Barbara Waszak Grena BARBARA WASZAK GRENA

Website: www.barbaragrena.com

Contact: bagrena@optonline.net

 

A feeling of freedom in God’s world invokes a sense that nature and I are one. It is only when I work in many different climates and see the changes in hues and feel the wind or stillness that my painting starts to develop. It’s very different then working in my studio. I enjoy both. Each has its own benefit. Sometimes I will use a photo to complete the work in my studio.

Education:
I grew up in Long Island City, New York and studied art at Newtown High School, in Jackson Heights Queens. My father and maternal grandfather who were fantastic artists influenced me. After high school I was pushed in many directions, working a few years in photography and commercial art. In the early 70’s I received a Fine Arts Certificate from the Washington University of Art in Chicago, Illinois and later studied Communication Design at Brookdale College in New Jersey.

Galleries:
Frederick Gallery in Spring Lake, NJ
Squan Gallery in Manasquan, NJ

Awards:
Monmouth Art Gallery and Art Society - 1980 through 2008:
      Best in Shows, 1sts, 2nds, 3rds and Honorable Mentions
1st- Adult show in Middletown
TWICE-Judges Choice Ocean County Artist Guild

Associations:
Pastel Society of America (Signature Member)
Monmouth Art Society
Monmouth Arts Council
The Ocean County Artist Guild
Guild of Creative Art
Plein Air Painters of the Jersey Coast

Workshops/Demos:
Monmouth Art Festivals
Ocean County Artist Guild
Crestwood Village
Ocean County College
Georgian Court College
Monmouth Art Gallery and Society
Westlake Women’s Club

Publications:
Cover for “IQ Test” 1998
Menu Cover and gift certificate For Whispers Restaurant in Spring Lake
Commonwealth Courier Cover Oil - The Old Fishery 2000
Jersey Shore Vacation Guide pastel – Strolling through Red Bank 2002
Book Cover for “the Other Side of the Street” 2010
Manasquan- the Glimmer Glass Bridge Calendar (October, 2011)
      Oil of the Glimmer Glass
Best of Worldwide Landscape Artist 2011
I was also featured in newspapers, including the Asbury Park Press, Two River Times, The Middletown Independent, The Star Ledger and others.
I am included in the Marquis publications, Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who in American Women and Who’s Who in American Art.

Exhibits:
I had numerous shows including one woman shows at the Guild of Creative Art, The Ocean County Artist Guild, The Little Silver Borough Hall and Georgian Court College. Exhibits include the Lever House Gallery, Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, The Pastel Society of America (PSA), and Salmagundi Club, all in New York City. My art works have been included in juried exhibitions including the Monmouth Museum the Monmouth Festival of the Arts and the Pastel Society of America. In July 2004, my pastel ‘In Honor of All the Heroes’ was accepted for the exhibition entitled ‘American Dreams Post 9/11’ at the Salmagundi Club. I received letters from former Mayor Giuliani and Mayor Bloomberg thanking me for the moving depiction of the September 11th tragedy. My art is also included in many private and corporate collections throughout my career.

 

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