I put this moment … here. I put this moment … here. I put this moment … over here

August 29, 2014

Blending art, horticulture, sustainable technology

Opening Thursday, September 25, 2014 6 to 9pm

591 Broad Street
Newark, NJ 07102-4403
p. 973 622-1600
f. 973 622-6526

Gallery Hours:
Wednesday–Friday, 12–6pm
Saturday, 11am–4pm

from: aljira.org:

About Aljira Emerge:  Since its inception in 1999, the Aljira Emerge Program has been committed to providing artists in the New Jersey/New York metropolitan region with the skills and strategies to thrive in today’s competitive art world. Providing professional development opportunities for over 250 Emerge Artist Fellows. At the end of each program, each Fellow is included in a group exhibition as well as an exhibition catalog.

The excellent reputation of the Emerge program is built on the perseverance and commitment of the 21 artists that make up each new Emerge group annually, and they deserve recognition for investing their time and energy to their enterprise.

Aljira applauds the over 250 artists that make up the Emerge Community.

Emerge 11 Workshop Leaders: Alyson Pou, Ela Troyano, Colleen Keegan, Beverly McIver, Amy Smith, Jackie Battenfield, Dread Scott, Aaron Landsman and Edwin Ramoran

Emerge 11 Artists:
Katie Cercone, Nell Irvin Painter, William D. Caballero, Nobutaka Aozaki, Diana Schmertz, David Rios Ferreira, Heidi Lau, Stephanie Powell, Ariana Barat, Phoenix Lindsey-Hall, Patricia Cazorla, Ken Weathersby, Rosemary Taylor, Ann Oren, Tai Hwa Goh, Barbara Wallace, Vikki Michalios, Maria Buyondo, Isaac Aden, Jennifer Williams, Caroline Mak

About the exhibition from curator Jorge Rojas:
One of art’s greatest purposes is to help us connect everything from our historical and cultural past to our wildest and most unimaginable future. The artists in this exhibition, each with a strong and unique voice, explore artmaking as a way of relating to the world and, in doing so, are creating new information about how we make contact.

This year’s EMERGE program participants all focus on making connections from specific aspects of their lives with the world around them. These relationships are numerous and diverse, including social, cultural, sexual, physical, spiritual, historical, architectural, environmental, and biological.

A few days after visiting the artists’ studios in preparation for this exhibit, I heard the song “Jig of Life” from Kate Bush’s 1985 albumHounds of Love. Toward the end of the track, the singer solemnly intones, “I put this moment … here. I put this moment … here. I put this moment … over here.”

These lyrics strike me as a wonderfully simple and poetic illustration of the way we selectively organize our memories and experiences; the lines point to the systems we construct to make sense of and archive our experiences. How we choose to make connections is examined and illuminated here in the works of these 21 artists, who deliberately juxtapose and cross-reference points of contact within their lives to different points outside.


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Four From Aferro

December 12, 2013

Very pleased to announce an invitation to a group show curated by Gallery Aferro Co-Founder, Evonne Davis. The art exhibition draws attention to placemaking and free exchange of ideas inviting four artists from the Gallery Aferro Residency Program. My solo exhibition, “Sowing Promise,” will travel to Peirro Gallery in South Orange, NJ along with artists, Marcy ChevaliKatrina Bello and Margaret Murphy.


Pierro Gallery at The Baird

Mead Street, South Orange, NJ
Artists: Katrina Bello, Marcy Chevali, Vikki Michalios, Margaret Murphy
9 January – 15 February, 2014

Curator and Gallery Aferro co-founder: Emma Wilcox
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 9, 7-9pm
Art Talk: Thursday, January 30, 7-9pm

“The Pierro Gallery is pleased to host four alumni of the Gallery Aferro Studio Residency program in an exhibition that will run from 1/ 9/2014-2/15/2014.  The artists will present installation-based exhibitions that were originally premiered at Gallery Aferro in Newark NJ. Each artist’s project reflects the rigorous and often experimental studio work undertaken during their six month residency. The installations, under the heading Four from Aferro are as follows: Skinning The Image, Katrina Bello; The Edge of Pause, Marcy Chevali; Sowing Promise, Vikki Michalios; and Toile News Project, Margaret Murphy. There will be an art talk in the Pierro  gallery with the artists and co-founder of Gallery Aferro, Emma Wilcox on January 30th at 7pm…”

Download the remainder of the Press Release.

