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THE ALUMNI ARTS INITIATIVE

ART IN THE MEDIA CENTER

 

    In 2004 Steven Fragale, a 2003 graduate had the idea to paint three large canvases and have them

 installed in the Media Center. The paintings are based on a Ben Harper song.

Quoting Janet Bell  the media specialist, “There are so many times that the painting that says

The Day is New has been the inspiration to make the best of a difficult day.”

Steve’s paintings have been the impetus to expand on this installation.

 Josh Gilman Class of 2012 paintings were installed in 2013 and are representative of:

“Death of a Salesman”, “The Great Gatsby, and “The Grapes of Wrath”.

Jen Cerami, a Central Regional High School Art teacher. Has gotten involved and added

 Student art pieces to the Media Center. All are made by her students,

 She takes the time to put them in here.

In November of 2015, six panels entitled “Passages” painted in the Abstract Lyrical Style

 by artist Dawn DiCicco’76 were installed.

Also in November of 2015 we have the honor of unveiling paintings rendered

by world famous Beatles artist Shannon Mac Donald ‘76.paintings

Some key Props from Plays that have been produced at Central Regional in recent years

 By Stage artists Charlotte Roselli and Kelley Butler ‘76

 have also been preserved and displayed in the media center.

 Art in the Halls

The Central Regional Alumni Association has not implemented the following projects

but because they also instill pride here at CRHS they bear mention.

 Thanks to Art Teachers Lynn Fisher,Kristen Soleaux and Jen Cerami there is Art by students  in the halls

of Central Regional High School.

 Beth Moore class of 1991 and the Head of the Music department here at CRHS

has also hung photographs of Central Regional High School

itself in various locations around the school.

Terri Wyman, the Digital Photography teacher here at Central has been instrumental in installing

Photographs by herself, students and other teachers in the Weight room and in various wings of the school.

They have also done a study of Hurricane Sandy photos in the hallway

heading from the front office to the guidance area. 

 Recently the CRAA acquired art done by Juanita Carfora, a retired teacher in

the foreign languages department. We produced prints of them and

enlarged them and they are now hanging in the Foreign Language Wing at CRHS.


Steven  Fragale  class of 2003

Steven Fragale (CRHS 2003) received a BFA in sculpture from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2007.

He is an artist currently residing in Manhattan.

Steven’s love for materials and techniques has been the genesis for his art.

Through play and curiosity he has entered into an array of production, design and creation.

Sculpting in wood, Steven set out to build a musical instrument

resulting in a series of acoustic guitars, a business,

and exhibition at Newport Guitar Festival in Miami with the honor of building for the Sonic Sitka Project.

 It is this curious committed leaping into the nature of things that has ushered in

chalking, 3D printing, CAD, painting, bronze casting, diamond setting, and more for industry leaders.

Located in Rockefeller Plaza, Steven works with a diamond company creating digital drawings,

renderings and 3D printing models for an international group of clients.

 He has created a comprehensive portfolio of engagement rings,

diamond pendants, earrings, to fantastical things like a champagne diamond paved gold dachshund.

 His work in computer aided drawing (CAD) and jewelry led to a body of digitally

archived sculpture with 3D print company 3D systems.

Most recently, Steven created a business drawing elaborate chalk murals.

From seascapes to city skylines his work has been commissioned by a myriad of groups and individuals including;

The Public Art Fund for Jeff Koons, Delta, Forbes, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter,

Le Meridien Hotels, Starbucks, NBC, and National Geographic.

Collaboration and education has been a highlighted part of his practice

While working with the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Digital Media Lab, a place where art,

technology and experimentation combine. He has presented workshops and classes

on mold making, sculpture, 3D printing and CAD modeling. Steven showcased elements of these classes

for a webinar with Intel Engage and their series, Museums and Makers.

Steven also has a studio space in Brooklyn where he creates paintings

and sculptures both traditionally and through new digital techniques.

 His art has been shown in San Francisco, New York and Italy.

His favorite place to be is in Riverside Park with his wife, daughter and dog. 

