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Meet Candace Carriger

A caring person who is passionate about her work with children.

Work’s nature

Candace Carriger is the engine that powers The Dance Lab, a creative arts space designed to encourage self-expression, self-discovery, creative explorations, risk-taking, mindfulness, sharing, and self-development. Carriger’s openhearted energy fills the space creating a wonderful environment for children and families, allowing children to feel comfortable no matter their individual learning style, energy levels, and independent spirit. Carriger approaches dance as an expressive art, featuring each experience that is shared as valuable knowledge for the students. Her process-oriented programs are designed to encourage positive creative learning through open-ended structures, constructive guidance and lots of personal encouragement.

“Working in this creative way offers children a voice that is not always considered in traditional dance classes,” says Carriger.

Correspondingly, as a child-centered program, the students are encouraged to bring forward ideas and suggestions about their own learning experience because Carriger recognizes the fundamental value of giving children ownership of their thoughts, and accomplishments through class participation.

The Dance Lab is not your typical neighborhood dance school. We are so much more than just dance. And, we teach much more than just steps,” says Carriger.

Meet Candace Carriger (video interview)

Classes

The Dance Lab’s curriculum is continuously evolving around the interest of the students and community. Carriger gets inspirations for The Dance Lab’s classes from nature, artwork, music, and the world around us. She is adamant to never use commercialized themes. Carriger offers a wide range of creative dance classes, starting from age 4 and up. In addition to creative dance, she also offers a variety of workshops, parties, events for children / families, homeschool groups, and private lessons. A very important aspect of their environment is that children are encouraged to work in groups of mixed ages for a more dynamic learning experience where knowledge gets passed down to the next generation or vise versa the older kids learn from the younger ones.

Here is a list of all that is offered:

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Creative Dance: Incorporating the expansive works of Rudolf Laban. A focus on motor skills development, increasing movement vocabularies, and encouraging creativity and imagination allow children to grow and learn. Sharing creative problem-solving and decision-making collaborations encourage each child’s artistic growth. Creative Dance develops Body-Mind-Spirit connectivity and emphasizes the Joy of Dance! (Mixed ages)

Current offerings

Creative Ballet, Boys Dance, Yoga, Story Makers & Poetry Moves, Just Fit, Just Art

Future offerings

Creative Journaling, Printmaking. (Spring 2019)

Literacy

Bravo Bennett / Outside My Window / Inside My Garden

Outside My Window was designed, created, and published as an inspiration for our dance and literacy program at The Dance Lab. Rhyming text and vivid illustrations inspire creative thinking and creative dance. Similarly, Inside My Garden is also designed to promote literacy and creativity. Bravo Bennett highlights diversity, friendship, and the acceptability for boys dance. We utilize all three children’s books in our creative dance and art programs. Outside My Window has been shared with hundreds of children throughout local libraries and the community as part of Story Dance, a Dance Lab original offering!” says Carriger.

The Studio

Carriger’s Dance Lab is in Moorestown, South New Jersey. The studio’s personal touches create a friendly ambiance. For instance, the walls paintings are by a NYC artist, who was able to capture the emotions and movements of some of the previous students in action. Carriger uses incense and oils to intensify a calming or brightening energy in the space as well as soothing music. The studio has cubbies, stools, chairs, benches, and a table that are all kid-sized. There is a waiting area that is quiet and cozy for parents and siblings, and next to it, a kitchen space where they share snacks, art, and hang-out space. Moreover, there is no physical doorway separating the waiting areas from the studio space, allowing families to watch and listen during classes. When you enter the studio space itself, there is a selection of colorful, and fun types of props to be used by the students for inspiration and more creative experiences. Lastly, there is a professional dance floor, wall of mirrors, dance barres, an eclectic selection of music, a wide variety of musical instruments, yoga mats, and so much more.

“It is truly a magical space,” says Carriger.

