NJAI Offers a Variety of Programming to Welcome Spring

West Orange, New Jersey, March 16, 2010- The New Jersey Arts Incubator announces its April lineup of events for the community to enjoy. Visual art, music and children’s programming is all on the bill to welcome spring! To kick things off, our children are the focus when the New Jersey Arts Incubator Presents Musical Theatre Classes for Children beginning April 10th. Classes for 4-6 year-olds will feature Fairytales, Stories and Rhymes.  Saturday classes from 10am- 11am begin April 10th. Classes for 7-12 year olds will feature both classical and contemporary literature and will run Saturdays from 11:30am-1pm.   Each workshop will culminate with a performance program in the NJAI Theater. These 12 week programs run April 10 – June 12 and cost $275 per student. Interview required. Call 973-669-0602 for an appointment.  http://www.njai.org/

The third art installation, curated by Lorena La Grassa, will be on display in the NJAI Gallery beginning April 11th“The Power of Nine” features the work of nine professional women artists.  The exhibit reflects a patchwork of combined art - a result of several years of collaboration.  The pieces are arranged in the form/design of patchwork quilts.  Each panel is 6’x6’ in size, composed of nine 24”x24” canvases.  Also on display will be sculptures by New Jersey artist Julie Joy Saypoff. As an abstract sculptor, Julie’s goal is to enable the viewer to visualize a specific emotional energy based on the gesture of a piece. Opening reception to meet the artists will be April 11th from 2-5 pm. The exhibit will run through May 8th. Gallery hours are Saturday & Sunday, 1-5PM, by appointment, and open during other NJAI scheduled programming.

On April 23rd NJAI will present the first of their music series Fourth Friday Music Showcase, featuring Mike Rocket and the Stars, with opening act Red Reyne.  Doors open at 7:30 PM, Donation $10. Mike Rocket And The Stars is a rock, pop, and Americana band based in West Orange, NJ. Their music has been heard on national television and on major New York, New Jersey, & Philadelphia radio stations. www.mikerocket.com.  Red Reyne is from North Jersey (Hunterdon County).  Redentor Jimenez (a.k.a. Red Reyne) was born in the Philippines immigrating to New Jersey when he was 10.  A prolific songwriter and musician, Red is ear-trained and has been performing, writing and playing guitar for over 20 years. www.redreyne.com This new music series will run each fourth Friday through July and will showcase various styles and cultures by New Jersey based musicians.

All events will take place at the New Jersey Arts Incubator studio, 495 Prospect Avenue, West Orange, NJ.

You can download the press release here.

NJAI Spring 2010 Press Release.