Events

See a listing of upcoming events at Blank Space Highland Park. Scroll down for more info or call/text 908-866-6576 or email blankspacehighlandpark@gmail.com.


SHOPPING

Colorado Baby Pop-Up Shop - Friday, Nov. 10 @ 10 a.m. - noon. Come visit this pop-up shop in Highland Park as it travels cross-country from Colorado! Colorado Baby specializes in natural parenting products. Stop by for this free event, connect with local families, and get your hands onto Colorado Baby gear. This is an educational event where Megan (owner of Colorado Baby) will be demonstrating some of the company's favorite brands. Ask questions, touch, see and try a variety of items and enter numerous giveaways. Colorado Baby will be giving away well over $1,000 worth of products on this trip! The purpose of this trip is to bring a bit of Colorado Baby to you! See event on Facebook.

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VENDOR FAIR

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November Special Event

Central NJ NaNoWriMo Event / 8-Hour Write-In - Sunday, Nov. 12 at 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hosted by the Central New Jersey chapter of National Novel Writing Month, see Central New Jersey WriMos on Facebook for more info. All writers are welcome to attend. Those participating in the Young Writers Program must be accompanied by a parent.
 There will be beverages and snacks available for sale. The space is being donated to us. Donations are welcomed but not required. Co-Municipal Liaison Bill (BillPatt) will work on his NaNo novel while his laptop is being projected onto a LARGE screen.... anyone can read what he's writing! The rest of us will write in support of his writing marathon. We'll have a “guess the hourly word count” contest with passing by patrons. The winner gets to name a minor character in Bill's novel. To attend, you MUST RSVP through the EventBrite link here, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/monkey-in-a-box-nanowrimo-cnj-tickets-39498551230 so that Bill and Chris know how many people will be attending. 
More info: Web https://nanowrimo.org/en/regions/usa-new-jersey-central   
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/cnjwrimos  
Twitter https://twitter.com/cnjwrimos

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Sundays

- Weekly Open Mic every Sunday, 4-6 p.m. $5 cover/entry. Sign-ups start at 4 p.m. (or earlier if you are in the area). Depending on how many people, we usually start with approximately a 3-song set per act (or 10-12 minutes performance), then go back around again after everyone has had a turn, to do an additional song or two, as time permits. Performers, sign up here: https://goo.gl/forms/00Hlgh32ucbUpV7X2  



…more events below...

- Free Photo with your Dog - Walk-in during normal business hours. We offer hand-sketched 8" x 11” drawings of your pet from the photo ranging in price from $10-25 by Natalia Denissova. Call/text 908 866 6576 or email blankspacehighlandpark@gmail.com for info.

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Do you have an idea for a class, event or workshop? 

We’re interested in partnering with speakers, entrepreneurs, craftspeople, artists, musicians, presenters and groups. Call 908-866-6576 or email blankspacehighlandpark@gmail.com for details.


WATER IS LIFE - EXHIBIT SERIES

On display to mid-December

Blank Space Highland Park will feature a solo exhibit, Our Plastic Waters, by assemblage artist Lisa Bagwell, who crafts sculptures out of garbage, mainly plastic. This exhibit will highlight the problem of plastics in our waters and encourage attendees to rethink the use of single-use plastics in their day to day lives.


Classes & Workshops. . .

Photography Class
4-part Workshop for Beginners Who Are Intimidated By Their Digital Cameras

Learn to use your digital camera and turn your snapshots into great shots!

Dates: (4) Wednesdays starting Nov. 8, Nov. 15, Nov. 29 and Dec. 6
Time: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. / Workshop Fee: $150 / Instructor: Mason Resnick

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Are you interested in becoming a better photographer? Do you own a nice camera but never take it out of Auto mode because you don't know how to use it? During this four-week course, students will learn how to think visually, master exposure and the camera settings that control it so you can unlock its potential as a potent creative tool. More importantly, this course will help students draw upon their inner creativity so they can better see the photographic potential in any situation and produce stunning results.

The course will include:

• One-on-one instruction to help you become familiar with your camera

• Composition and exposure techniques

• Weekly assignments and critiques

• A private Facebook group for students to share their photos

• In-class photo shoots and exercises

About the instructor:

Mason Resnick is a freelance photographer with over 35 years experience teaching photography by writing about photography for some of the most well-known photography magazines and web sites in the world, including Popular Photography, Modern Photography, Shutterbug, and Photo District News. He is currently the senior contributing writer for the Adorama Learning Center and a freelance photographer based in Highland Park.