Benefits

“Children that attend classes at The Dance Lab benefit from our creative approach. While the world around us places a great value on athletic competition and academic achievement for children, we believe creative opportunities are equally valuable to growing the whole child,” says Carriger.

According to Carriger, through dance/body movement children gain a deeper understanding of who they are, how they move, think, create, and express themselves. Carriger encourages her students to simultaneously think as they move, a recipe for creativity and exploration. Moreover, students are encouraged to move beyond their comfort zones without judgement or negative consequences. As a result, children become risk-takers in their creative development without even realizing, allowing them to gain a stronger body-mind-spirit connectivity. Carriger also says that these benefits hold true for Yoga, creative writing, and art classes as well. Another benefit from encouraging children’s uniqueness and individuality to shine bright is that they develop a stronger self-image. The classes’ structures are based on the student utilizing critical thinking skills. Other benefits include enhanced focus, increased fine and gross motor skills, improved social skills, as well as, a greater sense of kindness and caring towards self and others.

“It is our hope that the work we do in the studio seeps into the real world. When children are encouraged to have a voice of their own and begin to understand more greatly the value of risk-taking, expressing themselves creatively, and becoming more self-aware, we believe these values will carry forward with children wherever their life path takes them. That is a valuable benefit of time spent at The Dance Lab” says Carriger.

Community

Carriger’s Dance Lab brings a unique opportunity to the community for children and their families because they offer a program that emphasizes individuality, personal growth, artistic development, and creative understanding. Carriger offers a positive learning environment where children can flourish and grow creatively, aesthetically, and physically.

“Some children have been told they will never be a dancer, but still love to move and dance. Some children are not as comfortable with sports, but still want to be active. Some children have been told they are not artistic, but still love to paint and make art. Some children struggle with writing skills, but still love to make up their stories. Some children think they are not flexible, but still love to stretch and move. All of these examples confirm to us that The Dance Lab is of great value to our community. We encourage children to ignore those negative ideas, and just try one of our classes. With gentle guidance, positive feedback, and structures designed to expand skills and self-discovery, children begin to realize they are capable of so much more than they ever imagined,” says Carriger.

Along with typically developing and gifted and talented students, Carriger also works with a wide range of children with physical, emotional, and/or developmental special needs. She has worked with children who deal with Asperger Syndrome, ADD, ADHD, Low Tone, Nonverbal Language Disorder, Selective Mutism, Social Anxiety, Speech Delays, Learning Delays, Developmental Delays, Sensory Processing Disorder, as well as children who are on the Autism Spectrum, and more. In addition, she communicates with speech therapists, physical therapists, and occupational therapists in the community, when appropriate, to help better design individual growth and development plans for specific children.

“We have developed a philosophy and persevered with our beliefs because we are highly confident in the value of our approach to sharing the arts with the next generation,” says Carriger.

Carriger has shared creative experiences with children in and around the community. She introduced, designed, and created dance programs for several preschools, some that are still going strong today. She has brought creative dance to many local community-based programs and arts organizations throughout Moorestown and the surrounding areas.

She has presented teacher trainings to classroom teachers, offering ideas, structures, and strategies for incorporating creative dance into their story times and literacy lesson plans. Also, she has collaborated with local musicians and talented artists to bring the arts to the community. She has presented student-created dance works to events at the Community House. She has presented Pilates to high school kids at the Moorestown High School. And, has shared creative programming at private parties and events throughout the community.

“Collaborating with other artists, musicians, teachers, and arts programs for the benefit of sharing the arts with children throughout the community continues to motivate our own growth and development at The Dance Lab,” says Carriger.

Future Plans

Candace Carriger

Fall 2019 marks The Dance Lab’s 10th year in its current studio location. For this reason, Carriger would like to explore producing a children’s book about experiences at The Dance Lab, as a collaborative venture with her students.

