"Sidewalk Art Show"

"Sidewalk Art Show"
"Sidewalk Art Show" at The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts. METC selected a group of New Jersey artists to make banners for an exhibition held in the METC Education Annex from October 27, 2021- February 26, 2022. Artists were invited to create original fine artwork on canvas material that was provided. Each banner is a one-of-a-kind work of art using any medium of the artist’s choice reflecting the theme of “Hope.” https://metc.org

Art Fair 14C, Booth #A18

Art Fair 14C, Booth #A18
Please join us this week at 14C Art Fair at Mana in Jersey City, NJ and visit Spliced Connector group at Booth #A18. The fair runs from November 12-14, 2021
For tickets go here https://artfair14c.com
For more information about Spliced Connector group go here https://mailchi.mp/5150a59d5ed6/spliced-connector-group
I'll be showing embroideries and drawings.

Spliced Connector Fall 2021 Exhibition: Things Are Not What They Seem | Organized by Karen Fitzgerald | Hosted by SHIM Art Network

Spliced Connector Fall 2021 Exhibition: Things Are Not What They Seem | Organized by Karen Fitzgerald | Hosted by SHIM Art Network
Our perceptions and intuitions fit our animal bodies. Our animal brains have tended toward a desire to measure things, to fit ideas into provable hypotheses that explain the mysteries abounding in our everyday experience. We wish to know things. 
Physicists have been working hard to help us know things. They've uncovered secrets hidden in atoms, and made visible things our eyes cannot actually see. They've identified 3 features of our world that undergird the myriad of our perceptions. 
Our world is granular.
Our world is indeterminate.
Our world is relational. 
What does that mean? It means that we are alive in a web of processes: we are always in the process of passing from one interaction to another. The thinglyness of our perceptions are resultant, that is, we perceive solidity because of the ongoing interactions of tiny particles. At a micro level (think atoms), relational interaction is what yields our bodies, the very air we breathe. While true with the physical world, it is only a small stretch to also understand it as true with our body politic, our body economy, our psychological selves.
The work in this exhibition manifests many of the new understandings physicists have achieved. When one reads a lay-person's text regarding the new physics, there are striking parallels with the visual language. The curvature of space/time; the frothing of particulate interactions. It is not too difficult to see these in the painting vocabulary of contemporary abstraction. "Light falls on a surface like a gentle hail shower;"[*] even light has grains (photons). The non-abstract work of this exhibition also speaks to the opaque, ambiguous, and hidden layers of what is real. 
The visual language is powerful in helping us come to know things. Unlike mathematics, the visual language inhabits the edge of interaction; that potent space where our imagination intersects with the visual language, illuminating things that are not what they seem. 
[*] Carlo Roveli, Reality Is Not What It Seems, (Riverhead Books, NYC, 2014), 113.

Black Renaissance Festival

Black Renaissance Festival
Black Renaissance Festival – Visual Arts Exhibition
Safe Harbors of the Hudson in Newburgh, NY is pleased to present our Visual Arts Exhibition as part of the 2nd annual Black Renaissance Festival, an exhibition of visual and performing arts amplifying and celebrating Black Voices. 21 artists were selected to exhibit their work: Alejandro Lopez, Anna West, Audrey Anastasi, Auguster Williams, Charles Dudley, Ellen Alt & Lawrence Conley, Flu Season, Gabrielle Bardeguez, Gaelen McCartney, Jonathan Buie, Kammy Daydream, Karen E Gersch, Khalidah Carrington, Krystal Coleman, Semi Gia, Naomi Berkery, Patricia Dahlman, Rachel Williams, Steve Estimé, Tianna McCallop, & Yvonne Lamar.
Our gallery will be open Sunday, September 26 from 12-6pm in conjunction with Newburgh Artists Open Studios, and Saturdays following, from 1-5pm. The exhibition will be on display in the Gallery through November 20, 2021. We hope to see you there to celebrate the beautiful, multifaceted work of our Black Renaissance Artists. For more information go here http://www.safe-harbors.org/ann-street-gallery/

