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									A WATCHUNG COMMUNICATIONS, INC. PUBLICATION                                             The Westfield Leader and The Scotch Plains – Fanwood TIMES                                                                                Thursday, January 15, 2009                                    Page 15

                                                                                                              Pearl Street Gallery
                                                                                                           Displays WF Artist’s Work
                                                                                                          WESTFIELD – The Union County up with the prestigious Allan Stone
                                                                                                       Board of Chosen Freeholders will Gallery in New York. I continue to
                                                                                                       present an exhibit of paintings by paint things that fascinate me…like
                                                                                                       Westfield artist Gina Minichino in the people…and junk food…”
                                                                                                       gallery space at the Union County          Ms. Minichino was awarded first
                                                                                                       Office of Cultural                                           place in Celebrat-
                                                                                                       and Heritage Af-                                             ing Excellence,
                                                                                                       fairs, located at 633                                        The Merck 2005
                                                                                                       Pearl Street in                                              Union County
                                                                                                       Elizabeth.                                                   Juried Art Show.
                                                                                                          A selection of                                            Her paintings were
                                                                                                       her paintings en-                                            featured in the                       LUNCHEON PLANS…Members of the Woman’s Club of Westfield (WCW) met
JAMMIN’...Jazz singer Denise DeLeo, with Andy Eulau on bass, left, and Hui Cox                         titled “Monsters,                                            April 2008 issue of                   recently at Suburban Golf Club in Union to initiate plans for the club’s annual
on guitar, performed at the Kuran Arts Center last month during poetry series.                         Food and the Fig-                                            NJ Savvy Living                       scholarship luncheon. WCW awards scholarships twice yearly to Westfield High
                                                                                                       ure” is on display                                           Magazine. She has                     School seniors. WCW members, pictured from left to right, are: Betty Peterson,
    Carriage House Celebrates                                                                          at the Pearl Street
                                                                                                       Gallery until Janu-
                                                                                                                                                                    exhibited her work
                                                                                                                                                                    in many galleries
                                                                                                                                                                                                          President Dolores Geisow, Marjorie Saylor-Wilson and Ann Ober.


    10th Year with Anthology
                                                                                                       ary 30. Gallery
                                                                                                       hours are 8:30 a.m.
                                                                                                                                                                    in the tri-state area,
                                                                                                                                                                    including the Vi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                           SP Resident Participates in
                                                                                                       to 4:30 p.m. week-                                           sual Arts Center of
         By MARYLOU MORANO
Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times
                                                           mance from William Paterson Univer-
                                                           sity, performs other improvisational
                                                                                                       days.
                                                                                                          “I grew up with
                                                                                                                                    “Cheeseburger Deluxe”           New Jersey in
                                                                                                                                                                    Summit and the
                                                                                                                                                                                                          This Year’s Special Olympics
   FANWOOD – About 45 people                               music, in addition to jazz.                 a pencil, pen or marker in my hand. Braunsdorf Gallery in Westfield.                                     By CAROLYN FREUNDLICH             helped her to be more social. She’s a
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times
braved frosty temperatures and snowy                          “[This reading and book launch] is       After graduating from Westfield High       Ms. Minchino’s illustrations have                                                               really happy and outgoing individual,
streets, last month, to attend the                         truly a lovely evening,” she said.          School, I knew I wanted to go to art appeared in Weird NJ Magazine,                                   SCOTCH PLAINS – Scotch Plains characteristics I attribute to the Spe-
Fanwood Arts Council’s 10th Anniver-                          “What could be better than to sing       school in New York to learn to draw Chiller Theater Magazine, Wicked                               resident Patricia Michaels, 34, will cial Olympics.”
sary Celebration for the Carriage House                    with two wonderful musicians in such        cartoons,” Ms. Minichino said of her Mystic Magazine and Dark Muse Pub-                            compete in downhill skiing in this        Ms. Michaels was born with Down
Poetry Series (CHPS).                                      a cozy setting surrounded by a real         early work. “At the School of Visual lications.                                                    winter’s 2009 Special Olympics World syndrome, a condition that affects a
   The event also served to launch “The                    listening audience?”                        Arts I studied with great cartoonists      For more information, contact the                       Games, held in Idaho next month.        person’s cognitive abilities. Ms.
