Previous Events

People’s Open Mic

In collaboration with Essential Elements Collective
73 Market Street, Gallery Aferro
First and Third Wednesday of every month @ 7pm

People’s Open Mic is Newark’s longest continuously running open mic. It’s permanent home is now at Gallery Aferro in Downtown Newark and will occur every first and third Wednesday of every month starting at 7pm. All performance types are welcome.

“I dream of a better world and I build it with a collection of beautiful souls and creators at The People’s Open Mic” Mia X, host of People’s Open Mic

Margie ‘Mia X’ Johnson is the producer of Hug the Block, a public art experience where poets, artists, and musicians gather to add color, life, love and hip hop to her Newark neighborhood.

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Market on Market

Market on Market is a fun and exciting monthly artisanal flea market in Downtown Newark NJ. Modeled after other fantastic markets, Market on Market offers handmade, upcycled, recycled and antique items as well as workshops and musical events. Over 40 vendors attend the market, and although some come back for each market, there is always a good rotation of new vendors each month. New vendors and arts programming scheduled during the event means each market is a unique and exciting experience so don’t miss it!

Questions, Vendor info & Inquiries? Contact Rachel Mandel at

Locating the Ark Part 2

November 12 @ 5pm
@ Gallery Aferro
73 Market Street Newark, NJ

Screenings and Discussion with Margot Niederland, Broken Angel, and Tiona McClodden/Harriet’s Gun Media, KILO | Iba se 99.

MARGOT NIEDERLAND, a photographer, assemblage artist, and filmmaker, began her career as a free-lance photojournalist in the Middle East. After she had nine photography exhibitions of her work, she turned her attention to filmmaking. When her first film, “Broken Angel” premièred at the Sundance Film Festival, their catalogue described it as; “Architectural poetry brought to life …”. “Broken Angel” continued to screen in the United States and around the world in various festivals and other venues including: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Biennale Internationale du Film d’Architecture et d’Environment Urbain in France. It also won several awards; including the Kino Award for short film in Australia at the 42 Melbourne International Film Festival. Ms. Niederland has spent the last eighteen years documenting the gentrification of her neighborhood, the Lower East Side. She has shot over 300 reels of film, from which she’ll be making a film entitled, Beyond Nostalgia.

TIONA MCCLODDEN is a visual artist and filmmaker whose work explores and critiques issues at the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, and social commentary. Themes examined in McClodden’s films and works have been re-memory and more recently narrative biomythography, and shared ideas, values, and beliefs within the African Diaspora-what she calls, “Black mentifact”. Her work is interested in Blackness and exploring intersubjectivities within Black communities as a tool for creating insider perspectives within film, time based works, and objects.

McClodden has been awarded the 2016 PEW Fellowship in the Arts in Philadelphia, PA, attended the 2016 Sommerakademie Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern, Switzerland as a nominated fellow, The 2016 Ossian Arts Research Fellowship under the Jain Family Institute in New York, NY, and attended the 2015 Flaherty Film Seminar as a Philadelphia Fellow. McClodden more recently one of six American artists selected by CFC Media Lab, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and JustFilms | Ford Foundation for the inaugural OPEN IMMERSION: A VR CREATIVE DOC LAB that brought together diverse creators from both the US and Canada to learn about, explore and experiment with VR storytelling, in particular as a form they can use to draw attention to issues of inclusion, racial and social justice.

McClodden has exhibited and screened work at the Institute of Contemporary Art-Philadelphia, Project 4 Gallery in Washington, D.C., Vox Populi Gallery, Esther Klein Art Gallery, Art Toronto’s 2015 VERGE Video program, Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, @RAUMERWEITERUNGSHALLE in Berlin, MOMA PS1, Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland; Kansai Queer Film Festival in Osaka and Kyoto, Japan; and the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, and a range of international film festivals and film programs. Tiona lives and works in North Philadelphia, PA.

KILO | Iba se 99. takes inspiration from an excerpt of a report produced by the Women’s Bureau division of the United States Department of Labor titled Negro Women War Workers, published in 1945. The film is also an exploration of the relationship between the US Navy Flag signal Kilo which has the assigned message of “I wish to communicate with you”, the first 12 Black women allowed to work on the Brooklyn Navy Yard in 1942, and the Orisha Ochosi.

Second Sundays at the Newark Museum with Gallery Aferro

Newark Museum through the Eyes of Gallery Aferro Artists
Sunday November 13th 1:30pm, meet in the South Wing Rotunda with Lisette Morel & Ayana Evans


Ideas & conversation with Richard Cammarieri, Torkwase Dyson, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Julia Rabig, Caitlin Tucker-Melvin & Sharon Zukin

November 5 @ 2pm, Locating the Ark Part 1
@ Gallery Aferro
73 Market Street Newark, NJ

6 artists, scholars, activists contextualize the story of Kea’s Ark of Newark: a Life in Works at Gallery Aferro, delving into topics including but by no means limited to: artist-built environments, land use politics, the spatial imagination, non-institutional archiving and protest, gentrifcation, shelter, and so much more. Join us to explore the exhibit and be part of an important local and national conversation. FREE but please rsvp here

RICHARD CAMMARIERI is Director of special projects at New Community Corporation, Newark. He was born, raised and remains a lifelong resident of Newark with a long family history in the city that began with the immigration of his maternal grandfather from Southern Italy in 1899. He is employed with the New Community Corporation (NCC) with a focus on Resident Organizing, Civic Engagement and Public Policy Awareness and Advocacy initiatives. In addition he oversees the NCC Federal Credit Union Youth and Adult Financial Literacy Training programs. He has had extensive experience in Newark grassroots community organizing and neighborhood policy development. Previous positions include Executive Director for the Newark Coalition for Neighborhoods and Associate Director for Economic Initiatives, Newark Fighting Back Partnership. He currently serves as the Chairperson for the Newark Community Development Network and chairs the Master Plan Working Group Coalition. He is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Quest Youth Services program in Newark and an Executive Committee member of the Newark Branch NAACP and is a Board member of the Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District in Newark. Previous Board affiliations include the chairperson of the Fair Lending Coalition of N.J. and founding Board member of the Community Loan Fund of N.J. He has served as an elected member of the Newark. Public Schools Advisory Board, where he chaired the Facilities Committee and served on the Finance and Curriculum Committees. He is a jazz aficionado and published poet who has had featured readings in Newark, surrounding towns and in various venues in New York City. He has served as the poetry editor for the Newark Arts Council Newsletter. He graduated from Rutgers-Newark with a Bachelors Degree in English.

TORKWASE DYSON was born in Chicago Il, and spent her developmental years between North Carolina and Mississippi. Living back and forth between these regions she developed sensitivity towards architecture, mobility, and urbanism. During her 5 years at Tougalloo College she majored in Sociology, and double minored in Social Work and Fine Art. Here she began to examine painting, black history and environmental justice. In the next 10 years Dyson traveled to Africa and South and Central America to participate with artists and activists on human rights issues of natural resources, historic visibility, and spatial equality. These experiences inspire Dyson’s investigations around nomadicity, representation, data visualization, and site. Dyson distills the language of architecture and landscape architecture to generate an idiosyncratic language that is both meditative and structural. The works are deconstructions of natural and built environments that consider how individuals negotiate and negate various types of systems and systemic order. Dyson’s work has been exhibited at Postmasters Gallery, Kravets Webhy, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Corcoran College of Art and Design, the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, and the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. Dyson has been awarded the Nancy Graves Grant for Visual Artists, Visiting Artist grant to the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University, the Culture Push Fellowship for Utopian Practices, Eyebeam Art and Technology Center Fellowship, and the FSP/Jerome Fellowship. Dyson’s work has also been supported by The Laundromat Projects, the Green Festival of New York, the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, the Mural Arts Program of Philadelphia, The Kitchen, and the Rebuild Foundation. In 2016 Dyson was elected to the board of the Architecture League of New York as Vice President of Visual Arts. Torkwase is now based in Brooklyn, New York and is a visiting critic at Yale School of Art and Pratt Institute.

KAMEELAH JANAN RASHEED (b. 1985, East Palo Alto, CA) is an artist, writer, and former public school social studies teacher. A 2006 Amy Biehl U.S. Fulbright Scholar to South Africa, Rasheed holds an Ed.M (2008) in Secondary Education from Stanford University as well as a BA (2006) in Public Policy and Africana Studies from Pomona College. She has exhibited her work at Jack Shainman Gallery, Studio Museum in Harlem, Bronx Museum, Queens Museum, BRIC Art Gallery, Weeksville Heritage Museum, Smack Mellon Gallery, Vox Populi Gallery, MoCADA, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The Leroy Neiman Gallery, the Soap Factory, among others. Currently, she is an artist in residence at Smack Mellon and on faculty at SVA. Selected residencies, fellowships, and honors include: Creative Exchange Lab at the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art (2016), Keyholder Residency at Lower East Side Print Studio (2015), Commissioned Artist, Triple Canopy Commissions at New York Public Library Labs (2015), Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue Grant (2015), A.I.R. Gallery Fellowship, Queens Museum Jerome Emerging Artist Fellowship (2015), Process Space Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Residency (2015), Artist in the Marketplace – Bronx Museum Participant (2015), Art Matters Grantee (2014), Rema Hort Mann Foundation Grantee (2014), New Museum R&D: Choreography Seminar Participant (2014), Vermont Studio Center Residency (2014), Working Classroom Teaching Artist (2014).

JULIA RABIG is a historian and the author of The Fixers: Devolution, Development, and Civil Society in Newark, 1960-1990 and co-editor with Laura Warren Hill of The Business of Black Power: Community Development, Capitalism, and Corporate Responsibility. She is a lecturer at Dartmouth College and has also taught at Amherst College, Boston University, and the University of Rochester.

CAITLIN TUCKER-MELVIN is an artist and curator currently based in North Adams, MA where she is the Visual Arts Exhibitions Manager at MASS MoCA. Tucker-Melvin holds an MFA (2014) in Curatorial Practice from the Maryland Institute College of Art and a BFA (2007) in Curatorial Studies from Moore College of Art & Design. Tucker-Melvin has made exhibitions at the Arlington Arts Center, the Maryland Institute of Contemporary Art, and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Baltimore. Formerly, she managed the estate of William S. Dutterer. In her practice, Tucker-Melvin focuses on audience engagement, and making the artist’s process clear for viewers.

SHARON ZUKIN is professor of sociology at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Among her books are Loft Living: Capital and Culture in Urban Change, Landscapes of Power: From Detroit to Disney World (winner of the C. Wright Mills Award), The Cultures of Cities, Naked City: The Death and Life of Authentic Urban Places (winner of the Jane Jacobs Award for Urban Communication), and most recently, Global Cities, Local Streets, written with Philip Kasinitz, Xiangming Chen, and a team of research partners from New York to Shanghai.

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Ark of Bones

November 7 @ 6:30pm
@ Gallery Aferro
73 Market Street Newark, NJ

Free, but registration is required at

Through a reading of selections from and a discussion of the late Henry Dumas’s influential short story “Ark of Bones” and his other works, writers and critics Evie Shockley and Carter Mathes (Rutgers-New Brunswick) and John Keene (Rutgers-Newark) will explore the connections between the late author’s imaginative writing and the cultural ferment behind Kea Tawana’s Ark of Newark. Shockley, Mathes and Keene will delve into Dumas’s and Kea’s critical reimaginings of mid-century urbanism, and the visionaries’ grounding of their works in the art of the vernacular.


Evie Shockley is Associate Professor of English at Rutgers University-New Brunswick.  She is the author of Renegade Poetics: Black Aesthetics and Formal Innovation in African American Poetry (Iowa, 2011), and several collections of poetry, most recently including the new black (Wesleyan, 2011), winner of the 2012 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in Poetry, and semiautomatic (Wesleyan, forthcoming 2017).  Her poems and essays have appeared internationally in such journals and anthologies as Boston Review, boundary 2, American Periodicals, Poetry, Best American Poetry 2015, Best American Experimental Writing 2015, Callaloo, Contemporary Literature, Los Angeles Review of Books, pluck! The Journal of Affrilachian Art & Culture, and What I Say: Innovative Poetry by Black Writers in America. Her honors include the 2015 Stephen Henderson Award for Outstanding Accomplishment in Poetry and the 2012 Holmes National Poetry Prize, and her work has been supported by fellowships from the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and the American Council of Learned Societies, as well as residencies from Hedgebrook, the MacDowell Colony, and the Millay Colony for the Arts. She serves as creative writing editor for Feminist Studies.

Carter Mathes is a specialist in African American Literature, Twentieth Century Literature, and African Diaspora Studies. His first book, Imagine the Sound: Experimental African American Literature After Civil Rights (University of Minnesota Press, 2015) focuses on the relationship between sound and literary innovation during the 1960s and 1970s. He has also co-edited (with Mae G. Henderson) a volume on Black Arts Movement writer and critic Larry Neal, “Don’t Say Goodbye to the Porkpie Hat”: The Larry Neal Critical Reader (University of Illinois Press, 2017). Currently, he is directing the Rutgers Advanced Institute for Critical Caribbean Studies, and is beginning a study of black radical thought in literature and music as it moves between Jamaica and the United States during the second half of the twentieth-century. His next project will focus on issues of race, literary form, and political critique in post-1945 American literature. He has published essays in Small Axe, Contemporary Literature, Callaloo, and African American Review.

John Keene is the author of the novel Annotations (New Directions); the art-text collection Seismosis (1913 Press) with artist Christopher Stackhouse; the short fiction collection Counternarratives (New Directions), which was named to “Best Fiction of 2015” lists and received a 2016 American Book Award; and the art-text collaboration with photographer Nicholas Muellner, GRIND (ITI Press).  He has also published a translation of Brazilian author Hilda Hilst’s novel Letters from a Seducer (Nightboat Books / A Bolha Editora), and has exhibited his artwork in Brooklyn and Berlin.  A longtime member of the Dark Room Writers Collective and a graduate fellow of Cave Canem, he currently serves on the board of the African Poetry Book Fund, and teaches in the departments of English and African American and African Studies, which he chairs, and also is a core faculty member in the MFA Program in Creative Writing, at Rutgers University-Newark.


