“Works” the stunning art of Gretchen Prater

Lets go back in time and have some fun. Pretend you are 5 years old. No really, I’ll wait. Are you 5 yet? Perfect, now let’s play a game called I Spy. I’ll start. “I spy with my little eye…a beautiful autumn birch tree, a Tuscan pathway, Vermont cows, a harbor view and a ballet recital.” Can you find any of those items? Of course not silly!

In order for that to happen, you would’ve had to attend, “Works” by Gretchen Prater at The Gallery at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Jersey Properties on Thursday, December 8th, 2016. It was a fantastic turnout with her artwork selling within the first thirty minutes.

While most five year olds were playing hide-and-seek, tag and jumping rope, Gretchen Prater honed in on her passion early. “I think I’ve been painting since I was five. And so you know, it just was an outlet for me. It was a safe place for me to go in my life. I just love to paint. I love to draw – you know the way children do. And I just stuck with it,” she expressed.

And stuck with it she did, as she is now a landscape and portrait artist. Gretchen received her BFA from Stephens College after years spent studying oil paintings, watercolor and pastels with art masters Charles Reid, Wolf Khan and Timothy Clark. As an on-location artist, Gretchen’s collection allowed us to tour Maine, Connecticut, New Jersey, Florida, Nantucket, Wyoming, Montana, France, and Italy.

When you look at Gretchen’s collection, you’ll notice something. Time slows down. Not only does it slow down but you start to reflect. You find yourself admiring the simplicity and beauty of nature. You’ll gain an understanding of the layers in the atmosphere that are tiny particles of matter. Her landscape paintings are so mesmerizing, it will make you want to put an Out of Office autoresponder email message up, in the hopes that you can jump into the pictures for  a much needed vacation.

While asked about her inspiration, Gretchen mentioned her four children and nine grandchildren, “Anytime I see them, they just inspire me. I mean I’ve got a painting that I’m working on right now of one of my grandchildren, and I’m sure I’ll finish before Christmas. It just – they capture the spirit of childhood. The looking of the world from a different point of view. From all innocence and love.”

Situated between her two favorite paintings in the collection, she chose her daughter and grandkids.

Most of her portrait painting are of her relatives, but Gretchen is fully aware of her role in society today. “As an artist, you know right now with the things that are going on – especially you know in the East and what’s happening with the migrants. And there’s another little passion that I have… one of the things that I’m going to be doing is, hopefully starting a class for these children that are foster children to come once a month to the art museum of Montclair and give them an art class, so that they can feel better about themselves. So you know that would be something that I can give back.”

And while many of us gave up after the stick figure phase of drawing, Gretchen is living proof that dreams come true by taking her own advice. “Don’t give up. My passion is art. I think just to um not to give up. To try and find faith and hope in what [you’re] doing and to continue to move on. I know it’s not so easy but its – don’t give up and keep trying.”

You can find more of Gretchen Prater’s artwork at the Montclair Art Museum and EuroArt in Montclair, Silvermine Art School in Connecticut, Chase Bank in Manhattan, and the Rose Center in Morristown, Tennessee. And if you happened to miss this opening, no worries! Gretchen has another showing on January 11, 2017.

[L-R] Jane Konzelmann, Lynne Oliver, Gretchen Prater - Artist, Paula Maliandi, Michele Chiles-Hickman
[L-R] Jane Konzelmann, Lynne Oliver, Gretchen Prater – Artist, Paula Maliandi, Michele Chiles-Hickman

Written by
Ashley Wall
for Team Ellenbogen

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7 Ways To Prep Your Home For A Sale!

You know that feeling you get when you rent the $60,000 a night luxury villa located on Richard Branson’s private Necker Island? No? Well, neither do we!

The point is that the buyer should feel like your home has great energy and a very welcoming vibe. So regardless if you live on a tropical island (maybe one day) or in busy suburbia, your home should create the perfect relaxed atmosphere. In order to do this, you will need to prepare. 

