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Gallery Show!

Come out and see art! Have drinks and snacks! Meet artists!

Even if you’re terrified of typical gallery fare like wine and cheese, you should come anyway. Click on the image for directions. Once you get there, the gallery is upstairs. Use the staircase immediately to your left, just past the inside front door. The Westerhoff School of Music and Art is easy to get to and there’s tons of parking.

Help the victims in Haiti

If you can, donate here:

Jewish Federation of Middlesex County.

Post-Thanksgiving Bike Ride

Join Sustainable Metuchen for a fun ride around town!

More information here:
Pedal off the pie post-Thanksgiving bike ride – Sustainable Metuchen (Metuchen, NJ) –


I’ll be out on Main Street again tonight (weather permitting) for the final night of Metuchen’s Junebug ArtFest. Look for me near Alessio/George’s Dry Cleaning.  Many thanks to Maria of Metuchen Travel for giving me such great  exposure for the last three weeks in the window of her shop! June is almost over, but it’s been a great month, with tons of art! Thanks to everyone who made it possible!

Window Shopping

Come See Me!

This Friday, June 12th, from 8-8:30pm, I will be at the Westerhoff School of Music and Art in Metuchen, NJ. I will probably have sketchbooks and assorted art goodies with me. Come by and say hi!

The “Meet the Artist” events are a part of Metuchen’s monthlong Junebug Arts Festival, which happens every Friday night in June.

Hey New Jersey Bloggers!

foodbankbutton3This monday, December 15, bloggers from all over the state are banding together to support the Food Bank of New Jersey.

“We Can’t Let This Bank Fail”

The goal is to get 100 New Jersey bloggers to spread the word about the desperate need that The Community Food Bank of New Jersey is in due to increased demands on local food pantries.


Your actions and the power of the written word or visual image can help make a difference in the lives of many.

Find out more about how to participate here:
You can also send an email to jerseybites (at) gmail (dot) com.

If you’re not from New Jersey or you don’t have a blog (and you’d like to help), please consider donating whatever you can. A can of food, a box of spaghetti, a buck. No amount is too small. Really.

Eat for Cheap and Support the Arts



Like art? Like Spaghetti? Looking for an inexpensive meal? An evening out with live entertainment?

Come to Ducret School of Art on Wednesday, December 10th at 6pm. Bring your sketchbooks, they’ll provide the forks!  It’s one of the few places where you can draw and eat at the same time and nobody will yell at you for it.

Cheap eats! Only $5 dollars per adult, $4 for kids under 12.

Ducret is in a really cool building in the historic Van Wyck Brooks section of Plainfield, NJ.

Call and let them know you’re coming, tell them Lauren the Cartoon Goddess sent you…

The Arts in America

Americans for the Arts Action Fund President and CEO Robert L. Lynch gave the following statement on the results of Election Day:

The historic election of Sen. Barack Obama to be the 44th president of the United States will have tremendous impact on the nation’s arts community, public schools, and creative workforce. His commitment to arts and arts education on the campaign trail is just a preview of what his administration can accomplish.  President-Elect Obama demonstrates the leadership and vision to advance the arts in America through investing in more arts education in public schools, advocating for increased funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, promoting cultural diplomacy, and supporting artists rights. read the rest of the statement here

Protect Your Rights as a Visual Creator/Copyright Holder

Write to the US Senate about the Orphan Works Act now!

Urge the Senate to protect creators’ rights on S. 2913

The Shawn Bentley Orphan Works Act of 2008″ S. 2913 has passed the Senate Judiciary Committee, and has now moved to the full Senate for a vote. We were unable to achieve significant changes to the bill to better protect the rights of visual creators and rights holders.

Now is the time to write to Senators. The bill may still be amended while under debate of the full Senate. Write to Senators and urge them to amend the bill, and ask them to vote against the bill if it is NOT amended.

Just click the link above.

Make Way for the Mermaid Parade

Have you heard of it?

Every year in June, in Coney Island, NY there is a Mermaid Parade!

I remember going to Coney as a kid, with my parents, but alas there were no mermaids then. Just a half-defunct boardwalk and amusement park. Maybe folks just didn’t know how to have a good time back then. They were too busy wearing polyester suits, bad sideburns and gameshow hairdos.

Do you live near NYC? Did you ever dream of being a mermaid? Well then, let’s go! We can all be mermaids for a day!

I know it’s barely April, it’s dreary and June is a long way off, but we can dream, can’t we?

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September 2021