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  • 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
       
  • 24 Jan 2019

    Welcome to the DARK SIDE…

    Goth is alive..or undead…in New Jersey thanks to promoter Jet of Vampire Freaks!  He’s been bringing the huge, creative and awesome Dark Side of the Con event to us recently and the next one is coming up in March 29th-31st in Parsippany, NJ.  These are such elaborate, fun fests with cosplayers, bands, artists, guest speakers, authors, performers and more so I’ve invited Jet to be my latest guest blogger so he can tell us how he’s been inspired to create these events, what you can expect & how you can attend….take it away Jet….

    Greetings, my name is Jet and I’m happy to be doing a guest blog for the lovely Steampunk Landing (Lauren’s Steampunk Facebook Group)  & Lauren Curtis Art Blog!
    A little about me:  I’m the owner of vampirefreaks.com , which is the #1 gothic themed website in the world, which is a social networking site that also has an online clothing store.   I’m also a professional website programmer and have over 15 years of experience promoting events.
    I’m here to tell you about, Dark Side of the Con which is the largest gothic / dark-alternative event in North America, and the only convention of its kind, taking place on March 29th-31st in Parsippany, NJ.
    This year is our 3rd year doing this event, and it has grown in leaps and bounds each year.   Focusing on gothic, industrial, metal and rock genres, Dark Side of the Con is broken up into a few different parts.
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    Live Bands:   We have over 20 live bands, our headliners are ‘Stabbing Westward’, ‘Aesthetic Perfection’, and ‘Assemblage 23’.    ‘Stabbing Westward’ actually holds a special place in my heart because I was a huge fan of them as a teenager, and I’d listen to their albums over and over again.  I’ve had the pleasure of booking them a couple times in the past few years and these guys are the most friendly and down to earth rockstars I’ve ever met.  And believe me, I’ve met tons of bands over the years, lets just say there’s some big egos going around the music scene and it’s not always the most pleasant experience.  So when I work with somebody as huge as ‘Stabbing Westward’, who’s been all over the radio and MTV and had huge commercial success, when they’re so humble and friendly it just blows my mind and makes me have that much more respect for them.
    One other awesome thing about booking bands for ‘Dark Side of the Con’, is since the event has been such a success so far, we get flooded with applications looking to perform!  So it can be hard narrowing it down to band we accept, but it’s very exciting for us.
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    Our special guest this year is Youtube sensation ‘Black Friday’, who has over 600,000 followers will be hosting a meet & greet as well as teaching us how to be a successful youtube star.  She is currently living in New Zealand and she’ll be coming to the US just for our event.
    Burlesque:  Possibly our most popular event is our burlesque show each night, because lets face it, people love boobs.    We have a variety of burlesque acts each night from professional burlesque dancers, and they really do impress us every year!
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    DJ Club events:   We have 2 different club events each night featuring our rockstar djs so that you can pick from different types of music.   This year our club music genres include ‘industrial’, ‘goth’, ’emo’, ’90s’, ‘alternative’, ‘synthpop’, ‘new wave’, as well as some surprises thrown in!
    Panels / Presentations / Activities :  We have over 50 various panels / activities ranging in a variety of dark-themed topics, from gothic fashion and horror to oddities and witchcraft.   This year we’ve added some more kid-friendly activities such as ‘paint a ceramic skull’ and ‘Halloween coloring books’.  In addition this year we will have some live bats on display.
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    Vendors:  We have carefully selected over 70 independent vendors who have all kinds of unique wares!  Including cosmetics, clothing, accessories, taxidermy and more.
    I could go on about how fun this event is but really it’s something you have to experience with your own eyes!   We have some videos for you to check out tho:

     

    Link for more info & tickets:
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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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