Announcing our Children's Juried Art Exhibit. See below for more information

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Gallery Hours:

Sunday and Monday: closed • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: noon – 5 p.m.
Saturday: 10 - 3 p.m.


May 1 - May 30

Heinz W. Otto Gallery

The Contemporary Art Group
9th Annual Members’ Show

The Contemporary Art Group is a non -profit, collegial organization of working artists who meet on a regular basis at Watchung Arts Center and exhibit their work together. This juried show features the work of 43 of its artist members.

The following prizes were awarded at the opening reception on Sunday, May 2:

Prize Winners

 First Place

Dorothy Siclare


 Second Place

Bob Sharen

 “ Rebirth”

 Third Place

Sharon Reed

 “My friend is a mule”

Honorable Mention

Bess Birrell


Diane Gallo

 “Winter Calm Before the Storm”

Participating artists include : Francesca Azzara, Bess Birrell, Millicent Brody, Ruth Brown, JoyAnn Cabanos, Virginia Carroll, Andrew Commarano, Michael Endy, Maryann Ficker, Diane Gallo, Brooke Gardiner, Mel Holston, Terri Hood, Maxine King, Avi Kiriakatis, Constantine Kiriakatis, Don Kuhn, Linda Lam, Ed Lara, Sheilia Lenga, Lane Lewis, Tracey Luckner, Gerd Mangels, Thomas Martin, Margaret McCrary-Anderson, Charlann Meluso, Charles T. Miller, Kathy Nademus, Ghanshyam Patel, Tom Perri, Rene Post, Doris Prial, Eugene Prial, Sharon Reed, Linnea Rhodes, Monica Schraiber Otero, Bob Sharen, Dorothy Siclare, Cecilly Sullivan, Barbara Uhr, Rosalia Verdun, Cynthia Weiss and Gail Winbury.

CAG is a supportive group where there is mutual respect among members, where members exchange ideas, provide information about exhibit opportunities and share their own artistic development. More information about Contemporary Art Group can be found at .

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Upcoming Exhibitions

June 3- June 30

Heinz W. Otto Gallery

"Spring Variation": Judith O'Donnell & Corky Anderson

Artists' Reception, Friday evening, June 19, 7-9 PM

“Spring Variations”, an exhibit of the works of New Jersey artists Judith O’Donnell and C. B. Anderson will be on display in the Heinz W. Otto Gallery of the Watchung Arts Center from June 3 through June 27. The public is invited to attend the artists' reception on Friday evening, June 19th from 7-9 pm. Refreshments will be served.

Trees in Spring - Pluckemin  - Judith O'Donnell

Judith O'Donnell - Trees in Spring - Pluckemin

Judith O'Donnell is a fine artist residing in Stirling, NJ. She utilizes the medium of oils almost exclusively, but when traveling she only works in water color and pastels. An often sought-after portrait painter, Judith has completed many commissioned portraits both in the United States and overseas.

Judith's landscape and garden paintings are mostly about taking you on a journey both in time and place, a good escape and a place to rest in a world that is frantic. As peace gets harder to find and we never seem to slow down, Judith feels that it becomes more important than ever to have a quiet place. That quiet place, she feels, can be as simple as looking at a restful painting.

Judith has studied at Kean College, New Jersey, but has almost exclusively studied with teachers and artists that she admires; her mentor being Margie Cochran. She has studied in the United States with Albert Bross, Adolph Conrad and Alex Piccirillo and in England with Catherine Duckworth-King and Gerald Tucker. In association with Rene Robles, with whom she worked closely, she travelled to the Philippines for an art exhibition and jointly presented his book "Assersionisim" in which her work was featured.

Judith has had many exhibitions in the United States and overseas, both singularly and with a number of like-minded artists with whom she paints. Judith’s previous show at the Watchung Arts Center, September 2013 was about many of her favorite places both in the United States and Europe, showing countries and the places which she has enjoyed traveling to.

She has been painting for many years in the United States and Europe. She is deeply moved by 'Mother Nature' and the sights and sounds of the surroundings of the many places that she has visited. Her next project is to undertake a series of paintings based in France, from Brittany to Provence.