Newark Open Doors Annual Studio Crawl

Gallery Aferro’s Studio Residency Open Studios Featuring:

Patricia Cazorla
Alex Scott Cumming
Anne Dushanko-Dobek
Dominique Duroseau
Sophia Domeville
Gilbert Hsiao
Hal Laessig
Tasha Lewis
Bell Fellow for Emerging Painters Jo-El Lopez
Jacob Lawrence Mandel
Sustainable Arts Fellow Caitlin Masley
Anne Q. McKeown
Sheikia Norris
William Ortega
Nancy Saleme
Michelle Suriel
Natalie Suriel
Nicole Suriel
Amanda Thackray
Kelly Thomas
Ken Weathersby
Jay Wilson
Sara Wolfe


Second Sundays at the Newark Museum with Gallery Aferro

Newark Museum through the Eyes of Gallery Aferro Artists
Sunday October 9th 1:30pm, meet in the South Wing Rotunda with Jessica Ellis


Gallery Aferro, Main Gallery
September 24 – December 17, 2016

Gallery Aferro and the Clement A. Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience open major exhibition on Newark’s legendary public art

In Memory of Kea Tawana 1940 – 2016

Kea Tawana’s Ark, a three-story wooden boat that rose above Newark NJ’s Central Ward, was only extant for five years, from 1982-1987. Yet hundreds of people have come forward during the past year to share their vivid memories of the ark, which was built by one woman out of salvaged pieces of city houses, churches, schools, and factories. In much the same manner, Gallery Aferro and the Clement A. Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience at Rutgers University – Newark have “built” an exhibit out of the carefully gathered, surviving pieces of an incredible true story: archival press and TV broadcast footage; ephemera from private and public collections; photographs from artists, journalists, and family photo albums; new oral history recordings; maps and geographic data; and previously un-exhibited examples of Kea’s artwork, writings, and objects, including a collection of handmade stained glass windows and a set of blueprints for a utopian city, combine to create an immersive experience deep in a complicated story.

October 21 @ 8pm, Dance performance by Storyboard P


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July 9th, 2016 12-6pm
85 Market St. Newark, NJ 07102

We want to create a zine fest for marginalized persons of the zine community. We are very excited to create an experience of diverse voices. We’ll be having zine workshops and screenings and performances as well!

♥ Zines ♥

8Ball Zines

A Love Token Press

After Lunch Comix

Alex Anne Der

Ava Wisniewski

Barnard Zine Club



Brooklyn Waste

Brusque Babe



Derek Marks

Diona West


Grey Scales

Guerilla Girls

Hayley Blatte

Hazel Newlevant

Hoax Zine

Jahnny Vommit

Jan Descartes

Kat Fajardo

Kate Eggleston

Kelly Fernandez

La Chamba Press

La Liga

Lambey Press – Publishing Queer Women of Color

Lauren Lepore
IG: 35mm.mistress


Maria Sweeny

Mary Shyne

Matthew Scott Gualco

Metaphorical Fruit

Meredith Miotke

Morgan Sturgeon

Nancy Musinguzi

No Shame Distro

Ola Czajkowski

Paper Jam Fest

Paper Sword Collective

Purple Pony

Rachel Fucheck

Rachel Hays

Rachel Lesser

S.E. Tyler
Setylerarts online

Sinjun Strom

Sarah Beth Kaye

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Solomia Sowlars

Steph Guez


Slim Lopez

Suburban Blight Zine

TROY Frost


Wyeth Moss

♥ Lady Creator Mini Mart ♥

Angela Pilgrim

Creepy Gals

Kaitlyn Ferruggia

Modern Girl Blitz


Wild Heart

Yvng Pearl

Flyer: Stephanie Rodriguez (@stephguez on instagram)


Super 8

8th Annual Art Auction and Party
June 11th @ Gallery Aferro, 73 Market Street, Newark, NJ
VIP Preview 6pm – 7pm
Auction 7pm – 9:30pm
Afterparty 10pm -???

If you cannot attend, but would like to donate to support, please do so here!

Gallery Aferro is excited to announce the 8th Annual Benefit Art Auction and Party on June 11th, 2016. This festive event features an exciting auction of hundreds of artworks by emerging and established artists, live music, fun activities including interactive performances, strong signature cocktails and endless icy beer, fine catering, and dozens of wonderful door and raffle prizes!

All proceeds from tickets and purchases make possible Gallery Aferro’s year-round exhibitions, award-winning artist residencies, publications, education program, public art initiatives, and ongoing expansion. Stay tuned via our email list, Facebook and Instagram as the excitement builds.

*Tickets purchased at the event will be slightly higher. Advance ticket purchase option will be available until June 10th, end of day.

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May 14th, 2016 5pm
Gallery Aferro, 73 Market Street

O.O.O.A. is an anarchic interactive public performance inspired
by John Zorn’s COBRA and object-oriented ontological philosophies by Yale architecture professor Mark Foster Gage in which the public and event performers will collaborate using experimental sound objects and improvisation to create an original and ephemeral composition.The public is invited to participate in all aspects of the performance; as conductors, musicians/performers, and as listeners.

Artists were asked to design sound objects placed where the public will be able to collaborate directly in the performance and aid in the creation of the composition. These objects may be anything, as long as they create tones or add a percussive element to contribute to the soundscape. They may be musical in nature or abstract.


Rhythm Combo Featuring Linda Everswick and more!

Some participating artists:
Genise Paige Deal
Heidi Lorënz Wettach
Jillian Keats
Ileana Ordoñez
Dawn Foster
More TBA

Food and beverages will be available starting at 5 PM.

O.O.O.A. is a project created by Oculus Art
Collaborative and Collaborate Audio Lab.

We are looking for more collaborators for this project, please click here for more information.

Second Sundays at the Newark Museum with Gallery Aferro

ARTIST TALK: Newark Museum through the Eyes of Gallery Aferro Artists
Sunday May 8th 1:30pm, meet in the South Wing Rotunda with Norene Leddy

Gallery Aferro studio residency alumna ‪Norene Leddy
invites museum visitors to participate in Labor and Love: An Ongoing
Conversation about Mothers, Children, Housework and Wages. Focusing on
the visible and invisible labor of mothers, the conversation will
start with Lilly Martin Spencer’s painting Four Children of Marcus L.
Ward, from 1858-1860, and then move to the historic Ballantine dining
room. Woven into the conversation will be personal stories, a chain
email excerpt from The Invisible Woman: When Only God Sees – A Special
Story for Mothers by Nicole Johnson (which was sent to Leddy by her
own mother), and the Wages for Housework campaign. The conversation
will continue online at

Norene Leddy creates platforms to talk about technology, history, sex,
art, and social justice. Projects include working with LGBTQI youth,
sex workers, young women, and others to create videos, shoes,
garments, alarm systems, maps, DIY electronics kits, and other ways to
explore high and low technology for protection and self-expression.
Her work has been shown internationally at venues including Eyebeam
(New York), Henie Onstad Kunstsenter (Norway), and Sarai Media Lab
(India). She has been the recipient of numerous grants, awards and
residencies including a Fulbright Fellowship, two Eyebeam residencies,
and funding from NYSCA, Bronx Council for the Arts, and the
Experimental Television Center. In 2011 she was nominated for a 2011
World Technology award.

In 2008, Norene started an ongoing art and curatorial collaboration
with Liz Slagus. Together they have curated exhibitions for
Cuchifritos Art + Project Space, City Without Walls, Kean University,
and Gallery Aferro among others. In April 2014, they were awarded A
Blade of Grass Socially-Engaged Art Fellowship for their current
project, SexEd. Merging art, activism and education, SexEd is an
ongoing quest to expose the current state of sexual education in the
U.S. and encourage public discussions about sexual health through art
projects and community collaborations.

Norene earned her B.F.A. from Boston University in1994 and a M.F.A.
from Parsons The New School for Design in 2000, where she is now a
Part-Time Assistant Professor.

New Jeru Slam

73 Market Street, Gallery Aferro
First Friday of every month 7pm-10pm

Monthly Open Slam Series starting Friday Sept 4th @ 7:30pm and every first Friday thereafter, right in the heart of Newark NJ @ Gallery Aferro! New Jeru Slam has represented NJ at the Annual Southern Fried Poetry Festival since 2005. Poets will slam each month and the top 2 slammers will come back for the Grand Finals in April. The finalists will slam for a spot to Represent New Jeru Slam @ The Southern Fried Poetry Slam Festival in Greensboro NC in June 2016. This is open to any and all slam poets from NJ!

Sign up to slam is at the door and only the first 15 poets will be included each night so be early! Contact Flow Mentalz – for any questions.

There is a $5 suggested donation. All proceeds go toward travel and hotel expenses for the New Jeru Slam Team competitors participating in the 2016 Southern Fried Poetry Slam Festival.

Second Sundays at the Newark Museum with Gallery Aferro

ARTIST TALK: Newark Museum through the Eyes of Gallery Aferro Artists
Sunday April 10th 1:30pm, meet in the South Wing Rotunda with Margaret Murphy

Second Sundays at the Newark Museum with Gallery Aferro

ARTIST TALK: Newark Museum through the Eyes of Gallery Aferro Artists
Sunday March 13th 1:30pm, meet in the South Wing Rotunda with Patricia Dahlman

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Art Block! Hosted by Gallery Aferro, Index Art Center, and The Newark Print Shop

Join us for an exciting collaborative event featuring three venues on the same block in downtown Newark featuring more than 30 artist’s open studios, 3 exhibitions, and multiple storefront public-art installations. Gallery Aferro, Index Art Center, and The Newark Print Shop will all open their doors to the public for an Art Block Party!

Gallery Aferro Studio Residency Artist Talks & Open Studios

73 Market Street, Gallery Aferro
March 12th, 11am – 4pm
Talks start at 4pm

Gallery Aferro’s Artist Talks and Open Studios is a great opportunity to experience a cross section of art making in Newark. Jo-El Lopez will be speaking about his solo exhibition on display in the main gallery at 5:15pm. Artists listed below will have their studios open to the public and the artists with an asterisk next to their name will be speaking during the artist talks. Gallery Aferro is also welcoming our first Sustainable Arts Foundation Fellow Lisette Morel to the residency.

Patricia Cazorla &
Nancy Saleme
Alex Cumming
Anne Dushanko-Dobek
Dominique Duroseau*
Essential Elements
Creative Collective
Gilbert Hsiao
Hal Laessig*
Tasha Lewis
Jacob Mandel
Anne Q. McKeown
Lisette Morel*
William A. Ortega*
Lizzy Storm
Amanda Thackray
Ken Weathersby
Jay Wilson
Sara Wolfe*
Yoland Skeete*

Index Art Center Open Studios

237 Washington Street, Newark NJ
12pm – 5pm

Participating Artists:
And / Or: Frank Anderson and Colin Shields
Afterlife: Jennifer Schwartz
Creepy Gals: Linda Chen
Patricia Dahlman
Irrelevant: Kevin and Eric Durkin
Colleen Gutwein and Joseph O’Neal
Hila Sela and Agnes Deja
Heidi Hussa and Linda Everswick

Newark Print Shop

Beneath the Surface
304 University Avenue Fl 2, Newark, NJ

“BENEATH THE SURFACE” is an exhibition curated by Stephen McKenzie showcasing the intaglio print. Intaglio (/ɪnˈtæli.oʊ/ in-TAL-ee-oh) meaning “to engrave” or “cut into” is the family of printing in which the image is incised into the surface, and the incised line or sunken area holds the ink. When the time comes for an impression to be taken the plate is inked, the plate surface wiped clean, and only the ink left within the incised or etched lines “beneath the surface” is printed using a press. The intaglio print has no formal inventor. The artists of the early years were anonymous and often trained as gold- and silversmiths. They are credited only as Masters for the work they created. Durer is one of the first artists to receive recognition for his creative efforts in the medium. He is then followed by such artists as Callot, Rembrandt, Canale, Piranesi, Cassatt, Degas, Goya and Whistler. Each advanced the overall process and contributed to the further development of the medium.

This exhibition is on view from Saturday January 23rd through March 11th

Exhibiting artists:
Curated by Stephen McKenzie

All events are free and open to the public

Event cover images by Yoland Skeete, Hal Laessig, Sara Wolf, and Dominique Duroseau

Second Sundays at the Newark Museum with Gallery Aferro

ARTIST TALK: Newark Museum through the Eyes of Gallery Aferro Artists
Sunday February 14th 1:30pm, meet in the South Wing Rotunda with Evonne M. Davis

Evonne M. Davis, a working artist and the Co-founder and Artistic Director of Gallery Aferro, creates sculptural installations and experimental vide. She offers new insights and personal reflections on the Museum’s collections and special exhibitions. – See more at:

Second Sundays at the Newark Museum with Gallery Aferro

ARTIST TALK: Newark Museum through the Eyes of Gallery Aferro Artists
Sunday January 10th 1:30pm, meet in the South Wing Rotunda

Kenseth Armstead, Gallery Aferro Studio Residency Alum, will give a talk entitled Manifest Mysticism while standing between two paintings by Thomas Cole and Fredric Winchurch. The talk focuses on the two Hudson River School painters, Freemason culture and manifest destiny.

Kenseth Armstead is a multimedia installation artist. His works have been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art; the Brooklyn Museum; The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; the Studio Museum in Harlem; the Berlin VideoFest; and the MIT List Visual Arts Center. His videos, drawings and sculptures are included in the collections of the Centre Pompidou, African American Museum in Dallas, Texas and numerous public and private collections. The New York Times, L Magazine, Art in America, Village Voice, The Boston Globe and The Washington Post have favorably reviewed his videos, sculptures and multimedia installations. – See more at:

Pop Up Yoga with I’m So Yoga Newark

73 Market Street, Gallery Aferro
Every Thursday @7pm

Every Thursday Im So Yoga Newark will have an event at Gallery Aferro on the first floor. Im So Yoga Newark’s goal is to bring healthier activities to the area as well as build a community of friends with a common interest. Whether you’re a beginner or advanced yoga student, the benefits of yoga include flexibility, strength and posture. Yoga increases feeling of wellness, positive attitude, energy levels, memory attention, concentration, social skills and self-acceptance. Yoga also reduces anxiety, stress, depression, tension, sugar, cholesterol levels, increased Hb, weight, cell deterioration, blood pressure, arthritis and tension in muscles.

Yoga by donation

Second Sundays at the Newark Museum with Gallery Aferro

ARTIST TALK: Newark Museum through the Eyes of Gallery Aferro Artists
Sunday June 12th 1:30pm, meet in the South Wing Rotunda with Anonda Bell

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Market on Market

Market on Market is a fun and exciting new monthly Art/Flea Market in Downtown Newark, NJ. Modeled after many other fantastic markets in Trenton, Brooklyn, Beacon and Philadelphia; Market on Market offers handmade, upcycled, recycled and antique items as well as workshops and events.

