Monday, November 21, 2016

42nd Annual Pottery Show & Sale


Demarest, NJ -  The Art School at Old Church is pleased to present the 42nd Annual Pottery Show & Sale December 2, 3 and 4th at 561 Piermont Road, Demarest, NJ 07627. With 30 influential artists from 26 cities, the show features over 3,000 handmade artworks for sale. Admission to the show is a suggested donation of $20 on Friday, and $10 on Saturday and Sunday.  Proceeds from admission as well as a portion of sales benefit the Art School at Old Church, a 501©3 non-profit cultural center. 

Exhibiting artists highlight a wide spectrum of expertise with both seasoned and emerging potters who will present a variety of functional and decorative pots. Each artist offers their own unique style using techniques in surface decoration, abstract and traditional forms, high and low fire glazes, specialty pieces for stove-top cooking, as well as works in porcelain, stoneware and earthenware. Visitors can expect to find an array of ideas for holiday shopping from functional mugs, servers and casseroles to complete sets of formal and casual dining ware, decorative vases and vessels, tea sets, oil lamps and abstract sculptural works. 

This is a coveted, must-see destination for collectors and enthusiasts alike, as well as an opportunity for novice potters to explore the possibilities of contemporary ceramics. “The Pottery Show has a long history of bringing the local community together with some of the best potters in the country,” said Executive Director, Maria Danziger. “The energy of the show invigorates us every year and we draw inspiration from everyone – the artists, local volunteers and our dedicated audience.”

The Annual Pottery Show and Sale began in 1974 as a fundraiser for the Art School at Old Church by long-time friends Karen Karnes and the late Mikhail Zakin, Art School founder. They wanted to bring together their vibrant community of potters with the local community to offer an opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind works of art while supporting the newly established cultural resource. The show has grown to be one of the school’s largest fundraisers for the year and now includes 30 national and international artists offering more than 3,000 pots for sale over its three-day span. 

Visit for more information on participating artists, curators, and show history. Call (201) 767-7160 for directions and further information. Connect with the show on social media:, and @theartschoolnj on Instagram and Twitter. Use #theroadtodemarest when you post about the show!

Friday, December 2, 6-9 PM (Opening night)
Saturday, December 3, 10-5 PM
Sunday, December 4, 11-4 PM

Suggested donation: Friday, $20; Saturday & Sunday, $10
Address: 561 Piermont Road, Demarest, NJ 07627
Parking: On-site and street parking available

From left to right, pieces by Tom Jaszczak, Doug Peltzman, Perry Haas, Mark Pharis, Noah Riedel

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Salon 561: Annual Faculty Show 

DEMAREST, NJ -- Kick off the Fall with the Art School at Old Church! Salon 561 is open to the public and is an annual show that showcases the wide breadth of knowledge, mediums, and talent of the faculty at the Art School at Old Church. New to the school? This is a great opportunity to meet the instructors, who are among many local professional artists devoting their creativity to inspiring students of all ages to experiment, indulge in new experiences, and to grow. While faculty continue to show their artwork in the galleries at the school, this will be the 8th Annual Salon 561 exhibition, and it is a chance to view the artworks in conversation with each other.  There will be artwork for sale in various mediums in ceramics, jewelry, photography, printmaking and more displayed in the Mikhail Zakin Gallery.  

A few of the eclectic pieces are elegant vases by Susan Bogen and Eric Lawrence, a teapot in the shape of a horse by Alison Palmer, Chinese brush paintings by Jane Chang, a dollhouse by Holly Ciccoricco, and striking photographs by Ray Turkin. The Art School at Old Church continues this inclusive tradition by inviting community members, students, faculty and curious individuals to join the conversation, meet the artists, and feel inspired! There will be a public reception on September 28, 2016 at 5:30 PM, and the exhibition is wheelchair accessible and is now open through October 28.


The Art School at Old Church is a non-profit cultural resource center providing community access to enriching experiences in the arts.  The school offers over 90 art classes and workshops for adults, teens and children each semester, as well as free gallery art exhibitions, cultural events, and outreach programs for special populations.  The Art School’s programs are made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as contributions from foundations, corporations, businesses and individuals. 

