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Narratives from My Toy Box

June 1 - June 29

Free

Dot Paolo

Gallery Opening: Saturday, June 1 | 3-5pm

My practice involves collecting vintage toys and objects and employing them in my diorama photographs. This exhibition combines artworks from a few different series.  Some of photographs are narratives about the mishaps that cause the demise of these toys and vintage objects. I am illustrating the plight of the toys; how they have been stepped on, vacuumed, bisselled, burned, flooded, swallowed, lost, chewed up by the dog, run over by the lawn mower or buried after being left in the yard; only to find their end. Initially, I used legs and feet as my weapon of choice, like Monty Python’s trademark foot which he adapted from Cupid’s foot by Agnolo Bronzino.  In addition, I often create portraits of my toys. These photos include dolls, puppets, dogs, animals and other assorted objects. When I get a new toy, I often photograph it in front of a curtain or on my desktop with a piece of patterned paper as a background. The images are printed in a vintage photobooth style. I use a Nikon D750 digital camera, and I print all my own digital images using an Epson P6000. I am also exhibiting black and white silverprints, created in a dark room that are hand painted.  I make a digital negative with Pictorico film and contact print them on a special paper. The photographs are painted with Marshall’s Photo Oils and pencils, a semi-transparent medium, made especially for photography in 1919 by John G. Marshall.

About the artist:

Dot Paolo was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey. She received a B.F.A. in Art Education and Sculpture from the University of Bridgeport, Ct. and an M.F.A. from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University.

Dot is the owner of Rabbet Art Gallery, Inc. in Branchburg, NJ, founded in 1984. She is also an Adjunct Professor at Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg, NJ.

Dot works in both black and white silver prints and digital photography. Her photographs are set up still lifes or dioramas that incorporate toys and odd objects into fabricated environments. All of the works are printed by Dot.

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Musical Minds: 9 mo – 2 years

May 25 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 am

Caretaker and child class to introduce music in a fun and engaging atmosphere. We do this through sing-alongs, light musical theory instruction, dance, and games.

Music helps behavioral and emotional health, literacy and children do better overall in school. While there are many benefits for learning music young, it’s also a fun and exciting activity that parent/caregiver and child can enjoy together! 

Students 9 months – 2 years and their caretakers will experience lively sing-alongs, a gentle introduction to musical theory, have fun dance sessions, and learn through interactive games. This is a great way for caretakers to bond, socialize with other parents and introduce music to their little ones!

This half-hour session is held in partnership with Stibol Music and is recommended for toddlers of 9 mo – 2 years. Please note there is a session for children 3-5 years of age immediately following.

Register in advance for 6-class course: $120
Drop-in and pay in-person: $25

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May 25
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Musical Minds: 9 mo – 2 years

May 25 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 am

Caretaker and child class to introduce music in a fun and engaging atmosphere. We do this through sing-alongs, light musical theory instruction, dance, and games.

Music helps behavioral and emotional health, literacy and children do better overall in school. While there are many benefits for learning music young, it’s also a fun and exciting activity that parent/caregiver and child can enjoy together! 

Students 9 months – 2 years and their caretakers will experience lively sing-alongs, a gentle introduction to musical theory, have fun dance sessions, and learn through interactive games. This is a great way for caretakers to bond, socialize with other parents and introduce music to their little ones!

This half-hour session is held in partnership with Stibol Music and is recommended for toddlers of 9 mo – 2 years. Please note there is a session for children 3-5 years of age immediately following.

Register in advance for 6-class course: $120
Drop-in and pay in-person: $25

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Musical Minds: 9 mo – 2 years

May 25 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 am

Caretaker and child class to introduce music in a fun and engaging atmosphere. We do this through sing-alongs, light musical theory instruction, dance, and games.

Music helps behavioral and emotional health, literacy and children do better overall in school. While there are many benefits for learning music young, it’s also a fun and exciting activity that parent/caregiver and child can enjoy together! 

Students 9 months – 2 years and their caretakers will experience lively sing-alongs, a gentle introduction to musical theory, have fun dance sessions, and learn through interactive games. This is a great way for caretakers to bond, socialize with other parents and introduce music to their little ones!

This half-hour session is held in partnership with Stibol Music and is recommended for toddlers of 9 mo – 2 years. Please note there is a session for children 3-5 years of age immediately following.

Register in advance for 6-class course: $120
Drop-in and pay in-person: $25

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May 25
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