August 22nd  2015 – 85 Market Street

September 19th  – 85 Market Street

October 10th  – 85 Market Street

November 21st  – 85 Market Street

December 19th  – 73 Market Street

For more information contact

Vendors for August 22nd Market on Market

Found Photo Gallery
All For You Vintage
Art Needs a Home
Artwork by Jim Legge
Bountiful Baskets
Carmen Bury By Hand
Davis Family Table
Diana Mandel
Diutobaby’s Homemade Bath Products
Egyptian Imports
Emerald Crow
Everrything Rrouge by Melody Asherman
Friends of the Newark Public Library
Geek Supply Co.
God-S Wearable Art
Hats and Things by Debbie Mandel
Hello Beautiful Healing Ministry
I’m So Yoga Newark
Jersey Buzz Raw Honey & Honey Related Products
Jersey Jenem Pop Art
JnJ Gift Baskets
The Junes
Kate Eggleston
Labue Jewelry
The Lost & Found Variety Store
Malik Hardaway-Whitaker
Newark Books by Barbara Kukla
Nice Stuff
Oloye Karade
The Pink Honey Bee
SamKa Designs
Spangle Pop
Stick Em Up
Sonya Jenkins
TBL Jewelry
Tendrils and Lace
Trade Secrets Accessories
Val Gal
Vintage Libations

7th Annual Holiday Party/Potluck/Molting & SOUL BABY Closing Party/Elevator Music 2 CD Release and Performance/Market on Market/Holiday Card Making Workshop

73 & 85 Market Street, Gallery Aferro
December 19th, 11am – 6pm

Wow! A day jam packed with activities, events, shopping, art, and food! Bring a tasty treat or yummy dish to share at the potluck and celebrate the closing of Gallery Aferro’s exciting exhibition Molting. Make hand-made holiday cards with Patricia Davis, all materials provided by Gallery Aferro, just bring your imagination! It’s also the last Market on Market for 2015 so don’t miss it! There will also be a curated grouping of performances for our Elevator Music installation running all day. Even more details coming soon!

All proceeds, including your generous end–of-the-year donations will help benefit the community arts program of Gallery Aferro, a 501 (c)3 nonprofit!

We can’t wait to see you and celebrate the end of an especially awesome year!

Second Sundays at the Newark Museum with Gallery Aferro

ARTIST TALK: Newark Museum through the Eyes of Gallery Aferro Artists
Sunday December 13th 2pm, meet in the South Wing Rotunda

Ken Weathersby, Gallery Aferro Artist in Residence tours the Museum and talks about what inspires him and the ways that works in the collection impact his own work as a painter who finely crafts and reshuffles the given parts of painting – surface, stretcher, canvas, linen and sometimes collage. – See more at:

Second Sundays at the Newark Museum with Gallery Aferro

ARTIST TALK: Newark Museum through the Eyes of Gallery Aferro Artists
Sunday November 8th 2pm, meet in the South Wing Rotunda

Anne Q. McKeown, Gallery Aferro Artist in Residence tours the Museum and talks about what inspires her and the ways that works in the collection impact her own work as a painter, printmaker and master papermaker. – See more at:

Cooperative Development Institute
Arts Co Ops 101

73 Market Street, Gallery Aferro
November 21st, 7-9pm

Empowering Artists through Economic Cooperation

Artists and artisans need to do their craft, earn a living, and live their lives. All over the U.S. and the world, cooperatives are helping them to do that. The idea of co-ops is that we can do more together than we can apart, and that sharing allows us all to get what we need. Does shared space, shared purchasing, shared work, shared connections, or shared abundance sound enticing? Are you wondering how to make your ideas of a better environment for creative work a reality?

Noemi Giszpenc is the Executive Director of the Cooperative Development Institute, a nonprofit providing business consultation, training and networking to groups in the Northeast pursuing cooperative endeavors. She is currently developing a project on resources for creating cooperatives that serve artists and artisans.

How To Photograph Your Artwork

Photography Workshop Led by Emma Wilcox and Jacob Mandel
October 3rd @85 Market Street, 1pm, $15 per attendee

Register here!

Artists, do you want to have better images of your artwork? This workshop will cover practical techniques for improving the quality of your digital images, regardless of what camera and gear you have access to.

We will demonstrate strategies to fit every budget, and discuss how images are used by curators and other arts professionals. Register early, the workshop is limited to 20 participants to ensure a goal-driven, and highly effective experience for each attendee.

Open Doors GA Studios Promo

Gallery Aferro Studio Residency Open Studios

73 Market Street, Gallery Aferro
October 18th 11am – 5pm

Gallery Aferro’s Annual Artist Talks and Open Studios is a great opportunity to experience a cross section of art making in Newark. Artists listed below will have their studios open to the public

Patricia Cazorla
Alex Scott Cumming
Anne Dushanko-Dobek
Essential Elements Creative Collective
Gilbert Hsiao
Wendy Letven
Tasha Lewis
Jacob Mandel
Anne Q. McKeown
William A. Ortega
Nancy Saleme
Elizabeth Storm
Yoland Skeete
Amanda Thackray
Emily Tumbleson
Ken Weathersby
Jay Wilson
Sara Wolfe

PAPER IN THE ALLEY: Sat July 18th 12-4pm

PAPER IN THE ALLEY is a free workshop offered to the public to learn and engage in the fine art of papermaking, from processing raw fiber to pulling sheets of beautiful handmade paper from large vats of pulp. This workshop taught by master papermaker Anne McKeown will take place on Saturday, July 18th from 12-4pm in the alley outside of the Newark Print Shop and Gallery Aferro on Campbell Street. We will be creating large sheets of handmade kozo paper, as well as smaller sheets of recycled denim paper.

*Rain date: Saturday, July 25th 12-4pm*

Kozo paper is made from renewable branches of the kozo (paper mulberry) tree, specifically the innermost layer of bark which must be cooked and beaten before the sheets are formed. Kozo fiber makes strong, translucent and beautiful paper.

The recycled denim paper will be made from used jeans that will be processed in our Hollander Beater.
We will be collecting used denim at the Newark Print Shop prior to the event during our studio hours:
Wednesday 6-10pm and Saturday 12-5pm.

If you are interested in learning how to process the raw kozo fiber, which needs to be beaten and cooked prior to sheet formation, a smaller workshop will be held at Gallery Aferro located at 73 Market Street on Friday, July 17th beginning at 10am. Please contact Anne McKeown if you would like to participate in the Friday workshop: For more information about Gallery Aferro visit

*This project has been made possible by the generous support of the Newark Arts Council and the ArtStart Grant*

The Newark Print Shop (NPS) is a community fine art printmaking studio in Downtown Newark, NJ. Founded in August 2012, our mission is dedicated to promoting the fine art of printmaking by providing a vibrant learning community and access to professional equipment and facilities. The shop incubates artistic expression through its educational opportunities, while simultaneously creating workspace opportunities for shop members and artists in our community.

Newark Print Shop is located at 304 University Ave FL 2 in Downtown Newark, NJ.
Studio Hours: Wed. 6-10 p.m, Sat. 12-5 p.m and by appointment.


7th Annual Art Auction and Party
June 13th @ Gallery Aferro, 73 Market Street, Newark, NJ

VIP Preview 6pm – 7pm
Auction 7pm – 9:30pm
Afterparty 10pm -?

Regular Ticket: $25 for sale here
VIP Ticket (includes afterparty): $100 for sale here
Tickets for the Party and the afterparty: $35 for sale here*

Guest of Donating Artist Discount Ticket for sale here

If you cannot attend, but would like to donate to support, please do so here!

Gallery Aferro is excited to announce the 7th Annual Benefit Art Auction and Party on June 13th, 2015. This festive event features an exciting auction of hundreds of artworks by emerging and established artists, live music by Emily and the Ideals, fun activities including interactive performance by Jackie Du and outdoor art selfie stations, strong signature cocktails and endless icy craft beer from Hunterdon Brewery, fine catering, and dozens of wonderful door and raffle prizes including two getaway destination packages!

All proceeds from tickets and purchases make possible Gallery Aferro’s year-round exhibitions, award-winning artist residencies, publications, education program, public art initiatives, and ongoing expansion. Stay tuned via our email list, Facebook and Instagram as the excitement builds.

*Tickets purchased at the event will be slightly higher. Advance ticket purchase option will be available until June 12th, end of day.

Very special thanks to everyone who has donated! Artworks that have been donated include works by:

Alexis Adam
Happiness Akaniro
Shango Obade Akintunde
Drew Alexander Ennis
Fanny Allié
Mauro Altamura
Dara Alter
Greta Andersen
Keliy Anderson-Staley
Cossio Angeles
Abel Barroso
Amy Barr
Milcah Bassel
Aileen Bassis
Amy Becker
Anonda Bell
Katrina Bello
Patricia A. Bender
Gianluca Bianchino
Carol Black-Lemon
Joseph Boss
Winifred Boss
Jeanne Brasile
Sarah Brenneman
Daniel Brophy
Robert Brush
Doris Cacoilo
Kathy Cantwell
Karlos Cárcamo
Deric Carner
LG Carpenter
Kayla Carucci
Patricia Cazorla
Nubia Celestin
Gwen Charles
Seth Cluett
Marcy Chevali
Lawrence Ciarallo
Carrie Crow
Patricia Dahlman
Tim Daly
Evonne Davis
Michael De Brito
Rosetta DeBerardinis
Suzanne Dell’Orto
Andrew Demirjian
Dave DiMarchi
Timothy P. Dingman
Dominique Duroseau
Anne Dushanko Dobek
Kate Eggleston
Jessica Ellis
Susan Evans Grove
Alyssa Fanning
Lauren Fedorchak
Elizabeth Fennelly
Ursmar Fernandes
Tania Fleitas
Daniel R. Fleszar
Jerry Gant
Dana Gentile
Susan Gepford
Elizabeth Gilfilen
Tai Hwa Goh
Shalom Gorewitz
Allan Gorman
Robert Gould
Colleen Gutwein
Geri Hahn
Christine Heller
James Horner
Loring Hughes
Heather Johnson
Sandy Jones
Tracy Renee Jones
Michael Kaminsky
Ilona Kennedy
Bruce Kern
Nina Kuo
Robert Lach
Hal Laessig
Jeannine Laginhas
Thom Latimer
Alyssa Lawler
Niki Lederer
Jim Legge
Wendy Letven
Laura Lou Levy
Phoenix Lindsey-Hall
LNY, Mata Ruda, Gaia, and Rodolfo Diaz
Jo-EL Lopez
Melissa MacAlpin
Jacob Mandel
Victoria Manning
Ashanti Mars
Ryan Martin
Marianne McCarthy
Julie McHargue
Stephen McKenzie
Anne McKeown
Bud McNichol
Claudia McNulty
Gabrielle Meit
Angel Mendoza
Geoffrey Miller
Juan Jose Miranda
Susan Napack
Joseph O’Neal
Erica Ochsenreither
William Ortega
Andre Pace
Adrianne Paerels
Diana Palermo
Joan Pamboukes
Amelia Panico
Christopher Pratt
Sandra Ramos
Lilly Ribeiro
Ryan Roa
Stephanie Romano
Lorin Roser
Scott Ruel
Nancy Saleme
Arleen Schloss
Terri Seuss
Yoland Skeete
Jackie Skrzynski
Mike Smith
Christine Soccio
Elizabeth Sowell-Zak
Vaughn Spann
Leona Strassberg Steiner
Jacquelyn Strycker
Sylvia Taylor
Amanda Thackray
Mollie Thonneson
Stephanie Tichenor
Dora Tomulic
Denise Treizman
Emily Tumbleson
Chris Twomey
Eric Valosin
Mary Valverde
Jeanne Verdoux
Kati Vilim
Rual Villarreal
Warner Wada
Joe Waks
Anker West
James Wilson
Sarah Wolfe
Jesse Wright
Bahar Yurukoglu
Frantz Zephirin
Jeremy Zini

Thank you to our generous sponsors that have helped make this event so special and amazing!

Alex and Ani
Alstede Farms
Anthony Alvarez
Arthur Murray Dance Studios of Montclair
Atlantis Casino Resort and Spa
Badger Balm
Bradford Portraits
Broadway Comedy Club

Cintander Restaurant
C and H Sugar
Children’s Museum of Art
Color Maker
Fleischmann Planetarium
Frogg Toggs
Giffords Ice Cream
Graeters Ice Cream
Heavenly Souffles
Highlights Magazine
Hobby’s Deli
Hunterdon Brewery
Liberty Science Center

Latin Heritage Cards
Luna Stage

Nancy Seus
National Automobile Museum
New Era
NJ Symphony Orchestra
Old Sturbridge Village
Oriental Trading
Planetary Pastry

RBH Group
Rebounderz of Edison
Red Bull Stadium
Remco Press
Rook Coffee
Shakespeare Theater of NJ
Soaring Adventures of America
Southwest Airlines
Spanish Tavern

Top of the Rock
Turkey Hill

Wine Library

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Artist Talk Promo

Studio Residency Open Studios and Artist Talks

March 28th @ Gallery Aferro, 73 Market Street, Newark, NJ

Gallery Aferro’s Annual Artist Talks and Open Studios is a great opportunity to experience a cross section of art making in Newark. Artists listed below will have their studios open to the public and a selected list will be giving talks about their work and process.

Patricia Cazorla & Nancy Salame
Alex Cumming
Anne Dushanko-Dobek
Essential Elements Collective
Sunil Garg
Gilbert Hsiao
Wendy Letven
Tasha Lewis
Jacob Mandel
Anne Q. McKeown
Elizabeth Storm
Emily Tumbleson
Amanda Thackray
Ken Weathersby
James Wilson

Canned Heat Mixer

March 6th @ =Space, 6PM
Maxblau Building, 89 Market Street, 4th Floor, Newark, NJ

Guest Speaker @ 6:30pm
Eric Nadler, JC Fablab


Sip and Paint

In collaboration with Essential Elements Collective
March 14th, 6pm – 9pm

A monthly group painting series with wine, food, & conversation.
RSVP to, $20

Co-Ed Conversation

In collaboration with Essential Elements Collective
Hosted by Ikechukwu & Tracee Thomas
February 28th, 5pm – 8pm

An interactive discussion series about love, sex, dating, and relationships.

6th Annual Holiday Party/Potluck/PopShop Sale!

Gallery Aferro, in collaboration with Essential Elements Collaborative, invites you to the 6th Annual Holiday Potluck & Closing Party!

December 13, Potluck and Party 12 – 8pm

Bring a yummy dish to share at Gallery Aferro, see Adejoke Tugbiyele’s show that is on view, shop our PopShop gift market, and enjoy live music, fun activities, and your community! Learn how to create a handmade card for your loved ones with Evonne’s mom, an experienced crafter; all materials provided by Gallery Aferro. Take a Rosie the Riveter Selfie with our handpainted backdrop and enjoy your community.