Sowing Promise

November 13, 2013


Very pleased to announce my first solo show in Newark opens Saturday, November 16th, at Gallery Aferro, 73 Market Street with “Beyond Organic,” an installation blending art, horticulture, and sustainable technologies along with the “Fukushima Daiichi,” series of abstract water based screen prints.

Gallery Aferro, Newark, NJ
16 Nov – 14 Dec. Open 12pm-6pm Thur-Saturday. Closed for Holiday Thur-Sat 11/28-30.
73 Market Street, Newark, NJ 07102
(973) 353-9533 ::  info@aferro.org  ::  Directions  ::  About

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 16th, 2013 7:00-10:00pm 

Closing Party: December 14th, in connection with one of Newark’s cherished local traditions; Gallery Aferros’ Holiday Party and Potluck.

Doing and Undergoing Opening Reception

October 16, 2013

I am pleased to announce that “Beanstalk Garden,” my hydroponic installation is now on view in the
group exhibition Doing and Undergoing at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City.

Teachers College, Columbia University
Conceived by Richard Jochum and curated by Robert Gero ::  Credits

Guided Audio Video Tour (30 minute video stream)

Opening Reception: Tuesday, October 15th, 5:30-7:30   About  
October 16th to December 15th, 2013, daily from 10am-8pm
525 West 120th Street, New York, NY 10027
1 (212) 678-3461 …  info@doingandundergoing.net


“Cell Mates,” June 6th, 5-9pm. Walsh Gallery at Seton Hall University

May 31, 2013

Join the reception in the Walsh Gallery at Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ on Thursday, June 6th between 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.  My installation is included in a new group exhibition and the curators are hosting a gathering.

The exhibition has two curators, Gallery Director Jeanne Brasile, and Independent Guest Curator Lisbeth Murray. The show features artists working on the cusp of art and science by integrating methodologies or concepts borrowed from science.  They each separately select art as the exhibition format includes two shows under one curatorial concept. This presents a unique dialog between curators and artists.

blogwindowraftA Window Rafting, detail © 2013 

Window Rafting is a miniature garden using simple hydroponic methods of growing indoors, year round, organically, and sustainably. Six inches in diameter, a clear hanging container is suspended with water, nutrients, and plants. Ambient pink grow lights grace the space and brighten a blend of horticulture. Window Rafting transforms the space and aims to transform how the science of agriculture is viewed or practiced in our culture.

Reception: June 6th, 5-9pm.
June 3 to July 18.
Press Release

Bring along friends and family.  There’s plenty of room in the gallery and food at the reception.

“Doing and Undergoing” Teachers College Columbia University, May-Dec

May 30, 2013

Doing and Undergoing 
is the title of an art exhibition at Teachers College Columbia University from May 2013 – December 15th, 2013 celebrating its 125th year anniversary.

Presented throughout the historic Teachers College building on 120th Street in New York City Doing and Undergoing will be a site-specific installation presented on four floors of the fully operational graduate school. The exhibition will be accompanied by an interactive audio-video guide which will be constructed during summer 2013; as well as an electronic catalogue which is planned for late Fall 2013.

Read about it HERE.

Studio Visit Magazine Has Arrived

May 30, 2013


Download Volume Twenty-One (20MB). Page 112-13

Publisher, Steven Zevitas. The Open Studio Press. “A Juried Selection of International Visual Artists,”Jurer Dina Deitsch. Winter Edition. Studio Visit Magazine, Volume 21, 2013

About Studio Visit

Studio Visit is a series of juried artist books. Since 2008 we have offered artists a new and effective venue through which to introduce their work to a serious national audience of art world professionals. Studio Visitpresents all two- and three- dimensional media and is now working on its 21st and 22nd volumes.

Each high quality volume of Studio Visit features approximately 150 artists, who have been selected by professional curators. Selected artists will be given one full page color that includes an image, contact information and a brief artist statement.

Studio Visit will be received by two thousand curators and galleries throughout the country as well as a growing base of collectors and enthusiasts.