Carriage House Poetry Series 10th                             CHPS founder Adele Kenny intro-          like Harvey Kurzman, Will Eisner and Union County Office of Cultural and                              Ms. Michaels has been skiing for Michaels has been participating in
Anniversary Anthology,” a book con-                        duced the audience to the new CHPS          Sam Viviano. After graduation, I took Heritage Affairs at 633 Pearl Street,                        the past 20 years, an interest ignited the Special Olympics since she was 5
taining the work of 41 poets who have                      mascot, PC, an eight-month-old cock–        a painting class and found a new pas- Elizabeth, N.J. 07202. Free on-site                          by her father, who was a Special years old.
been featured readers at CHPS since its                    a–poo belonging to Fanwood residents        sion.”                                   parking is available. For related ques-                   Olympics skiing coach. Ms. Michaels       Her parents initially decided to in-
inception in 1998.                                         Jan and Steve Siegal.                          She added, “I loved exploring light tions, call (908) 558-2550 or e-mail                        started skiing when “my dad took me volve her at such a young age be-
   Included in the anthology are the                          PC is in training to become a therapy    and color and learning how it all culturalinfo@ucnj.org. NJ Relay us-                              on my first diamond 20 years                      cause, according to her
poems of 2001 Pulitzer Prize winner                        dog.                                        worked. I was very fortunate to hook ers can dial 711.                                             ago; it was fun.”                                 mom, “it afforded her an
Stephen Dunn, 2008 American Book                              Also included as part of the evening’s                                                                                                         Mr. Michaels passed                            opportunity to get involved
Award winner Maria Gillan and Acad-                        program were a Carriage House Series                                           POPCORN™                                                        away a few years ago, and                         with sports, to be like any-
emy of America Poets Chancellor                            retrospective slide show and a reading                                                                                                         this year, Ms. Michaels                           one else. It makes her feel
Gerald Stern.                                              of a commemorative poem entitled                                 Benjamin Button: A Life                                                       wants to continue with the                        good playing and doing well
   Some of the poets featured in the                       “Poetry at the Carriage House,” com-                                                                                                           sport in her father’s memory                      at it.”
anthology were present for the celebra-                    posed by poet and Fanwood Arts Coun-                             In Retrospect, Literally                                                      to “win it for my dad. My
                                                                                                                                                                                                          dad will be happy.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Ms. Michaels participates
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            in the New Jersey Special
tion. Many read their poems that are                       cil member Gary Szelc.
published in the book.                                        “The Carriage House Poetry Series           One Popcorn, Poor • Two Popcorns, Fair • Three Popcorns, Good • Four Popcorns, Excellent
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Adding to her list of ac- Patricia Michaels Olympics as part of the
   The festivities took place at the                       Anthology” is published by Muse-Pie                                                                                                            complishments, Ms. Michaels re- Bergen County team. In the State
Patricia Kuran Arts Center on Watson                       Press and is available from the pub-            By MICHAEL S. GOLDBERGER                      plained are all a very welcome share of          cently won the Bessie Pearlman Special Olympics, Ms. Michaels has
                                                                                                                          4 popcorns
Road, off North Martine Avenue, adja-                      lisher for $12, plus $3 shipping.                                                             the trappings, little fuss is made of the        Achievement Award. Bessie Pearlman participated in a variety of sports,
cent to Fanwood Borough Hall.                                 To order, send an e-mail to                 Happily ensconced in the magical,              reverse path in life Benjamin seems to be        was the founder of the Special Olym- including gymnastics, bowling, ski-
   Jazz singer Denise De Leo, accom-                       musepiepress@aol.com.                       mystical, love- and life-affirming world          taking. He makes friends. And in time,           pics in New Jersey.                     ing and track and field.