Gallery Aferro in collaboration with Essential Elements Collective is presenting, HelloBeautiful Healing PopShop Newark 2014. It will kick off November 29th and will have an amazing selection of holiday goods specifically for the holiday party!

All proceeds, including your generous end–of-the-year donations will help benefit the community arts program of Gallery Aferro, a 501 (c)3 nonprofit!

We can’t wait to see you and celebrate the end of an especially awesome year!

Liberation Arts presents an Artist Cipher
Mondays, 6:30 PM

Experience what happens when visual artist, musicians, dancers, creative movers, vocalists, poets and a DJ synergize around themes of social consciousness and personal liberation. All Are Welcome; Jump in where you fit in. Visit the ongoing brainstorm at  RSVP by joining the FB group and the event Call / Text “the monkey’ for more info 862.213.9125

A Conversation with Artist Adejoke Tugbiyele and
Christa Clarke, Senior Curator, Arts of Global Africa
Co-presented by the Newark Museum and Gallery Aferro

Newark Museum, Billy Johnson Auditorium
Sunday, November 9, 2-3 pm

Join artist Adejoke Tugbiyele and curator Christa Clarke in conversation on Sunday, November 9th from 2 till 3 pm as they discuss the artist’s creative process, sources of inspiration and commitment to social activism.

RSVP online at

1-2 pm: Prior to the program, visit the Newark Museum’s galleries devoted to Arts of Global Africa for guided viewing of politically and socially engaged art work in the collection, including work by Adejoke Tugbiyele. Look for the Art for Change symbol on each object’s label. In an innovative partnership with the Newark Museum, a special rotation highlighting examples of politically engaged works has been put on display in the museum’s galleries devoted to the arts of global Africa. Works include a 1980s anti-apartheid work by South African artist Sue Williamson, a photograph by Zanele Muholi from her series of portraits of the LGBT community in South Africa, and a printed textile dress made to protest female circumcision in Mali. Also featured will be AFRIKEA, an earlier work by Tugbiyele.

3:30-6 pm: After the program, guests are invited to attend a performance by artist Shola Cole at nearby Gallery Aferro, followed by a reception and tours of Election/Erection, a solo exhibition of recent works by Adejoke Tugbiyele presented by guest curator Dexter Wimberly (Gallery Aferro, 73 Market Street, Newark, NJ

AfroOdyssey IV: 100 Years Later

Performance by Olushola A. Cole
Sunday November 9th, 3:30pm

A daughter of Nigerian and Caribbean parents, Olushola A. Cole was born in the United Kingdom. Cole’s work is infused with multidisciplinary materials and methods, bridging the world of theater, place making and visual art. Her body of work Jenny.Was.A.Pirate.Hater uses sculpture, photography, sound, video, drawing, performance and installation. These mediums, along with the emergence of her alter ego Pirate Jenny, explore motifs of identity while serving to create an expressive, interdisciplinary and socio-political look at the Golden Age of Pirates intersection with the Atlantic Slave Trade.

Projects and current collaborations include co-producing and performing in the experimental film project AfroOdyssey III, screened at the Jewish Museum of New York’s  Sights and Sounds: Global Film and Video Series (2013) ; AfroOdyssey IV : 100 years later at the Goethe Institut’s Black to the Future exhibition and  LOOP ’14 international film festival in Barcelona  (2014).  Classical training in piano, trombone, movement and voice has laid strong foundations for performances withCarnegie Hall’s McFerrin Instant Opera Concert (2008) Jacobs Pillow’s Hip Hop Cultural Traditions Dance Program (2009) and with the off-Broadway hit STOMP.Embodied inquiry into physical theater, yoga, Gaga, Alexander Technique, contact improvisation, ballet and modern dance underwrite Cole’s belief in a community’s ability to positively change their environment through movement. Studies of social rebellion and forays into social movements such as house dance, samba, West African dance, hip-hop, tango and capoeira – have propelled Cole to always seek the various connection between the creative code of oppressed groups and their oppressive environments. Cole graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of General Studies, minoring in Women’s Studies. She performs with the Elm City Dance Collective and also facilitates her  Body Vocality Improv Workshops . Cole is a proud collective member/owner of the anarchist project Red Emma’s Bookstore and Coffeehouse. She is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts at  Mount Royal School of Art  at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Gallery Aferro Fall 2014 Open Studios for Newark Open Doors

October 12, 11-5
Gallery Aferro

As part of Newark Open Doors, 17 current resident artists at Gallery Aferro will open their studios from 11-5 on Sunday October 12. Meet the artists and learn about their immensely varied projects. Have a glass of wine and spend some time exploring.

Current Residents:

Patricia Cazorla & Nancy Saleme
Dahlia Elsayed
Essential Elements Creative Collective
Sunil Garg
Gilbert Hsiao
Wendy Letven
Tasha Lewis
Jacob Mandel
Anne Q. McKeown
Elizabeth Storm
Amanda Thackray
Adejoke Tugbiyele
Emily Tumbleson
Ken Weathersby
Jay Wilson

The Gallery Aferro Studio Residency has been running over three floors of Gallery Aferro’s 20,000 sq ft building since 2006. Residency alumni, including numerous collectives, 3 Fulbright Fellows, are artists working in a diverse cross section of contemporary media. Resident artists work in 24/7 access spaces, give talks and tours, and are exhibited in collaborative partnerships forged by Gallery Aferro throughout the tristate area.


Art and Controversy: A Panel Discussion
October 2 7PM
Seton Hall University
Nursing Amphitheatre
Caroline D. Schwartz College of Nursing

The Lennie Pierro Memorial Arts Foundation in South Orange, the BA Program in Art History, and the MA Program in Museum Professions at Seton Hall University, are pleased to present a panel discussion on the subject of Art and Controversy, with moderator Dan Bischoff, Art Critic of the Star Ledger. Joining the panel are Emma Wilcox and Evonne Davis of Gallery Aferro, artist Jesse Krimes, and Barry Schwabsky, art critic for The Nation. The event is open to students, faculty and general public at no cost.

Dan Bischoff will initiate the panel with an overview of controversies in the recent past beginning with TK and “Sensation” in 1999. Included in the overview are the numerous controversies leading to the censorship of art using images of the attacks on 9/11, raising the question whether certain subjects are too “controversial” for art and artists to undertake.

Emma Wilcox and Evonne Davis, co-founders/owners of Gallery Aferro in Gallery in downtown Newark, will discuss their decision to show David Wojnarowicz’s “Fire in the Belly” video after members of Congress protested its inclusion in “Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture” at the National Portrait Gallery in 2010, leading to its censorship

Barry Schwabsky, art critic for The Nation and co-editor of international reviews for Artforum magazine, will discuss the most current controversies surrounding the works of the Palestinian photographer Ahlam Shibli, a Palestinian from Israel whose work explores themes of home and belonging and Elka Sulcowicz, the art student at Columbia University who is dragging her dorm mattress with her everywhere on campus until the fellow student she says raped her there last semester is suspended or expelled.

Finally, Jesse Krimes, whose mural done on prison sheets, “Apokaluptein 16389067,” is at the Zimmerli Museum through Dec. 14, will talk about art’s deliberate use of controversy in profoundly different times. Krimes, recently released from federal prison after serving seven years for a nonviolent drug crime, will describe how and why he made the huge work, secretly, during his time in prison. His work exemplifies art working through controversy in an entirely new way, using the artist himself as symbol.

Our Words, Our Voices: Panel and Performance
Performances by Yvonne Fly Onakeme and Grace Detrevarah

Wednesday July 16th, 2014

Presented by Gallery Aferro in collaboration with the Department of African American and African Studies and the Program in Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers University – Newark


Gallery Aferro hosts 6th annual Benefit Art Auction and Party!

An even bigger and better night of culture and cocktails for a cause!

June 14, 2014, 7-10 PM

VIP Preview Hour 6-10, Afterparty 10-?

Tickets for party and afterparty on sale here

Gallery Aferro is thrilled to announce the 6th Annual Benefit Art Auction and Party on June 14th. This festive event features an exciting auction of hundreds of artworks by emerging and established artists, live jazz performance by the William Spaulding Quartet as well as surprise performers, fun activities including interactive performance by Jackie Du, strong signature cocktails and endless icy craft beer from Hunterdon Brewery, fine catering, and 30+ wonderful door and raffle prizes.

All proceeds from tickets and purchases make possible Gallery Aferro’s year-round exhibitions, award-winning artist residencies, publications, education program, and public art initiatives. Stay tuned via our email list, Facebook and Instagram as the excitement builds.

Gallery Aferro is a nonprofit alternative arts space founded by artists Evonne M. Davis and Emma Wilcox in 2003. Within a decade of existence, Newark, NJ-based Gallery Aferro has received 3 consecutive Citations of Excellence from the NJ state arts council for our ambitious annual roster of 12-15 exhibitions, with connected artist talks, performances, panels, workshops, and screenings, our year-round artist residency program, educational offerings including arts intensives and school tours, a public art initiatives, and a publication line of artist books, exhibition catalogs, essays, a sound art CD. We collaborated with more than a dozen organizations in 2013 alone!

A 2011 full-length, illustrated profile in Inside NJ magazine described our “dizzying array of contemporary art,” and Hyperallergic, Two Coats of Paint, The Star Ledger, The Daily Record, Fast Company, and the College Art Association are among others to take notice as well. The Co-Directors were invited to join the  2013 convening of the Gustav Heningburg Civic Fellowship, Rutgers Institute for Culture, Ethnicity and the Modern Experience, and jointly shared the honor of the Printmaking Center of NJ’s 2013 Erena Ray Award for Art and Social Justice. During February 2014, Artistic Director Evonne M. Davis was interviewed on NBC 4 New York News with Newark artist Jerry Gant.

Despite our comparative organizational youth, we’ve served as the sole Newark and even NJ representation as part of larger nationwide initiatives such as 2009 nationwide screenings of a censored film organized by PPOW Gallery (NYC), and 2013’s GhostFood Truck, part of Marfa Dialogues on Climate Change from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation (NYC) and Ballroom Marfa (TX). To date, four Fulbright fellows, one Joan Mitchell awardee, and two of Eyebeam’s only female fellows have participated in our studio residency, adding to a growing brain trust of Newark-connected talent.

For one night only unique artworks will be available for sale at prices that will enlarge or establish your collection. Delight a friend, colleague or loved one with the gift of artwork. Bring someone who’s never been to the gallery, or to Newark, or someone you come with every year. Bask in the knowledge that you’ve supported downtown vibrancy, the free exchange of ideas, and arts access for the next generation. Dance and have fun.

Donors and supporters for the event to date include: Alex and Ani, Alstede Farms, Arthur Murray Dance Studios, AutoZone, Bradford Portraits, Broadway Comedy Club, Canvas on Demand, Children’s Museum of the Arts, Chipotle, Clementon Splash World, CVS, Eastside Distillery, Fabricland, Green Kids Crafts, Jones T Shirts, Libre Tea, Looney Labs, Luna Stage, McCarter Theater, Minted, New Era Caps, Old Sturbridge Village, Rebounderz, Scout by Bungalow, Shy Brother’s Farm, Stampin Up!, Stash Tea, Stomp!, The Shannon Rose, Tinyprints, True Citrus, Turkey Hill, Zoo Books and others.

Unusual Suspects: Jerry Gant
An Artistic Meditation of the Black Male Image in America
Curated by Linda Street and Gallery Aferro for Activate: Market Street

February 22 – May 24, 2014

Maurice Chestnut Performance
April 11, 6 PM
85 Market Street

One of tap’s brightest young stars, Maurice Chestnut is an original member of the New Jersey Tap Dance Ensemble. Straight from Newark, New Jersey, he introduces tap as an instrument. Maurice takes from his classical rhythm tap training and infuses hip-hop, funk and soul. His extensive list of credits includes his appearance at Carnegie Hall and throughout Europe with the Geri Allen trio as a featured soloist, and his performances in productions with Savion Glover such as Bring In ‘Da Noise, Bring In ‘Da Funk, Improvography, Classical Savion, Tappin’ Into Monk, Invitation to the Dancer and on “ABC-TV’s Dancing With The Stars.” At the turn of the 21st century, the Newark Star Ledger’s arts reviewers named Maurice “one of the twenty New Jersey faces to watch for in the new century.”

Creative Mashup
April 18, 3 PM

85 Market Street

Continuing Gant’s investigation of performance, audience, agency, and tropes of Black masculinity, this performance will feature some unexpected guests. For more information visit

Market Street Blueprint Cypher
April 26, 3 PM
Gallery Aferro

Participants in this activity will use images and symbols provided by artists Jerry Gant and Terry Boddie as well as make their own, to make unique cyanotype prints.  This activity will provide an opportunity for creative collaboration with the artists in the moment. Please RSVP to to participate. A series of original prints by Gant and Boddie will also be available for sale in art shop.

Terry Boddie’s work as a photographer and multi-disciplinary artist explores the historical and contemporary aspects of memory, migration and globalization. The images often blur the distinctions between photography, drawing and painting. Boddie received his BFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts in 1989 and an MFA from Hunter College in 1997. Recently his work has been exhibited in “KREYOL Factory” at the Parc La Villette in Paris, France and in the show “Infinite Island: Contemporary Caribbean Art at the Brooklyn Museum.  His work has also been exhibited at the Smithsonian, The Studio Museum in Harlem, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, and the Philadelphia Museum, The Museum of the Americas, among other venues. Awards and honors include the Studio Museum of Harlem Artist In Residence, Center for Photography at Woodstock Fellowship, the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, The Center for Book Arts Artist in Residence, and Marie Sharpe Walsh Artist in Residence. Terry Boddie received a 2009 NJ print fellowship from the Brodsky Center, a 2009 Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and a 2011/2012 photography grant from the George and Helen Segal Foundation.

A Gathering of the Unusual Suspects: 100 Black Males in America

May 3, 10 AM
Essex County Courthouse Steps 465 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Presented by Gallery Aferro and Activate: Market Street
Photographer of Record, Akintola Hanif, Hycide Magazine
Art Director Jerry Gant
Creative Director Linda Street, Pink Dragon Artist Syndicate

Gallery Aferro is proud to present A Gathering of the Unusual Suspects, a historic public event from one of Newark’s most recognizable artistic forces, artist, muralist and performance poet Jerry Gant. Extending the narrative introduced by Gant’s Unusual Suspects exhibition for Gallery Aferro’s Activate:Market Street public art initiative, A Gathering of Unusual Suspects is an invitational event that will create an historic opportunity to capture the photographic image of a highly diverse, intergenerational assembly of Black males in America. Painters, poets, writers. teachers, lawyers, bankers, politicians, fashion designers, dancers, singers, rappers, students, brothers, fathers, sons are invited to gather on the steps of the historic Essex County Hall of Records building, on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard in Newark the largest city in New Jersey.  Participants and spectators are welcome! Participants must pre-register ASAP! To register, please visit here.

