Posts Tagged 'artist'

South Orange artist, Susan Napack


Susan Napack is one of South Orange’s most esteemed and talented artists. Head over to her backyard studio of riches at the annual SOMA Artist Studio Tour on June 5, from 11am to 5pm.  More details are in the two links and please find a fun Q&A below.

  Studiotoursoma link   Susan’s website

  • Ken: How did you get into art?
  • Susan: I knew by Kindergarten as kids kept saying, “Can you draw one of those for me ?”
  • Ken: Picasso had a ‘Blue period,’ what phase of your career are we in now?
  • Susan: ‘Figurine period’


  • Ken: Who’s your favorite artist?
  • Susan: William Kentridge
  • Ken: Invite 3 celebrities to your dinner party
  • Susan:  Patti Smith, Michael Stipe (they’d get along great) and John Waters (all around fun guy)
  • Ken: Where are you originally from?
  • Susan: Westfield, NJ 
  • Ken: Where on earth would you like to go that you haven’t traveled to yet?
  • Susan: Earthworks in Scotland (Celtic Inspired land art – earthworks link )


  • Ken: If you couldn’t be an artist, what would you have become?
  • Susan:  A Chef




SOxSO – south by south orange


South by South Orange (SOxSO) is coming soon.  A Creative Collision of arts, ideas and music on June 26, 27 and 28 with Seton Hall providing support and prominent participants. South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) will serve as a primary venue as well as Above, Ricalton’s and The Gaslight.

There will be 12 creative and interactive sessions, 15 musical performances, and more.  Stay tuned for more info!  link below

Art Curators treasure trove in South Orange, NJ

The homeowners at 128 Prospect Place in South Orange, NJ curate, support and sell a treasure trove of contemporary art thru Art For Progress, a charity they run. –

One of many such artists’ works are for sale and prominently featured at their beautiful Victorian home which is also currently for sale.  The artist, Juan Manuel Pajares created the above image, and has a number of other works which combine a street/graffiti vibe with major cultural icons.  Other works feature such icons as John Lennon, Derek Jeter, Mick Jagger, Steve Jobs, Marlon Brando, Angus Young of ACDC…

Stop by the home for this Sunday’s open house (October 5) if you’re interested in seeing a small sampling of this art or in purchasing their home or drop me a line if you can’t make it Sunday.

Here’s a link to my previous post showing their home –

Maplewoodstock 2013

Lots of fun last nite and I also attended saturday night.  Here are a few pics




Here comes Maplewoodstock 2013!  I’m looking forward to chilling in Memorial Park this weekend.  I especially like sunday’s headliner, Joan Osborne’s off-kilter, blues-rock, dirty classic “Right Hand Man.”  The Iguanas and Brother Joscephus headline saturday.

It’s two days (July 13 & 14) of both local bands and bigger acts, lots of great local food, a beer garden, arts exhibits and a kid’s area.  Below is the link for more info.

Hat City Streets Festival

Hat City Streets Festival

On Saturday, June 15 from 11am to 9pm come on down to the corner of Forest and Tompkins Streets for the inaugural Hat City Streets Festival.   This free all day extravaganza includes Music, Arts Exhibitions, Family activities, and Food showing the spirit of Orange.

Other festival events will occur at the Firehouse Gallery, Hat City Kitchen, Ironworks, Yema Gallery, Arts Unbound and other spaces in the Valley Arts District.

Enjoy Brazilian reggae, gospel, marching bands, dance ensembles, arts exhibitions by professionals and actual hat-making workshops (Orange had a storied past as Hat City)




Here comes the 2013 Studio Artists Tour



Make sure you leave time in your schedule on the first Sunday in June (2nd) from 11 to 5 to visit  the galleries and homes featuring the work of the talented artists of South Orange and Maplewood.  This is our tenth year!!  Fun day…









Fill in the green space with picnic blankets, a thousand or so people, a stage, a host of very interesting musicians, food, drinks and crafts and what have you got? 

Maplewoodstock – our very own groovy music fest featuring Shamekia Copeland, Chris Berry and Panjea, James Maddock, Martin Briley, Jimmy Destri. Seth Walker, Ollabelle and many more.  I’ll be there this Saturday and Sunday, July 7th and 8th.  Please visit the link for showtimes.

Studio Arts Tour

There are many serious artists in South Orange and Maplewood.  I’m going to do the tour this year from 11-130 and then do my open house.  You can visit 50 artists’ studios, galleries and group exhibitions on this Sunday, June 3 between 11am-5pm.  It occurs the first sunday in june every year.

See the link below for more details.



Arts in Orange update

Jefferson St. Mural






Here is an update to previous posts about the art renaissance in Orange NJ.

There are eight live/work lofts and 4,600 square feet of commercial space being built at the corner of Freeman and South Jefferson Streets. Having artists live there would “change and enhance the energy that has already been growing by leaps and bounds”, said Terry Boddie, a New York University art teacher who also runs the Oualie Art Gallery in a Hands-rehabbed space next door to the construction site.

There is Hat City Kitchen (popular restaurant and live music venue) and now Mazzi Dogz restaurant.  Dan Fenelon, a painter, and his wife, Kadie Dempsey, an arts group administrator lead the transformation of a 1905 firehouse on Forest Street into seven live/work lofts for rent.  According to Dan, there are “Huge spaces, so close to the city, way less expensive, near the Highland train station. It’s a cool scene, with lots of other artists around.”

Reconstruction of  the seven story Berg & Co. hat factory building by Hands Inc. into 66 loft condos with 17 artist studios and 3 arts-business spaces is poised to move forward once economic and real estate market begins to gather steam.

See the NY Times article for more info:

Studio Artist Tour, Sunday June 5

Last year was a lot of fun and talent.  I’m looking forward to the studio artist tour thru South Orange and Maplewood!

Check out the link for more info on artists, locations…