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

On View in the Cafe Gallery

On View in the Cafe Gallery: Young Artist Program Sampler
August 26-September 24, 2016

Kathy Eisler, Creating Home Decor
Maria Errichiello, Amazing Oil Pastels
The Café Gallery is proud to exhibit art projects made by faculty of the Young Artists Program.  The sampling of artwork showcases the variety of offerings in our children’s classes, past and present. Each semester, The Art School at Old Church runs a mixture of classes from drawing and painting; to design and fashion. Many of these classes become building blocks to help build portfolios as students decide to pursue art professionally. The projects in this new exhibit give a creative take on a child’s art project made by adults. Not only is it fun to see the faculty work and their own creations, but the parents enjoy getting a sneak peek of the work their kids will be bringing home. The faculty participating in this show include: Holly Ciccoricco, Donna Dolby, Kathy Eisler, Karen Elder, Lauren Ennist, Maria Errichiello, Marcia Oakes, Peter Scanlan and Karen Snyder-Kadish. Please stop by the Café Gallery to see this enjoyable show filled with color, youth and imagination! The Young Artists Program Sampler is on view through September 24th!
Donna Dolby, Draw, Paint & Pastel


The Café Gallery is an exhibition space that showcases student and faculty work from the Art School at Old Church, where it is housed.  The gallery is free and open to the general public.  This non-profit cultural resource center provides community access to enriching experiences in the arts by offering art classes for adults, teens and children as well as free gallery art exhibitions, cultural events, and outreach programs for special populations.  The Art School’s programs are made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as contributions from foundations, corporations, businesses and individuals.  

Monday, August 15, 2016

Drawing Basics with Margery

Gesture of a pear
What makes that apple look so good? The color? Sure, but perhaps the shape—the gesture. Learn to translate that fruitful taste into a drawing filled with weighted, curved, and hatched lines. And don’t worry if you don’t know what hatched or cross-hatched lines are, Drawing Basics with Margery Theroux will teach you.

The Art School at Old Church, in Demarest, is a community hub for students of all ages to learn and to flourish in all different mediums from painting to ceramics to photography.  The school offers over 90 classes that take place in the morning, afternoon, night and weekends for a period of 10 weeks. We provide workshops on the weekends in glass bead making and figure drawing, and if you’re feeling mindful, take a weekly yoga class on Thursday mornings!

Whether you are new to drawing or in need of a refresher, you won’t be lost in this class!

With different still life set up weekly, Margery begins class with handouts and demonstrations of different drawing skills. With encouraging words of advice, she shows you step-by-step how to contour or shade the objects she set up in the middle of the room (last week, it was a selection of fruit). She dictates what she sees as she demonstrates: "A luscious apple with high shoulders and a narrow bottom or a pear with a bent body."

Stippling of an apple
The three-hour class will fly by as Margery provides individual attention. Going from stippling to shading, after a while, you might even get lost in the moment and forget that you’re drawing a piece of fruit. Before you know it, you will have learned the basics and can practice anywhere with anything. 

So, bite in! Start with a delicious apple then work your way toward an entire fruit basket, and graduate to figures.

Registration is now open and Fall courses begin on September 6. Come join and register for a class today by mail, fax, hand delivery or over the phone.  Call 201-767-7160 for a printed catalog or visit

About The Art School at Old Church
The Art School at Old Church is a non-profit cultural resource center providing community access to enriching experiences in the arts.  The school offers over 90 art classes and workshops for adults, teens and children each semester, as well as free gallery art exhibitions, cultural events, and outreach programs for special populations.  The Art School’s programs are made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as contributions from foundations, corporations, businesses and individuals.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Garden State Garden: 27th Annual NJ Small Works Show

Kathleen Bartoletti, Up Close and Personal No.3,
Acrylic, 12x12 inches
The Mikhail Zakin Gallery at the Art School at Old Church is celebrating Garden State Garden, the 27th Annual New Jersey Small Works Show with 40 works of art by artists with a biographical connection to New Jersey. The exhibition is curated by Scot J. Wittman, a NJ arts professional, and runs through July 15, 2016. An opening reception with the artists will be Thursday, June 23 from 5:30 – 7:30 PM. The show and opening reception are wheelchair accessible and free to the public. All are encouraged to attend for conversation and light refreshments to celebrate the arts.

Paul Mordetsky, Greenfield, Oil, 10x10 inches
Paintings, drawings, photographs and mixed media sculptures reflect the Garden State Garden theme in ways both literal and experimental. Wittman selected works that portrayed excellence in craft and concept, ensuring a wide variety of black and white work as well as color, garden citation as well as metaphoric reference, and realism as well as abstraction. From dozens and dozens of works, the juror winnowed the collection to works with which he was most impressed.  These works became the heart of the show, representing a range of artists living and working in NJ. 

