Fundraiser for the Prospect St. Firestation Art Center

Support Art in the Ironbound

Date:  Wednesday, October 30, from 6-10pm

Sumei Arts Center and the Ironbound Business Improvement District will host a fundraiser for the Prospect Street Firestation Art Center to Support Art in the Ironbound.

slide_gallery2The Prospect Street Firestation Art Center is Newark’s newest and most talked about hot-spot for art, showcasing artists from the Ironbound, Newark and our region side by side with outstanding artworks from countries around the world.
The event will feature artists from the current Firestation exhibition Ironbound Unbound #4. On hand will be many of the featured artists to talk about their work
The Prospect Street Firestation Art Center, located in the Ironbound, is a collaboration between Sumei Multidisciplinary Arts Center, Councilman Augusto Amador’s office, the Ironbound Business Improvement District, and the Newark Arts Council, with the cooperation and support of the Newark Fire Department. Their mission is to bring art and cultural programs to the Ironbound and Newark to benefit the community and attract Cultural Tourism to the neighborhood and the city.
01 Heejung-Kim1Over the past year, the Firestation has presented panel discussions and high quality solo shows, as well as group exhibitions of emerging artists from our area, showing their work side by side with New Jersey and international artists – building bridges between our local community and arts and culture from around the world. Ironbound Unbound #4 features Ironbound and Newark artists such as Harry Prott, Sonia Valente, and Gianluca Bianchino, with New Jersey and international artists such as Heejung Kim, Sergio Rivero, Yen Hua Lee and Stina Brockman, to name only a few. Adding to the program have been a showing and panel discussion of Newark Filmmaker AJ Jackson’s film “Missing”, and a presentation of the history and appreciation of Portuguese ceramic folk art, as well as music and poetry from the US, Spain and Portugal.
The fundraiser will support programs for the coming year and plans to expand the art center at the Firestation.
Miguel Gomez "Villa Mella"

Color and Sensuality in Contemporary Dominican Art

An exhibition of paintings by:Miguel Gómez and Jesús Desangles

Opening ReceptionFriday, August 30, from 6-10pm

Exhibition Dates: Wednesday August 28 thru Sunday September 15

Gallery open to public: Thursday, Friday and Saturday: 12 noon to 5pm

Miguel Gómez’s works are inspired by Villa Mella, a black neighborhood of Santo Domingo that is regarded as a cultural treasure and keeper of African traditions. Gómez, a self-described “cultural investigator”, contrasts the crisis of identity that haunts many of his compatriots with a postmodern aesthetic style that speaks to the contemporary art viewer and pulls him into the idiom of the obra.  The work represents years of struggle and his pride in Dominican culture.

Jesús Desangles is from a family of artists. Following the family tradition, Jesús Desangles was awarded a Gold Palette at the 21st Art Festival of Cagnes-Sur-Mer, in France, at the age of nineteen. Decades later, his works would become part of the Caribbean´s most prestigious permanent collections. Many of his works are explorations of the African/Taino presence. His drawings and paintings reflect a quest for identity with a compelling vision. Art historian Enrique García Gutiérrez of the University of Puerto Rico, described him as “Powerful, poetic, playful…his signs multiply and unfold.”

Miguel Gómez and Jesús Desangles are masters of their medium and masters of the craft of the “poetry of paint” with which they unveil and pay homage to Dominican culture.  In so doing, they also pay homage to all the Caribbean cultures sharing with the world the finest of Caribbean art.

Installation of 10,000 recycled water bottles, creating a room of upcycled chandeliers

Artist Talk: Willie Cole

Saturday, May 25th @ 4:00

Willie Cole’s Solo Exhibition is on view at the Firestation until May 31st. Come to the Firestation to see Mr. Cole discuss his process and creative intentions in a public talk followed by question and answers from the audience. Guests are invited to bring water bottles to the gallery for upcycling into the next sculpture!

Stop by before the talk on Saturday for some live music with NJ hard bop jazz saxophonist Bill Penn, starting at 2:30!