As part of our listing service, Team Ellenbogen of Essex, Passaic and Union Counties in New Jersey, pays for (that’s right! Our clients don’t foot the bill, we do!!) a professional stager to come into your home and provide you with ideas. Our stager will help you with color choices and furniture placement, not as an interior decorator but a professional stager who knows what a buyer is looking for and wants. Her team will also bring in extra pieces to make your home stand out from the rest. 

On the day of the professional photography shoot, her team will come in to oversee and prepare your home so that all the best features are highlighted.

To get your home prepared for the grand unveiling, here are 7 helpful tips to prep so you can assist in the staging process. 

1. Declutter – Garage sales, Craigslist and eBay oh my! Unless you’re auditioning for an episode of Hoarders, get rid of stuff. 

That 1980s Golden Girls track suit – please donate it. I promise it will not come back in style. Have any old dictionaries, encyclopedias or yellow phone books? Sell them, donate them, or properly recycle them.

2. Pepé Le Pee-eeeeew (Odors) – Unless your Pepé Le Pew please don’t chase homeowners away. GET RID OF ALL ODORS! 

This will make or break your home sale. Since scent is the strongest thing tied to memory, potential buyers will always remember the scent of your home. Invest in a cleaning company or do the job yourself. But please remember – a pleasant scent will boost the value of your home.

3. Wash Your Windows – Its a bird, its a plane… no really its a bird that just smashed into your window, because of how clean it is. Make sure your windows are squeaky clean! 

Having clean windows will brighten up your house by bringing in sunlight in. This will create a light airy feeling… oh and keep the vampires away. Unless you’re part of the Twilight cast because for some reason they sparkle in the sunlight. 

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4. Abracadabra (Illusions) – Ok the title is a bit silly, but selling a home sometimes can mean creating an illusion. 

Now, you never want to deceive buyers, but there are tricks to making your home look even better. If you have a smaller home with low ceilings, adding mirrors, keeping the wall a light color and making use of hidden storage can work wonders.

5. Pressure Wash The Exterior – Aaaaachoo! Did you know that pressure washing your home removes allergens? Mold, dirt, mildew and algae are terrible for allergies and some could be life threatening. 

Also, pressure washing keeps the itsy bitsy spider and his friends from reeking havoc. And the best part, it adds to that Curb Appeal you hear everyone talk about when trying to sell your home.

6. Make Repairs – It’s important to fix the broken items in your home. It’s important to fix the broken items in your home. It’s important to fix the broken items in your home. 

Nope, that wasn’t a typo, I really did repeat those three sentences. Pretty annoying right? Well when you don’t fix things, the buyer becomes turned off. Now go on, get that squeaky floor fixed, paint the walls and have that rotted tree stump removed. It will be worth it in the end.

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7. Define Each Space – Was that the bedroom, laundry room, or gym?  When it comes to your home, please do not have your buyers guessing. 

Each room in the house should have a clear and defined space so the buyers see exactly what they check out the pictures of your house online.

Written By
Ashley Wall
For Team Ellenbogen

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8 Awesome Tips For Selling Your Home!

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Ladies and gentlemen its showtime! If you’re reading this, it’s safe to say you or someone you know wants to sell their home. Congratulations!

Now stop watching HGTV – yes I know Chip and Joanna Gaines are the greatest tv couple since Lucy and Ricky, but you’ve got work to do.

Here are 8 awesome tips (in addition to the 5 listed above) to make the selling process run smoothly.

1. First Impressions – By the time you finish reading this first tip, a potential buyer will have already made up their mind whether they want to purchase your house or not.

Anywhere from 0.1 of a second to 7 seconds is the average time it takes to create a first impression. Make sure your home is a good one!

2. Neutral Color Palette – Spain, Sweden and Switzerland are all neutral countries. Your home should be one too!

Make sure you swap out bold and bright colors for a neutral palette. This will help buyers envision themselves living in the space. Think hues of grays, tans, creams and whites.

