Op-Ed: Visual Artists Challenging Rhetoric on Immigration Film Screening
6:00 PM18:00

Op-Ed: Visual Artists Challenging Rhetoric on Immigration Film Screening

"OP ED: Visual Artists Challenging Rhetoric on Immigration" will be a screening of short films followed by a panel discussion. The evening is designed to augment the gallery’s on-going exhibition featuring work by area artists responding to the divisive rhetoric permeating our social and political discourse.

Among the films to be screened are excerpts from "Three Trembling Cities", a web series about contemporary immigrants struggling to balance work, dreams and family expectations. The fictional episodes are bookmarked by interviews with actual immigrants, and the featured actors are either first or second-generation immigrants. 

The purpose of the exhibit and the film screening is to provide a forum for the public to have a dialogue on current events affecting our community. As artists and business owners we feel that it is important to have this discussion through art and visual imagery as well as conversation. We hope to create a space where fellow artists and community members can learn and connect with each other to foster communication and understanding of each other.

RSVP recommended, but walk-ins welcome with space permitting.

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Op-Ed: Artist's Reception
5:00 PM17:00

Op-Ed: Artist's Reception

Art can have many narratives. Or it can have none at all and be merely decorative. Some images require the viewer to interpret the artist’s narrative by deciphering the symbolic imagery incorporated into the composition of the work.

But it is when the artist editorializes their imagery, either subtly or bluntly, that the dialogue on the chosen topic becomes arousing and impassioned. 

Atelier Rosal is exhibiting works by artists who have something to say about the cultural and political landscapes that currently exist.

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4:00 PM16:00

Poetry In The Gallery/Red Wheelbarrow Poets

Atelier Rosal, in an effort to support the arts as well as bring it to the local community, presents poetry by The Red Wheelbarrow Poets. 

Based out of Rutherford, NJ, The Red Wheel Barrow Poets hosts readings at the Williams Center for the Arts and GainVille Cafe, both in Rutherford. They also hold poetry workshops at The Williams Center, of which more information can be found on their site: https://redwheelbarrowpoets.org/about/

Please come and listen to these wordsmiths!

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5:00 PM17:00


Since its "invention" in the early 20th Century, no one has doubted the relevance and importance of abstract art, that is, at least not until now.  During the Age of Modernism, it was always clear what constituted the best abstraction:  It was the work that was pioneering, the art of the avant-garde that advanced art by taking it into new and unchartered territory.  

But with the rise of Post-Modernism, nothing was considered new ----- all art was to some extent just a recycling of the past.  So, how were we now to determine quality in abstract art?  This talk will look at the issues facing abstraction in 2018 and suggest ways of separating the wheat from the chaff, meaning the strongest abstract art from all the rest.

About Our Speaker: JOSEPH JACOBS

Joseph Jacobs is an independent art historian living and working in New York. For some 35 years he was a museum curator and director. His positions included Curator of American Art at the Newark Museum (1991-2003), Director of the Oklahoma City Art Museum (1989-1991), Curator of Modern Art at the John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida (1986-1989), and Director of the museum at Bucknell University. (1982-1986) He has taught art history at Brown University, Boston College, St. Lawrence University, and Bucknell University. From 2005-2007 he was CEO of the Chaim and Renee Gross Foundation, a single-artist foundation located in Greenwich Village in Manhattan and dedicated to promoting the life and work of the sculptor Chaim Gross., who was a seminal figure in the movement of American sculptors to work in wood in the 1920s and 1930s.

Mr. Jacobs has written numerous books and exhibition catalogues. Best known is Janson’s History of Art, The Western Tradition, which he co-authored, writing the section “The Modern World” (over a third of the book) for the 7th and 8th editions. This book is probably the single most famous art publication in the world, and it was a front page article (with lengthy quotes by Mr. Jacobs) in The New York Times when it was published. Mr. Jacobs has written studies on photography (This Is Not a Photograph, 25 Years of Large-Scale Photography) and folk, self-taught art, and outsider art (A World of Their Own: Twentieth-Century American Folk Art). A well-known expert on modern and contemporary art, he is now preparing a book on art since 1950, which is tentatively titled Art Since 1950, The Road to Postmodernism. He has written for many major art magazines, including Art in America, Art & Antiques, and Arts. 

Mr. Jacobs’s exhibitions have won international awards, including “Best Exhibition at a Museum Outside of New York,” 1999, presented by the International Association of Art Critics for Off Limits, Rutgers University and the Avant-Garde, 1957-1963. (an exhibition featuring George Brecht, Allan Kaprow, Roy Lichtenstein, Lucas Samaras, George Segal, and Robert Whitman). His 2001 reinstallation of the Newark Museum’s permanent collection of American Art (which ranks among the top ten collections in the world) was promoted by the National Endowment for the Humanities as a model for all museum exhibitions. 

As a leading art expert on 19th-century, Modern, and Contemporary Art, Mr. Jacobs has served on the vetting committee for most major art fairs in America, including the International Fine Art Fair in New York, the Palm Beach Art & Antique Fair, and the Dallas Art Fair. He has served on numerous public art commissions, commissioning work by some of the most famous artists in the world, and on numerous panels for the National Endowment for the Arts , the Florida State Arts Council, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. In addition to buying for museums and putting together major museum collections for over 35 years, Mr. Jacobs has advised collectors and worked as a professional art appraiser.

