Tue, Jun 3, 2014

Arts, Community, Culture, Entertainment

Brick City Beautiful Exhibits in Scotch Plains

BY lyanne

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Brick City Beautiful is a feature exhibition  at the Scotch Plains Public Library Gallery in Scotch Plains.  Brick City Beautiful showcase photographs celebrating the beauty in New Jersey’s largest city – Newark.  With the constant media sensationalism of violence Newark, has influenced a city’s impression of being deteriorating and unattractive place to visit live and entertain, but the several artist in this exhibition do not agree, and show case Newark behind it all, Newark’s radiants beauty to those that have the eyes to see it.  – Quote: “People who grew up in Newark are proud to be from Newark. You’ll hear them say, I’m from Newark, but now I live in so-in-so town. They will always see the beauty in Newark. This exhibition was curated to give outsiders a glimpse of what we see – Brick City Beautiful.”
• 7 photographers participated
• 18 photos exhibited
• The photos were various sizes
• The photos were done in both black and white, and in color
• The photographs were taken in different areas in Newark
• The show’s name was suggested by Leslie Santiago
• Brick City is a nickname for Newark, NJ
Background on the Brick City Beautiful exhibition:
The curator of the exhibition, Ana Paula Rodrigues, was asked by Pamela Brooks, the Head of Adult Services and Reference at the Scotch Plains Public Library, to curate a show for their gallery. Ms. Rodrigues  had a prior relationship with the Scotch Plains Public Library since she collaborated with them on (graphic) design work, “The idea of showcasing Newark in some artistic way had been on her mind for several months“.  Ana then  reached out to photographers that were connected to Newark in some way. The photographers were given an assignment  to photograph Newark, but they could only focus on the beauty within Newark.  Another exciting feature of the exhibition was to get photographers at different professional levels to be a part of the exhibition.  With the success of the opening which was on May 21st, Ms. Rodrigues is hoping to make this exhibition an annual event.

The exhibition will extend until June 6th, at the Scotch Plains Public Library Gallery, 1927 Bartle Avenue, Scotch Plains, NJ 07076.  This event is free and family friendly.


Ana Paula Rodrigues

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Paul Nicolas Amorim
Pedro Miguel Bexiga
Stephanie Chan
Christine Vidal DaCruz
Savannah David
Suzette Gonzalez-Horniacek
Ana Paula Rodrigues (Curator)


• Out of 7 photographers 5 were born and raised in Newark; The other two spent most of their time in Newark.
• Out of 7 photographers 4 work as professional photographers


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Paul Nicolas Amorim
– Born and raised in Newark (East Ward/Ironbound)
– Heritage: Parents are from Arcos de Valdevez
– Profession: Corporate Sales and Freelance Photographer
– Quote: “My photo in the exhibition titled, Reflections wasn’t planned. I was driving through Newark at twilight when I looked through my sunroof and saw the reflection of the building across the street and thought, “How cool! So I captured that moment with my camera.”

Pedro Miguel Bexiga
– Born and raised in Newark (East Ward/Ironbound)
– Heritage: Parents are from Marvao Catanede and Murtosa, Portugal
– Profession: IT
– Quote: “My photo in the exhibition titled, The Lonely Bench brings back fond memories of me playing in the park when I was a child in Newark.”

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Stephanie Chan
– Born and raised in New York City
– Heritage: Parents are from Hong Kong
– Profession: A Health, Safety, and Environmental Advisor for BP Castrol and Freelance Photographer
– Quote: “I participated in the show because there are so many beautiful parts of Newark that no one knows about. The negative stereotypes of Newark need to be proven wrong.”

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Christine Vidal DaCruz
– Born and raised in Newark (East Ward/Ironbound) NJ
– Heritage: Parents are from Vale de Ilhavo, District de Aveiro, Portugal
– Profession: Portrait/Event Photographer and Artist
(Exhibited and Curated the exhibition, Women with the support of Dr. Amelia Paiva of the Portuguese Consulate of Newark)
– Quote: “I feel compelled to honor a community that in my heart I will always belong to.”

Savannah David
– Born and raised in Kearny, NJ
– Heritage: Parents are from Pero Moniz and Murtosa, Portugal
– Profession: Student
– Quote: “My fondest memories of Newark was going to the cafe with my grandparents when I was younger.”

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Suzette Gonzalez-Horniacek
– Born and raised in Newark (East Ward/Ironbound) NJ
– Heritage: Parents are from Puerto Rico
– Profession: Investigative Analyst for the Federal Law Enforcement and a Staff Photographer at Miranda Photo Studio in Newark
– Quote: “My heart will always belong to Brick City. So naturally I was honored to be part of the Brick City Beautiful exhibition.”

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Ana Paula Rodrigues (Curator)
– Born and raised in Newark (East Ward/Ironbound) NJ
– Heritage: Parents are from Murtosa, Portugal
– Profession: Art Director–––––


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