    Getting “Personaland” with Art

    The art world has gone way beyond brick & mortar galleries!  I recently heard about a new, unique online art forum called Personaland & participated in an online art exhibit.  I was pleased to see how fun, original & interactive the site’s creator, Stewart Wilson, has made the site so I asked him to be my next guest blogger so he can tell us how this concept came to be and how you can participate….

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    Personaland is the destination of my forty year journey of making the Personas – my “wrapped representatives from another dimension here for peaceful purposes.” As I have made these sculptures, the embodiment of human potential, they have guided me. I have made over 31,00 individual figures in human and animal form which has been distributed and exhibited world-wide. During this time, I have founded and been Executive Director of two non-profit arts organizations, Public Image (NYC 1981-84) and Artwell Gallery (Torrington, CT (1995-2011). I have been a public school art teacher. The Personas are about human connectivity and community building and I feel that they were my gurus in my artistic trajectory. Since retiring from teaching, I have attended dozens of meet-ups, conferences and workshops where I have learned 21st century skills and connected with hundreds of talented people. Personaland has been a quest to create an online cultural platform and community for artists of all media – visual, film. literary and performance arts. Personaland is a welcoming, peaceful, respectful destination that uses the latest in digital technology for positive purposes – screens for good.

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    Personaland is an online global village for the arts – an internet sanctuary whose mission is to unite us through our humanity, creativity and community. With an invigorating blend of entertainment, enchantment and culture, we are designing novel adventures and opportunities for you. Our global group and individual art shows have exhibited over 100 artists from nearly two dozen countries, We are adding exciting new activities every month, bring greater satisfaction to an ever growing audience. https://www.personaland.com

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    We’re now accepting artwork of all media – images, music, film and words – for our December global group show “Community.” No entry fee https://personaland.com/submit/community-exhib.php

    We have Persona Horseback and Dragon rides to our online individual and global art shows, Art Shop, dancing flowers, wishing well and fun games

    What’s your Art History IQ? Play the “Name the Artist” game and contest at the Game Bazaar: https://personaland.com/tent/art-clue/

    We’d love your participation!

    Stewart

       
  • 1 May 2019

    Tacky is the new cool at You Tacky Thing’s craft studio!

    Time again for me to feature another local artist who makes funky, unique hand crafted items; introducing my friend Stephanie Higgens-Rowley!  I met her when she started taking creative marketing lessons from me to boost her cool, hand-decorated bottle and hand-made jewelry business & so far so good….she’s made tons of awesome decorative items to sell and is now doing NJ vending events, so I invited her to be my next guest blogger so she can introduce herself to you & her “tacky” work…after all, her business is called You Tacky Thing!  Now in her words….
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    “Don’t throw that out!”, my mom would yell at me from the kitchen. Anything that could be used again, used for something else, used for something you haven’t even thought of yet was not to be thrown out. Both my parents grew up during the Depression. Everything has a potential use.
    This is why I gravitate toward found items. I have access to bass and guitar strings, guitar picks and empty bottles. So when they outlive their usefulness I like to create something interesting. The strings most likely become jewelry while the bottles become decorative. I like using bottles that have an unusual shape or color to them.
    I love being creative with things that would have been thrown out. Its like making something out of nothing. You never know what its going to be.
    I have been doing this for a while now and I must say its the best job I’ve ever had. I try really hard to create things that are interesting and make you wonder how it got there or where it came from. Some of my favorite themes to use on my bottles are
    Gothic and Victorian imagery , mermaids, dragon flies and bats. I even create bottles that can be lit up and I welcome custom commissions. As for my rock and roll inspired jewelry, my creations have been worn on stage by some pretty amazingly talented performers! You can purchase items from my Facebook page You Tacky Thing and you can find me at various vending events throughout NJ an NY. My next event will be at NJ Paraunity  Expo in Woodbridge, NJ. For more info : https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10216158534209635&set=gm.2287489841492576&type=3&theater
       

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Gender
Female
Hometown
Franklin Park
About me
WELCOME, fellow creatives, friends, new-comers & the curious!
OK, why is my gallery worth your time? Well, because each artist is unique and has a personal vision/message to portray through our work and being a full time artist, I strive to share my art with the world; I hope it will make you think, discuss and FEEL something!!

I’ve been an artist all my life and made the leap to full time in 2008 after the economy tanked and I was laid off from both of my jobs; I then knew it was time to go for it & it’s the best decision I ever made! My career has really taken off now that I have all the time I need to devote to it. I love working in a variety of mediums & exhibit my work regularly across the US as well as doing freelance illustration & graphic work. Please feel free to contact me!

Contact Information

Address
P.O. Box 193
State
NJ
City / Town
Franklin Park
Country
United States
Website
http://www.laurencurtisart.mosaicglobe.com

Medium Information

Main Medium
Mixed Media
Other Mediums
Drawing
Graphic Art
Jewelry
Mixed Media
Painting
Photography
Wearable Art
Writing

Experience, Awards, Prizes - Brag Items

Work Experience
Published & Commissioned Works

*Art represented by galleries including Through the Moongate, Highland Park, NJ, 2004 -present; Caladan Gallery,

Cambridge, MA, Sept. 2005-present; Alfa Art Gallery, New Brunswick, NJ, June 2009-present.

*Several pieces commissioned for the website & marketing materials for Norwegian real-estate company.

* Illustrations for historical organizations including the Middlesex County Cultural & Heritage Commission and the Joyce Kilmer Centennial Commission. 2003-present.

*Artwork commissioned by Chartpak for international crafter exhibitions in Texas & Chicago, IL. February-July, 2004.

*Artwork for national greeting card and crafter companies, 1999-present.

*Children’s textile design for X-El Design. 1998-1999.

