February Art Display @ the Library

Tribes of the Omo, is a group of works created by New Jersey based fine artist/illustrator Jay Golding. Jay is a Jamaican/American artist whose work primarily consists of realistic portraits and figures in various mediums such as: mural design/ installation, all traditional paint mediums (watercolor, gouache, acrylic and oil), and Illustration Feb 2019 Displaymediums (graphite pencil and ink). Golding’s pieces tell vivid imaginings that are inspired from his thoughts, environment, world culture, African heritage and nature. The artist’s main objective through his work is to inspire the viewer with each unique subject presented.

The works in this exhibit spanning from 2017 – present day, were created in various mediums such as oil and acrylic paint, colored pencil and ballpoint pen. The works highlight Nilotic indigenous tribal groups from the Omo Valley region of Southwest Ethiopia, such as the Mursi, Suri, Bodi, and Hamar tribes.

“My process usually begins with either a pen or colored pencil drawing from photographic references I find of the tribes people, as well as literary research to get information about their way of living” says the artist.

Many of these people are Nilotic pastoralists who depend on the river to grow their crops and to fish, or who live in forests or huts on their mainland. Through these images, the artist touches on a narrative of how important nature is to our existence on this planet. According to Jay, “there is much we can learn from these tribes by studying their way of living.”

“I have been greatly inspired by the stories of these people and since beginning this work, I have began to explore my tribal lineage more as well” adds Jay.

This exhibit will run until the end of February.  Come down to the library and check it out!

-Archana Chiplunkar, Adult Services Librarian 

Lunar New Year Art

For the beginning of February, the Library’s display case is featuring children’s art in

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Beautiful artwork!

celebration of the Lunar New Year.

The works done by children 6-17 years old, include oil painting, water colors, sketches, and oil pastels, as well as works done in markers and crayons. Children present the artworks with their favorite dogs and symbols of Chinese culture such as dragons, lion dance, and pandas.

All of the featured artists are taught by Christine Qin Wittlinger (Christine’s Art Studio) , who has both an art and business degree from China and America. She is currently employed as an art instructor by Livingston Chinese School.

The display case exhibit runs through February 9th.

– Archana Chiplunkar, Adult Services Librarian 

Dinosaurs Galore!

Dinosaurs have taken over at the Livingston Public Library!IMG_3471 (1)

The Livingston Library’s display case features the amazing and extensive dinosaur collection of nine year old Livingston resident, Julian Zakkour, who has been an “amateur” paleontologist since he was 5 years old.  His passion started when watching PBS shows Dinosaur Train and Dino Dan and discovering the dinosaur section in the Livingston Library.  He absorbed the facts and history of these magnificent creatures like a sponge and quickly learned the difference between herbivores, carnivores, and omnivores and how they lived and died as if they were old friends. Trips to the Natural History Museum in New York City and dinosaur exhibits near and far also fueled his passion.  Most of his family trips always include a trip to a museum or a dinosaur inspired attraction. He started to collect dinosaur figures in every shape, form and size and his family always knows what he wants for his birthday and on holidays!

The Jurassic Park and Jurassic World films and franchise made a great impact on his love of dinosaurs.  His collection includes rare vintage Jurassic Park figures from all 3 films (Jurassic Park, Jurassic Park II and Jurassic Park III) and from the newer films Jurassic World and Jurassic World, the Lost Kingdom.

He considers himself a purist and favors toys that show the real form of the dinosaur but also loves the new hybrid toy figures as well.

His favorite dinosaur is the Spinosaurs.  His dream would be to go on a dig and actually find a dinosaur fossil.   He is currently in the 3rd grade at Harrison school.  He would like to be a paleontologist when he grows up.    He is very happy to share his collection with the Library to inspire other kids about the wonderful world of dinosaurs!

This colorful and enthralling display will last till January 26.

-Archana Chiplunkar, Adult Services Librarian 

Displays & Exhibits @ the Library!

The Livingston Public Library is always looking for new collections to display in the library.  For more information on how you can display your collection, check out our website here.

Here is what Adult Services Librarian, Archana Chiplunkar, has to say about our exhibit for the month of December 2018: 

This month Carla Horowitz of The Clay Cellar in Riker Hill Art Park, is displaying her handcrafted stoneware pottery. Horowitz’s work has been influenced by nature, dance, and her more than three years living in Japan. She creates wheel thrown and hand-built pieces that are both functional and decorative. Her shapes are often altered and textured, and she has become known for platters and bowls made using a variety of leaves.

“Bakers, pitchers, tea pots, mugs, and bowls are just a few of the items that enhance everyday meals,” says Horowitz. “I love that what I create in my studio goes into someone’s home and establishes a hand-to-hand connection with the user. The journey of each piece continues once it leaves my studio.”

Besides the dramatic leaf pieces, she also produces crocks, garlic keepers, and canisters that make a kitchen more functional, and her vases, goblets, and mini pots make any table more festive.

The Clay Cellar emerged from an actual cellar into a storefront pottery in Montclair’s South End Business District, traveled to Doubletree Gallery of Fine Art and Contemporary Crafts in Upper Montclair, then on to the Riker Hill Art Park in Livingston, NJ.

Throughout all its transformations, the challenge Carla says “ has always been to produce high quality work that still fits the goal of creating unique, functional, and affordable pieces.”

Horowitz is a member of the Potters Guild of New Jersey and the Riker Hill Artists Association. She offers classes at the Art Park and at the Montclair Art Museum. For further information, go to www.theclaycellarpottery.com.

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December 2018 Exhibit Display

—Jessica Bielen, Adult Services Librarian