Tenafly artist Barbara Landberg will exhibit her paintings at the Tenafly Public Library during the months of November and December 2016. The public is invited to an opening reception for the exhibit on Thursday, November 3, 2016 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Barbara Landberg has had a passion for painting for more than 35 years. As a third grade teacher at The Elisabeth Morrow School in Englewood, N.J. she always enjoyed integrating art into the classroom curriculum, and using art to stimulate creative writing and poetry. She taught her students about famous artists and encouraged them to observe and appreciate nature. Barbara continues to teach courses in art and creativity in the Summer Explorations program at The Elisabeth Morrow School and has led numerous groups of students and their parents on trips to The Metropolitan Museum of Art over the past 20 years.
Barbara feels fortunate to have studied with many prominent watercolor teachers. She has also studied Chinese Brush Painting, silk painting, batik, and collage. Barbara loves experimenting with different mediums, techniques, and papers. Among her favorite vacations have been painting workshops to Maine, Vermont, Italy, France, and China. Although she has always been attracted to the spontaneity and transparency of watercolor, recently she has been experimenting with acrylics, mixed media and abstraction.
Barbara has exhibited and won awards in several shows including her most recent one at The Salmagundi Club in Manhattan in July 2016. She has exhibited her work at Rockland Center for the Arts, in juried shows at The Art Center of New Milford, Old Church Cultural Center, Fairlawn Library, Cresskill Library, at the Belskie Museum in Closter, at The Church of the Atonement in Tenafly and at The Ethical Culture Society in Teaneck. She had a solo show at Englewood Library in March 2012. Her work is in private collections in Vermont, New Hampshire, Iowa, Oregon, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Italy and France. In 2008, Barbara was co-chair of Englewood Creates. This was an exhibit of Englewood artists (past and present) which was sponsored by The Englewood Historical Society and mounted at Dwight Morrow High School over the 4th of July weekend. As a member of the Martin Luther King Birthday Committee and the MLK Monument Committee, Barbara helped to select the sculptor and raise funds for the life size statue of Dr. King erected on the Fairleigh Dickinson campus in Hackensack, N.J. in 2014. You can visit her website at www.barbaralandberg.com.
The Tenafly Public Library is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sundays from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. The Tenafly Public Library is located in the Tenafly Municipal Center at 100 Riveredge Road. For additional information please call the Library at 201-568-8680 or visit the library web site at tenafly.bccls.org.
Food in Art: An Exhibition of Painting by Alice Rigney @ the Tenafly Public Library
A lifelong Tenafly resident, Alice Rigney developed an interest in food through visits to the showroom and warehouse her father’s New York City specialty foods importing business and through a post college job working at Bellows Gourmets’ Bazaar in New York. Her work introduced her to some of the leading chefs and gourmets of the time and included time discussing herbs and spices on CBS radio. Rigney gained knowledge of wine working as a hostess for the Wine and Food Society of New York.
Rigney worked as an illustrator with a nationally known men’s fashion artist and later ran her own graphic studio producing mail-order catalogs, programs, logos and ads. Rigney began designing and painting items for the gift and home furnishings markets, eventually incorporating her business under the name The Stone House Studio. Her hand- painted products were sold to the wholesale trade both nationally and around the world. Rigney received the Best Product Award during the 2001 New York Home Textiles Show. In addition to the wholesale business, The Stone House Studio also ran a retail store in Cresskill for twelve years and offered catered dinners, parties and classes.
Mrs. Rigney has donated her time to raise funds for the restoration of the Tenafly Railroad Station, and the rebuilding of the historic bandstand in Tenafly’s Huyler Park. Rigney assisted with the survey of the Theodore Roosevelt Monument for the Save our Sculptures program and was the designer of the Tenafly Bicentennial logo and the Second Day Cancellation of the Glenn Miller postage stamp for the United States Postal Service. In 2001 the THS Class of 1946 presented her trompe l’oeil mural My Tenafly Bookcase, to the Tenafly Public Library for permanent display.
Rigney was honored as Tenafly Woman of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce and twice received the Bergen County Volunteer of the Year award. She was the 2012 Grand Marshall of the Tenafly Memorial Day Parade and received the Founders Award for Conservation from the Tenafly Nature Center in 2016. A charter member of the Tenafly Historic Preservation Commission, Rigney is a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Preservation New Jersey. Since 2007Rigney has served as the Tenafly Borough Historian.
Since retiring from her business, Alice Rigney has studied at the Art Students League and Drawing the Masters at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She has exhibited her work at the Tenafly Public Library, the Shelburne Museum in Vermont, the Closter Public Library and the Belskie Museum of Art in Closter.
With this exhibit two of Rigney’s lifelong interests have come together and she shares that “Doing this exhibit has been one of the most pleasurable experiences of my life. I only hope that the viewer will find half the joy in seeing this show as I did in creating it.”
Food in Art: An Exhibition of Painting will be on exhibit during the months of May and June 2016 at the Tenafly Public Library.
There will be an opening reception Thursday, May 5.
Student art work from the classes of Tenafly High School art teacher Lisa Allen will be on exhibit in the Edna Kawulitzki Art Gallery of the Tenafly Public Library during the month of April 2016. The exhibit will showcase a variety of media representing work from students in grades 9 through twelve.