“In the next five years, we are developing a teacher training certificate program that will allow us to share our philosophies, structures, and approach to dance and arts education. An educational book, sharing examples of lesson ideas, teaching strategies, children’s antidotes, and more, is scheduled to be completed in the next few years,” says Carriger.

Carriger is planning a traveling artist program which will allow other communities to gain access to The Dance Lab program. Also, she is interested in creating a children’s improvisational dance group, so that her students can share more of their work around the community. Ultimately, she hopes to connect with more children, families, teachers, and artists beyond our immediate community.

“Some of our friends like to ask us, “What are you cooking up in the Lab this week?” Well, we are always busy, always developing, always growing, and always creating. Some of our students tell us we should be called “The Fun Lab” because we are always having fun at the studio. We are constantly inspired by our students and we hope to continue to be a positive influence on our community and inspire all those who take part in The Dance Lab offerings,” says Carriger.

Recent Work

Miss Robin

Miss Robin

by Randhy Rodriguez

Meet John Welch

A young electronic dance music (EDM) producer shines in Moorestown, NJ. 

This hobby started five years ago when Mr. Welch was first introduced to EDM by a friend and since then his love for the genre has increased exponentially. In respect to his EDM passion, he is self-taught; however, he carries a strong music background; seven years of drum and two years of piano lessons which helps him to fine-tune his new electric creations. 

“I think the fact that all you really need is a laptop and the appropriate software, has helped me to become a better producer. It’s such an easy and casual habit to pick up in terms of convenience and equipment needed. I especially love the idea that anyone can create a “Hit Song.”” says Mr. Welch. 

Furthermore, Mr. Welch became interested in DJing along with two other friends. While in high school, they started to DJ for a few years performing for school events, sweet sixteens, graduation parties and shows at a club in Philadelphia opening for a few big name EDM artists. 

“I think the most satisfying thing for me is to listen to a song I created a couple years ago and compare the overall quality to something I’ve made more recently. This helps me realize how far I’ve actually come in terms of experience in producing. In addition, my biggest goal is to create music that others can enjoy.” says Mr. Welch.

Near the end of Mr. Welch’s high school year, his desire for creating his own electronic music was omnipresent in his mind. As a result, on his own he began by simply playing with music software. For the past couple of years, from his home studio he shared his music to a close trusted group of people, and as of now, he knows that he has progressed to the point where he feels comfortable releasing his music through public outlets. 

Video: John Welch talks about his hobby, producing eletronic dance music.

“For me it’s less about “being famous” and more about enjoying what I do. If more and more people start to listen to my music in the future, then that’s just a perk of doing what I love.” says Mr. Welch.

Meet Gary Pizzigati

What happens when the simple act of walking becomes your passion

Gary Pizzigati reveals the hidden benefits of his lifetime passion.

Nancy & Gary Pizzigati

“The runner’s high can also be achieved through walking.”  GP 

Gary Pizzigati is an engineer who retired in 2017 from the defense industry, and a permanent resident of Moorestown, NJ. He has been walking four to six miles almost every day for over three decades. 

Mr. Pizzigati grew up on Long Island, NY and studied mechanical engineering at Lehigh University. In 1981 he moved to Moorestown NJ to work for RCA main plant, now Lockheed Martin. There he met his wife Nancy. 

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“She’s the wonderment of my life!” says, Mr. Pizzigati.

Mr. Pizzigati started jogging with a group of fellow engineers during lunch time at work. However, he had to switch from running to walking after several leg injuries. After adjusting to walking, he realized that he could get the same results as when he was jogging, which are the physical exercise and mental clarity. In other words, Mr. Pizzigati had a breakthrough and walking became his passion and a way to maintain a healthy lifestyle. This moment was so significant to him that for ten days he avoided using his car, since he was at reasonable proximity to work and local stores where he frequently shops. From this point on, Mr. Pizzigati was resolute to incorporate walking in his daily routines, and the results opened the floodgates to a happier life.     

