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In anticipation of the Village to Village United Fundraiser on June 2nd we will be featuring an artist every few days. Check back often.

Artist Profile: JEN NEAL

I am a fiber artist and maker based in Brooklyn, NY.  I work out of my home studio where I weave and create handwoven beaded jewelry.  

I am inspired by the colors and textures in vintage textiles, the striking colors and patterns found in nature and the geometric shapes found in my daily life in New York City. In my beaded earrings I try to create little wearable tapestries that the owner can take out of the home and into their daily life


Tassel necklace with T shaped copper bar  Handmade necklace with soft corded chain, copper and tassel. Tassel made with natural fibers from purlsoho, wool, tshirt yarn made from recycled fashion industry offcuts

Tassel necklace with T shaped copper bar

Handmade necklace with soft corded chain, copper and tassel. Tassel made with natural fibers from purlsoho, wool, tshirt yarn made from recycled fashion industry offcuts

Artist Profile: BETH O’GRADY

Bearing Witness

Bearing Witness

I paint abstractly in multimedia, often using acrylic on stretched canvas or wood panel, with grids as an underlying structure. To invite improvisation and surprise, I work in series, sometimes on multiple, repositionable surfaces. I explore the balance between intellect and intuition, complexity and simplicity, along with the interactions of forms, colors, dark and light.


Formerly an award-winning editorial illustrator, I began painting in 2009, after an encounter with Elizabeth Murray's painting, Do the Dance, at the Museum of Modern Art.


I have a BFA from Parsons School of Design in NYC. I also studied at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and the River Gallery School of Art in Brattleboro, Vermont.


My home and studio are in Tewksbury, New Jersey.




Artist Profile: CAT DELETT

"Montepulciano", 9x12

"Montepulciano", 9x12

A visual artist living and working in Maplewood, NJ. Cat was born and raised in South Jersey and has made her way all through NJ, earning her BFA from Trenton State College (The College of New Jersey) in graphic design and illustration along the way – but don’t call her a “Jersey Girl” or ask if she knows how to pump her own gas.

Cat works in acrylic, cut paper, and mixed media. She has been painting for most of her life and creating with cut paper for the past six years. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and juried shows throughout New Jersey, both in group and solo shows, and is displayed in private residences across the country. As a narrative artist, each piece tells a story, often left ambiguous and up to the interpretation of the observer. She lists among her influences Matisse, Eric Carle, Seydou Keita, Kahlo, and Rothko as well as all the artists creating around her, literature, old photographs, a pervasive ennui, and a quirky sense of humor.

www. delett.com


Artist Profile: NANCY COOK



As a fiber and installation artist Nancy Cook’s creative emphasis is on sewing, weaving, quilting, installation and knitting.  Born with a deep appreciation for the beauty of handmade and the tradition of tiny stitches she creates heirloom pieces with the visible marks of hand making. Her art strives to connect the viewer with their personal history.




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“Oh Scooper of Ice Cream”, Oil on Panel, 20” x 10”

“Oh Scooper of Ice Cream”, Oil on Panel, 20” x 10”

Jennie Traill Schaeffer, born in Easton, PA, holds a BFA in painting and art education from Syracuse University, and has been painting and teaching art for more than a decade. Schaeffer’s paintings of kitchen appliances and Wedding Cake Portraits have been published by the New York Times, The Village Voice, OurHouse Magazine, NJSavvy Living, JerseyArts.com, Women in Art 278, and JerseyIndie. She is a Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Scholarship recipient and a former Gawker Artist. Works have been exhibited by The Noyes Museum, Syracuse University, Peters Valley Craft Center, Pierro Gallery, Valley Arts, and Arts Unbound. Her artwork is held in private collections and in public spaces. Jennie’s studio is now located in her West Orange home where she paints and lives with her husband, two sons, and dog, Ringo. All of her art lessons are currently being taught at Oh! Canary Studio in Maplewood, NJ. 




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Sarah Klein is a fine-artist as well as an award-winning director of documentary films and video installations. Her abstract 'dreamscapes' are in response to the landscapes, both emotional and physical, that she encounters through her film projects. Klein is the co-founder of Redglass Pictures and lives in Maplewood, NJ with her daughter Rose. 

Artist Profile: PEGGY PARDON

Paz Black:gold diamond dangle Peggy Pardon Jewelry.JPG
Athena Teardrop Royal blue dangle earrings Peggy Pardon Jewelry.JPG

It all started when…

Sasha Huetz became the name behind Peggy Pardon Jewelry. Peggy Pardon (2.0) is a pet project of mine - I set out to create something with my hands and in doing so I taught myself the art of porcelain clay, resin and metalsmithing. In the process I came up with a collection of hand-crafted jewelry that I myself would wear. 

For several years I owned and operated a well known high-end vintage boutique in New York City's lower east side called Peggy Pardon. I've since closed up shop, started a family and continue to work as fashion stylist for editorial shoots and celebrities alike.