MILLBURN, NJ — Last spring, Emily Konopinski opened her small business — Green Door Studio — in downtown Millburn, promoting local artists.
Now she’s gearing up to finally open the green door to the public with the first show starting this Friday.
There will be an opening reception Friday at 6:30 p.m. to launch an exhibition of the works of Sandra Charlap, a former Maplewood resident who now lives in East Orange.
The exhibition, “A walk in his shoes”, will continue until October 29.
He is free to attend the opening or see the exhibition. Generally, gallery hours are by appointment.
So who is Sandra Charlap? The artist says, “I’ve been doing art of all kinds for over 30 years. The most recent are glass, ceramic and seed bead mosaics. The work is totally unique and original. There are also pieces to hang on the wall. so sculptural.”
After attending Parsons School of Design, “I started a business designing and creating custom ceramic tableware for well-known department stores, such as Barney’s, Henri Bendel, Neiman Marcus, ABC Carpet and Home.”
She combined her love of animals and watercolors to create: www.theillustratedpet.com.
“I continue to explore art in many different mediums,” she said. “Mosaic art has been my focus for four years. Using mostly glass and found objects, I make art for indoors and outdoors. Teaching has also been a source of joy. “
Meanwhile, Konopinski, a resident of Maplewood, is working on her own art. She recently created a mural in the art alley between Goldberg’s Deli and Springbone.