panied by Hui Cox on guitar and Andy                          CHPS, currently on a winter hiatus,      of Benjamin Button, you won’t want di-            when he is of age and we begin to recog-            The Special Olympics is based on       Athletes get a chance to participate
Eulau on bass, provided entertainment.                     will resume on February 17, with a          rector David Fincher’s film to end. Even          nize the remarkably handsome Brad Pitt           the belief that by encouraging indi- in the Special Olympics World Games
                                                                                                       after two hours and 39 minutes, when the          who plays him, he goes out into the world
   Ms. De Leo, who has degrees in                          poetry reading by James Haba.               tub of popcorn is depleted, the box of            and discovers women.                             viduals living with mental handicaps if they receive a gold medal, which
voice and composition from Goddard                            To       learn       more,       visit   Goobers a memory and nary a drop is left             But just before that rite of passage, the     to participate in sports, they can bet- enters them into a lottery. If they win
College and in Jazz Studies and Perfor-                    carriagehousepoetryseries.blogspot.com.     in the second, giant diet Coke refill, the        steadily de-maturing Benjamin meets the          ter themselves and their community. the lottery, they participate in the
                                                                                                       fantasy is still enchanting.                      salty, perennially drunk Captain Mike               Every other year, a New Jersey World Games.
                                                                                                          Very loosely based on F. Scott                 (Jared Harris). Aboard the skipper’s tug-        Special Olympics athlete wins the         Ms. Michaels was also in the Spe-
       Kenny’s ‘The Kite’ Flies                                                                        Fitzgerald’s 1921 short story, Eric Roth
                                                                                                       and Robin Swicord’s adaptation of The
                                                                                                                                                         boat, he acquits himself with distinction.
                                                                                                                                                         When work takes them to Russia, he
                                                                                                                                                                                                          award for services provided in his or cial Olympics World Games in 1995,
                                                                                                                                                                                                          her community. Nominated by a when she won a gold medal for inter-
                                                                                                       Curious Case of Benjamin Button is glo-           meets Tilda Swinton’s Elizabeth Abbott,          friend, Ms. Michaels won this year mediate gymnastics.
      High on Childhood Poems                                                                          riously viewer-friendly. Each chapter
                                                                                                       better than the last, practically every per-
                                                                                                                                                         a British diplomat’s lonely wife.
                                                                                                                                                            In the big hotel, late at night, the expan-
                                                                                                                                                                                                          based on her work at the Stop and         The Michaels love going to the
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Shop in Westfield, Sunrise Bright and Special Olympics and are excited for
         By MARYLOU MORANO                 express her feelings is where readers                       formance is a gem. Doubtless the title will       sive lobby accentuates their solitude, as if
Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times                                               be repeated ad nauseam at the Oscar cer-          to justify the charmingly played court-          Gardens in Mountainside and her this year’s games. Mrs. Michaels said,
                                           will marvel.                                                emonies on February 22.                                                                            hours spent volunteering at Sage El- “Whether you’re a member of a team
                                                                                                                                                         ship that leads to their illicit assignations.
   FANWOOD – Fanwood resident                 “The poems I wrote as a child reflect                       And yet for all its momentous won-             Mrs. Abbott doesn’t know it, but she’s           der Care in Summit.                     or an individual, everyone cheers for
Adele Kenny recently released a new my impressions of things as they were,                             ders, there is a warm simplicity in its           ostensibly the older woman who intro-               Nancy Michaels, Patricia’s mom, everyone else. It’s an amazing place.
chapbook, “The Kite and Other Poems what those things meant and the vari-                              epochal celebration of the life                   duces Benjamin to the ways of the world.         believes that the Special Olympics have There’s not much competition, mainly
from Childhood,” consisting of 24 of ous relationships involved: my                                    experience…not too unlike that found in              Alas, WWII approaches. Captain Mike,          equipped her daughter with the tools to support.”
her poems, written when she was be- grandfather’s death and how profoundly                             the filmmaker’s Forrest Gump (1994).              informing that the U.S. Navy is requisi-         become involved with her community.       Twenty-four athletes from New
tween the ages of 4 and 10.                different it was from falling out of a tree                 There is the beauty of each breath, a             tioning his tug, asks who among his crew            “The Special Olympics are amaz- Jersey will participate in the 2009
   Ms. Kenny’s love of words and lan- with my cousin Eddie, a snowstorm                                reminder of this lucky gift that otherwise        wishes to join in the conflict. Aye, aye,
                                                                                                       flummoxes us, told from the vantage point         indicates Benjamin, and soon we are swept        ing,” Mrs. Michaels said. “It has Special Olympic World Games.
