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Purpose Driven Arts Festival in Warren Sunday, October 4, 2015 6:32 pm By ROBERTA BURKHART
What began as a weekend marked with flooding and hurricane fears, ended instead as a hugely successful second annual arts festival for the residents, artists and artisans of Warren Township. “The weather turned out beautiful. It was amazing. It was a huge success,” said Monica Giglio, a committee member and driving force behind the second Warren Arts Festival at Malanga Farms, held Sunday, Oct. 4.
Giglio said about 700 people turned out to stroll through Malanga Farms’ three greenhouses, which were filled with fine art, handmade crafts and vendor tables. There was also live music, a selection of tasting stations stocked with items from Malanga Farms’ market items, Polish desserts donated by Marzena Sotha of Warren, and upscale, tasty pasta and Italian dishes provided by Ray’s Bistro in Bound Brook.
Many attendees commented on the great mix and uniqueness of vendor offerings this year, Giglio said. The show hosted about 30 vendors who created everything from fine art to wreaths, pottery, candles, jewelry and more. There were also a variety of interactive activities, which included face painting, caricatures, tie-dye demonstrations, play with clay and more, Giglio said.
The festival also featured a fundraising component, with a portion of the day’s proceeds earmarked for the Quaid Mobus fund, which was set up to defray medical bills for Mobus, a 2010 graduate of Watchung Hills Regional High School seriously injured in an ATV accident in 2013.
The festival was spearheaded by a committee made up of Giglio of Purpose Driven Art and Giglio Interiors, Renee DeLong of Malanga Farms, Warren Township Committeewoman Carolann Garafola of Ralph Garafola Studios, Susan Sadlon, Alan Kaufman and Donna Rubinettti, all of Warren, and Lynn Nardone of Watchung.
Giglio said her aim in starting the festival last year was not only to bring art to Warren residents, but also to provide a showcase for local artists. “Warren hasn’t really had any sort of festival like that and I wanted to bring that to the community,” Giglio said. Giglio said after the festival ended, one of the vendors immediately emailed her to thank the committee for planning and hosting the event.The woman wrote that she was so impressed with “wonderful atmosphere” and “the genuine sweetness and generosity...of the many charming people I met.”
Arts Ministry Helps Promote Farm Festival by Bob Makin, @ReporterBMakin
Warren plays a big part in Purpose Driven Art, not only because founder Monica Giglio is a resident of the township, but because her ministry was inspired by “A Purpose Driven Life,” a best-selling book by popular California-based Pastor Rick Warren.
The ministry’s mission is to promote art and creativity as spiritual pursuits through exhibits, lessons, workshops and the development of young artists.
“Art, like all talents and gifts, is bestowed to every individual by God,” Giglio said. “You operate at your best when you are operating in your areas of giftedness.”
Purpose Driven Art recently gave back to the community by helping to organize and promote the Malanga Farms Arts Festival with the farm’s Renee DeLong, Carolann Garafola of Ralph Garafola Studios, April DeVito of Beacon Financial Group, and the township’s Chamber of Commerce. The Sept. 28 event featured works by 20 artists, potters, jewelry makers, basket weavers, candle makers and other artisans.
Three musical acts donated their talents: Charlie Macarone, Bonnie & Alan Kaufman, and Ralphael & Aly Giglio, the co-organizer’s brother and sister-in-law and worship leaders at Zarephath Christian Church in Franklin. The culinary arts also were represented with several crockpots filled with farm-style food, as well as a variety of Polish desserts donated by Marzena Socha of Victoria Limosuine.
Local Artists Present Art Show at Stonecrest Community Church by Brenda A. Nemcek, The Alternative Press
WARREN, NJ - Three talented artists in the Warren community contributed to a fabulous show currently on display at the Stonecrest Community Church.
Produced by Monica Giglio, the Advent art show tells the Christmas story from prophecy through fulfillment. Everyone of all faiths is welcome to view it any Sunday at Stonecrest Community Church in Warren. The show will be up for all of December and features contributions by Monica Giglio, Anne Madsen Isedeh and Kathy Tobitsch.
Pastor of Children Rev. Tom McKenna said, "Stonecrest is an artistic place and to showcase artists is fantastic. Everyone is unique with different skills and ways of expressing their faith."
Lead Pastor Rev.Brent Haggerty said, "For some, art is their work, for some, art is their worship and for others it is their pastime. The artists teach people like myself that there are other ways to worship."
When asked what he thought of the show, Haggerty said, "When I walked in on Saturday, it was stunning. I didn't know what to expect. When I came from Africa 17 years ago we tried lots of experiments, and had lots of funerals for experiments."
Take the time to see the art in person as the photos don't do it justice.
As the show was determined to be a successful experiment, look for additional art shows at Stonecrest throughout the year.
"US" ART SHOW at the Renaissance Cafe'
Summit Show Features Artwork by Warren's Monica Giglio. Friday reception opens church's show on human relationships. By John Patten (Patch Staff)
An artists' reception Friday will launch the latest art installation at Renaissance Church, of Summit, with Warren-based artist Monica Giglio contributing not only help in finding the artists for the show but also her own featured work.
The church hosts regular art displays, which Giglio often helps produce. The current show is focused on the theme of human relationships—a perfect fit for Giglio's contribution: "Branching Out."
"'Branching Out' is a watercolor collage depicting hands of many colors interspersed with elements of the human face as well as tree branches," she said. "It represents the shelter, shade and growth we offer to each other."
Giglio said her role as producer of the shows stems from her own artistic endeavors and experience. She's known to the Warren and Watchung community as a local design professional, author of regular column in the Showcase Magazine called "Monica's Corner." Giglio gets regular commissions for her art, and currently has work on display in Uzbekistan as part of the U.S. Department of State's Federal Arts in Embassies program.
Her passion for fine art has led her to work with new and emerging artists, helping them develop their creativity and giving them a venue to display.
The current show is called "Us," and includes work by multiple artists from Summit, Chatham, Madison and other local towns. The opening reception is scheduled for 8-9:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Renaissance Cafe, 2 Kent Place Blvd., Summit.
INSTALLATION AT RENAISSANCE
We produce thematic and collaborative art shows t churches. This installation was the work of ten artists at Renaissance Church in Summit for Easter 2012. We have produced and installed 10-12 collaborative shows on various Christian themes from 2009 through 2013.
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