Panel moderated by Lisa Bradley
May 3, 2 PM
Gallery Aferro

Bradley, Gant, and other speakers will discuss the artist’s specific philosophical and political motivations and intentions in conceptualizing the entire Unusual Suspects project, as well as the specific context of time and place: Gallery Aferro, downtown Newark, and 2014 in America.

Lisa Bradley is an interdisciplinary artist and theorist, whose practice spans the genres of performance, sculpture, sound, writing and video. Her work queries concepts of the everyday and the absurd, as expressed through the lens of popular culture and critical race theory. Her work is most compellingly informed by Dada, ethnography, post-colonial theory, and The Cartoon Network.

Lisa’s arts training includes the BFA degree in Sculpture & Extended Media from Virginia Commonwealth University, the MFA in Performance Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the MA in Art & Media Practice from The University of Westminster, London, UK. A National Endowment of the Arts award recipient, Lisa is a Studio Fellow alumna of the Whitney Independent Study Program in New York, as well as a former artist-in-residence at Whitechapel Gallery in London, UK.

Bradley utilizes collaboration as a tangible material in her performative installations and interventions, and has most recently collaborated in exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, with master artists William Pope L. and Martha Rosler.

Bradley will moderate Jerry Gant, Exhibiting Artist, Gallery Aferro and Activate:Market Street, Dr. Akil Khalfani, Director Africana Institute, Essex County College, Thomas Owens, School Operations Manager, Eagle Academy for Young Men of Newark, Douglas Says, Fashion Designer and Photo Historian and Rafael Sanchez, Artist on Gant’s specific philosophical and political motivations and intentions, conceptualizing the entire Unusual Suspects project.

Spring Artist Talks, Open Studios and Closing Party, Performance by Jerry Gant
May 24, 7 PM
Gallery Aferro


Please join us for the biannual artist talks and open studios at Gallery Aferro, along with a closing party, with performance, for all spring shows.

Current resident artists speaking will be Gilbert Hsiao, Essential Elements, Wendy Letven, Jay Wilson, Tasha Lewis, Anne McKeown, Ken Weathersby, and Adejoke Tugbiyele, along with exhibiting artist and studio alumn Malik Hardaway-Whitaker. Come meet the artists, tour their studios, and learn about an exciting cross-section of contemporary artistic practice in all its variety.

4:00pm – 5:30pm Open Studios
5:30pm – 7pm Artist Talks
7pm – 10pm Closing Party with Performance by Jerry Gant

On view through May 24:

Material Memory
Curated by Barbara Madsen
Heather Hart, Sophy Naess and Nicholas Pilato

Most Likely To…
Bud McNichol

Brick City Project
Malik Hardaway-Whitaker

Unusual Suspects
Curated by Linda Street for Activate: Market Street
Jerry Gant

5th Annual Holiday Party/Potluck/Open House
December 14, 2-7pm

Gallery Aferro, in collaboration with Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art, invites you to the 5th Annual Holiday Potluck & Closing Party, with Art Crawl between two Newark galleries.

Aljira Open House gallery hours: 12pm to 4pm
Gallery Aferro gallery hours: 12-7, Potluck and Party 2-7pm

Bring something to Gallery Aferro to share and feast on the yummy array. There will be a hot, boozy drink, and cold craft beer. Mustache-wearing optional. Celebrate the closing of the shows with the artists, and enjoy your community.

Current shows on view at Gallery Aferro: Reflections on Everyman: Jan Sawka, Toile News Project: Margaret Murphy, and Sowing Promise: Vikki Michalios.

Current shows on view at Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art: Birth of a Cypher: Works by Terry Boddie, Temporality and Objects: New Installations and Photographs by Carl E. Hazlewood

Art Shop will be stuffed with a newly expanded selection of prints, plus cards, tee-shirts, wallets, gifts, jewelry, and books, many at 50% off!

All proceeds, including your generous end–of-the-year donations will help benefit the community arts program of Gallery Aferro, a 501 (c)3 nonprofit!

We can’t wait to see you and celebrate the end of an especially terrific year.

Jan Sawka: The Artists’ Role in Changing The World Symposium
November 16th 12-5pm
Paul Robeson Galleries at Rutgers University
350 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Newark, NJ

Gallery Aferro, the Newark Arts Council, and the Paul Robeson Galleries of Rutgers University present a free symposium using the sociopolitical context of the late Polish American artist Jan Sawka’s work as a jumping off point to look at art and activism. Speakers Frank Boyer, Jeffrey Goldfarb and Cynthia Nadelman will present on The subversive power of writing, letters, and coded language as manifested in Sawka’s visual art,(Nadelman), Living in Truth through Art: The Power of the not so Powerless (Goldfarb), and Art in the political and public space, then and now (Boyer). Public art and the artist’s role in its creation are at the heart of promoting civic dialogue everywhere. At its June 2013 artist development workshop Re-Source 3, the Newark Arts Council (NAC) initiated the discussion about public art and its importance in Newark’s continuing renaissance. NAC’s partnership with Gallery Aferro and Rutgers Newark’s Paul Robeson Galleries is a means of expanding on this important discourse. For the past decade, the Newark Arts Council has championed for the recognition and creation of public art in the City of Newark as part of its ongoing revival.

Sawka’s career began with work that expressed artistic opposition to the totalitarian communist regime of his native Poland, leading to his being included in the Polish School of the Poster, but also to his exile by the age of 30. Upon reaching the United States, his creative collaborations merged into counter-cultural, activist, avant-garde and alternative movements within the country he would call home for the majority of his career. This included collaborations as diverse as off-Broadway set designs and working with Samuel Beckett, to creating a historic art installation set for the Grateful Dead.

He continued to create work that would ultimately help change the political system of his homeland and that would bring attention to issues as diverse as a non-nuclear future, human rights, apartheid and Mid-East peace. In the meantime, he created paintings and fine-art prints that confronted issues of freedom on societal, cultural and deeply personal levels that were shown in over 70 solo shows at galleries in New York, Los Angeles and other cities. His work is in over 60 museum collections around the world. The last award of his life was from the American Institute of Architects for his design for an inter-faith peace monument for Jerusalem. This symposium is an event of “Reflections on Everyman: The Work of Jan Sawka,” a large exhibition of the artist’s works that is on view at Gallery Aferro until December 14, 2013. This symposium is made possible by the support of the Polish & Slavic Federal Credit Union, the Polish American Business Club, the Polish Cultural Institute New York, the Kosciuszko Foundation, the Polish National Tourist Office and the Committee to Advance Our Common Purposes, Rutgers University.

The presenting speakers, their topics and biographies:

Cynthia Nadelman: The subversive power of writing, letters, and coded language as manifested in Jan Sawka’s visual art.

Ms. Nadelman is an art critic, curator and poet based in New York, a contributing editor of ARTnews for over 25 years. Her art writing has also appeared in Drawing, American Heritage, Arts, Elle, Manhattan, Inc., Sulfur, American Ceramics and numerous museum and gallery catalogues. Her poetry has been published in The Paris Review, Pequod, The Gettysburg Review, New American Writing, Denver Quarterly, and Partisan Review. She first became acquainted with Sawka’s work in the early 1980s. Ms. Nadelman, whose parents were with the U.S. State Department, was born in Italy and grew up in Poland, Germany, Liberia, and Washington, D.C. She graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 1975, majoring in German. She has received fellowships from the Ingram Merrill Foundation and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Ms. Nadelman is an authority on the work of her grandfather, the Polish-American sculptor Elie Nadelman.

Jeffrey Goldfarb:  Living in Truth through Art: The Power of the not so Powerless.

Mr. Goldfarb is the Michael E. Gellert Professor of Sociology at the New School for Social Research and he teaches “Media and Micro-politics” and the “Advanced Seminar in Sociology of Culture.” His most recent publications include “The Politics of Small Things, Left and Right” (2006), The Politics of Small Things: The Power of the Powerless in Dark Times (2006) and Civility and Subversion: The Intellectual in Democratic Society (1998). He also studied the freedom movements of Central Europe and one of his books deals with the transitions of the political systems there: “After the Fall: The Pursuit of Democracy in Central Europe” (1992). (Title references the essay “The Power of the Powerless” by the Czech playwright, political activist and first president of a free Czechoslovakia, Vaclav Havel.)

Frank Boyer: Art in the political and public space, then and now.

Mr. Boyer’s presentation will provide an overview of how the place of artist expression, and thus that of the artist’s role in society, has undergone change since the 1980’s to today within the art scene of New York and its surrounding area.

Frank Boyer holds an MA in Humanities and DA (Doctor of Arts) from the Program in Art and Art Professions in The Steinhardt School of Education at NYU. He teaches art-related subjects at SUNY-New Paltz and SUNY-Ulster, and in addition to poetry, fiction, and drama, writes art theory and cultural criticism. Dr. Boyer participated in the performance art scene of the Lower East Side of Manhattan in the 1980’s. He has worked as an arts administrator and grant-writer, particularly in the realms of art in education.

Gallery Aferro and RBH Group launch new public art series lighting up Market Street corridor!

“Activate: Market Street” features new media art and installation in multiple downtown Newark storefronts!

Newark, NJ- Gallery Aferro is thrilled to announce “Activate: Market Street,” a new, year-round public art project transforming hundreds of linear feet of vacant storefront windows in Newark’s historic downtown district. Four storefronts owned by RBH Group on Market Street between Washington and University Streets will be activated nightly with films, animation, neon sculptures, kinetic and interactive art, and other kinds of self-illuminated artworks from local, national and international artists. Supported by RBH Group, and created by Gallery Aferro, the project delivers arresting, unexpected, and highly memorable experiences with contemporary art directly to the public, whether residents, students, workers or first-time visitors. The project launch coincides with Gallery Aferro’s 5th annual benefit art auction and party on June 15th, connecting attendees and passersby’s alike with a tangible example of the work of local arts nonprofits to advance vibrancy in the city.

Launch locations: 73 Market Street, 75 Market Street, 77 Market Street, 85 Market Street, 93 Market Street. Hours: dusk till late, Thursday to Saturday, beginning June 15th at dusk.

The project will rotate seasonally, corresponding with Gallery Aferro’s award-winning exhibition programming and events taking place in an RBH building at 73 Market Street, where the gallery has been headquartered since 2006. Artists featured for the first rotation from June through September are Fanny Allie, Dave BeckMatt Broach, DmitryMorozov, Katie Truk. Additional artists selected by Wilfried Agricola de Cologne of CologneOFF, a European programmatic collaborator are Ezra Wube, Stine Gromshott, Johanna Reich and Signe Lillemark. In addition to offering nightly storefront art viewings, the gallery plans to create additional innovative events that will utilize the block’s sidewalk as a community space.

According to Evonne M. Davis, Gallery Aferro Co-Founder and Artistic Director, “We want to bring art directly to any willing audience. This project represents something we at Gallery Aferro have been working towards for many years. I’ve guest-curated guerilla film screenings in storefronts in Brooklyn and Jersey City, and am proud to be curating for a Newark audience on such an ambitious scale.”

Inspired by Gallery Aferro’s recent spring exhibition featuring neon sculptures by French artist Fanny Allie in the windows along Market Street, RBH Group wanted to see more of such activation of the streetscape.“We are excited to be working with Gallery Aferro on this innovative project”, says RBH Group CEO Ron Beit“With our Teachers Village Project currently under construction and the Four Corners Millennium Project now underway, the Activate Market Street initiative is a precursor to the transformation this part of downtown will be experiencing in the months and years to come.”

In collaboration with RBH Group, Gallery Aferro conceptualized the project from a deeply felt understanding of a 24-hour city. Cities that are vibrant and livable have streetscapes that provide both unexpected excitement as well as spaces for peaceful contemplation. We believe in art experiences that are simultaneously accessible, challenging, and pleasurable. Gallery Aferro has executed numerous successful projects that activated vacant or underutilized spaces for cultural experiences open to all. These have included storefront and building exterior projection screenings, community drop-in tintype portrait days and the 48 Hour Line, an all night nonstop drawing fest. We draw inspiration from sources such as Creative Time’s early work in Times Square, from the European tradition of all-night art festival Nuite Blanches, from the use of neon and film by the Kunsthalle Detroit Museum of Multi-Media and Light-Based Arts and the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, from New York City’s Lumen Festival, and from the nationwide placemaking movement.

Get involved: The public are asked to tag all photos they take of the project and/or themselves with it with @GalleryAferro and @Activate:Market to take the project from the street to Facebook!

For more information about Gallery Aferro, see:

For more information on RBH’s Teachers Village Project, see:

5th Annual Benefit Art Auction and Party
June 15, 2013, 7-10 PM(VIP Preview 5:30-7)

Regular Advance Tickets $25 / Regular Tickets at Door $30
Advance VIP Tickets $100 / VIP Tickets at Door $150

On Sale Now Here: and by mail to PO Box 5668 Newark NJ 07105

Gallery Aferro is thrilled to announce the 5th Annual Benefit Art Auction and Party on June 15th. This festive event features hundreds of artworks and experiences by emerging and established artists, live jazz by the William Spaulding Quartet, seasonal foodstuffs, strong signature cocktails as well as icy beer from Hunterdon Brewery, and many, many wonderful door prizes including but not limited to fine dining experiences, theatre tickets, and gifts from McCarter Theatre, Stencil1, Shy Brothers Farm and others.

All proceeds from tickets and purchases make possible Gallery Aferro’s year-round exhibitions, award-winning artist residencies, publications and expanding education program. Gallery Aferro is a nonprofit alternative arts space founded by artists Evonne M. Davis and Emma Wilcox in 2003, offering engaging exhibitions that connect new audiences in a welcoming environment that builds community and reflects a positive image of Newark.  The gallery has received two back-to-back Citations of Excellence from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and has been described by Inside New Jersey magazine as offering “a dizzying array of contemporary art.” The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation has praised our “expansive vision, impact in Newark as well as regionally and even internationally”, and our “exemplary mentoring opportunities for young artists.”

For one night only unique artworks by emerging and established artists will be available for sale at prices that will enlarge or establish your collection. Delight a friend, colleague or loved one with the gift of artwork. Bring someone who’s never been to the gallery, or to Newark, or someone you come with every year. Bask in the knowledge that you’ve supported downtown vibrancy, the free exchange of ideas, and arts access for the next generation. Dance and have fun.

