FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS ____________ _________________  SHOWS ~ Guests ~ Information 2006-2008 ___________ LINDA  TOBOROWSKY Radio Host Freelance Writer _______________ ROY M. STEINBERG~ Artist/ Gallery _____________ KATHRYN JOHNSON GLASER~ Educator ~ Docent ~ Co-Host _____________ KENNETH HARI ~ International Portraitist _____________ DR. HADASSAH GUTTMANN Pianist ~ Educator ___________ Junior Announcer DANIEL BURBANK _________________ Photos Page 1 - 2006 -2007 ___________________ Photos Page 2 - 2006 -2007 _____________ NINA HAND - Performer - Executive Director _____________ BOB YUROCHKO~ Musician ~ Author ~ Artist ______________ DR. THEODORE K. SCHLOSBERG ~ NJ Workshop on the Arts ______________ DR. ANITA O. SOLOMON Clinical Psychologist ~ Musician _____________ ANGELO ORLANDO, Jr. Edison Art Society ______________ LINDA VONDERSCHMIDT-LaSTELLA _____________ BARBARA GOOD - Pianist~ Soloist MyLifeTime Book ____________ RUSS McCUBBIN ACTOR - STUNTMAN ______________ NOELLE COMPINSKY TINTURIN~ Pianist ____________ A TRIBUTE to the BEATLES _____________  MARK TRAUTMAN Conductor ~ NBCO _____________ REBECCA SCOTT - Conductor- Cantabile Chamber Chorale ______________ EVA ETZIONI-HALEVY, Ph.D. Biblical Novelist _____________ The VILLAGER'S THEATRE _____________ ZITA GEOFFROY HEINZ ~ Actor _____________ HEALING THROUGH CREATIVITY _____________ DR. BERNARD ROSE ` Musician - Educator _____________ MARVIN CHEITEN, Ph.D Playwright ~ Director _____________ THE REDDING BROTHERS ~ Musicians ~ Composers _____________ BARRON ARTS CENTER --CYNTHIA KNIGHT Director ______________ LIKE-MINDED ENTERTAINMENT~ Film Makers ______________ LARRY McCULLOUGH, Ph.D. Playwright ` Musician ~ Educator ______________ ROIA RAFIEYAN~ Singer ~ Musician ~ Composer ~ Music Therapist ______________ A Tribute to MARCEL MARCEAU _____________ STEPHEN H. FOREMAN - Screenwriter- Author ___________ THORNEY LIEBERMAN~ Photographer ___________ DEBBIE HILL - Photojournalist ____________ JULIA SADD Journalist - Lyricist - Author ____________ CINDY BOGGS- Author - Instructor - Speaker ____________ BRUCE K. HALEY, Jr --Photographer _______________ AILA ACCAD Speaker ~ Author _____________ Bobby Gonzalez Storyteller ____________ Middlesex County Cultural & Heritage Commission ___________ LEO KRAFT Composer ~ Theorist ~ Pedagogue ____________ GARY JAMES Poet - Author - Speaker ___________ Dr. MARTIN HALPERN Playwright ~ Poet ~ Composer ~ Educator ___________ BLENKO GLASS COMPANY ___________ RUTH KIRK - Author Childrens' Books ____________ POETS WEDNESDAY Edie Eustice ~ Deborah LaVeglia ____________ GRANT COOPER ~ Conductor - WVa Symphony ___________ Katelyn Dawn - Composer - Singer - Musician ___________ Gary Cohen Producing Director MIDDLESEX COUNTY'S Plays-In-The-Park ______________ PHIL PEPE Sports Writer ~ Author _____________ ROBERT CUCCIOLI Actor ` Singer ` Director Stage & Television ___________ LARRY GROCE - Singer ~ Composer ~ Executive Director of FESTIVALL~ 'When A City Becomes A Work of Art' ____________ EAST BRUNSWICK LIBRARY - A 21st Century Community Center ____________ Andy Rothstein Guitarist ~ Songwriter ~ Composer ____________

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.





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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