 About the paintings in the Media Center

 Steve quotes “ I went back through an old sketch book and found my notes on it.

I don't think I ever came up with a title.

And yes, my 19 year old self felt moved by Suzie Blue, a Ben Harper tune.

I liked the lyric, the day is new. I painted my family elders, Uncle Funzie (Alfonso)

on clarinet, he played internationally and studied clarinet at Juilliard,

my Grandfather on Trumpet, he played in the USO.

So naturally I put grandmother on trombone and Aunt Mary on upright Bass

to round out the accompaniment to the actual song. (They weren't so musically inclined)

the center panel had a bit more behind it.

And the last panel was my first painting letting go of all headiness

and just painting that feeling I had listening to the song and feeling refreshed and positive and good.

The day is new. Let's call it that. The day is new.” Lets do that Steve



Shannon Mac Donald 1976

 

In past years, Shannon’s art has become as familiar as the internationally recognized celebrities she showcases in her exquisite paintings. Inspired by the contributions of her subjects to the entertainment industries, as well as the worlds of sports and politics, Shannon has an extraordinary ability to capture the distinct energy and spirit of each of her subjects and to reflect these unmistakable qualities through her wonderfully vivid creations. Combined with a tremendous flair for originality and daring expression, Shannon possess an uncanny ability to express the grace, dignity, strength, and intensity which have elevated her subjects to positions of irrefutable recognition and prestige.Summary

Utilizing her innovative eye, strong sense of design and inspiring creativity, Shannon has developed and perfected her painting style and in the process has amassed legions of loyal fans. Creative design, vivid depictions and luminous images are well known characteristics of art that is purely...Shannon.

 

1996 - Shannon Gets A Stallone Stamp of Approval

Shannon’s art has garnered the most gratifying of accolades, the enthusiastic support and approval of celebrities themselves and those within the industries in which they have achieved notoriety. One such celebrity, Sylvester Stallone, expressed his sincere appreciation and overwhelming support to Shannon personally moments after unveiling a five postage stamp tribute to the Rocky series on the 20th anniversary of the release of the United Artists’Oscar winning motion picture, Rocky, in November of 1996 at New York City’s Planet Hollywood. Shannon worked with Sly again, on the development of the movie poster for, "DRIVEN"

 

.More Postage Stamps

1997 – Shannon’s highly acclaimed Rocky postage stamp tribute followed other successful stamp design projects... James Dean, Jackie Kennedy, Muhammad Ali, Elvis Presley, Diana / Princess of Wales, JFK Jr. and others. All Shannon postal stamp designs receive national and international recognition. 1998 ? The World's Greatest Beatles Artist

Shannon prestigious awards in the fields of fine art soon jumped the Atlantic Ocean and caught the attention of the England audience. In 1998 Shannon was donned “The World’s Greatest Beatles Artist” by the Lord Mayor of Liverpool.

 

2000 - A millennium celebration was held, complete with fireworks and Shannon’s artwork projected on the great buildings of Liverpool. Her Fab-4 Fame secured her the position of creating over one hundred paintings for the first ever Beatles themed hotel, appropriately called, “Hard Day*s Night Hotel”. The hotel opened its doors in 2008.

 

2006 - Over 100 Paintings For A Beatles Hotel

Over 110 Shannon paintings grace the walls of The Beatles' only hotel in the world. The Hard Day's Night Hotel, in Liverpool, was the brainchild of Bill Heckle, Dave Jones, and from The Cavern Club and Cavern City Tours. Bill Heckle was pleased when he met Shannon and saw her Beatles Art. She was the missing puzzle he had been looking for to complete the project. The hotel opened its doors in early 2008. In 2014, Shannon will be opening a gallery website dedicated to her large body of work in and outside the Hard Day's Night Hotel. Serious buyers, from around the globe, can finally look forward to purchasing some of the beautiful Shannon Art that exists in this famous U.K. hotel.