Gallery Aferro has exhibited over 500 local, national and international artists, granted workspace to more than 60 artists, created 21 publications including a sound art CD and feminist art history handouts, collaborated with dozens of other community-based organizations, galleries and museums, hosted and created talks, screenings and demonstrations for high schools, colleges, universities, professional and senior groups, created off-site exhibition opportunities for NJ artists and expanded our educational offerings, starting with our program connecting Newark’s young women with creative experiences and computer literacy.

Sponsors: AMC, Cabot, Canvas on Demand, Canvas4Life, Clearview Cinemas, Field Station Dinosaurs, Fresh Direct, Hunterdon Brewery, Larry Litt, McCarter Theatre, Minted, NJ State Theatre, Old Sturbridge Village, Panera Bread, Portrait Innovations, Redbox, Remco Press, Shy Brothers Farm, Spanish Tavern, Stash Tea, Stencil1, Tom Binh, Two River Theatre.

Thanks for your support! We can’t wait to see you on June 15th.

If you are interested in volunteering, donating art or sponsoring this event, please let us know at!

The Children’s Games Project: Louisa Armbrust
A Visual Dictionary to Bruegel’s Children’s Games

Children’s Games, painted by Pieter Bruegel in 1560, shows over 80 games being played in a town square. For the Children’s Games Project I have created a set of drawings cataloging the individual games shown in the painting. These drawings serve as a guide for participants to pick their favorite game to re-enact. Participants may play the game, or simply re-create the pose as shown in the painting. In either case the results are captured on camera and shared :

The goal of the CGP is to create a contemporary archive of re-enactments and reinterpretations of the play in Bruegel’s painting. The CGP examines, playfully, the humanism and wit of an early Renaissance masterwork that is still current today.

Carbon Corpus: Michelle Wilson

Carbon Corpusis an ongoing project examining environmental issues and alternative economies. This project aims to examine the choices inherent lessening a carbon footprint, and also to critique the difficulties therein in modern society.For Carbon Corpus, Michelle Wilson is offering for sale the animal-based carbon credits to her body to purchasers. For the initial public offering (IPO), a share, defined as one week of purchased time, are offered at $50/share. In exchange for their purchase, Michelle will eat a vegan diet for the period of time purchased. Buyers will also receive certificates to the authenticity of her commitment and the amount of carbon offset, approximately sixty pounds of carbon dioxide per share
To get involved and for more information please visit or email

Homegrown Security
10 free window boxes for Newark residents from artist Moira Williams through May 31, 2013.

For an on going work that will be in Gallery Aferro’s front windows at 73 Market Street. You can be a part of Homegrown Security! Homegrown Security is about celebrating heritage, cultural beliefs and knowledge through and about plants. Homegrown Security are window boxes as an invitation to share plant knowledge, folklore and recipes that have been handed down from generation to generation and meant to secure the lively vitality of plant knowledge and language. To secure, share and continue a culturally rich and diverse plant knowledge each person who wishes to participate will receive a custom made window box that will be fitted into their window. In exchange, I will ask people to share their knowledge about the plants they choose to grow.
Please contact: Moira Williams (631)-891-9144 

Urban Foraging to Urban Table with artist Moira Williams
April 7, 14PM

Do you like Nature?
Do you want to learn how to forage?
Do you want to learn how to cook what you forage?

Join Forager Dan Farelle and Artist Moira Williams for an urban foraging walk. Where we will discover wild edible and medicinal plants living with us in Newark! We will learn how to identify many plants revered in the herbal traditions for healing and how to forage for nutritious wild food from Branch Brook Park! Following our urban foraging we will go to Gallery Aferro where Moira will cook up a meal from our foraged foods.

Where: Branch Brook Park – Please meet us on the corner of Bloomfield and Lake St. across the street from Meineke. Additional parking is located in the Branch Brook Park. We will leave promptly at 1pm! Please contact Moira 631.891.9144 or

Please bring a camera and notebook for recording the plants we find. We will make a foraging map together to leave in Gallery Aferro!

Dan Farella is a Forager, Herbalist, and Musician dedicated to working with Nature to further the healing of the planet and the soul. Dan teaches foraging, how to make medicinal products from wild herbs, fire making, and survival in the wild through Return to Nature.He also sells his own wild herbal products, teaches music, yoga, chanting, and meditation.

4th Annual Holiday Potluck & Closing Party
Gallery Aferro invites you to the 4th Annual Holiday Potluck & Closing Party on December 15, 2012 from 2-8 PM.

Open Studios from 2-4
Artist Talks from 4-6
Potluck & Party from 6-8

Bring something to share and sip on a very festive Nutella(!) hot chocolate cocktail and scarf down a bangin’ potluck spread. Those who have attended before can attest to the amazing array of yumminess that will ensue.Join the artists for the closing reception of our current shows: Seth Ellis: Estimated Distance, Newark Scene and Heard: Narratives of an Artists’ Community curated by Bianca Monet, Steve Rossi: Sidewalk Alchemy, Lane Cooper: What Persists (Lillian).Resident artist talks will commence at 4PM, featuring Dahlia Elsayed, Anne Q McKeown, Ibrahim Ahmed, Alexandra Desipris, James Horner, Bud McNichol, Jacob Mandel and Ken Weathersby.

A fun selection of hand made gift items will be for sale at our Art Shop Pop Up Craft Sale! Artisans include Vasquez, Blue Moon Creations and the extended Davis family including new, masculine crafts.

All proceeds, including your generous end–of-the-year donations will help benefit the community arts program of Gallery Aferro, a 501 (c)3 nonprofit!

We can’t wait to see you and celebrate the end of another terrific year.

Winter 2012 Artist Talks
December 15, Open Studios 2-4, Artist Talks 4-6

Meet the artists and learn about their motivations, approach, and the trajectory of their current projects. Each artist will speak for 10 minutes only, leading to a compact taste of contemporary practice.

Participants: Ibrahim Ahmed, Alexandra Desipris, Dahlia Elsayed, James Horner, Jacob Mandel, Anne Q McKeown, Bud McNichol and Ken Weathersby.

The 4th Annual Benefit Art Auction and Party
June 16, 2012 7-10 PM

Advance Tickets on sale now online/by mail**

Regular Tickets are $20 now or $25 at the door

VIP* Tickets are $100 now or $150 at door

*VIP Tickets include advanced preview and auction bidding options, free hand delivery within the tri-state area of artwork purchases over $200, and private tour of Gallery Aferro studio resident’s studios.

Gallery Aferro is delighted to announce that our 4th annual silent auction and unsilent party, with live jazz by William Spaulding Quartet, will be held on June 16th. This festive event, quickly becoming a local tradition, features hundreds of artworks for bid, novel entertainments, yummy foodstuffs and strong signature cocktails as well as icy beer from Hunterdon Brewery.

All proceeds make possible Gallery Aferro’s year-round exhibitions, award-winning artist residencies, publications and expanding education program. More than 80 local, national and international artists have donated artworks and experiences, including a custom 140-character letterpress “tweet,” a USB drive of sound art from Finland, artist-led tours from Iron Maiden Artist Tours and other offerings impossible to classify but sure to thrill.

Gallery Aferro has exhibited over 500 local, national and international artists, granted workspace to more than 60 artists,created 19 publications including a sound art CD and feminist art history handouts, collaborated with dozens of other community-based organizations, hosted and created talks, screenings and demonstrations for high schools, colleges, universities, professional and senior groups, created off-site exhibition opportunities for NJ artists and expand our education program connecting Newark’s young women with creative experiences and computer literacy. Work by Gallery Aferro students will be included in the Newark Museum’s major exhibition, “Angels and Tomboys: Girlhood in 19th Century American Art,” on view in September 2012.

Donating artists:

Alicia Ackerman
Josef Albers
Ben Altman
Ruby Amanze
Kenseth Armstead
Les Ayre
Raymond Bally
Anonda Bell
Katrina Bello
Gianluca Bianchino
Terry Boddie
Sam Bornstein
Justin Borucki
Nicole Helen Brunner
Maria Buyondo
Karlos Carcamo
Patricia Cazorla
Marcy Chevali
Lane Cooper
Christine DaCruz
Kevin Darmanie
Andrew Demirjian
Florine Demosthene
Dahlia Elsayed
Alyssa Fanning
Jerry Gant
Doron Gild
Tai Hwa Goh
Allan Gorman
Christopher Guerra
Malik Hardaway-Whitaker
Christine Heller
Daniel Patrick  Helmstetter
James Horner
Lisa Iglesias
Joe  Iurato
Darren Jones
Mona Kamal
Suzanne Kammin
Hiroshi Kumagai
Rob Lach
Valeri Larko
JC  Lenochan
Ann LePore
Laura Lou Levy

Nancy Mahl
Nadja Marcin
Karen Margolis
Anne McKeown
Maria Driscoll  McMahon
Bud  McNichol
Vikki Michalios
Geoffrey Owen Miller
Naomi Miller
Traci Molloy
Alex Morel
Kate  Okeson
Marshall Okin
Yoko Ono
Nell Painter
Meera Lee Patel
Sarah Nicole Phillips

Jon Rappleye
Ryan Roa
Angela Rossi
Steve Rossi
Seth Ruggles Hiler-Destino

Henry G. Sanchez
Liz Sales
Tania Sen
Lee Sherry
Abigail Simon
Laurinda Stockwell
Stan Sudol
Calla Thompson
Kai Vierstra
Christine Wagner
Joe Waks
Barbara Wallace
Emma Wilcox
Andrew Wilkinson
Bahar Yurukoglu
Polina Zaitseva


Hell’s Kitchen Lounge
Hunterdon Brewery
Jerry’s Artist Outlet
Krug’s Tavern
Robert’s Pizzeria
Seton Hall University
Spanish Tavern
StepOn To Design LLC

*Please send checks to PO Box 5668 Newark NJ 07105

Gallery Aferro Studio Residency Artist Talks: Fall 2011
December 3, 1 PM

Featuring Katrina Bello, Marcy Chevali, Dahlia Elsayed, Nadja Frank and Jomar Statkun, Elizabeth Gilfilen, Vikki Michalios,
Nell Painter and Ken Weathersby.

Artists will be talking about past or current projects, processes, material, memory, scale, history, (missed) collisions, self representation and creation. Hot cider and Baklava will be served. Studios will be open after the talks for questions and mingling with the artists.

The 3rd Annual Holiday Party/ Sale / Potluck / Shindig
December 17, 5-9 PM

Gallery Aferro invites you to the 3rd Annual Holiday Party on December 17 from 5-9 PM. Join us for a killer potluck spread with hot drinks and shop for (heavily discounted) artist-made items for all your holiday gifts.

All proceeds, as well as your generous end-of-year donations benefit the community arts programs of Gallery Aferro, a 501 (c)3 nonprofit!

Art Shop’s selection of unique artist-made items includes jewelry, gift items, art, prints and cards, pottery, artist books, pillows, decor and housewares, wallets and bags, tees, clothing and accessories for men, women, kids and babies, plus, of course, the famous record bowls!

10% off everything in shop with nothing held back and 50% off on many items!

Join the artists for the closing reception for three shows on 2
floors: Relexification, Vital Signs: Eve + Bowie, Two Moons: Elizabeth Gilfilen.

What will you bring to share? See you soon.

2009-2011, 2008, 2007-6, Storefront Films


Art Outside School: Local Resources for Local Kids
October 27, 8 PM

This intergenerational panel as part of Identity Blueprint at Pierro Gallery presents an array of important voices currently engaged in teaching and learning about art in non-school settings. Join in the discussion and find out about the local resources that are available to area students.

Panelists include teaching artist and Ramapo College Professor Ann LePore; Deputy Director for Education at the Newark Museum, Ted Lind; Director of Education at the Montclair Museum Gary Schneider; and college freshman Claudia Phillips, who as a high school student participated in Gallery Aferro’s Identity Blueprint program. Moderated by Evonne M. Davis and Emma Wilcox, co-founders of Gallery Aferro

2011 Gallery Aferro Studio Residency Artist Talks and Open Studios
May 21, 12-3 PM

On Saturday, May 21, 2011 Gallery Aferro will host the 2011 Gallery Aferro Studio Residency Artist Talks and Open Studios. Featuring five current Artists-in-Residence, this event will focus on showcasing the work of Patricia Cazorla, Marcy Chevali, Don Edler, Ken Weathersby and Walter Zimmerman.

Beginning at noon, each artist will give a brief presentation on their work. These informal talks may include introductions of past and present bodies of work, discussions on conceptual and thematic concerns and Q&A. Following the Artist Talks, you will be invited into the artists’ studios form 1:30 -3:00 PM to view the work in person and for further in-depth discussion. Refreshments will be served. Please join us Saturday, May 21st for this exciting opportunity! Meet the artists, see their studios, and catch the current shows on exhibition if you haven’t already.

Featured Artists:

Patricia Cazorla is a Venezuelan-born artist who will present her latest series of mixed media-drawings. A collaborative project with artist Nancy Saleme, the works reflect on issues of migrant farm workers in the US.

Marcy Chevali will share her work in which she creates parallel maps for things that are not tangible.  She arranges string, water, tea leaves, turmeric, words, fabric and tracing paper to re-create emotional situations from her own life.

Don Edler will present a new body of large-scale sculptural works that investigate compounding structural systems in our world. Made of recycled commercial materials, the works imply physical struggles.

Ken Weathersby will discuss the development of his painting over the last several years. This body of work is primarily involved in pulling apart the given syntax of “painting”, exposing or recombining aspects of painting’s conventions.

Walter Zimmerman will present his on-going body of work that incorporates various industrial materials to create personified armatures for heat-shrunk plastic skins. The Artist Talks will begin at 12 PM, followed by refreshments and the Open Studios event from 1:30 PM- 3 PM.

3rd annual benefit art auction Saturday June 18, 7-10

Tickets on sale NOW

Join us for Art Reaction, our 3rd annual party and auction. For one night only unique artworks by emerging and established artists will be available for sale at prices that will enlarge or establish your collection. Delight a friend, colleague or loved one with the gift of artwork. Enjoy music, novel activities, local food, strong signature drinks and your community. Please contact us for more information at

This June, we celebrate our 5th year on Market Street.