Mr. Pizzigati says that when he walked to work his thinking was more efficient, and on the way back home he cleared his mind from the workday stress. 

Mr. Pizzigati became more committed to walking thanks to the help of his first dog, Duchess, who helped him establish a firm routine. Currently, Mr. Pizzigati walks with Chaser, their second dog. Chaser can’t walk very far nowadays because she is older and injured. However, Mr. Pizzigati manages to get his long distance walk after walking Chaser in the early morning.  

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Mr. Pizzigati is a friendly person, and enjoys sharing a quick hello with new and familiar people he sees on his walks. In other instances, people beep their horns when they see him. Also, he enjoys exchanging waves with the town’s police and local municipal workers. 

“…. there’s the fellow on Main Street who’s lots of times smoking a cigar on his front porch when I pass him. He’ll always look at his watch when he sees me and let me know if I’m on time or late,” says Mr. Pizzigati.

Mr. Pizzigati gets his motivation to walk from the discipline of a schedule and knowing what is to gain after a good long morning walk. 

“It’s my time. My time to think through a problem. Or my time to just let my mind wander. I don’t do meditation. But I suspect I get the same sort of benefits from the time I spend walking – and a good bit of cardio at the same time,” says Mr. Pizzigati.

Mr. Pizzigati continues to walk every day, in fact, it is rare not to see him walking (at a high pace) throughout the town waving hello to people and sometimes stopping to chat. His passion for walking is very inspiring. In addition, Mr. Pizzigati enjoys being friendly and having face to face interactions with others and I believe that today’s world benefits from people like him. 

Chaser and Gary Pizzigati

Mr. Pizzigati is also very aware that he is not alone on this planet and thinks beyond himself. 

“Every time we can substitute a mile of walking for a mile of driving, we’re doing good by the planet. We’re also doing good by ourselves. If Americans walked more and sat less, we’d have a healthier – and I think happier – society,” says Mr. Pizzigati.

by Randhy Rodriguez

ClampArt

New Space Upgrade / The Secret Lives of Buildings

Featuring Marc Yankus' fine art photography exhibition titled "The Secret Lives of Buildings."

Exciting news happening at ClampArt! 

ClampArt, like pioneers, are forging a new neighborhood, and designing a new formula for how works are seen and sold. 

Recently, ClampArt opened their new gallery space located at 247 West 29th Street, New York City. The new space is a major upgrade, measuring four times the amount of square footage since their previous location. ClampArt now has a mezzanine and nineteen-foot ceilings, which allows them to exhibit works of a larger scale than they previously could. More importantly, the new location is highly accessible, standing nearby two main subway lines. 

Marc Yankus’ latest solo show, “The Secret Lives of Buildings,” is currently on display at ClampArt until November 26, 2016. 

“In some ways this work is capturing a historical record of the city....between documentation and fiction.”  Marc Yankus

Unlocking The Truth - BTS

Behind The Scene photo-shoot at Fast Ashley's Studios

Behind The Scene - American Giant

My latest collaboration work, “Unlocking The Truth -Behind The Scene,” with music photographer Clay Patrick McBride. Enjoy! 

Meet Jennifer Dunne

A career driven person whose passion benefits the community.

Jennifer Dunne is a proud South New Jersey native. Growing up in Moorestown, Ms. Dunne attended preschool through high school here, and the library was an essential and fun part of this education. Ms. Dunne never thought of becoming a librarian, however, she had an affinity for English literature. For this reason, she obtained an English degree with a Minor in Education wanting to become a high school English teacher. 

During her higher education, she understood that some of her ideas of teaching were too flexible for the existing structure of most schools. Consequently, her aspiration experienced a sudden pause, and she went to work for a government consultant until she found the right place that could embrace her ideas.  

Her job was to compile records for EPA Superfund sites and send them to public repositories in the affected communities, including public libraries. As she sent these records to the libraries, a new desire enchanted her imagination. 