About The Hotel

This boutique hotel, set in an attractive 19th century listed building in the heart of the city centre (right on the corner of Mathew Street, where the renowned Cavern Club may also be found), features discreet and tasteful Beatles memorabilia. Hard Days Night Hotel consists of 110 rooms in total, including standard rooms, executive suites and two spectacular penthouse suites; all guest rooms boast modern amenities and clever touches of decadence throughout, as well as exclusive works of art by the famous Beatles artist Shannon.

2008 - Chopper Motorcycles Grace The Gift Shop Shelves

From top to bottom, SHANNON has created the first dozen PHANTASY CHOPPERS’ motorcycles. They smack of street hugging velocity, bullet-like curves, fat bottom rear-end torch, and an awesomely bad tempered look that reflects a blatant attempt to annihilate the competition. And that is when they*re just sitting on your shelf!

Shannon joined forces with King Features and signed on with Westland Giftware to distribute the 3-D radical Phantasy machines. The choppers were a big hit! Shannon is still represented, in licensing, with King Features and will present new 3-D projects in the future.

King Features

King Features is one of the largest and most experienced organizations in merchandise licensing and entertainment. Among its most beloved and successful classic characters are Popeye the Sailor Man, Olive Oyle and Betty Boop. In recent years, the company has expanded its portfolio and now represents a varied array of pop culture and art properties.

a painting called "The Ono Lisa".

2008 - Official Artist for The Cavern Club of Liverpool, England

 

2009 - Inducted into the Cavern Hall of Fame (Liverpool, England)

More Beatles Accolades

There is now a “Shannon Gallery” at the Cavern Club. A 9’ x 9’ Shannon painting depicting The Beatles during their last appearance at The Cavern over 50 years ago. Shannon met Yoko at The Cavern in 2013. Shannon presented her with

 

2012 - Sponsorship from PPG dealing with their “green” paint. PPG released it’s environmentally conscious color called, Envirobase*. Shannon started teaching around the nation the “pros” of using Envirobase* in the Custom Auto and Gallery industries.

 

2014 - Official Artist for Ed “Big Daddy” Roth / Rat Fink


1998 ? The World's Greatest Beatles Artist


Shannon prestigious awards in the fields of fine art soon jumped the Atlantic Ocean and caught the attention of the England audience. In 1998 Shannon was donned *The World*s Greatest Beatles Artist* by the Lord Mayor of Liverpool.  


2000 ? A millennium celebration was held, complete with fireworks and Shannon*s artwork projected on the great buildings of Liverpool. Her Fab-4 Fame secured her the position of creating over one hundred paintings for the first ever Beatles themed hotel, appropriately called, *Hard Day*s Night Hotel*. The hotel opened its doors in 2008.

2006 ? Over 100 Paintings For A Beatles Hotel


Over 110 Shannon paintings grace the walls of The Beatles' only hotel in the world. The Hard Day's Night Hotel, in Liverpool, was the brain child

of Bill Heckle, Dave Jones, and from The Cavern Club and Cavern City Tours. Bill Heckle was pleased when he met Shannon and saw her Beatles Art.

She was the missing puzzle he had been looking for to complete the project. The hotel opened its doors in early 2008.

In 2014, Shannon will be opening a gallery website dedicated to her large body of work in and outside the Hard Day's Night Hotel. Serious buyers,

from around the globe, can finally look forward to purchasing some of the beautiful Shannon Art that exists in this famous U.K. hotel.

About The Hotel


This boutique hotel, set in an attractive 19th century listed building in the heart of the city centre (right on the corner of Mathew Street, where the renowned Cavern Club may also be found), features discreet and tasteful Beatles memorabilia. Hard Days Night Hotel consists of 110 rooms in total, including standard rooms, executive suites and two spectacular penthouse suites; all guest rooms boast modern amenities and clever touches of decadence throughout, as well as exclusive works of art by the famous Beatles artist Shannon.  


2008 ? Chopper Motorcycles Grace The Gift Shop Shelves


From top to bottom, SHANNON has created the first dozen PHANTASY CHOPPERS* motorcycles. They smack of street hugging velocity, bullet-like curves, fat bottom rear-end torch, and an awesomely bad tempered look that reflects a blatant attempt to annihilate the competition. And that is when they*re just sitting on your shelf!