To register, call 732-221-8748 or email masonresnick@gmail.com

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Marketing 101 for Creatives

Friday, Nov. 10 @ 6:30-7:30 p.m., $35 per person

A beginner course for artists, musicians, creatives and entrepreneurs taught by full-time artist Lauren Curtis 

Lauren will be sharing her strategies and tips in a small class setting for those who would like to learn how to get started with marketing and generating business for themselves.

A series of 1-hour hands-on classes (2 per month) will be offered and will include some basic supplies and light refreshments. 

Fee: $35 person for each class. You can pay per class and take as many as you like. 

RSVP: Email Lauren at forestwalker333@hotmail.com or message on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/LaurenCurtisArtTalonArt/ or call Blank Space HP at 908-866-6576.

About the instructor:
Lauren Curtis is a full-time visual artist specializing in fine art, photography, illustration and design. In addition, she has her own lines of cards, t-shirts and jewelry. For more information, visit https://laurencurtisart.weebly.com/

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Paint & Sip (BYOB) Seasonal scene -  Saturday, Nov. 25 @ 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. - $20 advance / $25 at door. BYOB, light refreshments served. Instructor: Natalia Denissova. Seating limited; sign up here: https://goo.gl/forms/HFDLEc1AsipPlbI12

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PREVIOUS EVENTS at Blank Space Highland Park

Thank you to all who made our previous events a success! 

previous - #RaiseThemStrong LIVE - Free Parent Seminar with Brooks Gibbs - Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017 - 1:30-2:15 p.m. This free seminar is designed for parents, guardians, educators, counselors, and anyone else who works with students. Kids are welcome! Complimentary light refreshments. Brooks Gibbs is an author and award-winning social skills educator whose message has reached millions. He teaches strategies for conflict resolution with a special emphasis on emotional resilience and the Golden Rule. For more information: https://brooksgibbs.com/  https://www.facebook.com/brooksgibbs/  https://www.facebook.com/groups/raisethemstrong/

WATCH REPLAY: #RaiseThemStrong LIVE at Blank Space Highland Park





Window and Wall Art Display (Spitz & Pollack’s Tree Stories) to October 27, 2017

Spitz & Pollack’s Tree Stories 

Laurie Spitz and Amee J. Pollack collaborated under the banner of Spitz and Pollack for 12 years’ time.  On view at Blank Space, is a body of 10 works dubbed Tree Stories, work Laurie created alone (Hanging Ribbon/Vine Series, 4 suspended works in the window) or with Amee at the very beginning of their partnership as artists . . .  as they were figuring out how to work together and what they wanted to say.  Tree Stories is an homage to trees and nature, to a collaboration between two best friends, and to Laurie, an avid bird lover and brilliant, colorful life force who died this past February from ovarian cancer.  All of her heart-felt and brain-felt appreciation for the environment is imbued in these pieces.

In addition to Tree Stories, Spitz & Pollack’s artists’ books are in over 50 permanent special collections including The Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum-Smithsonian, Brooklyn Museum, National Museum of Women in the Arts, and Yale University.

In the window

Hanging Ribbon/Vine Series, Laurie Spitz, collage, block printing

Gifts of Autumn: Sugar Maple, Spitz & Pollack, assemblage/mixed media (under Blank Space sign)

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On the shelves

Conversations with the Elders: Sequoia, Spitz & Pollack, assemblage/mixed media, block printing

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Architectural Digest Series: Tree Rings, Spitz & Pollack, carved magazines, acrylic, wood

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Self-Portrait, Laurie Spitz, collage. Description by Amee Pollack:  “This is a piece Laurie made before I knew her and before she realized she was an artist.  It is a terrific self-portrait because her home in New York was filled to capacity with decorative tapestries, trinkets from exotic travels, and loads of color and pattern.  The dogs were added because she simply adored them.”

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Laurie Spitz (b 1946-2017)

Formerly the Executive Story Editor of 20th Century Fox Film Corporation and freelance writer (CBS-TV, various publications).  Her handmade novel, A Plane to Nirvana, developed from one of her essays published by The New York Times, was the beginning of a new creative path – combining storytelling with art.  She received her BA in Comparative Literature from University of California at Berkeley.

