The WAE Open – 2023

Exhibition Dates

October 19, 2023, to December 10, 2023

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Opening Reception and Award

October 19, 2023, 6pm – 9pm

ART Beat

An interactive Movement and Sound Exploration

November 9, 2023, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Guided by Lara Gonzalez, Performing & Teaching Artist. In response to exhibition artwork, this experiential performance will invite the audience to…Consider, how does the art make your feel? Can you connect that feeling to movement and sound?

Attendees are invited to participate, observe or both.

Ekphrastic Poetry Reading

November 19, 2023, 2pm – 4pm

Back by popular demand! Come witness the power of ekphrastic poetry at Heidi Gallery at JSDD. Ekphrastic poems are written in response to a piece of visual art. The results are often exciting and unexpected.

To that end, local poets will read poems they have written based on the dynamic work/s of art they have chosen from The WAE Open, an Annual Juried Exhibit. Hosted by Marcia LeBeau, founder of The Write Space in Orange, NJ.

Poets include:

Theresa Burns, Jung Hae Chae, Lebra Chase, Marcia LeBeau, Mary Tautin Moloney, Jennifer Poteet, Carole Stone, Tamara Zbrizher

Artists’ Tour & Closing Reception

Sunday, December 10th from 2-4pm

JUROR: Jesse Bandler Firestone is a curator and lecturer of contemporary art. He is currently the Curator and Exhibition Coordinator at Montclair State University. Previously, he was Assistant Curator at Wave Hill, a garden and cultural center in The Bronx, and Curatorial and Production Assistant at The Shed, a nonprofit dedicated to art and ideas across all forms of creativity. Jesse has lectured at Pratt and Harvard University and has organized exhibitions at various institutions and project spaces across the United States.

Participating Artists

Annette Kushen, Antonia Formosa, Ashley Ortiz-Tovar, Bob Barnett, Brad Terhune, Darren Fabia, David Schmuckler, Debrah Block Krol, Emily Tironi, Erika Hewston, Esther Tanahashi, Eve Han, Frank Brindley, Hadieh Afshani, Ida Picker, Jodi Oster, Judy Gould, Katharine Philip, Kimberly Kassnove, Kristen Iannuzzelli, Neena Shah, Oranit Solomanov, Pam Cooper, Pamela Moore, Porl Gordon, Sue Barr, Terri Binder, Toni Paolillo, Virginia Carroll, Yigsy Magaly.