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MARCH 9, 2015 - APRIL 6, 2015

opening reception thursday, march 12 





Exhibit and Opening Reception



In Celebration of Women's History Month

MARCH 9, 2015 - APRIL 6, 2015


Newark celebrates its 6th Annual STRONG WOMEN exhibition in honor of Women's History Month - March 9, 2015 - April 6, 2015.  "Strong Women" recognizes the artistic achievements of women through various media including painting, photography, collage, sculpture and drawing.  The opening reception will take place at one of the oldest Jewish Synagogues in Newark, Congregation Ahavas Shalom on Thursday, March 12, 2015, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  Viewing days following the opening reception are by appointment only.  This event is free and open to the public. 


The exhibit will feature works by professional and world renown women artists like Lisa Ross, Barbara Nessum and Ruth Bauer Neaustadter.  


The exhibiting artists for STRONG Women 6 are:

Ruth Alvarado,  Waleska Ayala,  Lavett Ballard,  Ines Berges,  Patricia Chamberlain,  Monica Chavarria,  Lisa Conrad, Joan Cummings,  Dorie Dahlberg,  Dom Duro,   Kathryn Eddy,   Maria Estrella,   Adia Gibbs,   Alice Harrison,   Lillian Hicel, Tina Hill,  Lauren Kaiser,  Teressa Koncick,  Renee Lerner,  Ruth Bauer Neustadter,  Barbara Nessum,  Cathleen Parra,  Alma Peralta,  Nelly Rojas,  Lisa Ross,  Marian Rubin,  Maria Ruz,  Armisey Smith,  Leona Strassberger Steiner,Vanessa Sotorrio, Juanita Torres,  Ilinka Vangelovska  and Esmeralda Vasquez.


The opening reception will feature performances by Mia X.

Congregation Ahavas Shalom's exhibition space via the Jewish Museum further underscores the rich culture of the Lower Broadway region in Newark.  This will be the second year Eric Freedman; the Director of Congregation Ahavas Shalom has supported the STRONG Women exhibit as a means of expanding arts and cultural events for the surrounding community. 



Armisey Smith is an illustrator and painter by trade.  Her work focuses on the strengths and complicated existence of African-American women.    Her latest works focus on mental illness and the stigmas attached to women of color failing to recognize mental illness as a tangible disability.  Ms. Smith is an arts administrator, art instructor and a muralist for the City of Newark.  She is a graduate of Parsons School of Design and Pratt Institute.  Ms. Smith lives in the Forest Hill section of Newark.



Congregation Ahavas Shalom, 145 Broadway, Newark, NJ 07104 


March 9 - April 6, 2015


March 12, 2015 6:00pm-8:30pm


For viewing days and times, please contact
The exhibit will run from March 13th - April 6th

with the exception of Sabbath (Friday and Saturday) and the observance of the Jewish holidays.