Ms. Dunne said, “I began to fantasize about working in places where people could come in and learn about absolutely anything.” 

After several months of visualizing, one of her friends mentioned that the Moorestown Library was looking for part-time help in their Children’s Department. She started working evenings and Saturdays, and quickly learned that she had found the right environment.

Ms. Dunne said, “I especially loved talking with kids about books. I loved their enthusiasm, and I loved being in their world.” 

Within two years she saved up enough money to resign from her jobs, and go back to Rutgers University for a Master’s in Library Science (MLS.) After graduation, to work for the Moorestown library was a career goal for Ms. Dunne. However, there were no positions available. Therefore, she interviewed with lots of different libraries within the state of New Jersey. At the time, Ms. Dunne could have worked for any of the libraries she interviewed in because she had the option to learn from experienced librarians and simultaneously refine her ideas. 

Moorestown Library

Accordingly, Ms. Dunne accepted a position in the Somerset County Library and worked there for five years at their headquarters and cycled through two different branches. This experience was a fantastic training ground as a children’s librarian. After five years she was fully equipped with the knowledge and field experience needed to keep perfecting her craft anywhere. Fortunately for Ms. Dunne, the position that she wanted to have at the Moorestown Library opened around the same time. As a result, in 2007 she accepted her current position at the Moorestown Library as the Principal Librarian for Children’s Services.

Ms. Dunne said, “….I was thrilled. Personally and professionally, it was great timing for me to come home.”

As a librarian, Ms. Dunne loves to work with children, she believes that they are easier to entertain, and interactions with them are less complicated than adults. In addition, Ms. Dunne has great patience for children. She loves the playful world of children like toys, colorful clothes, silly jewelry and especially children’s books. Working with children is Ms. Dunne’s passion, in other words, it does not feel like a job. She is thankful that she can retreat into a world that is playful, peaceful and full of possibilities. An unplanned benefit of this career, is that through working with children she has created a path to cultivate strong relationships with the adults that love them. 

Ms. Dunne said, “When you share a common passion with someone, and that passion is their child, then you have a natural bond.”

Other unplanned benefits of working as a librarian in Moorestown, is how visible the position would make Ms. Dunne throughout the community. If fact, it has opened lots of doors for her to do story telling at the Moorestown Community House, the Farmer’s Market, Family Circle Playgroup, local pre-schools and even birthday parties. Her passion has enabled her to become a very productive member of the Moorestown community. As a result, she has found immeasurable happiness through how she has been welcomed and embraced in so many different places. 

Moreover, Ms. Dunne is a person that has a tremendous amount of compassion for people. She has been involved in lots of different volunteer projects, primarily through church. She works with a local organization called The Waymakers. They send supplies, support sanitation, and education projects in Ghana. Also, she is a Stephen Minister, which is a trained person who develops relationships with people who need support during challenging times in their lives. Also she does publicity for her church’s monthly coffee house, Grounds for Good.  She has been a blood donor since high school, and for the last seven years, she has been coordinating blood drives through church.  Furthermore, she helps out in her daughter’s Sunday School class and in her kindergarten through Art Goes to School. 

Ms. Dunne is passionate about her work because children and learning are important, and her career is based on that. She believes that libraries are essential to these two things. Libraries are places where people can participate in education and entertaining their children. And what is amazing about these places is that everything is free, giving everyone access to books, movies, music, story times and performances. And because of these qualities, she also believes that libraries are very important to building a strong community.    

At the Moorestown Library, Ms. Dunne’s work provides plenty of satisfying moments on a weekly basis.

Ms. Dunne said, “There are so many lovely moments when a parent or grandparent tells me how their child says rhymes or sings songs from Storytime at home, or even pretends to be “Miss Jen” by reading books to their stuffed animals. Little kids run up to me and hug me and blow kisses. I love to see the very small children clap or sing along for the first time, or try to make an itsy bitsy spider with their fingers. They are experiencing social learning and becoming part of the group, and I get to be a part of that, over and over again! This is the beginning of a lifetime of learning and trying new things and it is thrilling to me.” 