Shannon joined forces with King Features and signed on with Westland Giftware to distribute the 3-D radical Phantasy machines. The choppers were a big hit! Shannon is still represented, in licensing, with King Features and will present new 3-D projects in the future.


King Features


King Features is one of the largest and most experienced organizations in merchandise licensing and entertainment. Among its most beloved

and successful classic characters are Popeye the Sailor Man, Olive Oyle and Betty Boop.

In recent years, the company has expanded its portfolio and now represents a varied array of pop culture and art properties.


2008 ? Official Artist for The Cavern Club of Liverpool, England  


2009 ? Inducted into the Cavern Hall of Fame (Liverpool, England)


More Beatles Accolades


There is now a *Shannon Gallery* at the Cavern Club. A 9* x 9* Shannon painting depicting The Beatles during their last appearance at The Cavern over 50 years ago. Shannon met Yoko at The Cavern in 2013. Shannon presented her with a painting called "The Ono Lisa".


 


2012 ? Sponsorship from PPG dealing with their *green* paint. PPG released it*s environmentally conscious color called, Envirobase*.

Shannon started teaching around the nation the *pros* of using Envirobase* in the Custom Auto and Gallery industries.  


2014 ? Official Artist for Ed *Big Daddy* Roth / Rat Fink 


2015 ? Sponsorship with 1-Shot Paint (also PPG)


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Dawn Di Cicco 1976

 

. Dawn DiCicco was born in 1958 and grew up in a close family at the Jersey Shore. Developing passion for art and music at an early age, Dawn began drawing portraits of her favorite musiciansBelieving that her talent could be advanced through the study of fine arts, sheenrolled in college and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Arizona where she also studied graphic design.After graduating, Dawn worked as a graphic designer for American West magazine in Tucson, Advertising agencies and businesses in Philadelphia, New York City and New Jersey.To better sate her creative appetite, she painted and drew realistic images in her spare time, which was limited as she tended to her growing family.In 2011, her children now grown, Dawn became restless and unsatisfied with her traditional approach to art.Anxious to experiment with something different, she decided to try a class inLyrical Abstract Painting, which stresses the personal expression of the painter through the use of shape, lor,line and texture in non-representational forms. This genre of painting clicked for Dawn as she was liberated from the precision that realism demanded. Abstract painting better suited her admittedly unfocused, pinball machine like consciousness. Adding to the excitement of finding this style is Dawn’s ability once again to integrate art and music.With the music turned up loud, she is inspired to put brush and paint to canvas. Studying with James Kent, Dawn continues with her unique Lyrical Abstract Painting, which manifests her love for musicand art in a non-representational form.

Artist Statement

My consciousness of experience is not lineal. It starts, stops, detours, curves,

zig zags, slows and accelerates, confuses. It streams from reality to reverie.

 My painting captures my experiences.

Picasso said: “The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the

place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web”.

For me, it’s all those things and more.

 Music plays an influential role in my lyrical abstract paintings.

The rhythm and beat guide me as I lay on texture and depth and color and hope.

I love the physical act of putting brush, charcoal, pencil and pastel to the canvas.

One long swift movement and I have a shape that compels me to move forward.

I put on some music, turn it up loud, and paint.

The 6 Panel installation in the Media center is titled “ Passages”. Dawn says she was listening to a punk band called The Black Lips, also The Clash, Alt-J and The Strokes.


JOShua GILMAN 2012

is a New Jersey based artist and musician. He graduated Central Regional High School in 2012. Joshua was awarded Best in Show at the Ocean County Teen Arts Festival two years in a row for his work in sculpture and oil painting, and is the recipient of several Stars and Stripes awards for achievements in Fine Arts. In the years since his graduation from Central, Joshua has continued to make art in many mediums, as well as further apply his musical talents as a bassist in a nationally touring band. Joshua is currently focused on applying to school in New York City, where he hopes to pursue a major in Fine Arts.

