Past Tour Exhibitor
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After attending Parsons School of Design and getting my degree in Illustration, I created a company designing and creating custom tabletop ceramics for noted department stores, such as, Barney’s, Henri Bendel, Neiman Marcus, ABC Carpet and Home, as well as many smaller boutiques around the country. At the same time I was building my company, I was working on my fine art as well. I painted in a variety of mediums and was fortunate to participate in a few group shows and to start gaining the attention of collectors.
My work has been featured in numerous national magazines, such as Metropolitan Home, Home, Bon Appetit, Gourmet, Studios, Art Direction and The New York Times.
I have created a new business offering custom murals and decorative finishes throughout the tristate area. During this period, while also raising my children, I maintained a serious commitment to my painting, and had a few solo exhibits locally as well as participating in the renowned and juried exhibition Essex Exposed.
In 2007, I went back to school at Montclair State University and majored in Fine Art with a concentration in Printmaking. While developing a greater expertise in Printmaking as well as Paper Making, I continued creating bodies of work in paint mediums, including Watercolor, Acrylic and Oils. I continued to show and sell my work to a wider audience.
From 2008-2013 I was the Art teacher for the Upper School at Golda Och Academy (formerly Solomon Schecter Day School of Essex and Union). I enjoyed my time teaching students within the school, as well as privately.
After leaving the teaching job, I created another business The Craft Loft, which featured a collaborative studio environment and classes in traditional crafts. Beyond that endeavor, I began creating party decor for various events in the area, such as Weddings, Bar and Bat Mitzvah’s, Sweet 16’s and Fundraisers, this became The Party Lab, which I am still doing at this time.