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Local Painters Go Easel-To-Easel At Live Art Event In Englewood

Artist Robert Gratson, of North Arlington, N.J., took the top award at a recent live arts battle at the Bergen Performing Arts Center.
Artist Robert Gratson, of North Arlington, N.J., took the top award at a recent live arts battle at the Bergen Performing Arts Center. Photo Credit: Sam Lee

ENGLEWOOD, N.J. -- It was paint brushes at 20 paces and the Carmine red was flowing as artists dueled at the Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood.

Numerous local artists happily enlisted in the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation’s initiative ArtsBergen's first “Connect the Dots” networking event.

Combatants in the “Creative Conflicts: Live Art Battle” were given a new medium -- a marker and acrylic paint -- to add to their pieces in two 45-minute rounds. The audience experienced the creative process live and then voted for their favorite piece.

Coming out at the top of the heap was North Arlington resident Robert Gratson.

The young artist, who is studying graphic design at William Paterson University, uses tentacles as a reoccurring theme in his work.

The battle “created an atmosphere of artistic energy and excitement,” said Danielle De Laurentis, the Englewood not-for-profit’s associate director. “The artists’ content in the paintings is fueled by the observers, who become a part of the works created.”

The next “Connect the Dots” event is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 19, at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck.

For further information about foundation, ArtsBergen, or the networking series, contact artsbergen@nnjcf.org, or call (201)- 568-5608.

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