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A mixed media artist who received a fellowship from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, an MFA  in Book Arts and Printmaking from The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, and a BA from Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster. She currently advises BFA students at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey and is a Highland Park Arts Commissioner.   For over ten years, she was an arts educator teaching bookbinding, papermaking, and printmaking all over New York City including as an Instructor/Lecturer at Creative Arts Laboratory, Teacher’s College, Columbia University and College of New Rochelle, New York.

https://www.ameejpollack.com
Email: apollack@mgsa.rutgers.edu  or spitzandpollack@yahoo.com

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Photos courtesy of the Highland Park Arts Commission. See more photos: https://www.hpartscommission.com/2017/09/18/photo-gallery-window-art-crawl-2017/

previous - Knitting for Beginners Sunday Brunch - Sunday, Oct. 29, 10:30 a.m. - noon. Fee: $35 includes starter kit, supplies & light brunch. 

Join us for a relaxing Sunday brunch and learn to knit! Open to anyone who would like to learn how to knit. No experience needed. We’ll start with a small wearable bracelet project. Includes 1 hour of group instruction, a pattern, knitting needles & notions, and yarn to complete the project. Seating is limited. RSVP: Call/text 908-866-6576 or email BlankSpaceHighlandPark@gmail.com

Your instructor: Michelle McFadden-DiNicola
Crocheting and knitting have been consistent hobbies since her Grandma taught her when she was 12 years old. “My yarn stash is a sort of diary of places I've been and people I've loved over a lifetime,” said Michelle. “I am so excited to help others become knitters and yarn-obsessed as I've been over the last few years. The bracelet is an original design for the absolute beginner. We will learn to cast on, the knit stitch, the bind off, and the weaving together to complete the work. I am not new to teaching but I am new to teaching knitting,” said Michelle. “I look forward to learning about and alongside my students.”

previous - 4-H Club Exploratory Meeting - Wednesday, Oct. 4 @ 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free admission. $1 menu items available for purchase. - If you have school-aged kids, k-12,  join us for an exploratory meeting to determine if there's enough local interest to start a 4-H club. Are you a student, k-12, with an interest in building, making, coding, baking, growing, or raising things? Are you an adult with skills you'd like to pass on? A parent who wants their child to participate in some practical civics? 4-H has projects and programs for all of the above and more, but for many children in Highland Park, the existing clubs have been out of their reach due to distance or scheduling. This meeting, besides the snacks and socializing, is to determine level of interest and which fields to focus on. *note: a follow-up meeting will be scheduled for those interested and for anyone unable to attend.

previous - The Adventures of Bo Tanik #1 - A Reading for Everyone - Saturday, Sept. 30 - 7 p.m. - Free - light refreshments served. Highland Park local Gianni Boy Vee will be promoting his children’s comic book, “The Adventures of Bo Tanik #1.” It was co-created with his friend, Bobby Castle. A reading will be conducted followed by a “question and answer” session. After that, Gianni Boy Vee and Bobby Castle will give away posters and shots from the book, as well as autograph them. “The Adventures of Bo Tanik #1” will be read by aspiring voice actor and Highland Park local, Jon Turner. 

previous - Arts in the Park Street Festival, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017

previous - Custom Couture Hat Decorating Class, Sunday, Sept. 24 @ 1-4 p.m. Come celebrate Highland Park's Arts in the Park festival day by creating your own unique, vintage style hat. No matter what your style, glamour, Steampunk, Rockabilly, classic, or even Kentucky derby, we can help you create a unique one-of-a-kind hat that shows your personality. All materials and trimmings will be provided along with wine and cheese for a fun artistic endeavor. Class will be taught by Stacy LoAlbo, aka The Vintage Maven at Incogneeto Vintage in Somerville. Cost: $45 incudes hat, trimmings, wine & cheese. Limited space available, so advance payment preferred by cash, check or PayPal but can also be made the day of event. All are welcome! Feel free to invite friends. If you have a glue gun, please bring it. Incogneeto (908) 722-4600, www.incogneeto.com