3. Embrace The Season – Pumpkin spice and everything nice! Fall is the perfect time to sell your home, especially if you can’t wait to leave (get it?).

With multiple holidays in the fall you can take advantage by decorating your home to give it that cozy feel. Place some pumpkins on the steps, add some festive plants and hang a wreath.

4. Pick an Agent – You should interview at a minimum 3 agents (yes 3). Look on Zillow.com for homes that have recently sold in your neighborhood and see what agent listed them. Click on Find an Agent and see who shows up on the list when you search for your town, not the 3 listed on the very top of the page horizontally. They paid to be there!  Look at the vertical list below for agents to interview.

Listen carefully to what the agents have to say on exactly how they are going to MARKET your home. Price is not the only aspect of a listing and if the emphasis to their presentation is price alone, then they’ve lost the point. Marketing is key in real estate right now, and the price should not be used to get you the buyer activity you need. Their marketing should drive the buyers to you.

Team Ellenbogen, located in Essex, Passaic, and Union counties in NJ, has a Technology Driven Visual Marketing Campaign they use to attract buyer activity to your listing. They believe in Re-Thinking Real Estate by presenting listings in a way to attract the buyer and then pricing it in that ‘sweet spot’ to get the buyers in the door.  Check them out if you are in their area.

5. The Price Is Right – “Comeeeeee on downnnnnnnn you’re the next contestant on The Price Is Right!”

This is the hardest part. Listen to what your agent recommends. Remember, they know the market and have access to statistics directly from the MLS that you are not privy to when you look at your home value on Zillow or Trulia.  Remember: Zillow and Trulia data is only as good as what is given to them by agreement with brokers and agents. If a brokerage doesn’t participate in the syndication, their data is not there, but it is on the MLSs, which only agents can access.

It is important to price accordingly. Selling your home is extremely emotional, but you have to detach yourself (as best as you can) and focus on what’s next. So do your research, consult an agent, be realistic, and get ready for the new chapter in your life.

6. Understand your buyer – College students looking for a crash pad? A family of four looking for outdoor space? A single bachelor who wants to throw parties? Young professionals who are going to become roommates?

Remember with the help of the internet all buyers are extremely knowledgeable. By understanding your buyer, you’ll be prepared for specific features they are looking for.

7. Hire A Home Inspector – In the words of Nike “Just Do It”.

Unless you’re a billionaire (hey Zuckerberg) buying a home is the biggest purchase a home owner will make. You should do everything in your power to make sure your home is close to perfect. You’d be surprised at what they may or may not find. This will make a huge difference when pricing your home and during negotiations. 

8. Stage Your Home – If you want the most value for your dollar, stage your home!

Professional stagers will help turn your cluttered space into a photo ready home. It really does make a difference. Remember buyers are able to view your home before they even step foot in it. Staging your home will present a certain lifestyle that buyers are looking for.

As part of our listing service, Team Ellenbogen of Essex, Passaic and Union Counties in New Jersey, pays for a professional stager to come into your home and provide you with ideas. (that’s right! Our clients don’t foot the bill, we do!!) Our stager will help you with color choices and furniture placement, not as an interior decorator but a professional stager who knows what a buyer is looking for and wants. Her team will also bring in extra pieces to make your home stand out from the rest.

On the day of the professional photography shoot, her team will come in to oversee and prepare your home so that all the best features are highlighted.

Happy Selling!

Written By
Ashley Wall
For Team Ellenbogen

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Trunk or Treat: A Halloween Delight

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Probably one of the most creative and enjoyable Halloween experiences Bloomfield residents are able to attend with their families, the Trunk or Treat event, was held on Saturday, October 29. Hosted by the Bloomfield Center Alliance Inc. in the Farrand St. parking lot from 12 pm to 3 pm, it involved prizes for the best-decorated vehicle and plenty of Trick or Treating.

