|Alario featured artist For WBID's November "Holiday Art Walk" Ann Reeves returns as well|
Thomas Alario, whose paintings can be seen throughout the northeast, is the featured artist for the Washington Business Improvement District's monthly Downtown Art Walk on Thursday Nov. 15.
Each month, a host of regional and statewide artists exhibit their works in mini galleries at businesses throughout the town. An Artists' reception is held at each of the participating businesses from 5-8 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month and the art walk remains on display for about three weeks. The Art Walk is presented by the WBID in conjunction with the participating businesses. This show's sponsors are Home Instead Senior Care and Brockerhoff Environmental Services.
The November - and December - Art Walk is a great opportunity for those looking to purchase unique holiday presents for friends and family. "Art of Gifting - Gifting with Art" is the theme of both the November and December (another artists reception Dec. 15) art walks. In addition to the businesses showcasing art and other items, several other downtown businesses will be open for late hours to accommodate holiday shoppers.
The artists, and the local businesses, are excited to offer an opportunity for folks to purchase unique gifts for the holiday season, items that "show you really care" as opposed to buying something on the internet or at a big box store. Original one-of a kind art pieces, hand made chocolates from the Chocolate Shoppe, quality pieces of jewelry from Fliegaufs Jewelers, a trusted 40 year old jewelry store, custom tea gift baskets from Kathy's Kove, quality pieces from one of the Borough's many antique shoppes, and for the bargain hunters-check out the town's growing consignment cluster featuring national brand names at Pandora's
In addition to Alario, local folk artist Anne Reeves will once again be displaying many of her works at the November Art Walk at Kathy's Kove. Reeves' art can be seen not only in this region, but literally throughout the seven seas as many of her works are on display on cruise ships! Newly elected to the Warren County Hall of Fame, Reeves, of Belvidere, will showcase an array of prints and other works, perfect for gifting. Kathy's Kove will also be having a ceremonial grand opening for its new art gallery at the shop on the 15th. The artists who will be featuring their works at the art gallery initially are Linnea Tober-Murphy, Havre de Grace, MD; Anne Freeman of High Bridge, Peggy and John Moskway, also of High Bridge, and Washington residents China Romero and Gerry Vitiello. An added featured at Kathy's Kove on Nov. 15 will be acoustic guitarist Doug DeCastro as well as members of the Lost Art Lacers group.
Alario is a representational painter originally from Sparta, New Jersey, whose works, in and around the traditional mediums of oil painting, drawing, and printmaking, exploring the relationship between commercial life and reality.
He has shown his work in Boston at the MassArt benefit auction, and in galleries in and around the MassArt area. In 2010, Thomas received the MassArt Artist and Craftsman award, and in 2011 he received the MassArt Gamblin Paint award.
Alario has studied theatre design at Montclair State University and graduated with honors from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2012, receiving a BFA in FA2D-Painting. He currently resides in Sparta and works part-time at the Little Cake Bakehouse in Landing, N.J. where some of his work can regularly be seen on display.
Reeves and Alario will be joined by several other artists from throughout Northwest Jersey, including several members of the Myhelan Artists Network showing their works at Fleigauf's Jewelers, and Yevette Hendler, photographic artist from Hunterdon Cty, John Nebiolo, oil painter from Alpha, and Rick Kaplan, a photographic artist from Monroe County.
Among the businesses featuring these and other artists' works in November and December are Kathy's Kove & Kafe, Fliegauf Jewelers, Lost Ladies Café, Gibson's Gym, YB Normal, Sal's Pizza, Habitat for Humanity Thrift Store, and Pandora's Box.