Index Fall Open Studios

Index Fall Open Studios
Please join us Sunday, October 10th, Noon to 6PM for Index Fall Open Studios and meet some of Index's resident artists!
IAC's artist residencies and studios are located on the first and third floor of our building.
Index's resident artists are:
'Art & Artifacts of Newark' (Matthew Gosser), Patricia Dahlman, Melisa Gerecci, Shawn Colins, Hayley Mojica and Ryan Treppedi, Kevin Durkin and Jeffery Koroski, 'and / or' Colin Sheilds, Gabe Ribeiro and Maude Lemaire, Agnes Deja, Sally Helmi, and Jacob Mandel, Peter Dougherty and Jillian Keats
Also on view :
FIRST FLOOR: (233 Washington Street)
'Art & Artifacts of Newark' is a part of IAC's curatorial residency program featuring works and art exhibitions curated by Matthew Gosser.
Works by: Alana Canares, Chrystofer Davis, Marco Dimaculangan, Steven Intriago, Kelli McGuire, and Cesar Melgar
Curated by Noelle Park & Chai Evaline Silva
ALSO on view on first floor- Music videos by local artist's and musicians! More details to follow...
SECOND FLOOR: (237 Washington Street)
Curated by Sally Helmi
Exhibiting Artists:
Nora Evita Aresti, Shantell Batista, Axe Binondo, Katie Bullock, Marcy Chevali, Eleven, Gisel Endara (Yawati), Gerardo Esteban, Benedicto Figueroa, Monica Flores, Y. Fransheska, Rosemary Gonzalez, Jasmine Holder, Indigleaux, Rita Jimenez, Ayana Kareem, Monifa Kincaid, Esmé Naumes-Givens, Naya Nicole, Olive, Bleriot Thompson, Eddie Villanueva
IAC Side Gallery:
Wild Seedz Pop Up Shop
With works by:
Catherine Bradley, Christopher Nardo, Dannu, Melissa Boyd, Christopher Kovacs, Michael Zolnowski, Mark Hartmann, Beatriz Burgos, and Seth Goodwin
While we are still in the midst of the Covid-19 Global Pandemic- Index Art Center is operating under new protocols to keep our visitors and staff as safe as possible. During art openings and events with gatherings of 10 or more people: All visitors, aged 12 and up must be fully vaccinated to gain entrance to IAC.
As part of planning your visit, please be prepared to show proof of vaccination with copy of vaccination card or photo, along with personal identification.

Spliced Energy

Spliced Energy
Pleased to have both Michael Dal Cerro's and Patricia Dahlman's work in this beautiful online show, "Spliced Energy." Curated by Karen Fitzgerald and hosted by Project Gallery V. http://www.projectgalleryv.com/spliced-energy

"Arc of the Viral Universe and Arc of the Moral Universe" at Tomkins Library, Ithaca, NY

"Arc of the Viral Universe and Arc of the Moral Universe" at Tomkins Library, Ithaca, NY
“Arc of the Viral Universe” (2020-2021) inaugural exhibition in combination with the “Arc of the Moral Universe” (2018-2019) at Tomkins County Public Library in Ithaca, NY co-sponsered by the library and the Saltonstall Foundation.
September through October 2021
These are two notebook projects, artist and curator Carla Rae Johnson curated, inviting artists, writers, and lots of other creative people to document their visions, thoughts, and hopes during these very challenging times.https://www.facebook.com/anotebookproject


Pleased to be included in this exhibition. Come on by.
Sars Cov-2, Covid-19- a coronavirus that caused so much pain, death, political, medical, and philosophical disagreements. It's not over, it could even come back- we're hoping it doesn't!!
In the meantime -
Please join us for an ART SHOW- IN AN ART SPACE - WITH PEOPLE- and maybe even see some of their beautiful faces!
It's been over a year (for some of us) since we've all been in one place enjoying art and each other-
Hope to see you and hope things can feel just a little bit back to normal!
Exhibiting Artists:
Akintola Hanif
Amanda Thackray
Andrea Fernandez
Angel Rivera
Armisey Smith
Asha Ganpat
Beatriz Burgos
Bisa Washington
Cali Smith
Colleen Gutwein O'Neal
Desiree Feliciano
Gabe Ribeiro
German Pitre
Gianluca Bianchino
Hayley Mojica
Ina Rusin
Jacob Mandel
Jeanne Brasile
Jillian Keats
Jo-El Lopez
Juno Zago
Katrina Bello
Kelly Ann Pinho
Kevin Durkin
Layqa Nuna Yawar
Mariya Ermakova
Maude Lemaire
Melisa Gerecci
Noelle Lorraine Williams
Oîma / Marilyn Sanchez
Patricia Dahlman
Peter Dougherty
Ryan Treppedi
Sally Helmi
Samantha Katehis
Shawn Collins
Stephen McKenzie
William Oliwa
Joya Angola Thompson
Opening reception: Saturday, July 24, 7 to 11 PM
Exhibition dates: July 24 to August 13
During the opening reception Index will be asking unvaccinated individuals to wear their masks. Vaccinated individuals can show us their vaccine card and get a nifty Index wristband that says you're vaccinated! We will not ask to see your vax card unless you want the wristband- special treats available with wristband (candy, cookies, etc...)
Signs will be up that will say: Unvaxxed= mask up! Vaxxed= Your choice!
Index Art Center
233 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07102