The thirtrunk honoring the Day of the Deadd place prize was awarded to the owner of the trunCreatures of the Forestk representing and honoring Dios de la Muerte, “The Day of the Dead”, a Mexican holiday that is celebrated on November 1. The second place prize went to the owner of the trunk that exhibited talking creatures from an autumn themed forest. Many of the children enjoyed this trunk immensely, gathering around and listening to the somewhat creepy, but amazingly Bloomfield Center Alliance Trunkfriendly, creatures that did not fail to engage those who put themselves in their presence. Quite a sight! The owner of the trunk that took home the bacon that day represented Bloomfield Township, the beauty of the season of autumn, and what it has to offer. The Bloomfield Center Alliance Inc. and the spectators of this incredibly fun event were impressed and inspired by the messages that trunk displayed so wonderfully.

Although costumes were not mandatory, many people, both children and adults, were dressed in some of the scariest and most adorable costumes. The children had lots of fun as they enjoyed edible goodies from Jack’s Super Foodtown and went from trunk to trunk, trick or treating a bit earlier than they were probably accustomed to doing.

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Events such as this Trunk or Treat event are great reminders of how important the aspects of fun and joy are to Bloomfield. Along with efficient medical attention, delectable restaurant menu options, and trendy clothing stores, Bloomfield never fails to deliver a good time for its grateful citizens.

 

Written by

Marsha Monel

For Team Ellenbogen

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“Passing Magic: A Journey Through Color and Shapes”

Presenting Jessica Sporns “Passing Magic: A Journey Through Color and Shapes”

“Oh, oh, oh, it’s magic, you know,” especially if you attended Jessica Sporn’s “Passing Magic: A Journey Through Color and Shapes show.” at The Gallery at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Jersey Properties on Thursday, October 6, 2016.

From the moment you walked into The Gallery and signed the guest book, you were delightfully greeted with vibrant customized business cards sporting the designs in Jessica’s latest collection.  As you strolled through to take a closer look, you couldn’t help but be immersed in the bold color theme.  All created within this past year, Jessica’s pieces are infused with warm and cool hues.

“I would say it’s a mixture of yoga and color, and just trying to go inward and find inspiration but also embrace the outward too,” Jessica explained.  As the colors unapologetically blended into each other creating a beautiful contrast, the shapes did not.  Reminiscent of yoga, the lines bend and form together to create a shape, while still maintaining enough space to know their boundaries.

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Jessica Sporn

Pictured next to her favorite piece, Jessica recites a quote from Picasso – that says, “‘Genius has to find you working,’ so I think that’s really important to like – I just get up every day.  This is what I do. And I paint and I doodle and I draw.”

A former attorney in a Wall Street law firm, Jessica decided to pursue her passion for art while on maternity leave and hasn’t looked back since.  With a gleeful expression she says, “…it [her art] was very two-dimensional, sort of flat, farm figures and things – children’s art oriented.  And as time went on, I just stared experimenting in more media and basically took classes and studied YouTube videos and so I like to think it’s gotten a little more sophisticated and abstract; in playing with the abstract too.”

Jessica’s designs are so moving that it caught the eye of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s family members.  “The day after the shootings in Orlando and after that beautiful Tony Award speech, I had done a water color that was a heart with like mosaics all around it, in all different colors.  And I had posted a quote from his speech in the middle of the heart,” Jessica recounted.  Lin-Manuel’s sister and brother in-law recognized this creative painting.  After some slight tweaking and a brief collaboration with graphic designers, she was able to get her #loveislove t-shirt out.  To date, it has helped raise over $50,000 for the Broadway Cares Equity/Fights Aids Orlando organization.

Passing Magic: A Journey Through Color and Shapes
Passing Magic: A Journey Through Color and Shapes

Having a lucrative career as an artist is never an easy feat.  The art scene in Montclair is unique.  It has the charm of a vibrant Southern city mixed in with the abundance of a Northern city’s resources, ideal for any artist to flourish.  Jessica’s artistic sensibilities were able to thrive in this atmosphere, especially since she is a lifelong resident.  “My biggest advice [for aspiring artists] is to just be open and say yes.  So when an opportunity presents itself, just go for it.”

