Announcing my new position as Gallery Director at Brick + Mortar Gallery

https://www.brickandmortargallery.com/news-events

Effective immediately:

Brick + Mortar is pleased to announce, Colleen Gutwein O’Neal as it’s new Gallery Director.

Colleen comes to Brick + Mortar with more than 10 years of experience as an independent curator in the Northeast Metropolitan region. Working predominantly with emerging and mid career artists on exhibitions ranging from non-objective paintings to socio-conceptual projects.

O’Neal, brings a wealth of knowledge as an artist and educator. She recently completed a 5 year photo-documentary, The Newark Artists Photo Documentary Project, through a long-term residency at Index Art Center, is an adjunct professor of photography at Rutgers University Newark, and serves as a Community Partner at Large for Shine Portrait Studio in Express Newark. Colleen is in a unique position to propel  Brick + Mortar gallery into the contemporary conversation on an international stage while at the same time implementing a structure that will embrace and strengthen the local arts community.

“I’m very excited to bring Colleen onboard as Director of Brick + Mortar Gallery as we enter into our fourth year of operations” says Brick + Mortar Gallery and Design Studio owner, Chaz Hampton.  “Colleen brings a wealth of experience, a broad network of artists and collaborators, a fresh vision, and a shared ambition to take Brick + Mortar Gallery to the next level.”

Colleen and her husband Joseph O’Neal, himself an artist with an extensive domestic and international exhibition history, purchased a home in Easton’s West Ward in 2016.  The couple discovered the City of Easton through their close friend and colleague Joe Strasser, while visiting his solo exhibition 50 Years of Bad Behavior at Brick + Mortar’s previous location on Centre Square.  

Brick + Mortar Gallery is free and open to the public.  

Friday + Saturday 12 – 6, Sunday 12-4, and by appointment

www.brickandmortargallery.com

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We Are The Ghosts of Our Future: on view through dec. 22

Index Art Center
2nd floor main gallery
237 Washington St.
Newark, NJ, 07102

‘We Are the Ghosts of Our Future’ encapsulates the analog portion of The Newark Artists Photo Documentary Project. Utilizing vintage Jem Jr. box cameras manufactured in Newark in the 1940s, Colleen Gutwein O’Neal forgoes the slow and methodical techniques of portraiture in favor of a more urgent and instinctive approach. A process that archives artists’ personalities in fuzzy, mysterious images emerging against a backdrop of vanishing architecture, forgotten places and artists’ workspaces. Putting forth a diverse cross-section of participants, the ghostly prints provide a subtle yet provocative commentary on the place of the artist in today’s society and the importance of honoring and documenting their contributions.

“ The camera was manufactured in Newark on Jelliff Ave in the 1940’s by the J.E. Mergott Company, and helps me to stray from the perfection of a digital image, and document these artists through my own artistic process. The gritty, fuzzy Jem Jr. images allow for disruption, ambiguity, and self-reflection by viewers, and create a truly unique perspective on archiving working artists. “ -Colleen Gutwein O’Neal

The Jem Jr. images are created in conjunction with modern, digital portraits depicting the artists in their studios or homes. The growing digital archive, the first such directory of significant visual artists in Newark, provides a useful tool and networking resource for the community at large and beyond. This portion of the project can be viewed at: https://www.newarkartsphotodoc.com/

THE ETHER ACRE

Pleased to announce my newest curatorial endeavor, The Ether Acre at Index Art Center 5.12.18 – 6.10.18  See images from the opening reception here: RECEPTION IMAGES

The Ether Acre explores the parallels between photography and poetry, from direct application to the surreal. These works lay bare the artists’ inclinations as testimony to the human experience.

Richard Cammarieri
Jennifer Coard
Jasmine Mans
Tom McGlynn
Cesar Melgar
paulA neves
Joe Strasser
Emma Wilcox

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Side Gallery: ‘de profundis’ works by Joseph O’Neal

Joseph O’Neal presents a collection of viscerally charged paintings and drawings. Words and text from De Profundis (Oscar Wilde’s controversial prison letter) are scrawled amongst the artist’s abstractions and presented in tableau form free of narrative. Utilizing both traditional and non-traditional techniques O’Neal’s preference for chance and the non-objective are apparent in his latest offering.

Gallery hours are by appointment.
Admission is free and open to the public.

This event is sponsored by our neighbors 27 Mix and Kilkenny Alehouse.
Featured artist at 27 Mix (27 Halsey St.)
Xplore Freedom

Index Art Center
233 – 237 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07102
www.indexartcenter.org
index.gallery@gmail.com
Gallery ph. 862-218-0278

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Photography on view at the new Marcus Samuelsson restaurant in Newark

It was a pleasure working with the curator from Marcus Samuelsson’s new restaurant in Newark,  Marcus B&P.  There was a strong intention to represent Newark artists inside the new restaurant, and they were happy to have The Newark Arts Photo Documentary Project website as a resource.  Meet me for a photoshoot at Shine, and a celebratory cocktail after…all in the same spot, hard to believe that I used to live right across the street.