-Studio Visit Magazine

“A Time in Arcadia”, May 19-June 23, 2013, Curious Matter, Jersey City, NJ

May 21, 2013


Download the CATALOGUE

“From Eden to Monsanto, plants are entwined in virtually every aspect of our lives and culture – whether for nourishment, their medicinal properties or decorative aspect.  In sources as divergent as Dutch landscape painting, herbals, or in the work of Andy Goldsworthy, Agnes Denes, or Rob Carter, plant life is abundantly represented in visual art.  With the exhibition A Time in Arcadia, Curious Matter will explore how contemporary artists engage with botany.”

Artists exhibiting at Curious Matter are Lasse Antonsen, Aaron Beebe, Ewelina Bochenska, Arthur Bruso, Robyn Ellenbogen, Stephanie Guillen, Jamie Isaia, Kit Lagreze, Richard Lapham, Ross Bennett Lewis, Joe Lugara, Sabina Magnus, Marianne McCarthy, Julie McHargue, Joan Mellon, Vikki Michalios, Raymond E. Mingst, Robert Mullenix, Samantha Persons, Gilda Pervin, Robert Schatz, Corinne Schulze, Leona Strassberg Steiner and Margaret Withers.

Those at the Main Branch are Lasse Antonsen, Kristi Arnold, Jessica Baker, Aileen Bassis, Greg Brickey, Eileen Ferara, Jessie Horning, Richard Lapham, Joe Lugara, Sabina Magnus, Anthony Heinz May, Sarah Pfohl and Debra Regh.


Spring Studio Residents Artist Talks

May 20, 2013

Gallery Aferro
June 2nd, 2pm. Press ReleaseDirections.

Step inside and check out the hanging miniature floating gardens, aquaponic greenery powered by fish or volcanic rock, all growing indoors with no soil or sun. The bi-annual artist talk for Spring will commence at 2pm following 1pm open studios.


5th Annual Benefit Art Auction and Party!

May 20, 2013

Gallery Aferro
June 15th, 7-10pm. Press releaseDirections.

“What Sunflowers Know” is a 24×24 inch water based screen print from my Fukushima series and included in the silent auction.

VIP preview from 5:30-7PM. Regular Advance Tickets $25 / Regular Tickets at Door $30. Advance VIP Tickets $100 / VIP Tickets at Door $150. On Sale Now Here: www.aferro.org 

24 x 24 inch | Water Based Silk Screen | 2013

Cell Mates

May 20, 2013

The Walsh Gallery at Setan Hall
June 3 to July 18. Press Release.  Directions.
Reception: June 6th, 5-9pm.

Window Rafting is a miniature garden using simple hydroponic methods of growing. Six inches in diameter, a clear hanging container is filled with water, nutrients, fish, and plants. It adapts and changes to the environment as it grows over the course of its’ indoor life. Ambient pink grow lights grace the space and brighten a blend of horticulture. Window Rafting transforms the space and aims to transform how agriculture is viewed in our culture.


A Time in Arcadia

May 10, 2013

Curious Matter

MAY 19 TO JUNE 23, 2013. Press Release. Directions.

The installation blends together art, agriculture, and sustainable technologies. Soilless and Sunless is intended to ignite inquiry about modern use of natural resources, environmental, ecological, health, economical, and nutritional impacts from agricultural practices such as the model used by Monsanto. The hydroponic installations suggest that the use of fertilizers pesticides, and GMO’s for example are an option. Ecologically sustainable miniature gardens can be grown carbon footprint free in our own urban homes, yards, walls, fences, windows, roofs, fire escapes, and even closets. A portable garden with whimsical plant greenery sparks curiosity about agricultural methods.


Summer Dawn Hortillosa, “Curious Matter and the Jersey City Library Team Up for ‘A Time In Arcadia’ Art Exhibit,’ Jersey City Independent, May 2013




April 3, 2013

An application for the Create Change: Professional Development Fellowship, at The Laundromat Project in the Bronx, advanced to the final stage and will soon meet for a group interview.  Fellows are encouraged to use their own local neighborhood as a source of inspiration and venue for real world application of principles learned in the workshops. The program focusses on public works and building community.