Montclair residents have many opportunities to explore varied art venues.  It has its own art museum, the Montclair Art Museum, affectionately known as MAM, along with several small galleries.  Montclair also hosts two movie theaters, one that highlights independent films and documentaries.  The first annual Film Festival was hosted in 2012, which provides a platform for filmmakers from not only New Jersey, but from throughout the US and the world.  Such notable actors as Sally Field and Richard Gere were past participants.  There is live theatre as well, including the Montclair Operetta Company, the Wellmont Theatre, which offers many musical shows, Montclair State University’s Kasser Theater, Life Hall and the Studio Playhouse.  The township also hosts an Annual Jazz Festival. As you can see, if you enjoy the arts, then Montclair is a perfect place for you to live!

Lynne Oliver- Realtor & Curator, Jane Konzelmann-Office Manager
Lynne Oliver-Realtor & Curator, Jane Konzelmann-Office Manager

Jessica Sporn’s “Passing Magic: A Journey Through Color and Shapes” exhibition is on display from October 1st – November 30th at The Gallery at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Jersey Properties. The Show will also be featured in The Montclair Art Walk on Oct 21st, so stop by our Gallery On The Art Walk!

Written by
Ashley W
for Team Ellenbogen

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Alan Ellenbogen – “Team Ellenbogen” Receives Prestigious NJAR Circle of Excellence Award

 

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Alan Ellenbogen of Team Ellenbogen has received the prestigious NJAR Circle of Excellence Award for the 4th year in a row!  Moving up in rank in previous years, Alan received the Silver Level Award. To obtain the Silver Level, an agent must have $6.5 million in sales and have reported 20 units of sales at a minimum.

Team Ellenbogen wishes to thank all their clients, who have made this Award possible!

Smile! You’re on Silkscreen

Catherine LeCleire Exhibition at The Art Gallery at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
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It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words, but it can actually be worth so much more. Photos of days at the beach with family, or a car ride along the turnpike with friends, can trigger memories of not just sight, but sound, touch and taste – all tiny facets that tell the story of your life. This is exactly what local artist in residence Catherine LeCleire wanted to capture in her current exhibition now on display at the Gallery at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Jersey Properties Montclair, which will be running until February 6th.

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“It’s kind of like a passage of time,” said LeCleire of her exhibit, which includes 11 silkscreen pieces featuring original photographs. “If you look, every one of the [pieces] is from New Jersey.  Some are originally photographs that my father took, and I manipulated them [in Photoshop].”
“I wanted to do images of New Jersey, historic and contemporary,” she said.
According to LeCleire, the exhibit features snapshots in motion, sound and memory, which were manipulated, and then all interwoven through her own originally developed techniques in printmaking and silkscreen.

“Silkscreen allows for experimentation,” said LeCleire. “I allowed myself to play with special memories.”

The photographs her father took, which are titled “Sisters” and “Ocean City, ” were manipulated in Photoshop through a technique called posterization, which is when you take just the highlights of the photograph rather than the details. She then cut up the images and sewed them together.

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“I broke three sewing machines [in the process],” said LeCleire. “I was using an embroidery thread and I needed a thinner thread.”
The final result forms a type of paper quilt, which combines to tell a story. All the pieces are silkscreen printed on Rives BFK paper, which is 100% rag cotton fiber, and using water-based ink, so everything was non-toxic.

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“It will outlive us,” said LeCleire.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, LeCleire attended Philadelphia College of Art, and completed her graduate studies at the University of Southern California.

“When I first went to school I thought printmaking was graphic design, and it’s really the fine arts part of graphic design,” said LeCleire. “I’ve never regretted it ever since. I love the median.”

After graduate school and teaching in California, LeCleire’s husband was transferred to New York City for work, and the family settled in Montclair.

“Montclair is just a great town; I’ve lived here for 22 years,” said LeCleire. “The wonderful thing about Montclair is that it has always been an artists community.  There is a strong group of artists in Montclair.”