guage extends back to those early child- and how it changed [my] outside, as
hood days. Her fascination evolved over well as my inner, ‘landscape.’ Poetry                          of the oddest metaphor.                           up in the adventure. Meanwhile, state-
the summer when she was 4, when she was, and remains, a way of defining
was confined to bed after being diag- and [a] clarifying experience, a way of
                                                                                                          In New Orleans in 1918, shortly after a
                                                                                                       clockmaker completes the piece de resis-
                                                                                                       tance that will adorn the train station
                                                                                                                                                         side, the script prepares for the next epi-
                                                                                                                                                         sode in the title character’s odyssey, when
                                                                                                                                                         he reconnects with a friend.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ‘Under My Skin’ Opens
nosed with polio fever.                    seeing deeply,” she said.                                   atrium, Benjamin Button is born. The                 Daisy was but a girl when her grand-
   Ms. Kenny recalled that her parents        Elegant in their childlike simplicity,
“steadied my world with words” dur- these early poems are precursors to the
                                                                                                       clock’s second hand runs backward for a
                                                                                                       hopeful reason, and as it just so happens,
                                                                                                                                                         mother first brought her to the old age
                                                                                                                                                         home and “elderly” Benjamin became
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     At Tomasulo Gallery
ing her weeks–long convalescence.          mature works into which Ms. Kenny’s                         Benjamin arrives old. While baby-sized,           her playmate. Then life parted them, their          CRANFORD – From January 23                               tographs in black and white in order
   They read to her                                             poetry evolved, and                    he appears near death. But Mom beats              only connecting link the gazetteer of post-      through February 26, the exhibition,                        to place the emphasis on the person
from the Bible, spe-                                            it is indeed a treat to                him to that destiny.                              cards he promised to regularly send. Daisy,      “Under My Skin: Environmental Por-                          and not the tattoos, so the viewer
cifically the Gospel                                            read the first efforts                    The newborn’s father, a wealthy entre-         marvelously played by Cate Blanchett,            traits,” by photographer John Wyatt,                        would see the subjects as the indi-
                                                                                                       preneur in shock at the loss of his life’s love   has since followed her bliss and become
of St. John.                                                    of one who, in her                     and horrified by what he figures is a mon-        a ballet dancer in New York.                     will be on display in the Tomasulo                          viduals they are and not just for their
   “…When I first                                               later years, contin-                   ster, first runs to dump it in the river. But        When they meet again, she is a vibrant        Gallery at Union County College’s                           tattoos.
heard the prologue                                              ues to accomplish                      deterred by circumstances and fate, he plops      participant in the city’s emerging, post-        Cranford campus.                                               Mr. Wyatt’s work can be found
to St. John’s Gos-                                              so much in a liter-                    the tiny oldster down on random steps and         war, Bohemian culture. She has also ac-             Photographed in black and white,                         many places, including in a perma-
pel – ‘In the begin-                                            ary sense.                             tucks $18 in its swaddling cloth. It turns out    quired a beau or two. To tell more about         Mr. Wyatt chose people who were                             nent collection in the Jersey City
ning was the Word’                                                  Ms. Kenny is the                   they are the steps of an old age home.            the reconnection would be a misprision           dedicated to tattoo art and who col-                        Museum and in the exhibition,
– for me, it was the                                            internationally                           Shades of Biblical import, the babe is         on the critic’s part. Suffice it to note their   lected art on their body, just like the                     “Sprawl, A Look at the Overbuilding
beginning, the be-                                              published author of                    discovered by the home’s barren propri-           relationship forms the romantic core of          person who accumulates art in their                         of New Jersey,” at the Arts Guild of
ginning of devotion                                             23 books and chap-                     etor, Queenie, played with loving care by         the plot. Dual nominations may be in             home.                                                       Rahway.
