Portrait Project

“Shifting perceptions of art, ability and community” is a core intention of the WAE Center in all collaborations. This exhibit marks the first time working with Studio Montclair on an arts education project. The WAE Center and Studio Montclair have shared a long and fruitful relationship with this exhibit being the first of its kind. Incentivized by the COVID-19 Pandemic, yearning for ways to bring artists together and out into the community; the Portrait Project emerged in 2021 to do just that!


Over the course of a few months, WAE Center art facilitators have introduced the art of portraiture to our members and participants. With the goal of creating a self-portrait, an active study of well-known self- portraits and portrayals, facial structure and expressions, spatial awareness, and perspective was accomplished. There was much discovery and laughter as the exploration of a new subject often provides. We are elated to share the resulting exhibit.

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Portrait Project

“Shifting perceptions of art, ability and community” is a core intention of the WAE Center in all collaborations. This exhibit marks the first time working with Studio Montclair on an arts education project. The WAE Center and Studio Montclair have shared a long and fruitful relationship with this exhibit being the first of its kind. Incentivized by the COVID-19 Pandemic, yearning for ways to bring artists together and out into the community; the Portrait Project emerged in 2021 to do just that! Over the course of a few months, WAE Center art facilitators have introduced the art of portraiture to our members and participants. With the goal of creating a self-portrait, an active study of well-known self- portraits and portrayals, facial structure and […]

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Portrait Project

JSDD’s WAE Center studio artists have been members of Studio Montclair for many years.  The Portrait Project was conceived as an educational and artistic opportunity where both JSDD’s WAE Center and Studio Montclair’s Art Academy brought their facilitators and students to a shared table…and created this reflective work. 

This work is on exhibit from August 1 – August 31, at the gallery of Studio Montclair at 127 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair, NJ.  Opening reception to be held “In Real Life” on Saturday August 7 from 1-5pm.

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We are thrilled to announce that Louis has been accepted into the Studio Montclair exhibit!

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