Linda Vonderschmidt-LaStella, Director of the Gallery of the Edison Art Society, is the recipient of numerous grants and awards for her work with the arts and in the field of education. In 1993, the native Baltimorean and her husband Nino Pasqual LaStella established EARTHSONGS, which is a fine art ceramic studio in the heart of Metuchen, New Jersey.
The couple wanted to create a working studio as well as an oasis of peace and tranquility in the midst of the frenzied Central Jersey life. And so they painted their 80 year-old house and garage in distinctive colors, then designed the gardens and a pond around for aesthetic beauty for visitors to enjoy they approach the studio.
Earthsongs is a fine art ceramic studio, producing custom ceramic installations, specializing in wall works: one-of-a-kind tiles, wall sculptures and permanent murals. It is open to the public for browsing, as well as a place where Linda, the ceramist of the pair, gives classes and workshops.
GALLERY of the EDISON ARTS SOCIETY
The Gallery of the Edison Arts Society is a joint venture between the eight-year old Edison Arts Society and its corporate partner, the Sheraton Edison Hotel at Raritan Center.
With its first opening on November 24, 2001, the Gallery found its home on 50 feet of wall space in the well-traveled, beautifully maintained lobby of the Hotel, near the café. The Hotel sponsors Gallery openings with a lavish reception buffet, along with live entertainment provided by EAS. This opening was attended by more than 200 artists and art supporters.Exhibits hang in this venue for five-months and are viewed by multitudes of out-of-town visitors as well as locals who frequent the Hotel for meetings, galas, lunches or dinners.
Using the phrase Art Without Borders evoked in us a sense of openness and welcome to the world. It appealed to our desire to reach out and embrace global society. We even hoped that the phrase would create an immediate allusion to the international organization Doctors Without Borders and their work of courageous healing. We now invite you, the artists of New Jersey, to consider your own work in this regard and submit what you believe will make a significant contribution to this exhibit.
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