Sondra Cooper Siegel grew up in Brooklyn, NY. Her interest in drawing and painting began at an early age when she would sketch the trees and houses in her neighborhood. Over the years, she also became passionate about pottery, and created many pieces that are functional and beautiful
While developing her drawing skills, she turned to watercolor as the medium she felt best expressed what she had in her mind. In doing that, she studied with Jackie Weighart, a wonderful teacher residing in Somerset County, NJ.
Sondra is an artist whose desire to catalog the world as seen through her eyes, has produced a body of work that goes beyond mere picture making. Her images are imbued with the spirit and fresh insight, into the beauty of ordinary things that are sometimes taken for granted.
Her subjects are the things of everyday life that often go overlooked by the casual eye, and force the viewer to slow down, and appreciate the landscape both urban and rural. Sondra has traveled extensively, and has chosen her subjects from her experience both here and abroad. She is married and is a Mother and Grandmother. Currently, Sondra lives in New Jersey with her photographer husband, Marty.
Her work will be on display at the Franklin Township Library.
"What The Health, Mommie?" -- The new book by Dave Street (award winning performer, former punk rocker, recorded lyricist, and produced playwright) takes an inside look at healthcare and the experience Street had navigating through it during his mother's hospitalization. Street will present a dramatic reading/performance of select material from the book, including a song written for his mother at the hospital. He will share insight into how and why he wrote the book and discuss the current healthcare system. An open Q & A session will follow. Don't miss this great literary event-- especially if you or a loved one is treading through the healthcare system.
For more information about the book, and to see promotional videos, visit www.WhatTheHealthMommie.com
The event will be held in the Lounge at The Better World Market (1743 Route 27 South and Skillmans Lane)
The Franklin Township Cultural Arts Council (FTCAC) seeks to strengthen the Franklin community by bringing our many wonderfully diverse people, groups and interests together through the arts. This year the group has seen huge success in creating new programs throughout the Township. This success has created new opportunities and the FTCAC invites all residents and friends of Franklin to participate in planning and running arts events. Whatever gift you have to share, be it artistic, fundraising, grant writing, accounting, event coordination, marketing, publicity, time, enthusiasm or something else, you are invited to be a part an active and fun organization.
The Franklin Day Festival held at Colonial Park is a great example of the expanded programs. The event seemed destined for success from the start with the “buzz” that was felt in anticipation. The festival exceeded all expectations with over 5,000 people attending. There were over 100 exhibitors, 15 live acts and demonstrations including six bands, five great food vendors, crafters, a Township tent and 17 non-profits. There were games for the children and many Township vehicles for them to explore. The planning committee is already planning for next year! Contact them if you are interested in being a sponsor, volunteer, exhibitor or entertainer.
Great new programs are also happening at the new Better World Market venue on Route 27 and Skillmans Lane. Look forward to continued literary, visual and performing arts events in this great venue. Also look for the FTCAC 2015 Calendar featuring gorgeous photographs of Franklin taken by local artists.
The FTCAC is self-sustaining, and relies on volunteers and fundraising to support programs. Free will donations are always greatly appreciated and put right into the broad array of council programs. The FTCAC is incredibly grateful to all their wonderful volunteers and attendees for making events happen and supporting their work. Special thanks go to Councilwoman Roz Sherman, Evelyn Garcia and the Franklin Day Festival planning committee for their tireless work in creating such a special day for the Township. They also thank the volunteers, sponsors and the amazing Township staff for supporting the event.
For More Information, please email FranklinCAC@gmail.com or call Michael Steinbruck, FTCAC Chair, at 732-754-5649.
You can also visit www.FranklinCAC.org or www.facebook.com/FranklinCAC.
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Tea With Emily Warren Roebling the woman who saved and completed the building of the Brooklyn Bridge.
Tea With Admiral Farragut, presented by Civil War Navy Specialist Bruce Tucker.
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The Franklin Township Cultural Arts Council and the Franklin Township Library invite you to a highly anticipated presentation by former cultural attaché to both Argentina and Spain, professor of American Studies, and author of fourteen books, Michael Aaron Rockland. The author will share his experience and excerpts from two of his books, including his newest work, "Navy Crazy" (a memoir of a young medical corpsman learning to survive on a locked psychiatric ward for Navy and Marine mental patients in Japan from 1955-57). An open Q&A session will follow his presentation, along with light refreshments. Visit MichaelRockland.com to find out more about the author and his works.
Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 1:30PM
Franklin Township Public Library
Franklin Township Cultural Arts Fundraiser
The Literary Committee of the Franklin Township Cultural Arts Council once again organized a stimulating and enjoyable afternoon for attendees at their May 18th, 2014 event featuring Donna Handy Hussey, author of the memoir “His Mercy Endureth”.
Ms. Handy Hussey who was born in Jamaica migrated to the United States some thirty one years ago where she pursued a career as a nurse. Her memoir outlines the challenges she encountered when, in a twist of fate, she found herself on the opposite end of that profession after being diagnosed with a rare cancer, cutaneous T-cell lymphoma.
From the start of the event, the Literary Committee’s commitment to showcasing young talent from around Franklin Township was evidenced by the appearance of young pianist Bryce Gray who confidently and effortlessly entertained the crowd on that medium. He was immediately followed by high school poet, Orobosa Asemota, whose contributions to the event held the crowd’s attention on topics such as the debilitating effects of social anxiety.
The main attraction for the afternoon Ms. Donna Handy Hussey did not disappoint. Her gracious demeanor and her optimism captivated audience members who appreciated, among other things, her reading an excerpt from the beginning of her book about summer activities she and her friends indulged in while growing up in her native Jamaica. This choice of excerpt was a pleasant surprise for the audience as it injected an unexpected lightness around the very difficult topic of Ms. Handy Hussey’s memoir.
Ms. Handy Hussey’s focus on the importance of having the support of the friends and family whenever one faces a health or other challenge was well received. This type of support, she stated, was instrumental in helping her through the obstacles she encountered on her journey. Questions from the audience revealed that a second book by Ms. Handy Hussey is in the works.
Donna Handy Hussey’s memoir “His Mercy Endureth” is available online at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
Event summary written by Lisa Browne.
Visit her website hismercyendureth.com>>
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Daniel Harris, a New York City native, began writing poetry when he retired from thirty-five years of teaching 19th and 20th British and American poetry at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Colorado and Rutgers University.
His poems relate to current history. Daniel is also a serious environmentalist and has been a leader in preserving forest land and in working for a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags. He pursues long hikes which he uses to balance his creative work. Lastly, he founded Jewish Voices, an outreach education program with topics ranging from immigration poetry and Jewish women's poetry to poems about Israel and the Holocaust experience.
Elizabeth Pallitto holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from the CUNY
Graduate Center. She is the author of Sweet Fire: Tullia d'Aragona's Poetry of Dialogue and Selected Prose, the first English version of the 1547 Rime of Tullia dAragona (c.1510-1556).
Her poetry collection That Other Garden was awarded first place by the Academy of American Poets. She has published translations of Italian poetry from the 16th century to the present, including Iraqi émigré poet Thea Laitef. From 2004-2010 she taught in Istanbul, Turkey, where she became interested in translating Turkish poetry. These translations are in Absinthe, Fox Chase Review, Blue Lyra, and forthcoming in the book Aeolian Visions/Versions Elizabeth’s work appears in various journals, including The North American Review.
Forthcoming in the Journal of Italian Translation
is her article entitled: “Maestra and Pupil: Images of Tullia and Penelope d’Aragona in Girolamo Muzio’s Elegiac Eclogues.” Dr. Pallitto teaches writing and creative writing at Rutgers University.