PRIDE: A Celebration of Diversity, Identity and History

PRIDE: A Celebration of Diversity, Identity and History
PRIDE : A celebration of diversity, identity, and history
June 3 - July 25, 2021 at the Plaxall Gallery exhibition extended

In creating this exhibit, the word Pride was used as a base for inspiration and interpretation. It was designed to be taken literally, conceptually or theoretically. We chose strong, personal work that addresses the issues being discussed today, as well as projects that frame the historical struggles of the LGBTQ+ community and its increasing acceptance into the ever changing mainstream.
This dynamic group of visual artists mostly come from the New York City area, but also from across the country, as well as from Argentina, Taiwan, Cuba, Spain, Venezuela and India. 
It is a true representation of the diversity we strive for in our Queens community, and to a wider, more altruistic extent, in our country.


Pleased to be included in Spliced Connector's online spring 2021 exhibition on Artsy: "Echolocations" May 21 - September 23, 2021. Organized by Karen Fitzgerald, curated by Dudley Zopp and hosted by SHIM Art Network.
work above: Karen Fitzgerald, "Pink Air" 2021


Rewriting Herstory: Making the World Better

Rewriting Herstory: Making the World Better
This exhibition attempts to set the record straight and rewrite history to include herstory. We want to honor inspiring women (special shout out to BIPOC) who are historic or newsworthy- whether or not they got their due in their day.
Curated by Drawing Rooms and shown online on Artsy


Starting today (Friday, February 19) you will have a chance to bid on one or a number of works as part of @fairshareartauction There are a number of wonderful works at incredibly low prices. If your bid wins you will be contacted. Half the final selling price is donated to a charity of your choice. Bidding ends March 1, 2021. https://www.instagram.com/fairshareartauction/

Studio Snapshot: Patricia Dahlman

Studio Snapshot: Patricia Dahlman
Studio Snapshot is a series of short videos exploring the work of Newark contemporary artists. In this video, artist Patricia Dahlman discusses how she was inspired by the arts scene of Newark and how her work responds to our current times. Made by the Newark Museum of Art.
This program has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.


Shim Art Network Spliced Connector presents
Good Bones
An in person group exhibition. Not a virtual one.
Curated by Karen Fitzgerald
November 20 – December 19, 2020
113 East 29th Street New York, NY 10016
Hours: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 12-6pm Phone: 646.369.7184
Tickets required: Get your free tickets here. https://bit.ly/3nuphS1
Shim Art Network Spliced Connector
Good Bones
I think of all that I have inherited,
all the bodies buried for me to be here and stay here, how I was born with grief and gratitude in my bones
—Red Wine Spills BY L. Ash Williams
Shim Art Network Spliced Connector
Good Bones
Work above: "Thank You First Responders #2" by Patricia Dahlman


WORD is an On-Line Exhibition of paintings, prints, fabric works, photographs and sculpture, which brings together seventeen Artists who activate words WITH, IN, ON or AS a Visual experience. Each Artist, of course, has found their own way to integrate words as shape, pattern and compositional strength – giving their work a complex range of meaning and function.
Are these works a result of the predictive quality of The Painted Word written in 1974 by Tom Wolfe? I would support the idea that the relationship of WORDs and Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaart has been around for centuries. Not only the Cubists and Dadaists, but the Limbourg Brothers in 14th C Holland and the Stele of Hammurabi, 1760 BCE from Susa in Mespotamia.
These 17 Artists are Contemporary to US – they are working Today to bring us Word/Image of concern to our Time and our Needs. — Jackie Lima
Marie ROBERTS             Pete GOURFAIN           Rita VALLEY           Jim McGLYN          Stephen McKENZIE
Paul DEERY          Jay MILDER           Jenna Katzin LASH          Joseph O’NEAL          Michael DAL CERRO
Harriet FINCK         Shalom NEUMAN         Betsy ROSENWALD       
Patricia DAHLMAN        Jackie LIMA
     Dylan Williams                      Edward Coppola

