Saturday, March 21, 2015

dk's collages at beautylounge

Three of my original collages are now for sale at beautylounge in Summit, NJ. 
beautylounge is a unique lifestyle boutique located in the heart of downtown Summit, NJ, just 20 minutes from New York City.

Selling my collages at beautylounge is a wonderful opportunity and I am excited about sharing my artwork with a new community. I know that my colorful, graphic, and nature inspired collages will be a great fit at beautylounge. Additional collages from my collage gallery can also be purchased framed or unframed upon request.

beautylounge opened in 2006 and has been thriving in Summit. The lounge has an eclectic mix of products that includes: both fine and costume jewelry, personal fragrance, home fragrance, body care, apparel, coffee table books, art, and decorative antiques and vintage furniture. 

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Eight Years Ago...

Eight years ago I began the journey to become a teacher. I remember calling my local Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) to find out what I needed to do to become a teacher. How naive I was! I thought with all my prior work experience and an undergraduate degree I could begin teaching in a school right away. Little did I know that the path to teaching is a very rigorous process that takes lots of study, dedication and passion. Those that do get through the schooling, student teaching and then are lucky enough to find a job teaching are to be commended. Upon graduating from an accredited graduate teaching program it is almost automatic that you get an Initial Certification to teach from New York State Education Department. After teaching full time for three years in a private or public school and meeting several other requirements you may qualify for a Professional Certification. A Professional Certification is a permanent teaching license which permits a person to teach in the state of New York. 

At the end of 2014 I was granted Professional Certifications in Early Childhood (birth - grade 2), Childhood (grades 1 -6) and Visual Arts K - 12. Having my Professional Certifications is something I am very proud of attaining. It is a significant achievement that took a great deal of hard work and sacrifice. Holding the actual certificates for the first time I felt like Rocky when he ran to the top of the stairs of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and pumped his arms in the air in triumph.