Moreover, with older children, she loves recommending books and having them back and say how much they loved the book. Recently, she ran into a thirteen-year-old girl who grew up coming to the library. The girl was telling Ms. Dunne how busy she is at school and suddenly paused and said these words, “Miss Jen, no matter how busy I get, I always make time every night for a book.” Ms. Dunne was very proud of her because she is taking a habit that will probably last a lifetime with endless wonder, learning, and excitement. Knowing that this young girl’s habit is associated with her, nearly made Ms. Dunne cry.  

Ms. Dunne sees herself as the children’s librarian at the Moorestown Library for the rest of her working life. For her, this profession is sustainable because it never gets boring, and the variables are always changing: books, children, ideas, technology, and even the role of libraries. In fact, the profession has changed a lot since she first started, and according to her, that’s a relatively short time.

Ms. Dunne see herself in Moorestown, and plans to live and work here for a very long time. She aspires to have a life like her mother’s, traveling, volunteering and spending lots of time relishing in the company of grandchildren. Ms. Dunne is currently working on a future where eventually her daughter will look back and feel that it was filled with magic, wonder and love. When she is gone, she wants her daughter to have great memories and see her as a role model just like Ms. Dunne remembers her father. 

Ms. Dunne said, “I’d love for the children I work with, when they grow up to take their children to the library, and read to them because these actions create fond memories of their library. I hope the children I work with will grow up to see themselves as lifetime learners. That is the value of reading and libraries as I see it. I also hope to serve as an example that whatever work you choose, it should be thrilling, rewarding and motivating. I hope to be one of many people in a child’s world who helps them see work not as an obligation, but an adventure. I want children to look forward to the opportunity to work and to be excited about their prospects.”  

As a parent who participates in the Moorestown Library’s activities, Ms. Dunne’s existence has been very valuable in making our experience there, wonderful. She is a loving person who really cares and puts a tremendous effort in her work. She truly is an amazing person with children. My daughter, who now is 18 months of age, has learned many things with her since she was 9 months old. As a father seeing my child being part of a larger group learning, playing, flourishing and being happy is priceless. Thank you Ms. Dunne for being who you are, an individual who cares about people and takes pride in what you do. 

MTN Dew PushEdit

Three of Three

Please check out my re-edit of a skateboarding video for the Mountain Dew PushEdit contest hosted by TheBerrics.com. Enjoy!

MTN Dew PushEdit

Two of Three

Please check out my re-edit of a skateboarding video for the Mountain Dew PushEdit contest hosted by TheBerrics.com. Enjoy!

MTN Dew PushEdit

One of Three

Please check out my re-edit of a skateboarding video for the Mountain Dew PushEdit contest hosted by TheBerrics.com. Enjoy!

Reflection

Photograph by Cecilio Ignacio Rodriguez 

This is one of my favorite photographs. Not because of how I look or the photograph’s aesthetics, in fact, my reasons have very little to do with beauty. 

My father captured this photograph from his bedroom. I believe that this image was the last frame on his point and shoot film camera. Most of the photograph that he made with this camera were of people during special events like parties, family gatherings and so on. So, this point and shoot camera was sitting in his bedroom for a while waiting to be used. 

This particular day had nothing special. I clearly remember it as a warm breezy day. I came out of our house to stand on our front steps just to be outside for a few minutes. I did not know that my father was looking out of his bedroom window. Possibly, he was there for a while looking at his oldest son who then was 12 years old. 

He called my name, and as I turned my head, he captured this picture. What was so special about this moment? What was he seeing? What was he thinking?