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Portraits on the SHINE website

May 5th was an incredibly grand opening of Express Newark.  As a community partner at SHINE portrait studio, I offered black and white portraits to visitors, collaborators, and staff. Check out some of the featured images, and take some time to explore all that SHINE is involved in Here: https://www.shineportrait.com/opening

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2017 Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program

I am super excited to be a mentor in the NYFA 2017 Immigrant Mentor Program: Newark, with support from the Ford Foundation.

“The program’s goal is to foster a local community of immigrant artists through entrepreneurial training, access to other artists, arts professionals, and organizations. It will offer 18 immigrant artists the opportunity to focus on their creative practice and gain support and exposure for their work while upholding their distinct cultural identities by combining two of NYFA’s professional development programs” – NYFA

Read the full article HERE: current.nyfa.org

Honored to be a community partner at SHINE Portrait Studio

Image credit: Kati Vilim

SHINE is a working portrait photography studio that facilitates and supports the expression and self-representation of the Newark, New Jersey community.

SHINE Community PartnersFrom its foundation, Shine has been built together with Community Partners who are artists, photographers, entrepreneurs and others whose work is committed to representing the City of Newark, NJ in a positive light. Community Partners have 24/7 access to the studio, equipment and staff support to pursue their independent practices. They have renewable one-year contracts and pursue projects and workshops that benefit the larger community. Community Partners are part of an Advisory Council that meets on a monthly basis to discuss issues of access, programming events and projects, and the studio’s overall needs.

Community Partners are invited to join Shine through long-term, ongoing conversations and relationship-building with the Director, Studio Supervisor, and current Community Partners.

https://www.shineportrait.com/residencies   

 

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INTERSECTION 2017 opening Friday, October 13th

‘Intersection’ features works by artists that have studios located at 31 Central Ave. and at 237 Washington St. in Newark, NJ.

Opening Reception will be on Friday, October 13, 6 – 11 pm

231 Central Artists: Jerry Gant, Katrina Bello, Akintola Hanif, Stephen Mckenzie, Kevin Merkel, William Oliwa, German Pitre, Kati Vilim, and Robert Shoup
237 Artists: Diana Palermo, Colin Sheilds, Patricia Dahlman, Kevin Durkin, Jeff Koroski, Colleen Gutwein, Lowell Craig, Jillian Keats, Peter Dougherty, Heidi Lorenz Wettach, Sohoah Lee, and Joseph O’Neal

Index Art Center exhibitions opening on Friday:
(follow links below for additional information, to rsvp, and to share) 

First Floor:
Art & Architecture of Newark presents Lisa Conrad: Urban Works
Main Space: Under The Same Sun: Democratic Spaces
works by Agnes Deja and Katherine Jackson.

Second Floor:
Main Space: Intersection 2017
IAC Side Gallery: Fern & Fossil 2017 Fall Pop-Up Shop

ArtReach XXV at City Without Walls

City Without Walls is pleased to present ArtReach XXV and a Newark New Media exhibition this summer. An opening reception will be held on Friday, June 16, 2017, 5-8pm.

ArtReach XXV will be on view at City Without Walls June 16 – August 26, 2017.

cWOW’s ArtReach program exposes local high school art students to the real lives of working artists. ArtReach offers encouragement, practical advice and guidance, and includes a high profile cWOW exhibition featuring collaborative work by the mentors and their students. The program, celebrating its 25th year, nurtures the next generation of artists and arts leaders with professional artists for a semester, engaging in dialogue through art talks, and visits to local art spaces. Students in this year’s program were sponsored in part by The Newark Print Shop, a community fine art printmaking workshop that provides affordable and accessible workspace.

This group exhibition features painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, installations and video by the following students and their mentors: Chevelle Ogbonna and James Blake, Marcus Everson and Layqa Nuna Yawar, Adelin Figueroa and Patricia Arias-Reynolds, Olga Melissa Tapia and Robert Richardson, Alonzo Lockhart and Matt Gosser, Gabrielle Johnson and Toni Thomas, Kayla Muldrow and Danielle Scott, Orchid Sylvester and Angela Pilgrim, Manuel Mejiá and Alverson Layne, Angela Johnson and Kristian Battell, Dylan Sánchez Quinteros and Colleen Gutwein, Taphara Lundy and Adrienne Wheeler, Chiara Quezada Hernández and James Wilson; and Jackson Bazile and Khari Johnson-Ricks.

City Without Walls is New Jersey’s oldest alternative art space. Our mission is to advance the careers of artists, expand the audience for contemporary art and provide opportunities for arts education and community engagement.

City Without Walls is the grateful recipient of donations and grant support from The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, the City of Newark, Tarin M. Fuller, and individual contributors.

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Grand opening of SHINE Portrait Studio

Join the celebration this Friday, May 5, 2017 for the grand opening of Express Newark and Shine Portrait Studio in Newark, NJ.  I will be shooting complimentary black & white portraits in the Shine Studio from 5-8pm, as part of a happening.   See the Small Forest contact page for directions to the studio.  Click HERE for information about the Express Newark grand opening celebration.  (accessible by train, bus, and car: parking deck available under the Hahne building, closes at 10pm)

I am very excited to be working with Matthew Gosser.  He will be providing set pieces for the photoshoot from his current curatorial programming: “Art & Artifacts of Newark”.