*Illustrations & poetry published in local & national magazines, 1994 - present.

*Paid Internship and graphic design projects for Amos Eno Gallery, NYC, NY; Including gallery ad design for Art Forum Magazine. 1987.



Awards & Recognitions
*"Benjamin Franklin Award", 5th Annual Juried Art Fest, Franklin Park, NJ. Winning photo in month-long exhibit, July 2010.

*1st Prize Winner, 26th Annual Ray Bradbury Art Contest, Waukegan Public Library, Waukegan, IL, April, 2010.

*Accepted as a member of the Highland Park Art Collective, Highland Park, NJ, 2010.

*Selected for a 2009 Solo Exhibit, Johnson & Johnson World Headquarters, NJ.

*Artwork & letter published in Art Calendar Magazine, Nov., 2009.

*Historical painting selected for permanent collection, Joyce Kilmer Library, Edison, NJ, August, 2007.

*Judge’s Honorable Mention Award, Franklin Township NJ Juried Exhibit, July,2007.

*Selected as Artist-of-the-Month, North Brunswick Dept. of Parks, Recreation & Community Services; awarded solo exhibits, April, 2006 & March, 2007.

*Winner of The Pauper art group’s Logo Competition, November, 21. 2005.

*Honorable Mention in Photography, Highland Park, NJ Arts Fest, Sept. 24, 2005.

*Artwork received 2nd Place Award in magazine art contest, Nov.1, 2004; Honorable Mentions & publication in photography & poetry publisher competitions, 2004-2005.

*Member of the Arts Council of Princeton, October 2007-present.

*Interviewed for national and international arts & art-culture videos, DVD’s, books, and NY/NJ cable TV shows. 2003-2010.

*Elected Board Member (2003-2005) & exhibitor; Visual Arts League, NJ, 2002-present.

*Artwork featured on several on-line galleries; awarded solo exhibits, 2001-present.

*Artist interviews in newspapers including The Star Ledger, Oct. 2001; The Princeton Packet, Feb. 2005; The Home News, June,2005, July 2007 & Nov. 2008; The Sentinel, March 2007; The Courier News, Nov. 2008.

*Artwork selected for covers of publications, including On The Go Magazine, 1999 & 2000; Take-Care Connections, 2004; Circle of Stones Journal, 2004; Inner Realm,2007

*Member: Red Bank, NJ Art Alliance,1998-2000; Morris Area Arts Council, 2004-2007.

*Certificate from Graphic Design Honors Course, Parsons School of Design, NY. 1984.

*Participated in over 90 solo, group & juried exhibitions throughout the U.S. & BC, Canada; pieces in private collections in the US, Holland, UK, Norway & Denmark. 1984-present.



Education

*”SmART Business Coaching” art-business courses; New York, NY. 2003-2006.

*BFA, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. Majored in painting and drawing. Graphics courses. 1984-1988.

*Parsons School of Design, New York, NY. Received certificate for honors graphic design course. 1984.

*DuCret School of the Arts, Plainfield, NJ. Drawing and color theory courses. 1983.

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Prizes & Awards
*"Benjamin Franklin Award", 5th Annual Juried Art Fest, Franklin Park, NJ. Winning photo in month-long exhibit, July 2010.

*1st Prize Winner, 26th Annual Ray Bradbury Art Contest, Waukegan Public Library, Waukegan, IL, April, 2010.

*Accepted as a member of the Highland Park Art Collective, Highland Park, NJ, 2010.

*Selected for a 2009 Solo Exhibit, Johnson & Johnson World Headquarters, NJ.

*Artwork & letter published in Art Calendar Magazine, Nov., 2009.

*Historical painting selected for permanent collection, Joyce Kilmer Library, Edison, NJ, August, 2007.

*Judge’s Honorable Mention Award, Franklin Township NJ Juried Exhibit, July,2007.

*Selected as Artist-of-the-Month, North Brunswick Dept. of Parks, Recreation & Community Services; awarded solo exhibits, April, 2006 & March, 2007.

*Winner of The Pauper art group’s Logo Competition, November, 21. 2005.

*Honorable Mention in Photography, Highland Park, NJ Arts Fest, Sept. 24, 2005.

*Artwork received 2nd Place Award in magazine art contest, Nov.1, 2004; Honorable Mentions & publication in photography & poetry publisher competitions, 2004-2005.

*Member of the Arts Council of Princeton, October 2007-present.

*Interviewed for national and international arts & art-culture videos, DVD’s, books, and NY/NJ cable TV shows. 2003-2010.

*Elected Board Member (2003-2005) & exhibitor; Visual Arts League, NJ, 2002-present.

*Artwork featured on several on-line galleries; awarded solo exhibits, 2001-present.

*Artist interviews in newspapers including The Star Ledger, Oct. 2001; The Princeton Packet, Feb. 2005; The Home News, June,2005, July 2007 & Nov. 2008; The Sentinel, March 2007; The Courier News, Nov. 2008.

*Artwork selected for covers of publications, including On The Go Magazine, 1999 & 2000; Take-Care Connections, 2004; Circle of Stones Journal, 2004; Inner Realm,2007

*Member: Red Bank, NJ Art Alliance,1998-2000; Morris Area Arts Council, 2004-2007.

*Certificate from Graphic Design Honors Course, Parsons School of Design, NY. 1984.

*Participated in over 90 solo, group & juried exhibitions throughout the U.S. & BC, Canada; pieces in private collections in the US, Holland, UK, Norway & Denmark. 1984-present.

Education

College / University 1
Mason Gross School of the Arts (Rutgers): BFA
Graduation Year 1
1988

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Tomorrow is the opening party for my 2 artist show at Artisanal Tattoo Gallery, Somerville, NJ. 8-11:30pm...come on by if you're in that area!
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