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Above Art Studios

Above Art Studios

Happy #MancrushMonday #HipNJ! Today we have not one, but two #mcm’s: Wilford Charles and Dontae Muse, owners of Above Art Studios in New Brunswick.

The studio has four resident artists, but rotates between the artwork of other artists. Some of the artwork is local, while others come from different states. Some pieces even come from other countries like Australia.

Above Art Studios’ focus on “art and all of the above” is clear: the studio features poetry, comedy, and music, as well as pop art and fine urban art. Once a month, the studio holds a poetry night. Every month and a half, a mini-concert series called “The Listening Room” takes place. Even more events to be found on their website, with electronic flyers posted for a “Painted Poetry Slam,” “Paint & Sip Thursdays” and a “Fall Student Exhibition”. By hosting these ongoing events, Wilford and Dontae are encouraging all aspects of art to be shared and appreciated. The studio is great for not only the art community, but for the general community it is a part of.

Dontae brought a work of art to #HipNJ’S studio that he commissioned for Mother’s Day. It is a gorgeous piece of Dontae and his mother by a resident artist.

To join Dontae and Wilford for a poetry, music, and art-filled night, visit aboveartstudios.com.

Hip NJ’s Weekend Recap: July 7-9

If you were too busy having fun in the sun, #HipNJ has got you covered on what you missed in New Jersey this weekend! 

Comic fest (July 8 & 9), Morristown, NJ

Comic Fest hit Morristown this weekend! People had the chance to meet the actors who played iconic superheros such as Superman and The Flash. Vendors provided comics, art, vintage toys, and pop culture items.

Wildwood Crest Sand Sculpting Festival, Wildwood, NJ

On Saturday, world-renowned sand sculptor Matt Long hosted the 5th Annual Wildwood Crest Sand Sculpting Festival! Participants competed for a variety of prizes and awards while spectators enjoyed live music, a magic show, beach games, and more!

Blueberry Bash, Princeton, NJ

Terhune Orchards in Princeton NJ gave a sweet twist to the weekend by hosting a Blueberry Bash! This event not only let participants taste some of New Jersey’s best blueberries, it also provided live music, wagon rides, wine tastings and more!

NJ State Barbecue Championship & Blues Festival, North Wildwood, NJ 

The NJ State Barbecue Championship & Blues Festival kicked off this weekend! The 3-day festival included live cooking demonstrations, top regional & national blues acts, and delicious food!

Promenade Art Show, Cape May, NJ

Cape May acted as a curator of New Jersey’s finest crafters this weekend! Participants enjoyed the opportunity to purchase everything from jewelry to leather goods to watercolor paintings at the Promenade Art Show!

 

Full moon beach camping is now in full effect

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Full Moon Beach Camping, Seaside Heights, NJ

On July 9th, North Beach in Seaside Heights invited families to bring their own tent and camp out for the night in the sand! Participants enjoyed an all night beach party that ended with an unbeatable view of the sunrise.

 

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By the Light of the Moon, Atlantic City, NJ

On July 9th, Absecon Lighthouse in Atlantic City gave participants the opportunity to experience a lighthouse tour like never before! The event allowed night time climbs of the lighthouse that included snacks and beverages!

Restaurant Week, New Brunswick, NJ  

This weekend also kicked off New Brunswick’s Restaurant Week! Starting July 8th and ending July 22nd, this event is sure to satisfy your taste buds. Stop by the New Brunswick Restaurant Week website to view the list of participating restaurants and their respective special offers in honor of this event!

4th Annual Worthy Women’s Wealth Walk, Roselle, NJ 

Warinanco Park in Roselle NJ combined fun and a good cause by hosting the 4th Annual Worthy Women’s Wealth Walk! The Worthy Women’s Entrepreneurial Sisterhood is an organization that encourages feminine entrepreneurship! Participants were able to get in a good workout while supporting their own and others businesses!

Jeepers for Troopers, Hamilton, NJ 

July 9th also saw a day of fun for a good cause! The New Jersey Jeep Association organized a charity ride for the Alpha Corps Foundation.  The Alpha Corps Foundation strives to provide economic relief for the families of fallen New Jersey State Troopers.  

Andreà Cassar

Andreà Cassar Showcase

Andreà Cassar, the Italian-born artist has followed his passion and continued his family’s legacy. His great-grandfather was a ceiling medallion sculptor. His grandfather, who is his biggest inspiration, was a painter and sculptor.  Another big influence is his mother,  a ceramic artist. Cassar has been painting since he was 15-years-old. When his mother became ill, Cassar used art as a way to escape from reality and as a way for him to control his emotions.

“Painting is my medication for life.” Cassar said when talking about how he deals with his emotions.

After his mother passed, he moved to America for a new beginning. Cassar began working as a graphic designer without any form of higher learning. Cassar was let go from his job in 2013. He took this opportunity to pursue his passion for art and went to Rutgers University in order to complete his art education. He graduated Rutgers in 2017 with a double major in Graphic Design and Fine Art.

Cassar is much more than a mere painter. Cassar is also well-versed in the art of sculpture, ceramics, graphic design, drawing, sketching and oil painting.

Cassar will be one of five artists featured in the Paul Robeson Galleries in Newark for the Clusters B.A. Graduate Exhibition. He will be featuring his new series entitled, “What’s Under the Make-Up?”

Cassar will also be holding his own art showcase in August and September. This showcase will be featuring pieces from Cassar’s great-grandfather, grandfather, mother and himself. His goal is to feature four generations of artwork from one family household. This showcase is important to Cassar because it will showcase not only his family’s artwork, but will also showcase the Sicilian culture.

Cassar’s artwork can be purchased online at http://www.sicilian-art.com/collections.html.

To learn more about Andreà Cassar, head over to his website.