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Sunday, July 18, 2010


Illustration of classic VW van won this year's Alumni Award.

Plainfielders are lucky to have a unique art resource -- duCret School of Art -- in the community, as I am reminded every year at the annual student show at Swain Galleries.

This year is no exception, as was in evidence yesterday evening at the show's opening
(on view through August 14).

Whether your interest is portraits, still lifes, or fantasy illustration; whether you prefer oil, acrylics or multimedia, this year's student show will intrigue and delight.

More than that, summer classes and youth art workshops are ongoing throughout July and August (see the online catalog here, PDF).


One of the entries was a duCret-centered riff on the classic Monopoly board game, with school activities, interests (and penalties!), plus properties featuring familiar Plainfield streets (get a load of those 'prices').

I got a laugh out of the Monopoly 'money' featuring a portrait of duCret's director Frank Falotico. Nice touch! Now, if he could only pass them at the bank.

Stop by the galleries and catch the show and Swain's many other offerings, Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 AM - 5 PM; and Saturdays from 9:30 AM - 4 PM.

Swain Galleries is at East 7th Street and Watchung Avenue, across from Plainfield's historic Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church. Parking off Watchung Avenue.

Watercolor in the style of a mosaic was an eye-catcher.

-- Dan Damon [follow]

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pat turner kavanaugh said...

Dan: it might interest your readers to know that FOSH uses money it raises from the garage sale and other activities to pay tuition and materials costs for students from Plainfield Public Schools to attend art classes, summer, fall term and spring term. These youngsters are chosen by the PPS art staff. We never even know their names. Another connection between du Cret and the community. Pat

Dan said...

Thank you, Pat, for the information, and thanks to FOSH for its community support!!

Pat said...

Dan: I misspoke yesterday. The woman who handles the duCret scholarships for FOSH does indeed know the names of the youngsters. Sorry about the mistake.