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previous - Outdoor Performances at the Blank Space Highland Park booth (in front of 414 Raritan Ave.) Times: 12:30 p.m. - Fred  /  1:30 p.m. - aTrampolinist.com  /  2:30 p.m. - Amaria  /  3 p.m. - Fania


previous -  Paint & Sip (BYOB) with Natalia Denissova -  Wednesday, Aug. 30 & Friday, Sept. 29, 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. - $20 advance / $25 at door. BYOB, light refreshments served. Sign up here: https://goo.gl/forms/HFDLEc1AsipPlbI12


previous - Intro to Organizing for a Yard Sale - Wednesday, Sept. 6, - 7:30-8:30 p.m. - Free - Learn how to get started organizing your household items for a yard sale with Professional Organizer Ellen Smith of iDeclutter. Perfect timing to prepare for Highland Park's Annual Garage Sale (Sept. 16-17). Fee includes handouts and refreshments. Seating is limited: RSVP 908 866 6576 or online: https://goo.gl/forms/b738lCmbueVYWWM32 

previous - Tarot Readings by Graham -  Wednesday, Aug. 30,  5 - 9 p.m. $10 for a 15-minute, no-nonsense, empowering reading. Sign up on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tarotbygraham


previous - Mommy & Me Braiding Class - Wednesday, Aug. 30, 4-5 p.m. - Free - Start Ladies' Night in Highland Park with a free hair braiding workshop in Blank Space from 4-5 pm. Bring combs, brushes, hair ties... and a willing head of hair. :)


previous - Kids’ Free Color-In - Tuesdays, Aug. 8, 15 and 29 (no session 8/22), 4-5 p.m. A local HP mom is hosting a free coloring playdate for children. All ages welcome, play space available for little ones. Materials provided or bring your own. Stop by Over the Moon Toys or The Fallout Shelter: Comics, Games & Collectibles for extra coloring supplies. 



previous - Artist’s Workshop - Friday, Aug. 18, 6-8 p.m. - For teens and young adults, ages 14+ - Free - An evening of creativity, inspiration & exploration. Arts & crafts materials supplied. Open to all. Hosted by Bible Based Church Youth Ministry.


previous - Diane Perry in Concert with Todd Dennison - Thursday, Aug. 10, 7 p.m., with special guest Dave Sherman. Coffeehouse Concert and open mic in Highland Park. Suggested donation $12 - snacks and refreshments available - open mic to follow. Violinist Diane Perry Returns to Playing in the "Broke but not Broken" Tour. "Nothing is scarier for a musician than hurting her hands," says violinist, songwriter, and vocalist Diane Perry. And unfortunately for her, Perry recently broke a bone in her left hand and fractured a finger on her right hand--devastating injuries for the Juilliard-trained musician. The good news is she is expected to make a full recovery. Under the care of Dr. O. Alton Barron , who for more than 20 years has specialised in treating the hands of talented musicians such as the members of the New York Philharmonic, Perry had a pin surgically inserted into the fourth metacarpal of the left hand, and a splint put on the ring finger on the right hand. The bad news is she has no health insurance, will need hand therapy, and is already receiving some substantial medical bills. To help defray the costs, Perry is staging a series of fundraisers, which she has named the "Return to Playing: Broke but not Broken" tour. She is asking for donations, and will also have t-shirts sporting an x-ray of her broken hand, as well as copies of her long-awaited debut solo CD available for purchase. "Please mark the dates on your calendars," she says, "and help spread the word.” For more information, visit www.DianePerryFolk.com or donate at www.DianePerryFolk.com/donate.


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previous - Lauren Curtis Art - Wednesday, Aug. 9, 7:30-9 p.m. - As part of an ongoing Wednesday night celebration to encourage women in business, Lauren Curtis will be exhibiting photography & selling her unique jewelry, t-shirts & greeting cards. For more information about the artist, visit http://laurencurtisart.weebly.com/

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previous - Makeup Techniques & Trends - Friday, Aug. 4,  6-8 p.m. - KatieAnn Sessa, a professional makeup artist, will demonstrate the latest makeup techniques and trends. The event is free and open to the public, snacks included.