LeCleire continues to call Montclair her home, and is an adjunct professor at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and Montclair State University, where she teaches silkscreen and painting processes. She has exhibited internationally and nationally, and her work is part of many collections including in the Baku Museum in Azerbaijan, the Brooklyn Library, and the Print Center and Center for Contemporary Printmaking.
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A long time resident of Montclair, LeCleire had approached the arts curator team of Lynne Oliver and Sharon Gill at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Jersey Properties about exhibiting in their one-of-a-kind gallery.

“I know Sharon Gill for many years; our daughters used to play together,” said LeCleire. “Sharon was always involved in the arts. She used to have pop up galleries in her home.”

LeCleire’s exhibit originally made its debut at the “A Rising Tide: 3 + 3” Exhibit at Caldwell University, where she collaborated with artist Irena Pejovic who provided an audio component to the exhibit. Pejovic was at the opening reception on January 14th, and brought some of the audio that played with part of the collection. The added component of sound gave the pieces a moving presence, as if they might come to life.
Catherine LeCleire SilkScreen Artist Exhibits at BHHS NJ Properties Art Gallery Team Ellenbogen
“[Catherine] talked to me about the photographs bringing a memory of place,” said Pejovic, who at the time was recording sounds in nature, especially a lot of work with water. “Sounds become a physical image of the place. It becomes a pixilated image. Sound is images in passing; it’s not fixed.”

The Gallery at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Jersey Properties continues to bridge the arts and real estate community of Montclair by inviting local artists to exhibit in its unique space throughout the year.

Realtor Alan Ellenbogen, one half of the dynamic Team Ellenbogen of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Jersey Properties Montclair, says the continued success of the gallery and artist exhibitions is the tail on the dog for the office; and it’s wagging.

Alan Ellenbogen, Realtor of Team Ellenbogen with Catherine LeCleire, Silkscreen Artist
Alan Ellenbogen, Realtor with Catherine LeCleire

“This is not just a real estate agency, it’s a representation of the best of the community,” said Ellenbogen. “It’s a gathering place; it’s what it should be.”

For Ellenbogen and the rest of their team, they are trying to sell their clients not just a house but the community where it is located.

“You are not just buying a home, you’re buying a community,” said Lynne Oliver, co-director/curator for the Gallery.

“When we sell homes, it is not just an object,” said Ellenbogen. “When you are buying a house it’s very personal and the community is a major consideration for buyers.”

And if you are looking for that extra personal touch in your home, LeCleire’s pieces are up for sale at the Gallery. The exhibition runs from January 10th to February 6th at the Gallery at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Jersey Properties, 695 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

BHHS NJ Properties Realtors, Alan Ellenbogen of Team Ellenbogen with Artist Catherine LeCleire
From left to right: Alan Ellenbogen-Realtor, Jane Konzelmann-Office Manager, Catherine LeCleire-Artist, Sharon Gill-Realtor & Curator, Cathy Miller-Realtor, Susan DeRosa-Realtor, Lynne Oliver-Realtor & Curator

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Jessica Rosero
for Team Ellenbogen
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A Journey through Color and Movement RM Cimini Exhibition at the Gallery at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

“Journey – (noun) the act of traveling from one place to another.” – Merriam Webster

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Many may think a journey solely implies physical travel, but there are no limits when it comes to the journey of the mind when it’s inspired. “Journey’s,” a solo exhibition by abstract artist RM Cimini, was the latest addition to the growing art enclave of the Gallery at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. The vibrant and colorful abstract series featured 29 pieces – many created over the last year and a half – carry you through Cimini’s own personal journey. It is a chance to meditate and pull you out of your day to day routine.

“I am personally on a spiritual journey,” said Cimini. “I want to give everybody a chance to expand their [horizons]. Some [of the pieces] are more traditional landscapes, but all is a synthesis of experiences. It’s my reaction to the world.”