In that time, Gallery Aferro has:

-become a 501(c)3 nonprofit
-exhibited over 500 local, national and international artists
-granted workspace to 54 artists
-created 19 publications including a sound art CD
-collaborated with dozens of other community-based organizations
-hosted and created talks, screenings and demonstrations for high schools, colleges, universities, professional and senior groups, recovery programs, and others
-created off-site exhibition opportunities for NJ artists
-launched a gift shop that encourages civic pride and creates income for local artisans
-launched an education program connecting young women with creative experiences and computer literacy
-participated in a nationwide protest against the censorship of art

Promises, Promises III
Anne Dushanko Dobek

Gallery Aferro will be a collection point for donated petticoats/ dresses being collected by the artist for her upcoming installation, as  part of an ongoing series titled “Silent Voices.”Drop off donations at Gallery Aferro from March 5 – April 2 during regular gallery hours of Th – Sat 12-6. Promises Promises III is based upon a real incident: In March 2002 four young girls were found enslaved in brothels in Plainfield and Elizabeth NJ. The horror of their story was the motivation for this work which is a larger scale variation of site specific installations in the garden of the Pen and Brush Club in NYC (2009) and the New Jersey Arts Annual (2010)

Promises, Promises III consists of several hundred net petticoats from donated wedding, bridesmaid and Quinceanera gowns. Torn, dyed, shredded and painted, the petticoats hang haphazardly from the ceiling. This seductive cloud reminds us of girlish dreams: weddings, ballerinas and princesses.This work symbolically references a real event: four young girls trafficked into the country with promises of marriage. Their gruesome life in a brothel was not a rarity.

Promises, Promises III was designed to raise awareness of this depraved international business. Join others in donating your net petticoats from wedding, bridesmaid or Quinceanera dresses, tutus or costumes. Please email with any questions.

Artist Talk Series

Saturdays November 11, December 4 and December 11 2010 from 3:30-5 PM

Please join us in the new media room for a three part series of artist talks by current participants in Gallery Aferro’s studio residency program, plus a reading of new material by exhibiting artist Greg Leshe. A series of eight talks focusing on current residents will provide a look into the creative life of the gallery. In conjunction with the talks, residency studios will be open to the public. Drinks will be served!These artists represent the gamut of contemporary art practices and discussions will undoubtedly reflect a full spectrum of how artists conceive of making work.

November 20th:
Ann LePore
Lane Cooper
Dahlia Elsayed

December 4th:
Steve Rossi
Greg Leshe

December 11th:
Blithe Riley
Peter Owen
Alison Owen

2nd Annual Holiday Party
December 11, 2010 5-10 PM

Gallery Aferro invites you to the 2nd Annual Holiday Party on December 11 from 5-10 PM. Join us for a potluck spread with roasted chestnuts, organic hot chocolate and a hot signature drink and shop at Art Shop for all your holiday gifts.

Your purchases support Identity Blueprint, Gallery Aferro’s new educational program for Newark public high school female students! Listening Party and Launch for our first sound art project, “Elevator Music,” juried by Adam Trowbridge with CD design by Andrew Wilkinson. Buy the CD, and you too can hear what will be on indefinite loop in our freight elevator. Join the artists for the closing reception for Greg Leshe’s “Ground-over Skies,” Irys Schenker’s “You’re a Big Girl Now” and Anonda Bell and Tara de la Garza’s “Ripe: Conception and Perception” Art Shop’s selection of unique Artist-made items includes jewelry, gift items, art, prints and cards, pottery,books, pillows, decor and housewares, wallets and bags, tees, clothing and accessories for men, women, kids and babies, plus, of course, the famous record bowls!


Elevator Music
Aferro Publication No. 17Listening Party and CD Launch
December 11, 2010, 5-10 PM

9 artists and groups have created a total of 51 minutes of music to be played on permanent loop in the freight elevator of Gallery Aferro, Newark, NJ, USA and archived as part of Aferro Publications as a limited edition CD of 70.

3 Teens Kill 4 – No Motive: David Wojnarowicz, Jesse Hultberg, Julie Hair, Bill Gerstel, Brian Butterick, Doug Bressler, Anette Barbier, Zoe Chan, Spencer Frohwirth, Kevin Ley, F. Ribeiro, Pablo Sanz Almoguera, Benjamin Thorp, Jessica Westbrook

Curated by Adam Trowbridge
Concept by Emma Wilcox
CD Design by Andrew Wilkinson

Adam Trowbridge is an artist focused on research that fractures the intersection of sensation and cognition, or any collective basis for meaning, purpose and communication. His work explores the aesthetic possibilities that arise as communication breaks down. Using new media and popular culture in a practice at the intersection of linguistics and sensational aesthetics, he invents incidents that occur slightly above the noise level, between words that organize our communities and the chaos that lies beyond them. Materially, his recent work has been in the form of theater, performance, responsive art and video. He is also working with Philadelphia’s Basekamp to expand the education outreach of Plausible Artworlds, a collaborative initiative that aims to provide a platform for examining and accompanying the emergence of plural artistic environments.

Screening: David Wojnarowicz, A Fire In My Belly
Saturday December 11, 5:30 PM

Gallery Aferro will be screening David Wojnarowicz’ “A Fire in My Belly” in reaction to the Smithsonian’s removal of this work from their exhibition “Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture” at the National Portrait Gallery on November 30, days before World AIDS Day.

Please join us at 5:30 in the new media room to see the film and discuss.

This screening is part of a nationwide movement to screen the film and discuss it publicly.

David Wojnarowicz was an openly gay artist, filmmaker, photographer, writer, and activist who chronicled a late-twentieth century New York ravaged by AIDS. His multi-media work is notable for combining elements of personal narrative with erotic, often confrontational imagery. Published writings include the books “Close to the Knives: A Memoir of Disintegration” and “Memories That Smell Like Gasoline”. His activities included performing in a band, 3 Teens Kill 4 – No Motive. An iconic image of the Wojnarowicz appears in the film “Silence = Death”, where he appears with his mouth sewn shut in a reference to ACT-UP slogan. Wojnarowicz continued to produce work until his death from AIDS-related complications on July 22, 1992 at the age of 37.

David Wojnarowicz, “A Fire In My Belly (Film In Progress)”, 1986-87 Super 8mm film, black and white & color Silent TRT: 00:13:06

Video provided courtesy of The Estate of David Wojnarowicz and P.P.O.W Gallery, New York and The Fales Library and Special Collections/ New York University

Purse Hacking Workshop
September 25, 1-3 PM
with Johana Moscoso,Maria Jimenez and Norene Leddy

Learn how to add an audible alarm, hidden pockets, and LEDs to your purse! Join us for a purse hacking workshop with Johana Moscoso, Maria Jimenez and Norene Leddy. Bring your own handbag(s), we will supply the equipment and materials for alarms, pockets, and LEDs.

Please RSVP to as space is limited.

This workshop is part of the exhibition “What a girl wants, what a girl needs: The Aphrodite Project” at Gallery Aferro, Sep. 11-Oct. 2, 2010.

$10 requested donation for materials, but no one will be turned away.

Utopian Standard: Bjørn Erik Haugen

Bjørn Erik Haugen works mainly with photo, sound- and video installation, with a political emphasis.Utopian Standard is a black banner with white text: “We could and we might.” The Font used on the banner is “Utopia Std.”The banner will be carried by Newark public school students as Gallery Aferro’s representation in the third annual Newark Arts Parade.

The thought behind the work is to show modern societies internalises a potential fear and concern in its people. My opinion is that through creating fear and uncertainty one creates a people that is more easily for the politicians to govern. The intention using the font is to appropriate and use the title and show fear and violence through history has been utilizes as a tool for creating and realizing a Utopiansociety, an ideal state and a paradise on earth. “The best of all possible worlds,” as Candide says in the book by Voltaire by the same name.

Foucault has in his writings analysed how institutions through power and knowledge, creates, and influences the structures of society and of people’s minds. In his book “Discipline and Punish” one of his main points is that in modern societies one turns from corporal punishment for an internal change of the person which also gives the possibility to control the person from within himself.

Paper Moon: Art Party and Benefit Auction for Gallery Aferro
June 19th, 7 – 10 PM

Paper Moon, our second annual benefit art part and auction, was a success. Thank you to everyone involved!!!!!!

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Art Auction and Party! Signature drinks and great local catering! Music by DJ Amanda of Brick City Burlesque!
Interactive Photo Event with the opportunity to have your professional portrait taken with your choice of artist-created backdrops,
by: Peter Brauch, Rick Reiser, Raul Villarreal, and students from Newark’s own Arts High School

Benefit to support Gallery Aferro’s programing with raffle and auction of artworks by:

Gema Alava, Mauro Altamura, Kenseth Armstead, Les Ayre, Lathoriel Badenhausen, Lorna Barrowclough, Gregg Beckett, Katrina Bello, Gianluca Bianchino, Jeanne Brasile, Peter Brauch, Jo Ann Brody, Mona Brody, Laura Bruce, Irene Christensen, Taheera Cochran, Margarida Corriea, Patricia Dahlman, Denise de la Cerda*, Wyndi DeSouza, 

Anne Dushanko Dobek, Alyssa Edmee Fanning, Lisa Elmaleh, Dahlia Elsayed, Susan E. Evans, Matt Gosser, 

Norman Greenwell, Julie Hair, Victoria Hanks, Carla Hansen, Marion Held, Peter Herley, William Hudders, Stephen Hutchins, Rebecca Jampol, Hyo Jeong Nam, Darren Jones, Jayson Keeling, Anki King, Hiroshi Kumagai, Robert Lach, Barbara Landes,Valeri Larko, Norene Leddy, Ann LePore, Greg Leshe, Michelle Levante, Lara Loutrel, Nancy Mahl, Gayle Mahoney, 

Loretta Olivia Maldonado, Karen Margolis, Teresa Marra, John Maters, Tim Maul, Margaret Murphy, Park McArthur, 

Anne Q. McKeown, Dave Miller, Stephen Mishol, Traci Molloy, Michelle Mumoli, Judy Negron, Paula Neto, Mathew Nicolosi, Leah Oates, Sylvia Padilla, Joan Pamboukes, Kelly Ann Pinho, James Prez, Jae Quinlan, Anil CS Rao, Blithe Riley, Ryan Roa, Angela Rossi, Liz Sales, Jessica Santos, Irys Schenker, Sam Sebren, DC Smith, Laurinda Stockwell, Helen Stummer, Stan Sudol, 

Charlee Swanson, Aileen Tat, Amanda Thackray, Calla Thompson, Rollo Tomasi, Kai  Vierstra, Raul Villarreal, James Vining, Joe Waks, Andrew Wilkinson, Robert E. Williams, Michelle Wilson, Andrew Wilkinson, Agnes Wszolkowski, Tony Zaza, Sue Zwick

and many other local, national and international artists.




Gallery Aferro Independent Film Series 4/24, 2010 6:30 PM
Screening and Panel
New Media Room

Gallery Aferro and the Cape May Film Society are very pleased to present the second event in the new, quarterly Gallery Aferro Independent Film Series.  As part of Smithsonian’s Jazz Appreciation Month, Gallery Aferro will be screening Unstrung, a documentary about the life of legendary jazz guitarist Pat Martino, followed by a panel discussion with subject Pat Martino, director Ian Knox, and specials guests. Vintage images of Mr. Martino by Len DeLessio will be on exhibit.  Mr. DeLessio will be presenting Mr. Martino with a portfolio set of the images.

In 1980 Pat Martino moved his belongings from California to Philadelphia to live with two complete strangers: his parents. As a young jazz guitar virtuoso he had achieved near legendary status during the 60s and 70s, before being diagnosed with a life-threatening brain condition. Surgery had saved his life but wiped his memory. Back in his childhood home, surrounded by the relics of his former life, his father played him his old recordings at full volume and friends rallied to try to coax him back to being the great artist he had been. He could not dispute the evidence; the face in the mirror was the same as the one on the record sleeves but it meant nothing to him.

In the following months. Martino made a remarkable recovery. Through intensive study of his own historic recordings, and with the help of computer technology, Pat managed to reverse his memory loss and return to form on his instrument. His past recordings eventually became “an old friend, a spiritual experience which remained beautiful and honest.”

Director Ian Knox and Neuropsychologist Paul Broks travel America in search of the soul of the legendary jazz guitar great Pat Martino. Tracing his remarkable return from the depths of amnesia to the peak of artistic achievement, Broks explores the nature of memory, self, creativity and the mysterious brain mechanisms underlying the construction of personal identity. What is the self? How much change can it survive? Today, Martino lives in Philadelphia again and continues to grow as a musician.

Visit the retro concession stand for popcorn, organic, fair-trade hot chocolate and other classics.

Hosted in conjunction with the Cape May Film Festival

We are proud to be part of the Smithsonian’s Jazz Appreciation Month!

Gallery Aferro Independent Film Series
2/26 and 2/27 2010

Gallery Aferro and the Cape May Film Society are very pleased to present the first two day event in the new Gallery Aferro Independent Film Series.

On February 26th and 27th, all are invited to the New Media Room for critically-acclaimed short and feature length independent films including “The Yes Men Fix the World.” Several of the filmmakers and at least one subject will be present to take questions.

Visit the retro concession stand for popcorn, organic, fair-trade hot chocolate and other classics. Full lineup on films to be posted soon!

Feb 26: 7 PM  Strongman, Zachary Levy, Winner of “Best Feature Documentary” at the  2009 Slamdance Film Festival, Strongman has been described as “strangely beautiful,” by Variety’s John Anderson. The film follows the hopes and dreams of New Jersey’s own “Stanless Steel”–the only man alive who can bend pennies with his fingers–as he tries to gain control of a world that seems constantly beyond his grasp.

Feb 27: 3 PM This one-hour session features the work from the Cape May Film Festival’s Young Filmmakers  programs and other works from emerging filmmaking students including Have You Heard: The Trouble with Gossip, created by Woodbine Elementary School  based on an age-old problem, and Dream Day of the Dead, a zombie film.

4 PM:

Shoebox Redhead (Matthew Lawrence)
For a Few Marbles More (Jelmar Hufen)
Kid (Miguel Alvarez,)
One Soul (Arun Vaidyanathan)
Yanling’s Oranges (Connie Yen)
Girls, Robots and Digital Cameras (Richard Law)
Plane Face (Adam Brown)
Paper Dreams (Mike Marino)

The Yes Men Fix the World, (Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno)  A true story about two political activists (Bichlbaum and Bonanno) who pose as top executives of giant corporations. They lie their way into big business conferences, major network news telecasts, and other high profile events to pull off the world’s most outrageous pranks. It opened to a packed house at Sundance, and was the winner at the 2009 Berlin International Film Festival.

Hosted in conjunction with the Cape May Film Festival

Next program in the series: April 23-24, 2010

Featuring the documentary “Unstrung” on the life of legendary jazz guitarist Pat Martino (hosted as part of the Smithsonian Institute’s“Jazz Appreciation Month”

Filthy Lucre Panel Discussion
Saturday November 7, 2009 4PM

What is art without money?