Congratulations to exhibiting artists Linda Aldrich, Tanya Anastass, Kathleen Bartoletti, Sarah Becktel, Maureen Bennett, Marcy Cagan, Paula Cantor, Robyne Cohen, Jacqueline Collier, Raye Cooke, Howard Danziger, Marilyn Deitchman, May Eason, Hank Gans, Trine Giaever, Anita Gladstone, Marsha Heller, Linda Brooks Hirschman, TingTing Hsu, Sean Jamar, Kathleen Jaffe, Olivia Koopalethes, Marsha Leinberger, Christa M. Leonard, Nancy Michaels, Paul Mordetsky, Beverly Noble, Phyllis Polevoy, Rebecca Rosenheck, Kiyoko Sakai, Susan Sapanara, Sonia Stark, Laura Lee Schultz, Michael Stimola, Peter Tilgner, James Van Gelder, Snejana Videlova, Mary Helen Wagner, Lisa G. Westheimer and Ron Wohlgemuth.

Christa M. Leonard, Cape May Flower, Photography, 18x18 inches

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

From the Studio Classes, 2016 Annual Student Show

The Art School at Old Church is presenting From The Studio Classes, an annual salon-style exhibition of artworks by members of the Art School's student body. The show is on view through June 20, 2015. This highly anticipated exhibition fills the galleries to capacity with a vibrant installation of over 200 works of art, shown in the school's Mikhail Zakin and Café galleries.

This celebrated event occurs each spring with an impressive exhibition of work notable for its sophistication as well as skillful technique. The school is a community of artists, some beginner and intermediate students, and many others who are quite advanced and clearly come to class as much for the company of others similarly engaged as for the very fine instruction and discussion to be found in classes in the fine arts and craft. The presence and generosity of these artist-students enriches the conversation for everyone and the annual student show is a witness to that.

Each student is permitted to exhibit two pieces and the school’s gallery walls are almost overfilled with exciting new work. Much of it is for sale and this is a great opportunity to find something that you will surely treasure, whether jewelry, lamp worked necklaces, a crocheted jacket or vest, a great variety of bowls, a tea set, ceramic sculpture, mixed media, collage, assemblage, oils, acrylics, watercolors, prints and encaustics, along with a many striking and unusual photographs.

Regardless of medium, the range of work represented includes the traditional along with many intriguing investigations into abstraction. You will find realistic imagery and sculpture next to abstract figures, animal sculptures that charm and surprise, mixed media with parts that extend into real space, spirited abstractions next to exquisitely detailed watercolor landscapes, beautiful and dynamic charcoal figure studies next to photographs that intrigue with their unexpected focus and mood, and so much more. The gallery is wheelchair accessible and light refreshments will be served. The show remains on view until June 20, 2015 during school hours. You will find many opportunities for excellent discussion, connection, and, of course, purchase. All are welcome!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Duets: Karen Snyder-Kadish and Seung Lan Whang

Karen Snyder-Kadish
Large Dragonfly Mug
The Café Gallery at the Art School at Old Church is pleased to present Duets: Karen Snyder-Kadish & Sueng Lan Whang. This is an exhibition of local artists displaying their most recent work in painting and pottery. Both Karen and Seung are members of the Art School at Old Church community and have come together for a show highlighting their progress as students and artists. Duets: Karen Snyder-Kadish and Seung Lan Whang will be on view in the Café Gallery through April 12th.
Karen Snyder-Kadish
Pat the Bunny

Karen Snyder-Kadish (NORWOODNJ) is a full time artist specializing in pottery. Snyder-Kadish studied painting and ceramics at the California College of Arts and Craft, Parsons and the Art School at Old Church. Much of her works are functional pieces full of whimsy and color. Her work is influenced by her love of nature and animals. She is currently teaching art classes to survivors of domestic violence at The Center For Hope and Safety. Karen is also the proud owner of Pit Bull Pottery, where proceeds from her sales are donated to animal rescue facilities. Her work has been shown at the Rockland Center for The Arts, The Art School at Old Church and the Norwood Public Library.

Seung Lan Whang
Seung Lan Whang
Fisherman's House
Seung Lan Whang (CLIFFSIDE PARKNJ) is an amateur artist from Korea. Whang has always had a strong interest in art making but has only been able to receive training in the last few years to develop her talent. She has been a member at the Art School at Old Church for five years. The work displayed in the exhibit is a series of painting that have been made in class under the teaching of Ursula Schneider. Seung’s paintings express harmony by simplifying the forms of the subject matters as well as the color combinations.

Duets: Karen Snyder-Kadish and Seung Lan Whang will be on view from March 23 to April 12 in the Café Gallery at the Art School at Old Church