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Learn to “Make Art Your Day Job” at Workshop in Rahway, Nov. 12


RAHWAY, NJ – Are you an emerging artist or an established artist eager to launch a full-time career in the arts? Do you need to reassess the direction you need to take with your career? A panel of artists will answer these questions and many others at the “Make Art Your Day Job” workshop on Wednesday, Nov. 12. Sponsored by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the program runs from 6:15 to 9:15 p.m. The workshop, coordinated by the Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs in the Department of Parks and Community Renewal, takes place at the Union County Performing Arts Center, 1601 Irving Street, Rahway, NJ 07065.

“The panel will provide an excellent opportunity for professional interchange,” said Freeholder Chairman Angel G. Estrada. “The artists will hear first-hand how to support themselves through their art by turning their creativity into ‘day jobs.’ ”

The panel moderator, Andy Bernstein, is a musician and arts educator. He has spent 18 years touring worldwide and recording with New Jersey roots-rockers, The VooDUDES. Bernstein also performs with the acoustic string jazz band, The Long Gone Daddies.

The other panelists include Ray Andersen, Kim Leary, and Sheryl Sinkow.

Ray Andersen played with the Stone Pony house band, Cats on a Smooth Surface, and frequently jammed with Bruce Springsteen. Finding his true calling, he makes music for kids as Mr. Ray.

Kim Leary is a performer, choreographer, instructor and belly dancer, “Alexia.” She is co-artistic director of Groove Merchant Drum and Dance Ensemble and co-director of her school, The Drum and Dance Learning Center in Bordentown, NJ.

Sheryl Sinkow is a photographer whose work was published in the Peter Jennings and Todd Brewster book, “In Search of America.” Her projects use traditional and digital systems, and include advertising, portraiture, special events, weddings and fine art photography.

All individual, emerging and part-time artists are invited to attend the workshop, which is funded in part by the Board of Chosen Freeholders and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts in the Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Pre-registration is required by Nov. 7. The registration form and fee of $10.00 should be sent to the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, 633 Pearl St., Elizabeth 07202. Make checks payable to the County of Union. To receive a registration form or more information, contact the Office at 908-558-2550 or e-mail: NJ Relay users dial 711.