Calling Artists and Writers to Display Work at Leonia Arts’ Seventh Annual ‘Meet the Artists’

Leonia Arts, a nonprofit cultural arts alliance in the borough, presents with the Leonia Public Library the seventh annual ‘Meet the Artists’.  The event takes place on Sunday, October 1 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, located at 399 Broad Avenue in the borough.  The event is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served.

Leonia Artists Invited to Display Work

The annual event celebrates the borough’s long history in the arts.   Artists from all media — performers, crafts people, sculptors, photographers, writers, multimedia, painters, and other areas — who reside or work in the borough of Leonia, may display their work at the annual event.  As display space is limited, artists must register in advance.  For information, contact 201-944-0510 or

The public is invited to attend and meet the artists and patrons from the borough, while enjoying wine and cheese and listening to live music.  Artists’ work from various fields, ranging from poetry to paintings and sculptures, will be displayed throughout the hall.

Suzanne Pancrazi Memorial Grant Recipient

This year, Leonia Arts features painter Vincent Priblo’s work, winner of the second annual Suzanne Pancrazi Memorial Grant.  The award honors the namesake of the grant, a Leonia resident, who was an audio-visual artist and a member of the Leonia Arts’ board of trustees.  The purpose of the grant is to further a selected artist’s specific project or a body of work.

Mission Supports the Borough’s Arts Community

Leonia Arts’ mission is to support, stimulate, enhance, promote and connect the arts within the borough and to other communities.  The grassroots organization supports the arts by connecting the various diverse artists and creative groups in the town often called the “Athens of New Jersey.”  Membership in Leonia Arts is free and available for artists, arts organizations, arts groups, and patrons of the arts in Leonia.

The organization’s web site features an Artist Link page open to Leonia artists in all disciplines.  Artists, who are members of Leonia Arts, may link their web site to the Leonia Arts’ web site.  Borough artists interested in linking their web site and/or contact information to be listed on the relevant subpage, should send the following to  name and type of artist (photographer, actor, dancer, writer, etc.), one photo (optional), web site URL (optional), and a short bio or profile no more than two brief paragraphs in length.

For more information about the ‘Meet the Artists’ event or Leonia Arts, contact Kathy Pecht at 201-944-0510 or send an e-mail to  Go to for additional information about the organization, to join Leonia Arts, to view a calendar of upcoming arts events, and much more.

Bring the Family to the Opera

DSC_6574From Italy to China, the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera’s 2017-2018 season spans the globe with performances of Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca and Turandot. On Sunday, October 15, 2017, Verismo Opera brings to the stage again Puccini’s Tosca set in Italy with Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa’s libretto in four acts based upon Victorien Sardou’s drama, La Tosca.

The grand opera company premieres Puccini’s extravagant portrayal of both ancient China and the opera’s namesake princess, Turandot, on Sunday, April 22, 2018. Verismo Opera, the house opera company of the Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC) in Englewood, New Jersey, presents these productions at the theatre at 3:00 p.m.

The company is known for realistic portrayals of everyday life in its productions. “These traditional operas present realism and remain true to the original with the music, grand sets, and beautiful costumes. Both operas introduce another generation to the magnificent splendor of complete, professional productions,” said Lucine Amara, Artistic Director, New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera.

Under the baton of Principal Conductor and Music Director Lucy Arner, a live orchestra accompanies the performance of Tosca. General Manager/Stage Director Evelyn La Quaif directs the fully staged opera, with Chorus Director/Associate Conductor Michael Wittenburg leading the Verismo Opera Chorus. The principals and the Verismo Opera Chorus perform in Italian with English supertitles provided for the audience. Continue reading

Northern NJ Community Foundation to Hold Summer Art Jam at Overpeck County Park

Drum's musical performance in Cenytal ParkJoin the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation’s (NNJCF) ArtsBergen’s Connect the Dots Outdoor Summer Art Jam at Overpeck County Park’s amphitheater in the Ridgefield Park area for a celebration of the arts in Bergen County.  The third networking event of the 2017 Connect the Dot series will be held on Wednesday, July 26 on the amphitheater’s stage at 40 Fort Lee Road in Leonia, New Jersey, from 6:00 8:00 p.m.

The event, hosted by the Bergen County Department of Parks, Division of Cultural & Historic Affairs, is free and open to the public.  Cynthia Forster, Director of the Division of Cultural & Historic Affairs, will provide welcoming remarks.  Attendees are invited to participate in a drum circle, play instruments, sing, dance and more in an open space on the stage.  Visual artists are welcome to bring pieces of their work and an easel or other means to display them.