                                                                                                       Taraji P. Henson. Naturally, she adopts           order.
to written language                                             books.                                 the little old Moses, and he soon grows              Pity there is no Oscar for best use of a         This exhibition is a part of a 27-                          The opening reception for “Under
and the beginning                                                   She is also the                    into the cozy society that therein cossets        gimmick. If the qualification were that          year project for Mr. Wyatt, who has                         My Skin” will be held on Friday,
of faith,” Ms.                                                  recipient of two                       and makes him its mascot. Strange though,         the ploy must be fascinating while en-           had a fascination with tattooing since                      January 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the
Kenny said                                                      New Jersey State                       unlike his compatriots, it appears he gets        hancing – rather than overshadowing –            his early teenage years.                                    Tomasulo Gallery, located on the first
   Later, her parents                                           Arts Council Po-                       younger with each day.                            the film’s message, the reverse-age thing           In 1977, Wyatt began this project                        floor of MacKay Library on the
introduced her to                   Adele Kenny                 etry Fellowships; a                       The unorthodox environment, full of            would be a shoo-in. Artfully shuffling           by photographing heavily tattooed                           college’s Cranford campus, located
the poetic masters, Eugene Fields, First Place Merit Book Award; a Writ-                               its own mores and folkways, makes for             time and perspective, The Curious Case           people in their own environments,                           at 1033 Springfield Avenue.
Emily Dickinson, William Blake and ers’ Digest Book Award, and a Merton                                the sort of sweet, experimental upbring-          of Benjamin Button leaves little doubt as        which at the time were mostly tattoo                           Gallery hours are from 1 to 4 p.m.
William Butler Yeats.                      Poetry of the Sacred Prize.                                 ing literature is so fond of hypothesizing.       to what’s really important in life.              artists because they were the most                          on Mondays through Thursdays and
                                                                                                       As in The Cider House Rules (1999), it’s             ***
   The poems in “The Kite and Other           Ms. Kenny is a former professor of                       a test tube where morality and a whimsi-             The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,          heavily tattooed people before the                          from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.
Poems of Childhood” were forgotten creative writing at the College of New                              cal pragmatism are taught. Here, where            rated PG-13, is a Paramount Pictures re-         current popularity of the art.                              Evening hours are from 6 to 9 p.m. on
until about 10 years ago.                  Rochelle Graduate School.                                   love holds an honored place, it is assured        lease directed by David Fincher and stars           Mr. Wyatt photographed people                            Tuesdays through Thursdays. For
   Then, during another summer of con-        In 1998, Ms. Kenny founded                               that dying is a part of life.                     Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett and Taraji P.          from diverse economic and occupa-                           more information, call (908) 709-
valescence, at which time the author Fanwood’s Carriage House Poetry Se-                                  And, because tolerance and the unex-           Henson. Running time: 159 minutes                tional backgrounds. He took the pho-                        7155.
was grieving the death of her mother ries (CHPS), which began as a project
and simultaneously battling breast can- funded in part by the New Jersey State


                                                                                                                                                                                                                       CHRISTOFFERS
cer, she found a folder containing doz- Council on the Arts, through a grant
ens of her childhood poems in her administered by the Union County Di-
    “Poetry was, and remains...a clarifying experience, a way of seeing deeply.”
                                                                                                                                 GRAND
                                                                                                                                 OPENING
                                                                 ~ Adele Kenny                                                                                                                                                                                       Established 1976
mother’s hope chest.                                       vision of Cultural and Heritage Affairs.


                                                                                                                           Gabi’s
   “Who we were informs who we are                            Currently, Ms. Kenny, along with                                                                                                                                                                  860 Mountain Avenue
now; I’m a survivor, and poetry re-                        Fanwood resident Tom Plante, co-di-
mains my starting place for love, grati-                   rects the Fanwood Arts Council, of                                                                                                                                                                   Mountainside NJ 07092
tude and praise,” Ms. Kenny writes in                      which the CHPS is a satellite project.
the preface of “The Kite and Other                            “The Kite and Other Poems from                                                                                                                                                                       908-233-0500
Poems of Childhood.”
   The topics the youthful Ms. Kenny
                                                           Childhood” is published by Finishing
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