The main reason I like this photographs is because to me it is a reflection of my father. Perhaps he saw himself as I was standing right in front of him looking away and completely unaware of his presence.

by Randhy Rodriguez

Position of High Honour and Responsibility

Position of High Honour and Responsibility

I do not put much emphasis on superstition. In fact, my drive is based on ideas and goals mainly. Nevertheless, long ago, probably long before Amanda and I were married, I remember receiving a couple of fortune cookies with our order of Chinese food. I decided to keep the paper messages inside these two particular ones because I like what was written on them. For years I kept revisiting these two messages, which I keep inside my wallet. 

The one I would like to share about today says; “You will be called in to fulfill a position of high honour and responsibility.” 

To me this is just a piece of paper with writing on it. However, I like to think that I have the power to make whatever I want of this random item that was probably made in a factory somewhere. Therefore, the position of high honor and responsibility, for me is now. Elena is our best foot forward. For this reason, as a stay home dad, I feel very fortunate to be able to hold and realize such a fulfilling task.

Halloween in the Suburbs

Aus (Pirate) and Ryan (Batman) are good friends who came out with their parents to trick-or-treat. (My little one (Super Girl) felt the need to photo-bomb.)

Moorestown NJ, October 31, 2015; I love Halloween, and now as a parent even more. It was wonderful to see that there were lots of families out in the streets of my new adopted neighborhood celebrating and trick-or-treating. This Halloween being my first here, I can only feel very optimistic and look forward to next year.

Additional photographs from this event: 

Wayne White's Cubist Cardboard Civil War Puppets

Rag-tag Confederate Soldier Sculpture

New York City, March 5, 2015; Wayne White’s “Cubist Cardboard Civil War Puppets” were originally created for an installation called “Foe” in York, Pennsylvania in 2014. This installation is about the invasion of York, Pennsylvania by rebel forces right before Gettysburg. The art pieces are representations of the Rag-tag confederate soldiers that looted the town for new shoes, food and other goods.

During the “Art on Paper” art fair, which took place this month in New York City on Pier 36, Mr. White showcased these art pieces. They are large and elaborate (with interactive movable parts) cardboard sculptures, the largest measuring approximately 20’ high by 30’ long. These cardboard sculptures were the heart of the fair, visible from various key locations within the complex.

In addition to being a successful artist, Mr. White is a very kind and friendly person. 

On my way to the “Art on Paper” opening reception, right off the train, I walked into a snow blizzard. Visibility was low and it was difficult to see which direction to walk to the fair. I asked a few locals on the street, but some did not speak English and the ones that did had no idea what I was talking about. Mr. White was also on his way there, passed me and overheard the conversation.

“Come with me I am walking there,” Mr. White said to me.

It is winter, so, I could not possibly recognize him until he told me his name. Little did he know, I am a fan of his work and also a blogger. His personality and originality set him apart.  

Installation Photographs

To view additional photographs of this event please click HERE!

Art on Paper

Art on Paper VIP Card

Art on Paper VIP Card

New York City, March 5-8, 2015; I am honored to have received a VIP invitation to the “Art on Paper” art fair. See you there! (Photographs and thoughts about the VIP preview to follow after the event.)

About

Art on Paper is an art fair from the producers of Miami Project. Located in downtown New York’s Pier 36, Art on paper's exhibiting galleries will feature work by artists who look to paper as a major influence in their sculpture, drawing, painting, and photography.

A Love Story

Amanda Fortier, My Beautiful Wife

Amanda Fortier, My Beautiful Wife

Every day is Valentine’s Day!

The day before the official Valentine's Day, I am introducing my new body of work titled Amanda, a love story. This work is honest and deeply personal, which I am sharing with the intention of inspiring others to love.