To see some of Judith’s paintings, visit her website at

Woman in the Mirror - CBAnderson

C. B. Anderson - Woman in the Mirror

Warren resident Corky Anderson who previously had a solo show in the WAC’s Lower Gallery in April, 2013, was fortunate during her 40 year career to have studied and worked with some very talented painters in the United States and London, England. In London, she studied with Caroline Duckworth-King and the Hampstead Artist's Association. In the United States Ms. Anderson was most influenced by the instruction of Margi Cochran, Rene Robles, Enrique Flores-Galbis and more recently Frank Arcuri. Ms. Anderson has entered many shows and has won many awards. She has recently shown in the Bernardsville Library, the Mountain Art Show and won recognition in the Tewksbury Historical Society show. Coming full circle, Corda Beth is returning to her love of still life in oils. She enjoys the simple beauty of the fruits and flowers she works with, as well as the objects which compliment or contain them. She has enjoyed working with antique pieces and recording their beauty in oils for all the time.

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May 1 - May 30

Lower Gallery

"Drawing/Painting Layers" -
Steven Rushefsky

Steven Rushefsky - Blue Room

Steven Rushefsky Blue Room

“Drawing/Painting Layers” features the work of artist Steven Rushefsky, one of the winners of the New Art Groups recent Solo Show Competition.

Steven Rushefsky - Green-Gray Room

Steven Rushefsky Green-Gray Room

Steven Rushefsky orchestrates a give-and-take between drawing and painting, as he populates his canvases with figures, interiors, gardens and architecture. Inspired by the formalism of the Italian Renaissance, and the visual delight of Edgar Degas and Helen Frankenthaler, he brings an at-times studious, at-times playful and always modern perspective to what are traditionally tightly drawn subjects.

Rushefsky begins each work by laying pencil to paper. As he applies the first layers of thin paint, it mixes with the graphite tones, adding depth to the color. He continues drawing in pencil on top of the paint, which gradually gets thicker and more opaque. This layering of pencil and paint continues throughout the process, culminating in paintings with rough-hewn features contrasted with staccato detail.

Steven Rushefsky - Paris Doorway

Steven Rushefsky Paris Doorway

He graduated from Binghamton University with a degree in Studio Art, with a focus on drawing.

He received an Award of Merit in “Arizona Aqueous” (2014), and the Curator’s Third Place award in the “NJC: Works on Paper” exhibit (2013). His work has appeared as part of group exhibitions in New York, New Jersey, Virginia, North Carolina, Oregon, Arizona, California and Puerto Rico.  His ceramic work has been published in Ceramics Monthly, and his editorial illustrations have been published in Tikkun Magazine. You can enjoy additional examples of his work at

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Upcoming Exhibitions

June 3- June 30

Lower Gallery

“Images/Poems” by Howard Berelson

Opening Reception, Sunday, June 7, 1-4 PM

Howard Berelson is a poet as well as a visual artist. Howard’s poems and images will be on display in the Lower Gallery of the Watchung Arts Center during the month of June. This is the third is a series of exhibitions featuring the works of artists selected by the New Art Group in their “Solo Show Competition”, held in the fall of 2014.

Burning Tree - Howard Berelson

Howard Berelson - Burning Tree

Howard Berelson started his career as a children’s book illustrator. Twenty five years later, he was awarded a teaching fellowship for the New Jersey State Council on the Arts – Art in Education program. He taught for 26 years, integrating curriculum with various art forms as different pathways to learning. He found that when he started to write, the discipline he achieved and his sensitivity to the written word enhanced his visual work as it evolved. He considers the Poet-as-Observer and Visual-Artist-as-Observer are one and the same.

Carousel - Howard Berelson

Howard Berelson - Carousel

He was awarded Honorable Mention in the 2013 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards. His publication credits include: The Paterson Literary Review; The Great Falls, An Anthology of Poems about Paterson, New Jersey; and Lips. Howard resides in Teaneck, NJ, with his wife of 40 years, Suzanne.

His visual work can be seen at:

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23rd Annual Children's Juried Art Exhibition

Curated by Monica Schraiber Otero


Sunday, May 31– Saturday, June 27
Opening Reception: Sunday, May 31, 1 to 2 p.m.

23rd Annual Children’s Juried Art Exhibition recognizes the budding talents and creative potential of young artists.  The mission of the show is to encourage artistic development in children by providing an opportunity for the display and appreciation of their work outside home and school.  The WAC therefore, hopes to encourage the support of instructors, schools, and parents in our communities to promote student’s participation in this exciting event.

Open to all New Jersey residents ages 4 – 17 years old. Download the flyer here.

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Form for Exhibitors

If you would like to exhibit at the Watchung Arts Center, please download and complete the Exhibitor Agreement.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Ludmila Kalivoda, VP Visual Arts, Watchung Arts Center, e-mail

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