THE PLAYBILL PROJECT

In 2011 the Central Regional Alumni Association Implemented the “Playbill Project”  The Idea  was originally formulated by Beth Moore class of 1991 and Kelley Butler class of 1976  Original artwork to represent plays  done by the CR Drama Club were painted by Students and Alumni. With the Help of Trish Oliphant class of 76 , it was decided that  the artists  would paint on 30x 40 wraparound canvases in the medium of their choice. The year of the production is prominently displayed, but  with  the artists themselves had free reign to  use their own personal style.. This way not only do we honor the plays themselves but also the artists..  With The Help of Ms. Lynn Fisher of the Art Department at CRHS, Canvases  were completed by  fourteen students.There were alumni from the classes of  1976,1988,1993 and 2003.completing additional canvases . 32 Canvases in total were painted and then hung by Class of 1974  Alumnus Loren Adrian.  In August 2015 this project was completed.

 

 

The Man Who Came To Dinner 1963 Kelley Butler ‘76

South Pacific 1964  Kelley Butler ‘76

The Music Man 1966- Cara Quinton ‘93

Brigadoon 1968-Kelley Butler ‘76

Camelot 1970-Kelley Butler ‘76

Sound of music 1972-Kelley Butler “76

Carousel 1974 Done Stephanie Shea ‘03

Oklahoma 1976-Kelley Butler’76

The King and I 1978_Kelley Butler ‘76

Hansel and Gretel 1980 Caitlyn Kaufman’13

The Sound of Music 1985_ Rachel Sasso ‘15

Our Town 1986-Maria Morales’88

Fiddler on The Roof 1987-Kelley Butler’76

Gypsy 1990-Emily Burke’14

Anything Goes 1991_Kelley Butler’76

Annie 1995_Vanessa Tomassini ‘15

Little Shop of Horrors 1996 -Emily Pomeroy’13

Alice in Wonderland 1998 -Nancy McGloughlin’14

Hello Dolly 1999-Kelley Butler’76

A Midsummer Nights Dream 2000-Cara Quinton ‘93

Romeo and Juliet 2001_Shayeln Valesquez ‘14

Pippin 2001-Vanessa Tomassini’15

AHow to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying 2002 Janet Bell

Once Upon a Mattress 2003-Stephanie Shea’03

Copacabana 2004 -Nick Buglione’13

Father of The Bride 2004-Kathleen Junkerman’15

Disney's Beauty and The Beast 2006- Payton Mianulli’14

Footloose 2007-Norman Switzer’15

Seussical 2008 Courtney Bott’14

Once On This Island 2009-Kelley Butler ‘76

Peter Pan 2011 -Alexa Padula’13

Music Man 2012 –Chelsea Massaro’15

 


 


A GIFT OF ART SUPPLIES



In November of 2015, during the dedication of the Arts in the Media Center,We were approached by Thomas Wilson, class of '76. Tom was in a unique situation. The company that he worked for ColArt of America is a distributer of high end art supplies. It seems that in business' like this, they often have products that they can no longer sell but are still in great shape and they just sit in a warehouse. Tom asked us if w...e wanted a donation and of course we said YES! Over the course of the following year we received many pallets of art supplies. Of which we donated 90 percent to the CR art department, Art teachers Lynn Fisher and Jennifer Cerami then distributed portions to the middle school. The Alumni association also donated supplies to the 5th and 6th grades in Bayville through Dorothy Meelheim and to The Special needs classes here at CR through Patty Fortus. The artists whose works are represented in the media center also received donations of art supplies and We donated some to the Lacey HS art department.We are very pleased to see what the students have been doing with the art supplies that they otherwise would not have had.

If you have a company or are employed by a business that has a similar situation, Salvage or excess product of any kind.. please contact us, Waste not want not!


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art displayed at teen arts produced with supplies donated by Thomas Wilson class of 76 to the alumni association and then given to The CR art department.. very impressive what the students can do with top quality materials