Art Upstairs Gallery

Essex Watercolor Club
May 16, 2018 – June 25, 2018
Reception: May 19, 2018 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

The Essex Water Color Club, or EWCC, is New Jersey’s oldest continuously active watercolor organization founded by 27 Essex County artists in 1932 to meet, share ideas, discuss techniques and to exhibit their work.

Today, its two-tiered membership of watermedia artists of all abilities from across the entire state of New Jersey. Its goals are:
– To provide a meeting environment which promotes the exchange of ideas.
– To support the development of artistic technique
– And to encourage an interest in watermedia in the community

To this end, it offers its members:
– Six regular meetings a year, each featuring a demonstration by artists specifically selected for their style and technique.
– Two, one day watercolor workshops
– Art excursions
– A free video library of more than 100 watercolor titles
– A monthly newsletter and website featuring member news, demo highlights and art opportunities.
– In addition, Exhibiting Members may participate in member shows and exhibit work on its website.

Its dues are $30 for Associate members and $50 for Exhibiting Members. Exhibiting members do not pay any extra fees to exhibit their work in any of its 3 annual exhibits.

About The Art Upstairs Gallery:
The Art Upstairs Gallery, located in the balcony lobby of MPAC, showcases visual artists from a variety of disciplines, including watercolor, oils, photography, sculpture and more. Each year, the works of over 200 artists are showcased in group exhibits. Each exhibit hangs from six to eight weeks. Groups that have been showcased include the Essex Watercolor Club, New Jersey Photography Forum, Millburn-Short Hills Art Center and more.

The gallery provides a unique opportunity to marry the visual and performing arts, and to provide exposure to these artists to an audience that may not normally frequent an art gallery.

Artwork is available for purchase. The Gallery is open two hours prior to showtime and by appointment. For more information, please contact Charles Miller at

The Art Upstairs Gallery is a gift of the John and Margaret Post Foundation.

Starlight Gallery

Currently exhibiting:
Shifting Perspectives by Jinnie May
May 4- July 3

Painting since 2000, Jinnie has received over 150 awards including

multiple “Best in Shows”. Her paintings have been published in Best of Watercolor, Landscape Artists International, Contemporary International Artists and A Walk into Abstracts Vol. II. She teaches design workshops and performs demonstrations. Jinnie is a Past- President of The New Jersey Water Color Society 2014-2016 and currently the Membership Chair.

She is a Signature member of the following International Societies: The National Watercolor Society, Allied Artists of America, The Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, The International Society of Acrylic Painters ,The North East Watercolor Society, and The Philadelphia Water Color Society, and the Regional societies; The New Jersey Water Color Society, The Garden State Watercolor Society and The Baltimore Watercolor Society as well as an exhibiting Associate member of The American Watercolor Society and The International Society of Experimental Artists. Jinnie’s work is represented by The Alfa Gallery in New Brunswick, NJ, Xanadu Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona and Great House-Bonny Neiman, Summit, NJ.

The Starlight Gallery is a gift of Jay and Wendy Birnbaum.

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday 3:00 – 5:00pm
Wednesday 10:00am – 1:00pm
Prior to performances and during intermissions for ticketed patrons; or by appointment by contacting:
Charles Miller at 973-539-0345 x6506
or Lee Kaloidis at 973-539-0345 x6587

Our Mission

Mayo Performing Arts Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, presents a wide range of programs that entertain, enrich, and educate the diverse population of the region and enhance the economic vitality of Northern New Jersey.

MPAC is grateful to the following donors whose major support sustains the general operating needs of our organization:

Discover Jersey Arts NJ State Council on the Arts
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