Children making art

Music & Art in the Park: Postponed until May 18th

Saturday, 10:00 May 11th: 
MOVED TO RAIN DATE:  Saturday, May 18th, 10:00 – 1:00

Youth art exhibit; free arts, crafts & activities!
See the flyer for more information.

Held at the Riverbank Park in Newark, NJ
Sponsors: SPARK, ICC, SUMEI, Newark Public Schools, Essex County Parks Dept, Councilman Amador

Portugal Day dancers on Ferry Street in Newark

Portugal Day 2013

Artists: Come celebrate Portugal Day!
Bring your handmade arts & crafts

Friday, June 7th: 10:00-8:00
Saturday June 8th: 10:00-8:00
Sunday, June 9th: 10:00 – 7:00

This year marks the first year for the Portugal Day Arts and Crafts Fair. There will be handmade crafts and fine art by local artists. While you’re at the fair, you can relax to the sounds of music and enjoy an assortment of foods and beverages at the nearby restaurants and cafes.

To register download the following application, fill it out and send it to Sumei:


Ebenezer Singh

Meet the Curator: Ironbound Unbound 4

Call for new artists to exhibit in Ironbound Unbound 4
during the Newark Arts Council’s, Open Doors Studio Tour 2013, opening October 11, 2013

On Sat. May 4, @ 6:30pm come to the Firestation to meet the curator, ask questions, bring your images, resume and bio and fill out an application to be included in the most exciting arts event in New Jersey. 25 artists will participate in a series of 9 workshops, view various contemporary artists’ works and have discussions on the contemporary art world, how it works, how to break into it. Exhibit will feature in Ironbound Unbound Art Magazine and be booked for International travel.

Curator Ebenezer Singh, trained under American artists Julia Scher and Judith Barry, received his MFA from the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University. With a Charles Wallace Scholarship he studied printmaking at Kingston University, Surrey, UK and in 2003 he received the Fulbright Scholarship to attend Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University, USA.

Location: Prospect Street Fire Station, 56 Prospect Street, Ironbound, Newark, NJ 07105

From Water to Light

Installation of 10,000 recycled water bottles, creating a room of upcycled chandeliers

Installation view of Willie Cole’s “From Water to Light”

Willie Cole’s solo exhibition will be on view from Thurs April 4 – to Fri May 31, 2013, as the latest exhibition presented by Sumei Multidisciplinary Arts Center at the new Prospect Street Firestation Gallery in the Ironbound section of Newark.

Dates:Thurs April 4 – to Fri May 31, 2013

A new installation from Willie Cole redefines recycling as reincarnation by re-purposing over 10,000 recycled water bottles into a spirit filled environment intended to honor the earth. Central to the space are rooms and chandeliers made completely from water bottles. Visitors to the gallery have an opportunity to donate their own recyclable water bottles as a show of support.

Willie Cole, an internationally recognized artist born in Somerville, NJ, spent most of his early life in Newark and the Ironbound, where he began his career. He came into national prominence in 1989 when he began to make sculpture from discarded and found objects, like steam irons, hair dryers and telephones which he found in the abandoned factories of Newark. In 1999, a one-person show at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC launched him to international acclaim.

From April 8 to April 23, with an artist reception on Monday, April 22 (Earth Day), Cole’s shoe sculptures will simultaneously be on display at Bloomingdale’s in Soho, NY as part of the Earth Day celebration. Shoppers will be asked to donate used shoes to Bloomingdale’s to be recycled and sold by the NY charity Housing Works. Willie will also be exhibiting his work at The Museum of Art and Design in NY as part of the exhibition “Against the Grain.” Additionally Cole is the subject of a major traveling exhibition and book, “Complex Conversations, curated by Patterson Sims, former director of the Montclair Museum in New Jersey. Willie Cole’s works are part of the permanent collections of numerous museums including: The Metropolitan Museum (NY), The Museum of Modern Art (NY), The High Museum (ATL), The AGO (Toronto), and The FRAC Lorraine (France).

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