Middletown Arts Center Presents The duCret School of Art Exhibit

Middletown Arts Center is honored to present Caras and Colleagues: An Exhibition Celebrating the 85th Anniversary of The duCret School of Art on view November 3rd through November 26th.

The Middletown Arts Center is honored to present Caras and Colleagues: An Exhibition Celebrating the 85th Anniversary of The duCret School of Art.

 The Opening Reception will be held at the Middletown Arts Center, located on 36 Church Street, on Saturday, November 3rd from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. The semi-formal event is open to the public at no cost and the exhibition will be on view through Monday, November 26th. The reception will feature live acoustic music, refreshments, an art exhibit, art sale and a silent auction comprised of prints, sketches and original artwork.

The Middletown Arts Center is thrilled to host such a momentous occasion honoring New Jersey’s oldest, non-profit art school. The duCret School of Art, located in Plainfield NJ, has a long reputable history. Artist and teacher Marjorie Van Emburgh founded the School in 1926, and her aim was to create an institution where students could obtain an art education comparable with that found in schools and academies in major cultural centers. In the early part of the twentieth century Plainfield was a bustling cultural center and provided Ms. Van Emburgh the perfect location to start a high quality art school. Because of its location students were able to receive an excellent education without the added expense of moving or commuting into Manhattan or Philadelphia. Today, it continues to offer its students a long tradition of quality art education. 

Caras and Colleagues On View at the Middletown Arts Center Gallery, Opening Repcetion Saturday November 3rd from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. and On View through Monday, November 26th

Over 150 pieces of artwork from many genres and bearing the duCret School of Art standard of excellence
 will be on display during the Caras and Colleagues exhibition. Slated to be NJ’s largest Representational Art Show and Sale, works on view include Walt Disney Art, NFL Art, Fantasy Art, Fine Art, Western Art, Romance and Paperback Novel Art, Still Life Art, Landscape Art, Religious Art and Animal Art.

The show will also feature several original works by Norman Rockwell, James Bama, Robert McGinnis, J.C. Leyendecker, as well as some of today’s most notable NJ artists and illustrators, including Mike Kupka, Mark Romanoski, Peter Ambush, Vince Natale, Rich Bazzanella, Mike Donato, Rhoda Yannow, Paul Casale, Thomas Valenti and world-renowned wildlife artists Leslie Delgyer and Doug Allen.

Many of the exhibiting artists will be present at the Opening Reception on November 3rd. The art show and sale will remain on exhibit through November 26th. Gallery Hours are Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Art Sale, Saturday, November 3rd from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Rare memorabilia and original art will be on sale during the Caras and Colleagues Opening Reception on Saturday, November 3rd from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. There will also be a silent auction, featuring limited edition signed prints, pen and pencil roughs, as well as an iPad engraved ‘Imagine 
Peace – love Yoko’ with a signed photograph of John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Highlights from the Art Sale include the following pieces:

  • Norman Rockwell, (Original) Four freedoms War Bond Posters, signed. These posters are perhaps one of the last things that Rockwell signed, as he died one week later.
  • Norman Rockwell, (Original) ‘Facts of Life’ Saturday Evening Post Cover, (comprehensive graphite sketch).  Extremely rare Rockwell and J.C. Leyendecker (Original) memorabilia, including signed artist proofs. 
  • Norman Rockwell, (Original) ‘Razor’s Edge’ movie poster, with press packet, a letter from Tyrone Power and the premiere tickets. A very rare, and possibly the only one in existence: (Original) Air Force poster painted by Norman Rockwell, with a B&W photo of 
Rockwell painting it. The posters went to print but were later rejected by the Air force. All posters were then destroyed, however, an employee working on the line saved one for a friend of his, who happened to be a Rockwell fan. Peter Caras was able to obtain it and held it in his private collection. Though it can’t be proven, there is a rumor that the model in the poster was the young Ronald Reagan.
  • Several Robert McGinnis (Original) ‘Milo Marsh’ Detective Book Series Cover Paintings.
  • Bob Foster, (Original) cover painting of the first paperback in the ‘Twilight Zone’ book series.  
  • Several James Avati (Original) Paintings, including the cover painting for the book ‘The Dollmaker’.
  • Several James Bama (Original) paintings as well as signed artists proofs by the artist.


duCret Lecture and Demonstration Series, November 9th through November 17th

A Lecture and Demonstration Series, hosted by several duCret faculty members, will be open to adults and children 14 and older. Registration is not necessary, but guests are encouraged to arrive early on scheduled dates, as seating is limited. Call the Middletown Arts Center at (732) 706-4100 for more information.

“Rockwell and the Art of Illustration” presented by Peter Caras, Friday, November 9th, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Peter Caras has been an instructor at The duCret School of Art for more than 30 years, teaching Controlled Palette Painting and Advanced Illustration. To date, Caras has over 1,700 published illustrations to his credit and is considered one of today’s foremost paperback cover artists. Mentored by Norman Rockwell and Jim Bama, Peter will discuss how these relationships proved inspirational and changed the direction of his career and will offer personal insight as to what it is to be illustrator and artist in today’s world.

“Pastel Techniques in Animal Art” presented by Leslie Delgyer, Saturday, November 10th, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Internationally acclaimed wild life artist, Leslie Delgyer is a duCret graduate and currently sits on the board of directors. She is the past President of the Society of Animal Artists. Prince Phillip has commissioned her, in conjunction with the World wildlife fund; in 1987 she painted portraits of than Ronald Reagan’s two dogs. An artist whose work is represented in the public, corporate and private collections throughout the world, Leslie will share some of the award winning techniques that changed the world of pastel.

“Renaissance Painting Techniques” presented by Michael Donato, Friday, November 16th, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Michael will be demonstrating a monochromatic underpainting technique that is the first stage of a painting process used during the Renaissance period. He will discuss glazing and scumbling techniques that are used over the underpainting to achieve color effects and further enhances form. These techniques were employed by artists such as Raphael, Tritian, Leonardo, Vermeer, Albrecht, Durer and later on, Rembrandt. These techniques, although born in the Renaissance, are used by some of today’s painters in the expression of contemporary subject matter. Michael Donato’s illustrations have appeared in both editorial and children's markets. His commissioned paintings have appeared in galleries and are part of private collections. Michael has been teaching drawing, advanced painting, and illustration for 20 years at the duCret School of Art.

“Comic and Fantasy Illustration” presented by Michael Donato, Saturday, November 17th, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Mark is an instructor at duCret for more than a decade. He is an illustrator who specializes in comic and fantasy art including DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Harry Potter and World of War Craft. He is the protégé of Peter Caras, Joe DeVito and Tim and Greg Hildebrandt (Tolkien). Mark will discuss and share some drawing tips and techniques in comic book and fantasy illustration and will show guests how to make the unbelievable, believable in all mediums. Mark will take time out at the end of his demonstration to review and critique personal portfolios

For any questions regarding Caras and Colleagues: An Exhibition Celebrating the 85th Anniversary of The duCret School of Art, contact the Middletown Arts Center at (732) 706-4100.

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Joe Reynolds October 26, 2012 at 12:57 AM
You are the best Jennifer. Thanks for keeping us all informed about the local arts scene! Bravo!!
Jennifer Smiga October 26, 2012 at 01:14 AM
Thanks Joe! You're THE BEST! Enjoying your blog posts as well. Looking forward to those seal pics in 2013!
Art D.Dude Kaney October 26, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Norman Rockwell Paintings on display!!!!!!!!!! Marvel, World of Warcraft artists and Much More!!!!!!!!!


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