I would like to thank the following people who have helped with their feedback and guidance: 

Manjari Sharma
Paul Aresu
Clifford Hausner
Thomas Egger
Katrina Lee Ford
Elizabeth Harnarine
Vicente Munoz 
Ronald Porcelli 

The Making of 3rd Rail

Foley Gallery, New York City, January 21, 2015; Opening of 3rd Rail by artist Clay Patrick McBride

Wednesday night, an exciting evening on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, Clay Patrick McBride brings to light his most anticipated exhibition yet. The show has a sense of danger, darkness and captivating power. Mr. McBride’s recent body of work about New York City’s underworld represents a conflict in his conscious comparable to being stuck in purgatory, a dark place of uncertainty that he had to go through and come out. 

"3rd rail is a must see event that is raw, expressive and powerful."  

Mr. McBride’s art installation is analogous to how we see through glass and doors opening and closing in the subway. He uses the storefront glass as another surface layer in front of his large wheat-paste black and white photographs measuring up to four by eight feet long. All pieces are one of a kind, achieved by scratching the edges and treating their surfaces. The display resembles a giant tiled black granite wall that was meant to inhibit the space.

3rd Rail is on view through February 22nd. Foley Gallery is open Wednesday – Sunday, 12:00 - 6:00 pm. Please see Press Release for additional information. 


About CPMcB

NYC-based photographer Clay Patrick McBride began his visual training in the South of France, where he spent his late teens and early twenties studying painting and art history. He eventually turned his focus to photography, moving to New York City in the early 1990s to attend the School of Visual Arts. While earning his BFA, McBride developed a bold style of portraiture intended to both celebrate and empower the subject with humor and honesty.

McBride’s portraits of top athletes and musicians such as LeBron James, Allen Iverson, Norah Jones, Jay Z, and Kanye West have appeared in countless magazines, among them Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated and Parade. His commercial work includes dozens of album covers for Sony, Blue Note and Atlantic Records, as well as print campaigns for Pontiac, Boost Mobile and Nike. The past few years have seen McBride expand into moving pictures with a number of short film projects and music videos. Characterized by a stark surrealist quality, his film work is an exciting and logical extension of his still photography. Current productions include The Incredible Exploding Boy, an autobiographical feature that explores father-son relationships, insanity and addiction.

In 2013, McBride earned his Masters in Digital Photography from the School of Visual Arts – where he has also served as an instructor for nearly 10 years. McBride currently resides in Rochester NY and is a professor at the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology.  


Based on CPMcB's Recent Work

SVA Subway Poster Advertisements (1 of 3)

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A Book On Living History

New York City, January 01, 2015; It is my pleasure to announce the publication of “New York City’s Oldest Restaurant, Bars and Bakeries – A Book on Living History.”

SUNNY'S [1880's-1890] 253 Conover Street 

NATHAN'S FAMOUS [1916] 1310 Surf Avenue 

“21” CLUB [1930] 21 West 52nd Street 

It has been many years since the original concept to final fruition of the project by Mr. Ronald Porcelli and myself. Based on our experiences, a book that celebrates this aspect of New York history is unique and valuable in the way of preserving institutions that are vital part of our rich culture. Far too many times, these classic eateries go unnoticed and lack the patronizing that is required to sustain existence. 

KEENS STEAKHOUSE [1885] 72 West 36 Street

DELMONICO'S [1891] 56 Beaver Street 

EAR INN [used as a bar as early as 1835] 326 Spring Street

For more information about the book please see; The Origins of Living History 
To purchase the book please visit; Library Tales Publishing or Amazon

Ronald Porcelli is an alumnus of the School of Visual Arts, and a lifelong student of New York’s history. His work includes the illustrated works of Edgar Allan Poe, Published by Lantern Press. Porcelli is the author of two books: “Tanking the A Train,” “Taking the 4 Train” and two works of fiction.

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Randhy Rodriguez is a New York based photographer who specializes in architecture, landscape, portraiture and conceptual photography. Rodriguez holds a Master of Professional Studies in Digital Photography from the School of Visual Arts. Rodriguez has eight years of experience as a designer in the field of high-end residential, institutional, and commercial architecture, which contributes a strong photographic and compositional skill to his photography.

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