In mid-May of 1666, a group of hardy settlers sailed
into what is today called Newark Bay, then up the Passaic
River, and landed in Newark and started a new life in a
new community. In May of 1999, Newark reaches the 333rd
anniversary of the initial settlement and The Newark
Public Library rejoices in this unique capstone date by
presenting two exhibitions of original prints, drawings,
photographs, and posters centering on the city's dramatic
history, personalities, organizations and buildings,
domestic, commercial and industrial. Over one hundred and
fifty images are on display in the gallery on the
Library's Third Floor in a gala grouping entitled:
"Newark: 1666-1999, Artists' Views of Newark in a
Gathering of Graphic Art from The Special Collections of
The Newark Public Library."
Autographs from Thomas Paine and Elias Boudinot
from the Revolutionary War period are shown as well as
celebrated Newarkers from modern times such as Sarah
Vaughan and Philip Roth.
Original works by many artists make up much of the unique material selected for this show including work by 19th century artists Nathaniel Currier (of the noted firm of Currier and Ives) and Cyrus Durand Chapman as well as a turn of the century artist from Newark, Peter B. McCord, whose watercolors of Newark in the Japanese style are absolutely intriguing.
Twentieth century artists found Newark to be a never ending source for subject matter for their graphic art and these include Louis Lozowick who is nationally celebrated for his lithographic art, Robert Conover who taught for many years at The Newark School of Fine and Industrial Art, Joseph Konopka of Glen Ridge, George A. Bradshaw who lived in Trenton, and Florian Jenkins who at one time was the exhibition artist at The Library. Others of note include John R. Quinn, artist and author who is a specialist in the area long known as The Meadowlands, Tim Daly's serigraphs and Rudolph Ruzicka who created beautiful engravings in color of Newark for a book about the city published by the Carteret Book Club.
Although the art works are all on one major
theme, namely Newark, they are different in many ways as
they are large and small in format, vary from full color
to black and white, and show a wide variety of graphic art
techniques including woodblocks, engravings, etchings,
lithographs, serigraphs, drawings, water colors and
photographs, making an exciting and special group of
The exhibit is open during regular Newark Public Library hours which are Monday, Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Please call (973) 733-7745 for further details.
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