As part of Easton Book Festival

Capitalism and its Need for the Underclass

Capitalism and its Need for the Underclass
Capitalism and its Need for the Underclass
Part 2 of the Virus of Dehumanization Series
History has taught us that progress is usually
accompanied by resistance from those who do not want their own
lives altered, at everyone else's expense. In this exhibition, we explore
those whom our modern political and economic trends have
marginalized instead of protected... people of color, immigrants, women, LGBTQ, the young, the old, the sick, the disabled, the homeless, the poor, the creative, the intellectual. We ask, “can the entire population be a minority?”
Curated by: Tina Stipanovic, Diana Alsip, and Tim Kelly 
Alter Work Studios


Pleased to show "Zoom" a collaborative work made with Mary Pinto at Ely Center of Contemporary Art, New Haven, CT
September 24 – November 15, 2020

Zoom Virtual Opening: Thursday, October 8 @ 6:30 pm
City-Wide Open Studios Weekend: October 17 & 18
Gallery Hours: Sundays 1-4 pm, Thursdays 5-8 pm and by appointment
ECOCA is extremely excited to host the USPS Art Project on-site! The USPS Art Project was started by artist Christina Massey as a call to action for her fellow artists to support the United States Postal Service amidst the COVID-19 crisis. The concept is simple — artists each began artworks for their collaboration partners to finish, sending them to each other by mail; the project was designed to help artists feel connected while practicing social distancing, and in doing so, supporting the financially struggling USPS at the same time.
Also another collaboration with Mary Pinto shown at Sunset Studios in Dallas, Texas

Spliced Connector: Summer 2020 Exhibition-Under the Skin

Spliced Connector: Summer 2020 Exhibition-Under the Skin
Under the Skin
curated by Karen Fitzgerald
Interior characteristics often differ from surface qualities. A young 'tween might be sassy and defiant, yet under the skin of these choices, she can possess a very sweet nature. Artwork is the same way. The visceral, visual qualities of the language can be as opaque as all the challenges we experience when we try to "read" the people around us. It takes time. 
The skin of an artwork is literally the top layer, the last effort to shape something with this language in the process of making it. Often, we are allowed to see beneath this particular kind of skin. The layer may be partial; it may be transparent, or translucent. In the hands of a skilled artist, this kind of probing can last a good while. It can take us deeply into the work. The skin of an artwork is also its covering; its protective layer. When artwork holds provocation, or challenges long-held associations, the confederacy of intimations is sometimes inviolable. This kind of skin may not invite us in. It may turn us away; color might be distasteful, representational content might signal a realm we don't wish to explore. This kind of skin can be powerful. Human skin has 3 main layers. Each provides benefits to that which it covers and protects. Unlike 3 layers of discrete material, these layers are enmeshed. They work together mediating the outer world and the inner levels of the body. The skin of artwork functions differently. While it effectively mediates between inner and outer, it does so across a wide range of phenomenon. The skin of artwork may be enmeshed with the lower layers; it also may be physical, metaphorical, virtual, literal, figurative, socio-economic; it may be metaphysical. It subverts a hierarchy of interpretation and understanding; and it establishes this very same hierarchy. We all have skin in the game. The skin of artwork, has an important role to play. The skin is just the beginning of a complex body. Its surface sensuality serves to entice us inside; inside our own thinking, imagining, and understanding of this-to-that, of inner-to-outer. Under the skin is where the real action happens.

Newark Arts Festival

Newark Arts Festival
Save the dates! 🥳 Newark Arts Festival (“NAF”) will mark its 19th year by going virtual, Thursday, October 8 through Sunday, October 11, 2020. “Art+Tech: Perception, Access, Power” is the theme of the free online event at NewarkArtsFestival.com, created in partnership with The Newark Museum of Art and sponsored by Prudential and Verizon. 👏🏽👏🏻👏🏿
And in conjunction with "Art+Tech:Perception, Access, Power" discussion with Dexter Wimberly "What Does It Mean to Be An Artist In Newark in 2020"

Artists React to the Pandemic, George Floyd and the Election

Artists React to the Pandemic, George Floyd and the Election
“Artists React to the Pandemic, George Floyd and the Election” 
An online exhibition including the work of 
Kathy Aoki, Aileen Bassis, Sue Coe, Donna Coleman, Patricia Dahlman, Michael Dal Cerro, Anne Dushanko Dobek, Robyn Ellenbogen, Tim Fite, Robert Geshlider, Todd Hanson and Annakai Hayakawa Geshlider, Cheryl Harper, Carla Rae Johnson, Jackie Lima, Anne Q McKeown, Doug Minkler, Frank Lopez-Motnyk, Ray Must, Hubert Neal Jr, Joseph O’Neal, Chris Pelletiere, Carol Radsprecher, Ilse Schreiber-Noll, Rita Valley, and Lisa G Westheimer. 

