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NNJCF Foundation Announces Winner Of Englewood Arts Battle

Robert Gratson received the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation's ArtsBergen Connect the Dots networking series audience award at the Bergen Performing Arts Center.
Robert Gratson received the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation's ArtsBergen Connect the Dots networking series audience award at the Bergen Performing Arts Center. Photo Credit: Sam Lee

ENGLEWOOD, N.J. -- Artist Robert Gratson took home the audience's "Favorite Piece Award" at the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation's ArtsBergen first Connect the Dots networking event in Englewood.

Arrtists were pitted against each other in a head-to-head, multi-round, live art-making competition. In each round, artists were given a new medium -- a marker and acrylic paint -- to add to their pieces in a time-controlled environment in two 45-minute rounds.

The audience experienced the creative process live and voted for a favorite piece.

Gratson, a resident of North Arlington, is studying graphic design at William Paterson University. He is known for drawing tentacles as a reoccurring theme in his paintings.

“The artists’ content in the paintings is fueled by the observers, who become a part of the works created. Creativity breeds more creativity and ArtsBergen, an initiative of the NNJCF, encourages those exchanges," Danielle De Laurentis, Associate Director of NNJCF said in a statement. "We thank all the artists who contributed their artistry and congratulate Robert on winning the event."

The Connect the Dots networking series will hold quarterly events. The next networking event is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan.19 at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck.

For further information about the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation, ArtsBergen, and the Connect the Dots networking series, contact artsbergen@nnjcf.org or call 201-568-5608.

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