May 27th through July 10th, Speakeasy Art Gallery in Boonton, NJ will celebrate art education with three separate exhibits. The first show will feature showing artists who also serve as art educators, the following exhibit will showcase the work of high school art students, then will finish with an exhibit featuring the gallery's students. Since the gallery opened in 2009, it has been committed to serving as more than just a gallery, but also a cultural center for aspiring youth, teen and adult artists. The gallery provides classes in several areas of the arts such as drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, ceramics, animation and computer arts. The very nature of art is for it to be shared. These exhibits are a shining example of that, they exemplify artists who not only have the need to create art but to also share their talents and knowledge so that others may do so as well.

"Teaching Artists"
May 27 - June 19
artist's reception: Friday, May 27, 2011 from 6-9pm

The first of three exhibits celebrating art education at Speakeasy Art Gallery opens Friday, May 27th at 6pm. The exhibit will feature the work of Hollie Heller, Dan Fenelon, Jamie Allen, Seth Ruggles Hiler, Paul Jach, Lisa McPherson, Melanie Vasa and Joann Hughes. All of the participating artists exhibit their work regularly, but also serve as art educators in either public or private institutions. This exhibit is proof that those who can do also often choose to teach. Participating artist Hollie Heller says "It's not just me teaching my students, they teach me too. I learn so much from them." The exhibiting artists are passionate about their own work but also passing along their skills to students.

"Influence: A High School Student Exhibit"
June 24 - July 3
artist's reception: Friday, June 24, 2011 from 6-9pm

The artists participating in the "Teaching Artists" exhibit at Speakeasy Art Gallery will also serve as the jury for the following exhibit, "Influence: A High School Exhibit". The gallery will choose twenty five works submitted by high school students residing in northern New Jersey to be shown at the gallery from June 24-July 3. Two works will be chosen as the best in show and rewarded with gift certificates toward classes and the custom framing of their work. The theme is for student artists to submit work that has been influenced by another artist, living or dead, famous or unknown. Gallery co-owner Michael Paquette says, "We wanted to give young aspiring artists a chance to show their work at a functioning gallery, to introduce them to the process of submitting and exhibiting their work in hopes that they will continue to do so past this exhibit." The gallery is still currently accepting submissions from high school students residing in northern New Jersey, visit for more details.

"Speakeasy Art Gallery Students' Exhibit"
Sunday, July 10, 2011 from 11-2pm

Speakeasy Art Gallery will wrap up it's celebration of art education by showing off the talents of it's own students. On Sunday, July 10 from 11am-2pm, the gallery will hold it's third student exhibit featuring works that have been created at the gallery by youth, teen and adult students. Co-owner and education director at the gallery, Paul Jach said, "Because our students' classes take place in the gallery they are exposed to the work of professional artists that they have become great admirers of. It means a great deal to them to show their work in the setting of the gallery and to be a part of an opening."