February 17, 2013

The auction is over AND the Fukushima etching I donated went to a very good home. Look at all of the terrific programing this annual benefit will support!

Index’s Press Release:

Reception and silent auction: Friday, February. 15, 6 – 11pm 

Bidding ends at 10pm

Index is proud to announce our 4th Annual fundraiser and silent art auction.
Come join us for a good cause, and a great party!!

With the success of this event we hope to continue to bring you monthly exhibitions and our yearly film and video screenings “Filmideo”, featuring, local, national, and international contemporary talent. We are also very happy to be launching our newest program “Art Bound”. The ArtBound program is a free art program that offers Newark High School students the opportunity to engage in a series of workshops in papermaking, printmaking, and bookbinding.

Index’s Fine Art Auction will present a unique opportunity to collect works of art by emerging and established artists.


February 17, 2013

Love these words… “Congratulations! Your application for the Feb 20, 2013-August 20, 2013 Gallery Aferro Studio Residency has been accepted.”

Phoenix Lindsey-Hall and I have been learning about each other already at the Algira Emerge 11 program. Looking forward to sharing the Aferro residency with Phoenix along with Piotr Czerwinski, Patricia Dahlman, Jeff Grant.


February 9, 2013

A second residency at Aferro begins February 20th!



February 2, 2013

It is an honor to be included within this dynamic group of 22 artists and amazing strategic planning workshops conducted by Creative Capital in partnership with Gallery Aferro and Aljira’s Emerge Eleven program. Thank you everyone!

Rosemary Taylor :: Ann Oren  :: Nobutoka Aozaki  :: Diana Schmertz  :: Ariana Barat  :: David Rios Ferreira  :: Heidi Lau  :: Katie Cercone  :: Nell Painter  :: Ken Weathersby  :: Phoenix Lindsey-Hall  :: Patricia Cazorla  :: William D. Caballero  :: Tai Hwa Goh  :: Tobaron Wayman  :: Stephanie Powell  :: Barbara Wallace  :: Vikki Michalios  :: Caroline Mark  :: Maria Buyondo  :: Issac Aden  :: Jennifer Williams :: Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art :: Creative Capital :: Gallery Aferro


January 14, 2013

GALLERY AFERRO STUDIO RESIDENCY Thank you Aferro, for my candidacy 2013. The final round of interviews is scheduled at the end of January.

“… Thank you so much for your interest in our studio program. We would like to meet with you to discuss your application and show you around the studios…” Gallery Aferro

Speaking from experience, the best kept A.I.R. secret is tucked away in Newark, NJ at 73 Market Street.  About 1000 sq feet of work space, 24-7 access, visiting curators and gallery directors, solo exhibition, catalogue , networking with local, national and international peers, collaborative projects, critique sessions, lectures, and artist video productions. It was my good fortunate to experience this last year with six amazing peers.  Check out my studio-mate’s video presentations captured during our residency together: Katrina BelloMarci ChevaliKen WethersbyNell PainterJomar Statkun, and  Nadja Frank.

Wish me luck for this timely opportunity! The residency compliments the Aljira Emerge11 program also starting February. It is befitting, two-fold, as I prepare for my first solo show at Aferro in September. The show, “Sowing Promise” is about environmental systems and concerns.

Go Newark!



January 13, 2013


It happened!

“…Congratulations on your acceptance into Aljira Emerge 11; we look forward to working with you and supporting your practice. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call Aljira. Sincerely, The Emerge 11 Program Selection Committee…

I am honored, appreciative, and thankful for the opportunity. Thank you Aljira! I am looking forward to the coming months of working together.


January 9, 2013

INVITED GUEST ARTIST Explore, Create, and Experience Five of the World’s Greatest Painters

Dear Girl Scout Troop 12912,

It was an honor leading this workshop as your invited guest artist. Copying from the world’s greatest painters will help you learn about the paintings you like. It will give you clues about what inspired the artists and why. In turn, this activity will help generate your own ideas about what to paint. A modified copy of the workshop description can be downloaded HERE for free. Congratulations on working toward your Brownie badge for painting! I hope you enjoyed the workshop and best wishes for the best of painting times!