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Many of Cimini’s abstract pieces, created from oil on oil paper, were very dream like and in constant motion; drawing the eye through the story of the canvas.

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“There are obvious cues through color and shape and form, which gives you something to latch on to,” said Cimini. “You create your own experience. It helps people to find a place of peace when they see the work.”

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In addition to her abstract work, there were beautifully rich and detailed straight landscapes, which still maintained the same movement, especially in the skies and the water. “I took a lot of pictures of clouds; we had such fantastic skies this summer,” said Cimini, who spent the summer traveling including to Cape Anne, Rockport Maine. “I wanted to show all the light reflecting off the waters, through the trees.”
“I’m always looking for little [challenges] to open up and explore a little bit more,” she added. “One color leads to another, one shape leads to another. Vibrancy, energy, and movement is very important to me.”

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A resident of Caldwell for 30 years and a membership coordinator for Studio Montclair, Cimini had a show at the gallery at Brassworks on Grove in Montclair, which is where she met Marjorie “Lynne” Oliver, co-director/curator for the Gallery at Berkshire Hathaway, and was invited to exhibit as an artist in residence.

“Part of the [job] of being the gallery director/curator is attending the other gallery openings,” said Oliver “It’s all about supporting the arts in Montclair.”

“[The gallery] is a beautiful space and a great opportunity,” said Cimini.

“I just want to see more of [Cimini] work,” said friend and co-worker Jim Robinson, who attended the exhibition opening reception on September 17, 2015.  “When she said they were having [this exhibit], I wanted to come.” Robinson’s roommate Betsy Brown, who also attended and enjoyed the exhibition at the Gallery at Berkshire Hathaway, appreciated the symbiotic relationship between art and home buying.

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“I think it’s a good set up, “ said Brown. “When you’re buying a new home and looking for inspiration [on how to decorate], I think it’s a good [merger] between the two. You look at the art and how it fits into a home.”

RM Cimini’s “Journey’s” exhibition was on display from September 11th through October31st.

Written By
Jessica Rosero
for Team Ellenbogen

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Alan Ellenbogen Interviewed on National Association of Realtors Real Estate Today Radio Show

Alan Ellenbogen, a REALTOR® with Team Ellenbogen – Berkshire Hathaway Home Services – New Jersey Properties in Montclair, New Jersey was recently interviewed by Gil Gross on the NAR Real Estate Today Radio Show. This radio show is the #1 real estate show on the radio!

Alan was interviewed about the use of the DOT REALTOR domain name on Team Ellenbogen’s Community Websites. As one of the early users of this domain, NAR Real Estate Today wanted to interview him due to the unique way that this domain was used to create Community Websites that provide his buyers with information about a Community and his sellers another avenue to advertise their listings online.

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The four websites that he mentions in his interview are featured on this site and can be accessed from the home page.

They are:

Our Bloomfield Community Website
Our Nutley Community Website
Our Glen Ridge Community Website
Our Montclair Community Website

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Releases Results of 2nd Quarter Consumer Sentiment Survey

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices released Q2 results of its second Homeowner Sentiment Survey indicating that real estate consumers remain optimistic about housing and its long-term prospects yet are hesitant to list their homes in a market largely favoring sellers.

“This is a classic case of supply and demand,” said Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices President StephenPhillips. “The low supply of homes in many markets creates a strong opportunity for those able and willing to list their properties. Good homes priced correctly are selling quickly in many cases.”

There is “a low supply of homes, which in turn has intensified competition for existing properties and driven up home prices in many markets.”

  • 55% of contemplators said they’d be more likely to list if they had more information on the home-selling process.55percent
  • 29% of contemplators would like to be more knowledgeable about setting the correct list price for their home
  • 32% of contemplators would like to be more knowledgeable about preparing my home for the sale.

So basically, if you’ve been thinking of listing, perhaps you should discuss this with us so we can show you the trends in your area and how homes have been selling and you’ll find it’s not as scary out there as you may think!

stephen