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  • 12 Jul 2018

    Anti-bully Bunny helps kids!

    Art & stories are a great way to teach kids about compassion & life-skills.  This is one reason I love creating illustrations for children’s books, so when author Joan Decker
    approached me to commission me to illustrate her anti-bullying story for kids, I immediately said YES!  The book is now complete and available on Amazon & Kindle so I invited Joan to be my next guest blogger so she can share her inspiration for her book with you…..
    My name is Joan Decker, I’m a single mother of two son’s age’s 34 & 18 yrs. I am also a retired Special Ed teaching Assistant of 11 yrs. I began writing Poetry at the age of 16 yrs. old, it come’s so naturally to me. I have a compilation of Poems and will make it into a book soon. I’ve been an Advocate against Bullying since 2004, & I mentor children through Social Media. I was bullied as a young child after I had to start wearing glasses at age 7 yrs. old and hated them. We were poor, & my Mom had to use Medicaid for all doctor appointment’s, so my choice of glasses were limited to these ugly blue one’s with pointy corner’s. The very first day I wore them to school, children laughed at me , calling me name’s like ” Cat Eye’s” and “Four Eyes”, It made me sad. I can recall crying all the time and feeling like an outcast. So I mirrored Rosalina’s character (the bunny), after myself in my first book, BE A FRIEND NOT A BULLY: NAMES HURT. My youngest son Antonio was severely bullied since Kindergarten thru 6th grade, due to his Speech delay and quiet demeanor. He was physically and emotionally bullied everyday until I removed him in 6th Grade after being beaten by three boy’s. I then proceeded to Home School him, until he graduated in 2017. Antonio suffers from PTSD; no child should ever be traumatized in a school environment where he should be safe. I created animals in my stories to make each book kid friendly, keeping the bullying at only name calling, no violence. My focus being to inspire children to take pride in their appearance, to be strong in who they are. That bullies only have Power over you, if you let them. We live in a World where suicide is too common, and we as parents and as a society must bring Bullying of any kind to an abrupt end. This book is the first of a three part series, with the hope of giving emotional support to bullied children all over the world. I poured my heart and soul into each story and hope that I can make a difference in your child’s Life.
    Joanie Decker
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    All Artwork (c)2017-2018 Lauren Curtis

     To purchase a copy:
    BE A FRIEND NOT A BULLY: NAMES HURT
    This book is the first of a 3 part Series, to help children deal with bullying and diversity. As a Elementary teacher, I have seen first hand the negative effect it has on a child’s self-esteem. My message in each book is the same, be yourself and Stand True. We all have Special & Unique qualities that make us who we are inside. Rosalina Rabbit’s journey is about her appearance changing and while difficult in the beginning, she overcomes all the Name Calling and becomes Proud of how she looks.

       
  • 13 Jun 2018

    A Comic Book Revolution

    One great thing about the internet is how easily we can connect with other creative and like-minded people!  I recently made a connection via LinkedIn with Bob Coar, a unique comic book creator.  I liked his original perspective on current topics and political issues and also enjoyed the artistic style of the illustrations.  So, I invited him to be my latest guest blogger & share some insight into his revolutionary world of comics…..

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About Me

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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.

http://www.ducret.edu
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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