Please join us as we continue to address this question.
Gallery Aferro is hosting a panel discussion as part of Filthy Lucre curated by Nancy Mahl.
Artist Jeanette Louie will moderate. Admission is of course free.


Nancy Mahl – visual artist/curator
Emma Wilcox – cofounder, Gallery Aferro
Robert E. Williams – visual artist
Paul Wirhun – visual artist
Terence Hunt – visual artist
Henry Sanchez – visual artist
Mary Anne Caton – writer
Sally O’Driscoll – writer

Filthy Lucre
Curated by Nancy Mahl of Progressive Culture Works
Main Gallery

Filthy Lucre examines the transformative power of valuation upon art and the people who make it. The artists, performers, and writers participating in the project have investigated the definitions and functions of art as a commodity and queried the practice of artmaking from inside and outside the realm of monetary exchange. The work, from the purely theoretical to the frankly hilarious, is by artists representing a broad spectrum of age, background, education, and commercial success. Particular focus is brought to unsalable art and what becomes of it, the effects of commercial success on artmaking practice, the spiritual function of art, defining the consumer of art, the difference between precious and valuable, the economic element in definitions of high, outsider, and folk art; and the ever-fraught relationship of artist and patron.

In Memorium: Red Sea Fuscus Triggerfish and Yellow Tang 

The deaths of two actors featured in Andrew Demirjian and Zachary Seldess’s Nitrogen Cycles installation have been confirmed. While alive, the two saltwater tropical fish garnered acclaim from the public, as well as a mention in Time Out New York. Send remembrances to


 KH Jeron

Will Work for Food in Newark
Bring a can of food to barter with the robots from September 27 – November 22, 2008,
All proceeds to be donated to Newark food banks

“Will Work for Food” is a project by KH Jeron about labour and barter economy. Small robotic vehicles trade their manpower for food. The vehicles can draw and whistle the popular songs “Happy Birthday” and “The Internationale”. People can borrow one of the vehicles and let them work for them. After completing the assignment the vehicles have to be returned or given over to somebody else who needs their skills. Food and beverage offerings can be seen on the artist’s website as they come in.

Interactions with the robots throughout Europe have taken the form of small offerings of packaged sweets, regional specialties, homemade foods, and even full dinners. For the context of the urbanism series, Gallery Aferro and KH Jeron will have the robots perform in the gallery as a food drive to question the collective responsibility of a city’s residents towards each other.

According to Jeron, the “Will Work For Food” happening deals with the desire to find a new definition for labour and the act of working.“Will Work For Food” (WWFF) takes a position towards the question what role labour plays in a time, when full employment becomes an unattainable utopian conception. It deals with a re-assessment of labour” its disjunction from covering the cost-of-living of the individual.They give an occasion and a space for social interaction and discussion. The WWFF vehicles stand for a guaranteed basic income. 

Alone and Together: Tintype Portrait Studio
Gallery Aferro
October 3 + 4th

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Photographer Keliy Anderson-Staley is inviting the public to have their portrait taken at Gallery Aferro on October 3 and 4th from 1-7 PM. Sitters can come solo or with a loved one. The sittings are free.

This portrait series is made with the wet plate collodion process, the leading mode of photography in the 1850’s and 1860’s. Tintypes are positive images exposed onto metal. This historic process has a different relationship to time than digital or film photography. The chemistry is hand-mixed and poured onto the plate in front of the sitter. As soon as the exposure is made in the wooden view camera, the plate must be taken to a portable dark box to be developed and fixed. The wet plate collodion image captures a pose held over several seconds or even minutes. This prolonged gaze creates a tension between the sitter and the camera. While a snapshot captures a moment about a 1/1000 of a second long, the tintype process allows for a portrait of a person or a couple to unfold over time; the image produced can then slow down our looking. A viewer sees the hard lines of bone structure, wrinkles and blemishes, but also sees bright, focused eyes staring back intently. This process allows the photographer and the viewer to stare, but it is not entirely voyeuristic, as the sitter stares back. The act of taking someone’s portrait can once again be an event. 

WAX : Or the Discovery of Television Among the Bees
Screening July 12, 3 PM
New Media Room

David Blair’s 1991 full-length film WAX : Or the Discovery of Television Among the Bees was created over 6 years with 3D military VR footage, live footage shot at actual US nuclear testing facilities and archival materials.

Featuring a cameo by William S. Burroughs, WAX is the first independent feature film to have been edited on a digital non-linear system. It is also the first film (independent or otherwise) to have been re-formatted as hypertext and posted on the Internet. The New York Times recognized the accomplishment, and ran the article “Cult Film is First on the Internet” in its May 23, 1993 business section. The result is an obsessive, artificial history, which has been fastidiously detailed with fragments of real and imagined facts.

The film’s convoluted storyline concerns a beekeeper’s transformation upon discovering that his bees communicate between the living and the dead. The beekeeper protagonist (played by Blair) experiences hallucinations via the bee’s television, and is finally lead by the bees to their subterranean home: an enormous cave below the Alamagordo desert. In the cave it is revealed to him that he must actually become a Desert Storm-era weapon and destroy his “target” in Iraq, before rebirth as a fragmented soul in several bodies, including that of a Middle Eastern woman.

The intricacy and scope of the film allows questions as to the collective and individual value of life to be raised.

Michael Amter: Video Work
Studio 411
June 6, 2008, from 7-10pm

Video work byMichael Amter

Studio 411, 411 Monmouth Street, Jersey City, NJ as part of JC Fridays

Queer Black Cinema 
Gallery Aferro New Media Room
8 PM

Curated by Angel L. Brown, QBC film programmer.
Screening is followed by a Q&A discussion with filmmaker Charles B. Brack.

Never Forget

Angel L. Brown | USA 2008 | 5 min | World Premiere Special presentation
A tribute to Sakia Gunn, a 15 year old lesbian who was tragically killed in a hate crime, and to all the fallen LGBTQ youth whose lives have been cut short due to homophobia and the lack of respect.

Director: Dee Rees| USA 2006 | 28 min.
In this empowering coming-of-age tale, 17-year-old shy, black lesbian goes to great lengths discovering her butch/femme identity while hiding her lesbianism from her parents.

Dreams Deferred: The Sakia Gunn Film Project 
Charles B. Brack | USA, 2008 | 55 min | Special Pre-Screening
A documentary honoring the life of Sakia Gunn, 
Dreams Deferred investigates the effects of her loss on family, friends, and other LGBT youth of color. 

Curated by Angel L. Brown, QBC film programmer.
Screening is followed by a Q&A discussion with filmmaker Charles B. Brack.

Never Forget

Angel L. Brown | USA 2008 | 5 min | World Premiere Special presentation
A tribute to Sakia Gunn, a 15 year old lesbian who was tragically killed in a hate crime, and to all the fallen LGBTQ youth whose lives have been cut short due to homophobia and the lack of respect.

Director: Dee Rees| USA 2006 | 28 min.
In this empowering coming-of-age tale, 17-year-old shy, black lesbian goes to great lengths discovering her butch/femme identity while hiding her lesbianism from her parents.

Dreams Deferred: The Sakia Gunn Film Project Charles B. Brack | USA, 2008 | 55 min | Special Pre-Screening
A documentary honoring the life of Sakia Gunn, 
Dreams Deferred investigates the effects of her loss on family, friends, and other LGBT youth of color. 

 Roghie Asgari Torvund

Insanity, Victims, and Childhood, in Short
April 18, 7 PM

Gallery Aferro will be curating a night of Red Saw’s Filmideo, an annual event taking place on every Friday in April.


JiHyun Ahn, Penelope Cain, Colette Copeland, Bang Geul HanKensuke Koike, Norene Leddy, Agnes Nedregard, Julia Oldham, Matt Ortega, Jean Gabriel Periot, Molly Schwartz, Martin Sulzer, Roghie Asgari Torvund, John Waters, Tamara Yadao

Storefront Films
March 15 + 22, 2008
7- 11 PM


Matt Broach, Michelle Levante, Jia-Jen Lin, Siri Ekker Svendsen, Brooke White, Andrew Wilkinson

Flat Black at Aferro
February 29, 7 PM

Rodney Gilbert of Yendor Productions will be performing his one-man show, Flat Black, written by Alysia Souder with poetry based on the autobiographical writings of 
Jerry Gant


Justice Outloud

as part of the ACLU’s conference, Race Still Matters

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The Platform Shoes: (a monthlong event)

Fulbright Fellow and Eyebeam artist Norene Leddy will be offering the public the opportunity to try on “hacked” platform heels that feature an embedded LCD screen, GPS transmitters and an audible alarm. As featured in Wired and Make Magazine, their functionality is based on extensive interviews with sex workers, and can be viewed as an extended mediation on pleasure and danger.

The Platforms Store is open: Try on the Platforms sandals Sept. 15, 22, and 29 from 12-6pm. Take them for a spin around the block, and let us know what you think. Demo sandals are available in a variety of sizes up to a women’s 12 / men’s 10. Aphrodite Team members will be on hand to guide you, answer questions and to take custom orders.

To schedule an appointment, call us at (646) 652-7186 or email us at appointments AT theaphroditeproject DOT tv. Walk-ins will be accommodated when possible.

Audible Alarm Demonstration Sept. 29

Sept. 29 at 4pm we will hold a live demonstration to show how you can build your own personal audible alarm system for around $10. Thesystem is easy to assemble and uses parts available from RadioShack. No soldering or special skills are required. In addition to shoes, this alarm can be used in handbags, jackets and other clothing. Email diy-aferro AT theaphroditeproject DOT tv for more info and a parts list.

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Queer Black Cinema
Gallery Aferro New Media Room
June 12
8-10 PM

Featured Films: 
Keith & Greg 
Directed by Ken Jackson 
Brooklyn Bridge to Jordan 
Directed by Tina Mabry 
Ready, Set Flow 
(Trailer) Directed by AB
and films by Queer Youth Cinema

Civil Unions Fashion
June 13
7 PM

Film Screening & Youth Discussion
Gallery Aferro New Media Room
June 15
4-7 PM

Topic: LGBT Youth & Violence, screening of HIP-HOP: Beyond, Beats & Rhymes A Film By Byron Hurt
Sponsored by True Colors

Topic: LGBT Youth & Violence, screening of HIP-HOP: Beyond, Beats & Rhymes A Film By Byron Hurt
Sponsored by True Colors

Black Rock Events

All Saturday Events Begin @ 1 pm 

Saturday, February 3, 2007

Black Renegade Remix: Spirits and Rebels and Sex

Afro Punk by James Spooner

66-minute documentary that explores race identity within the punk scene.

Quilombo Country: Afro-Brazilian Villages in the Twenty-First Century with Chuck D by Leonard Abrams

No other film currently in release addresses these communities and illustrates all of these important Afro Brazilian contributions to Brazilian and world culture. It is narrated by Chuck D, the legendary poet, scholar, media commentator and front man of the iconic hip hop band Public Enemy.

Black Power! Black Comics Reception-Panel
Saturday, February 10, 2007

Desert Blooms: Black Women’s Stories of Resistance, Healing and Growth
Saturday, February 17, 2007

NO! A Rape Documentary by Aishah Shahidah Simmons

NO! is a feature length documentary about rape and healing in African-American communities. ” If the Black community in the Americas and in the world would save itself, it must complete the work this film begins.”  Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize winning author, The Color Purple

Sunshine Boutique by Kagendo Murungi 

Sunshine Boutique, premiered at this screening, is experimental documentary film that celebrates the values of African life and the leadership of African Women of all sexualities around the world.

The film depicts how these artists manage and portray intersections between racism, sexism, homophobia and xenophobia through their art and activism.

Restless Love…Defending the Beloved Community – Panel
Mr. Devious – My Life by John Fredericks
Saturday, February 24 2004

 Mario ”Mr. Devious” van Rooy, an enigmatic hip-hop mc, is stabbed to death in his neighborhood of Beacon Valley, Mitchell’s Plain, leaving a deafening silence. Filmmaker, John Fredericks struggles to make sense of his close friend’s untimely passing. Honoring a pledge, John comforts Devious’ wife, Natalie, who is left to fend for her three kids. As Devious in his own words, takes us into his life, Natalie and John discover the legacy of a fiery street poet. Natalie takes charge of her life as she boldly picks up the mic & music of her late husband.

Newark Artist’s Collective

On Sunday January 28th Gallery Aferro will host the monthly meeting of the Newark Artist Collective at 1:00 PM on the first floor. Speaker: Noelle Lorraine Williams of Reborn

The 48 Hour Line

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Gallery Aferro has invited artist Ryan Brown to adminster the creation of a “48 Hour Line” from 1/11/07 12:00 PM to 1/13/07 12:00 PM.

For this entire period of 48 hours, Ryan and volunteers will be visible in the front window of the gallery, 73 Market Street Newark NJ.

All are welcome to visit him, at any hour day or night. ”48 Hour Line” will involve continuously moving a pencil over thewalls of the gallery’s front platform without stopping or lifting the pencil for forty-eight hours. The line will be made using large graphite sticks.

In order to facilitate the transfer of the pencil between participants, it will be necessary for both people to handle the pencil simultaneously after which the passer will slowly removes his or her hand.

It will be necessary to arrange a group of participants who will share the responsibility of keeping the project moving. You may draw for aminute, or hours as you wish.

During the entire performance, which will begin 12:00pm Thursday January 11 and will conclude 12:00pm Saturday January 13, there will be an open call for volunteers who would like to contribute.

This opportunity will serve as a means to establish a community of individuals who are intent on accomplishing a common goal.

Due to the extended hours of the performance those who wish to sleep over must provide their own accommodations including sleeping mats,
pillow, blanket etc., as well as the necessary food rations.

Film Night

Storefront Films

Storefront Films

Storefront Films is a project instigated by Evonne M. Davis taking place in multiple locations: gallery venues donated or underutilized spaces, and vacant lots. Moving imagery in all genres, from around the world, is screened from dusk till late, offering an alternative to the glut of commercial imagery pedestrians are exposed to daily. The transient nature of the screenings makes them highly democratic, as viewers can decide how to interact with the temporary environment.

So far, viewers have used their cars as viewing booths after slamming on the brakes, ordered takeout, brought chairs from home, called up friends, offered critiques, and generally made the project their own.

We would like to thank Vikki Michalios of Studio 411 for her support of this project.

Studio 411
June 6, 2008, from 7-10pm
Video work by 
Michael Amter

Studio 411, 411 Monmouth Street, Jersey City, NJ as part of JC Fridays

Studio 411
March 7, 2008, from 7-10pm

Work by Andrew Demirjian of Palisades Park, NJ and Anne Schiffer of Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Studio 411, 411 Monmouth Street, Jersey City, NJ as part of JC Fridays