“Giving artists of all mediums our support to meet and learn from each other so they, in turn, can add artistic value to our communities and the citizens we all serve is a major part of the mission of our Division of Cultural & Historic Affairs.  We are happy to host the next ArtsBergen networking event on the great amphitheater’s stage of one of our county’s amazing outdoor spaces at Overpeck,” said Forster. Continue reading


twyla-guide-to-buying-and-collecting-art_7-e1488899091188One of the many highlights of adulting is finally having the opportunity to create a beautiful home for yourself. And whether you rent or own, you know you’re at this stage when you’re ready to graduate from having Ikea posters to hanging meaningful works of art on your walls. A lot of people have the misconception that you need mega bucks to build an art collection but these days there are lots of great resources available to help you find art you love…and it isn’t as intimidating as you think. But with all of the resources, mediums, artists and works of art to filter through, where does one even begin? Enter Ariel Saldivar, VP of artist relations for Twyla, a new e-commerce site devoted to making access to exclusive works of art accessible to everyone. Ariel is here to share her top tips for buying and collecting art plus five favorite emerging artists whose works are available on

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Leonia Chamber Musicians Society Presents ‘By Popular Request’ Concert


April 23, 2017 @ 7:30 pm All Saints Episcopal Church, Leonia

The concert features the frequently requested Franz Schubert Trout Quintet for Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello, and Bass. Other pieces to performed are: Judith Shatin’s “Love Song” for Flute and English horn, Monte Morganstern’s “Duako” for Flute and Bassoon, and Luigi Gatti’s Sextet in Eb Major by for English Horn, Bassoon, Violin, Viola, Cello and Bass. Featured Guest Artists: Pianist Steve Masi and bassonist Atsuko Sato

Tickets: Available for purchase at the door. $30 adults, $25 seniors, and students under age 18 are FREE.

Checks may be made payable to the Leonia Chamber Musicians Society, Inc. and mailed to P.O. Box 473, Leonia, New Jersey 07605. To be on the mailing list and receive subscription forms for the new season, contact Daryl Goldberg at 201-947-3923 or
After the concert, meet the musicians and enjoy refreshments.
The building is handicapped accessible.

New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera’s Bring the Family to the Opera Begins in March


New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera presents AIDA on April 23, 2017 at the Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, New Jersey. Photo Credit: Marilyn Monsanto

The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera, the house opera company of the Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), resumes in March the Bring the Family to the Opera initiative. This well-received program introduces children and the extended family to live, fully staged performances of grand opera as the composer intended. On March 9, 10, and 11, the program’s first special ticket rate goes on sale to see Giuseppe Verdi’s timeless work AIDA on April 23, 2017. The opera performs at 3:00 p.m. at the Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), located at 30 North Van Brunt Street, in Englewood, New Jersey.

“Verismo Opera provides once again the highly successful Bring the Family to the Opera. This program gives parents an opportunity to introduce their children to live opera and classical music presented on the stage with the complete cast in period costumes. We want children and their families to enjoy and experience high quality, affordable operatic performances,” said opera legend Lucine Amara, Artistic Director of the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera.

The Bring the Family to the Opera program seeks to instill children and their extended families, friends, and neighbors with an appreciation of opera and classical music. The company’s new production, AIDA, replete with full sets, will entertain the audience with live singing performed by professional principal vocalists accompanied by the Verismo Opera Orchestra under the baton of Principal Conductor and Music Director Lucy Arner. Michael Wittenburg returns to the company this year to direct the Verismo Opera Chorus. General Manager/Stage Director Evelyn La Quaif directs the fully staged opera. The principals and the Verismo Opera Chorus perform in Italian with English supertitles provided. Continue reading

New Exhibit at Riverside Gallery

departure-reduced-1Marsha Heller of Leonia, New Jersey will present “New Paintings by Marsha Heller” from February 6 to February 18, 2017 at The Riverside Gallery, Suite 201, located at The Shops at Riverside, Hackensack Avenue at Route 4 in Hackensack, New Jersey.  The public is invited to attend an opening reception on Saturday, February 11 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.  The gallery is open Monday-Friday from 10:00 a.m.-9:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. Continue reading

The Leonia Chamber Musicians Society to Present Spirited ‘Spanish Flavor’

2017-01-11_12-49-36Concert to Feature Guest Performers Violist Cynthia Phelps from the New York Philharmonic and Dancer Carlos Fittante from Boston Early Music Festival

The Leonia Chamber Musicians Society, Inc. will perform the second of a three concert series on Sunday, February 5, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church, located at 150 Park Avenue in Leonia, New Jersey.  The riveting concert, ‘Spanish Flavor’, will showcase music by Spanish composer Joaquín Turina, as well as Italian composers Luigi Boccherini and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. Continue reading

Spotlight: Barrymore Film Center

2017-01-06_10-45-16Fort Lee was home to one of the first families of film a century ago, and the Barrymore Film Center will pay homage to those actors and many others who established the industry on the East Coast.

And while the center is still over a year from opening, its creators are already hard at work determining its future.

“You can’t build a facility and then think of programming,” Tom Meyers, executive director of the Fort Lee Film Commission, told Daily Voice.

“It’ll be a place where we’re screening films from emerging filmmakers, our own film festivals and taking ones in from around the world,” he explained.

The film center, which will be located on the corner of Park and Main, will house a 250-seat cinema on the ground floor and a film museum on the second floor. The borough will own the center and its land, and the Film Commission — one of its departments — will operate it.

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Open House: An Afternoon of Aida

dsc_3177The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera (Verismo Opera), the house opera company of the Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), will hold its annual winter Open House on Saturday, January 14, 2017.  The annual event will be held at 44 Armory Street in Englewood, New Jersey at 2:00 p.m.  In the event of inclement weather, the Open House will be held the following week on Saturday, January 21 at the same time and location. Continue reading