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River Edge Cultural Center Reunites Artists For 20th Anniversary

Andrea Holmes, of Paramus, with her collage of photographs from a recent trip that she calls "Viva Cuba!"
Andrea Holmes, of Paramus, with her collage of photographs from a recent trip that she calls "Viva Cuba!" Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine
Phyllis Angelo and Skip Walsh hold the mayor's proclamation recognizing the River Edge Cultural Center's 20th anniversary.
Phyllis Angelo and Skip Walsh hold the mayor's proclamation recognizing the River Edge Cultural Center's 20th anniversary. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine
One third of the multimedia self-portraits by Terence Ciccolella.
One third of the multimedia self-portraits by Terence Ciccolella. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine
Daylight Donuts, oil on wood panel, by Karl Hartman.
Daylight Donuts, oil on wood panel, by Karl Hartman. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine
"Reunion of Artists" ran through Oct. 17 at the River Edge Cultural Center.
"Reunion of Artists" ran through Oct. 17 at the River Edge Cultural Center. Photo Credit: Harry De Young
City Scape, a photograph by Harry De Young
City Scape, a photograph by Harry De Young Photo Credit: Harry De Young
Paper Collage, by Gale Sasson
Paper Collage, by Gale Sasson Photo Credit: Harry De Young
Mary Donohue's book about the Revolutionary War examines history at New Bridge Landing in River Edge.
Mary Donohue's book about the Revolutionary War examines history at New Bridge Landing in River Edge. Photo Credit: Harry De Young

RIVER EDGE, N.J. — One had a passion for photographing trains, one was a local art teacher, and some had passed on and left their artwork as a memory.

All 21 veteran artists were displaying their work for a second, third or fourth time for the River Edge Cultural Arts Center's 20th anniversary.

The nonprofit organization hosted “A Reunion of the Arts” from Oct. 4 through Oct. 17 to bring back some local artists who’ve supported it for the past two decades. The multimedia exhibit featured photojournalism, several oil paintings, a charcoal drawing, a sculpture and more.

“It never ceases to amaze me how talented some these folks are,” said board member Skip Walsh. “You never know what to expect with local artists.”

The Cultural Center's mission is "to foster an appreciation of the arts, provide knowledge of our past and a vision of the future, and to promote cultural awareness in the community," founding member Phyllis Angelo said.

Photographer Andrea Holmes of Paramus, came by to see her piece on the wall one last time before the show was dissembled.

Holmes, who had her photographs on view in the Cultural Center's "River Edge Travels the World" show, has been to 80 countries. With a trip to Lapland set for this winter, she says she has no plans to stop.

Her photographs in the anniversary exhibit documented a recent trip to Cuba, where she salsa-danced in the street with her new pen pal, Tony, stopped to buy cheese from a vendor on the side of the road and watch bulls soak their rear ends in a freshly plowed field.

"I got off the plane and everyone was just sort of looking at me," said Holmes, 74. "I didn't know what to say so I just raised my arms and said 'Viva Cuba!'

"And everyone went nuts."

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