November 30, 2012


Aljira Emerge has returned after several years of hiatus. The strategic career management and exhibition program is a career altering experience for many. Thank you Aljira, for my candidacy. The final round of interviews is scheduled for this Sunday, December 2nd, 2012!


November 16, 2012

ART OF THE URBAN ENVIRONMENT Cakewalk Gallery, Baltimore, MD

December 6th – January 13th Opening Reception December 6th, 6pm Three water based prints from the Fukushima series are included in the exhibition, “Art of the Urban Environment” on view at Cakewalk Gallery in Baltimore from Dec. 1, 2012 – Jan. 13 2013. The images were realized after observing, drawing, printing, and experimenting with a small scale sunflower phytoremediation project in my own urban back yard. The prints are an example of how artists focus on effects of the urban environment and image making. Phytoremediation is the use of green plants to remove pollutants from the environment or render them harmless. Sunflowers absorb radioactive contamination from soil. Millions of seeds were distributed after Fukushima Daiichi’s nuclear plant suffered meltdowns from a major earthquake and tsunami. They lifted spirits and lightened the radiation damage, sowing flowers of hope for a radioactive free future. The concept that nature can heal itself was the point of departure. If you are in the area, please come by and take in the show; Cakewalk Gallery at

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November 3, 2012


Opening in September 2013. Stay tuned!


August 8, 2012


My long time art friend from Chautauqua days, Al Lupiani, invited me to participate in a drawing salong exhibition where he works at Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design. This New York Studio Residency Program is in Brooklyn, NY. Dumbo is one of my favorite NYC spots. Thank you Al!!

Invitational Public Event by Al Lubiani Wednesday, August 8, 2012. 6:00pm until 9:00pm.

Through You Into Action

April 16, 2011

THROUGH YOU INTO ACTION, THE CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART, Bedminster, NJ GALLERY AFERRO, Newark, NJ 4/16/12-6/9/12 Opening Reception: Saturday, April 21st 6-8 p.m. The Center for Contemporary Art and Gallery Aferro are excited to present Through You Into Action, a major multi-site exhibition and accompanying publication of the same name, commemorating the first 5 years of Gallery Aferro’s award-winning studio residency program. The publication will be available for sale on site at each venue starting April 16. The exhibitions, curated by gallery co-founders Evonne M. Davis and Emma Wilcox, present an expansive and highly diverse cross-section of contemporary art practice, encompassing sculpture, printmaking, painting, installation, video and performance by 30 alumni of the program, which takes place in Gallery Aferro’s 20,000 sq ft building. Connecting Bedminster (Somerset County) and Newark (Essex County) and featuring site-specific installations, Through You Into Action presents the artistic vibrancy of the region, and the important role that workspace programs and art centers play in placemaking and the free exchange of ideas. Exhibiting artists: Anonda Bell, Katrina Bello, Gianluca Bianchino, Patricia Cazorla,Marcy Chevali, Lane Cooper, Kevin Darmanie, Don Edler, Dahlia Elsayed, Nadja Frank, Jerry Gant, Tai Hwa Goh, Hiroshi Kumagai, Norene Leddy, Ann LePore, Caroline Mak, Vikki Michalios, Margaret Murphy, Kathryn Okeson, Alison Owen, Peter Owen, Nell Painter, Ryan Roa, Steve Rossi, Irys Schenker, Ryan Schroeder, Jomar Statkun, Calla Thompson, Barbara Wallace, Ken Weathersby, Sara Wolfe. The residency program brings together 10-12 local, national and international artists each year to work on ambitious projects. Each artist receives 24/7 access to a large studio, career support, studio visits from curators, the opportunity to participate in public events such as artist talks and open studios, a culminating solo exhibition, inclusion in a publication and the chance to document their experiences on the studio blog. With an ever-expanding alumni network of almost 60 artists, there are ongoing opportunities for collaboration and fellowship. Gallery Aferro and the Center for Contemporary Art are both creative hubs where art is not only shown but made. The exhibitions as well as the accompanying publication allow the public to learn much about process: how and why each piece was conceived, worked upon, and fully realized. The fully illustrated catalogue, No. 19 in Gallery Aferro’s publication line of artist books, catalogues, essays and sound art CD’s, features writing from each artist illuminating their concepts as well as their experiences in the program.