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Poetry In The Gallery
4:00 PM16:00

Poetry In The Gallery

Atelier Rosal presents "Poetry In The Gallery".  We will be hosting readings by featured poets from the NJ and NY area. Join us for an afternoon of "word-smithing" and light refreshments!

Nancy Mercado : Recipient of the 2017 American Book Award for Lifetime Achievement. Nancy is the author of It Concerns The Madness as well as being published in ALOUD : The Nuyorican poetry anthology, and ecology and woman anthologies.

Danny Shot,  long time Editor and Publisher of Long Shot Magazine with a recently published collection of Poetry :Works.

John Lunar Richey has a new publication entitledDark Pastures, and has been published in Rolling Stone, The Mammoth Book Of New Erotica The Best Of The Journal Of Erotica.

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3:00 PM15:00


The tattoo has been used to mark members of clans, criminals, slaves, and skills of laborers. They’ve been used to denote social statuses and have been used in rituals. They have been embraced or denigrated.

Whether it is a figure painting of a tattooed person or a tattoo artist who expresses the graphic nature of tattoos on paper or canvas, the exhibit aims to celebrate this expressive art form permanently marking the body. 

We will be featuring the works of: Lauren Curtis :: Caitlin Hackett :: Joe LaMattina :: Nick Rosal :: John Wyatt

The Artists Reception will be on Sunday, April 29th from 3-6pm with the exhibit running from  April 29th through June 7th.

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Of The Earth :: Artist's Reception
3:00 PM15:00

Of The Earth :: Artist's Reception

Atelier Rosal and these invited artists celebrate the change of seasons and observations of nature with images of landscapes and florals. Works by locals artists, jewelers and ceramicists will be on view and are available for purchase.

The artists exhibiting are:

John Azelvandre
Ray Horner
Catherine Kinkade
Donna Levinstone

Celebrate with us at Atelier Rosal from 3-6pm at the artist reception! 
The exhibit will continue from March 18th through April 26th.

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Words :: Artist's Reception & Poetry Reading
3:00 PM15:00

Words :: Artist's Reception & Poetry Reading

Words! We use it to express  our thoughts and feelings, share our ideas and yet, while trying to be as succinct as possible, words can seem so abstract. 

Artists will exhibit their works which have incorporated words into their imagery. Either prose, poetry or a graphic typographical solution, the narrative by each artist is expressed on canvas, paper and other mediums. But just as importantly, there is the innate beauty of the written word; either printed by hand, or machine or scribbled or skillfully calligraphed.

The Artist's Reception coincides with the Grand Opening of Atelier Rosal and will also be celebrated with readings by notable poets. Poets are being curated by Patrick Rosal. Please join us for this annual event Sunday, February 4th, 2018 from 3pm to 6pm.

The exhibit will be up from Sunday, February 4th through Thursday, March 15th.

The upcoming "Word!" show features works by visual artists:

Bithika Adhikary
Rodriguez Calero
Nick Rosal
Rocco Scary
Emanuelle Schaer

There will also be a readings by,the following poets:

Aracelis Girmay
Cherita Harrell
Patrick Rosal
BJ Ward

About Patrick Rosal

Patrick Rosal is the author of four books, most recently Brooklyn Antediluvian,which was a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Award and winner of the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts for prose, as well as the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the Fulbright Scholars Program for poetry. His writing has appeared in American Poetry ReviewTin HouseNew England ReviewBest American PoetryNew York Times, and many other journals and anthologies. He has been a featured performer internationally in Europe, Africa, and at various spaces in the Caribbean, South America, and the Philippines. He has also delivered readings and performances at hundreds of venues and festivals throughout the United States, among them the Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, the Whitney Museum, and the Dodge Poetry Festival. He is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Rutgers University-Camden where he directs the MFA Program.

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small works show :: artist reception
3:00 PM15:00

small works show :: artist reception

Atelier Rosal opens its doors! We are selling and promoting original works of art, ceramics and jewelry.

Local artists will exhibit their work in a new, yet raw, space. An eclectic collection of imagery will be available for purchase from the gallery. Meet and greet the artists in this new venture opening in the Arts District in Rahway, NJ!

The artist's reception will be on Sunday, December 10th, from 3pm to 6pm. The work will continue to exhibit and be available for sale until January 31st.

All works are unique and one of kind from these local artists and artisans.



Lisa Coppola
Jennifer Gianella
Aetheria Jewel
Daniell Hudson

Ceramics and Sculpture

Paul Greene
Emanuelle Schaer
Marysia Schultz
Craig Stein


Lawrence Cappiello
Cristina Palermo-Havens
Lynn Logan
Scott Lukacs
Kay Kenny
Alex Mambach
Amanda Mathews
Leonard Merlo

(image detail of "Red Sea Anenome" 12x12 mixed media on panel by (c) Kay Kenny)

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