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

Tuesday, March 29, 2016


March 18 – April 14, 2016

Curatorial statement:

The current exhibition in the Mikhail Zakin Gallery explores the role of subject matter in contemporary art. In 2014, the exhibition Lay of the Land explored landscape as subject. In Animalia, the Mikhail Zakin Gallery exhibits work by five contemporary artists that explore animals as a subject while expressing more elusive elements of our own human nature. Works on view in this exhibition evoke literal and metaphorical meaning by elucidating animal nature and bringing us closer to our own.

“Animalia” is a made-up word to describe the human impulse to represent animals in art. In the
graphic poster by The Beehive Design Collective, centuries of history are distilled into a single image that depicts indigenous species of animals and insects to portray the struggle for land rights in Mesoamerica. In mixed media paintings by Jane Dell, animals appear as if in a vision to tell a chaotic, expressive story. The dreamlike quality is evoked through watery application of pigment to Mylar.

Steel horse sculptures by Adrian Landon, including the life-size horse sculpture in welded steel on the front lawn of the Art School, recognize horses for their contribution to human culture and civilization. At the same time, their strength is far beyond human, and we are met with wonder at how humans ever managed to harness the power of these powerful creatures. In realistic oil paintings by Sarah Smith, animals are depicted in a space that is their own. In her animal portraits there is no space for a human to interact with animals depicted head on. Encaustic paintings by Kristen T. Woodward describe instances where animals illuminate myths and stories that have become part of our consciousness. The rich pigments suspended in wax create a depth to the picture plane like a portal to a world where animals reign.

Works in this show present a variety of encounters with animals. They are at times distant or close, fierce or calm, at peace or threatened. What each representation of an animal has in common in this show is that each is in a context where they are uncontrived and uncontrolled. Can we encounter successful works of animal imagery such as these without experiencing that strange alienation that divides us from the “human” and brings us closer to something more profound? The works in this show carefully construct an animal plane of existence that is unspeakably alive.

-         Mary Gagler, Curator

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Personality Test: Contemporary Portraiture in the Mikhail Zakin Gallery

Dave Kube, The Secret Guise
February 16 – March 11, 2016
Curatorial statement

A portrait is an artistic representation of a person that captures their likeness, personality or mood. Traditional portraiture flourished long before the telephone, at a time when representations were necessarily straightforward, if not idealized and painstakingly executed. As our systems of communication get more complex, the information needed to adequately represent a person changes. At times, we find we can reveal more by hiding something, or portray honestly through more improvisational methods.

Kathryn Mecca, Andy

Grand portraiture of royal families has aesthetic and nostalgic allure, but contemporary portraiture is a different genre, reflective of contemporary life. A distinguishing category characterizing contemporary portraiture is the question of likeness. With the advent of photography, likeness in a portrait became a snap to achieve. The contemporary portrait subject has a different roster of traits to be considered. One question we can ask of portraits today is what is the degree of cultural alienation of the subject, as in the portraiture by Dave Kube. Conversely, self-portraits by Joe Nanashe reveal a complementary trait of cultural assimilation and parsing out of the individual from the load roar of pop culture definitions.

A likeness can be revealed and concealed simultaneously, as in paintings by Kathryn Mecca, whose portraits from behind subvert the reverence usually reserved for large-scale oil painting. The photographic print by Stephan Jahanshahi also reveals a likeness while it conceals any details, as if representing a faded memory.

Stephan Jahanshahi, Some Wound of Color
Seth Ruggles Hiler, Portraits on Pine Street
Another trait to consider in contemporary portraiture is collaboration. For a portrait to take place, the artist and the subject must be in the same place at the same time, either for the duration of a photograph or a painting from life. Seth Ruggles Hiler utilizes his vibrant sense of color and thorough knowledge of painting to capture likeness from the live subject in his Studio Visits series. In his Portraits on Pine Street series, the community came together to sit and pose and ultimately gather at the opening reception in a celebration of neighborhood friendship and camaraderie. 

Karissa Harvey, Shirley at the Beach
In three paintings by Karissa Harvey, the collaboration was among family members, separated by time and place. The Shirley Series presents a character portrait from photographs taken by the artist’s grandfather, reflecting another aspect of portraiture that connects the viewer to other places and times. Mikhail Gubin connects to the past through his works in reclaimed wood. His portraits give substance to enigmatic characters from poetry by Vladimir Mayakovsky, the Marquis de Sade (that liberatory libertine) as well as the more traditional portrait of the artist’s wife.
Mikhail Gubin, Rococo (Marquis de Sade)

These days, a portrait is not just about the subject of the work, it is also a personality test of the artist and the viewer. The ultimate test of our subjectivity and the success of the artwork is whether or not we can recognize part of ourselves in the depiction of the other. When you look at these portraits, what do you see?

-         Mary Gagler, Curator

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Hank Gans Student Show at Closter Library, Belskie Museum Art Wall

The Belskie Museum of Art in Closter proudly presents an exhibit by Hank Gans and his students from the Art School at Old Church in Demarest on the Belskie Museum Art Wall located in the Closter Public Library.

This four month exhibit features 56 framed photographs by Hank Gans and 25 of his TASOC students. The subjects include landscapes, humor, portraits, birds, and animals, all of professional quality.

Hank Gans teaches advanced photography and fine art digital printing at The Art School at Old Church and beyond. He is an accomplished commercial, editorial and fine art photographer.

The exhibit may be viewed during normal library hours: Monday through Wednesday from 9AM to 9PM and Thursday through Saturday from 9AM to 5PM. The exhibit ends on February 29th.

Check out this video made by Belskie Museum President, Don Farrell: VIDEO

 Preparing the work...

Installation time...

Great job, everyone! Be sure to catch this show before it closes on February 29!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

BergenDanceMakers perform "Off the Wall" at Proximity opening reception

This January's exhibition in the Mikhail Zakin Gallery featured works by local artists. At the opening reception on January 27, BergenDanceMakers delivered an "Off the Wall" performance, responding to the works on view in a variety of five minute, movement-based interpretations. The group is organized by Clare Porter, whose leadership in the improvisational dance group is informed  by her extensive biography of teaching and professional accolades. Dana Crow provided a soundtrack with his skillful, improvised guitar riffs. All together, the event was a fortuitous mix of visual, musical, and movement-based talent. Here is a selection of photos of artful moments during the event:

See you at the next one!