Creative Catalyst Fund Grants Announced

Creative Catalyst Fund Grants Announced
Pleased to receive a Creative Catalyst Fund Grant from the City of Newark, New Jersey. Thank you Mayor Ras Baraka, Arts and Cultural Affairs Director Fayemi Shakur, Executive Director of Newark Arts Jeremy Johnson and the Selection Committee!

Hello World

Hello World
Pleased to be part of a World Wide online exhibition called “Hello World” organized by Transcultural Cultural Exchange. I have partnered with Centrum, a cultural center and an artist residency program in Port Townsend, Washington.https://centrum.org/2020/06/transcultural-exchanges-hello-world-project/

"Prayers for the Pandemic"

"Prayers for the Pandemic"

Prayers for the Pandemic an online exhibition organized by Drawing Rooms and curated by Anne Trauben
Prayers for the Pandemic 
is a show that is happening in places across the US right now. It draws inspiration from Tibetan prayer flags  (learn more about Prayer flags here) that are generally made of colorful rectangular cloth and often found strung along trails and peaks high in the Himalayas. The flags are used to bless the surrounding area. While we are all living through the coronavirus pandemic, we feel we could all use blessings. We want to send good and positive Karma out into the world, and brighten each other’s days in the special way that art can do. 

Our goal is for you to flood the world with your prayer flags and we will create an inclusive online show of images of the flags posted here on our website, Facebook and Instagram. We will also be creating an online and print catalog, and we ultimately want Prayers for the Pandemic to become the exhibit which reopens our gallery when restrictions are lifted. Prayers for the Pandemic will reach thousands of people locally, nationally, and around the world.

We are publishing these artworks in installments throughout the spring and summer, and the first group of 34 artists' works are now online!  

While our gallery, Drawing Rooms, in Jersey City, has been closed to the public since 3/16/20, due to the coronavirus pandemic, we are acting on our belief that art is more important  than ever to the well-being of all of our communities.

Front-line healthcare workers are doing amazing heroic work and essential workers are keeping the current state of our society going. 

Artists– we can do something to use our skills and talents to help do what we do best.  We are currently taking submissions for Prayers for the Pandemic from artists living locally, nationally, and around the world.



Spliced Connector Inaugural Online Exhibition "Mapping." Curated by Karen Fitzgerald. Hosted by SHIM Art Network.
May 22 - August 20, 2020
'Mapping' forces on us a need to make sense among the disparities of style and aesthetic. It asks for a slow paced looking, a fear-less associating, and an embracing of the rich visual language present here at Spliced Connector. The restless shifting of light and energy present in this work embodies that which carries us to the delineation, and unification between matter and spirit. Spliced Connector group was founded on the intergenerational idea of connecting young and older artists. These connections lurk amidst the mapping of the riches in our visual language.
 Vasari 21 News from Members https://us12.campaign-archive.com/?u=1e7c90506c4e06f6503c74a46&id=5b876b0f1d


March 2, 2020

“Art and Hegemony: Artists Fight Trump” at
Artist Talk On Art www.atoanyc.org
Rita Valley, Jackie Lima,
Carla Rae Johnson and Karen Guancione
Moderator: Patricia Dahlman
ARTIST FIGHT TRUMP online art exhibition
Doors open at 5:15pm
12 West 12th Street, NYC
Entrance on 12th St
Suggested Donation: $10 Adults $7 Students and Seniors
Tickets Available @the door or Facebook or Eventbrite 


Windows of Understanding

Windows of Understanding
The vision for this public art project is to transform our “main street” spaces into literal windows of understanding; spaces in which the community can learn about the positive strides being made by local organizations around a wide array of social justice issues that don’t make daily headlines. Windows of Understanding is a creative, community-building response to the negativity and hate being perpetuated in today’s media landscape. Our belief is that through visual language, artists can communicate methods of understanding in powerful ways that cut across cultural boundaries.  

Now in its third year, over 20 non-profit organizations will be paired with an artist facilitator to create an original work of art that answers the question: "How do we see through hate?".  The works will be on display at venues throughout New Brunswick and Highland Park, NJ from January 20- February 29, 2020. 

Programming such as walking tours, “Tables of Understanding” events at local restaurants, poetry readings, performances, educational workshops, and film screenings complement the visual displays throughout the run.