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previous - Artists’ Workshop -  Thursday, July 27, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. for teens and young adults, ages 14-22 - Free - An evening of creativity, inspiration & exploration. Arts & crafts materials supplied. Open to all. Hosted by Bible Based Church Youth Ministry.


previous - Teen Gaming Night - Thursday, July 27, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. - $5 /hour includes wi-fi, snacks. You can also bring your own food or order for delivery. Bring your own laptop/gaming gear. No onsite gaming computers available. Sign up here, get $1 off hourly fee: https://goo.gl/forms/2gpMP9k3HAsQK5bt1

previous -  Professional Headshots with Mason Resnick - $40 advance/$50 at door. - Wed. July 26, 4:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. Sign up here: https://goo.gl/forms/pME4vun3EbQSSvXl1

previous - “The Talk” Parent Workshop - $10 - Monday, June 26, @ 6:30-8:30 p.m. As a parent, are you ready for “The Talk” with your kids? Join us for a fun interactive 2-hour workshop to learn skills and build confidence in talking about sexual health and sexuality with your child. Your workshop facilitator is Francesca Maresca, a Highland Park mom and college health educator. $20 per person, includes light refreshments. RSVP fmmaresca@gmail.com.

previous - Craft for children: Make a Mother's Day Card - Saturday, May 13. Offering four sessions starting at 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. $5/participant, includes supplies. 

previous - Intro to Sewing - FREE - Saturday, May 6, 10:30-11:30 a.m.  

previous - SAT prep Q&A - FREE - Sunday, May 7, 1-2 p.m.

previous - SAT Chemistry Problem Review - FREE - Sunday, May 7, 1-2 p.m.

previous - Intro to Painting with Acrylics, all ages. Materials will be provided. - FREE - Sunday, May 7, 2-3 p.m.

previous - Pop-Up Drawing Society of Highland Park, all ages, all skill levels, BYOS (bring your own supplies) - FREE - Sunday, May 7, 3-4 p.m. - A one-hour free introductory session where you get to draw a still life composition. Bring your own supplies, such as a sketch pad, pencils, charcoal sticks, graphite pencils, or colored pencils. For all ages and skill levels. An opportunity to provide input for future pop-up drawing sessions. Josephine Giaimo, facilitator.

previous - Open Mic, all ages, all talent. $5 entry/cover fee. - Sunday, May 7, 4-6 p.m. Sign up: https://goo.gl/forms/00Hlgh32ucbUpV7X2

previous - Introduction to Sewing - FREE - (ages 12-adult) - Thur. 4/13 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m. with Stephanie McIntyre

previous - Introduction to Crocheting - FREE - (ages 8-adult) - Thur. 4/13 @ 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. with Margaret Toman

previous - Grand Opening Art Exhibit Reception - Live music, refreshments and more. - Sun. 4/9 @ 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

previous - Create Your First Website Using HTML, CSS - FREE (ages 13-17) - Fri. 4/14 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m. - Steven Abreu

previous - News & Coffee - Open discussion about local, state and world events - $2 - Mon. 4/17 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.

previous - Tuesday Toddler Time (with parent or caregiver, $2/adult) - Tue. 4/18 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.

previous - Wednesday Open Stage - All Talent, All Ages - $5 entry/cover fee - Wed. 4/19 @ 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.  
Sign up in advance at https://goo.gl/forms/eLlF0aJfxcDxAh773

previous - Entrepreneurs Lunch & Learn: New Ways to Market Your Business - $15 - Thur. 4/20, noon-1:30 p.m.

previous - Friday Flea Market - Free admission / $10 display table - Fri. 4/21 @ 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

previous - Scrapbooking With Friends - $5 (all ages) - Sat. 4/22 @ 1 p.m.-3 p.m. with Eva Abreu

previous - Sunday Open Mic - All ages. $5 entry/cover fee - Sun. 4/23 @ 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. Sign up in advance at https://goo.gl/forms/eLlF0aJfxcDxAh773

previous - Decluttering and Organizing: Let’s Get Started! - FREE - Mon. 4/24 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m. with Eva Abreu

previous - Tuesday Toddler Time - with parent or caregiver, $2/adult - Tue. 4/25 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.

previous - Scrapbooking With Friends - $5 (all ages) - Wed. 4/26 @ 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. with Eva Abreu

previous - Entrepreneurs Lunch & Learn: Business Networking Tips - $15 - Thur. 4/27, noon-1:30 p.m.

previous - Friday Flea Market - Free admission / $10 display table - Fri. 4/28 @ 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

previous - Sunday Swap Meet - Free admission / $10 display table - Sun. 4/30 @ 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

previous - Sunday Open Mic - All ages. $5 entry/cover fee - Sun. 4/30 @ 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. 

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