NEWS & EVENTS

William’s Recent Live Art at the Philadelphia/Camden Tall Ships Festival Aboard the El Galeon

We were honored William painted live in partnership with Cooper Ferry Partnership at the Tall Ship Festival on the evening of Wednesday, June 24th. William painted on the ship, El Galeon (from Spain), which was moored to a pier on the beautiful Camden Waterfront. We hope you enjoy viewing William’s finished 36″ X 44″ live painting entitled “Invincible Odyssey”.
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We are thankful this art is installed at the Cooper Ferry Partnership offices in Camden. To learn more about the work Cooper Ferry Partnership does to provide sustainable economic revitalization for Camden, please view: www.coopersferry.com or www.camdenwaterfront.com
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A special thank you to Teaira Marque, El Galeon photographer, for the stunning sunset over Philadelphia photograph above. Also, a special thank you to Kaden Butler for his photography above.
Please visit Gallery Eleven One on Thursday, July 16th (in conjunction with Camden’s 3rd Thursday Art Crawl), or Friday, July 17th. We will have an exhibit and reception both dates from 4-8pm.
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In addition to William’s original paintings, we also have signed 16″ x 20″ fine art prints of Invincible Odyssey, and many other fine art prints available at the gallery.

Art, Music & More-Camden’s 3rd Thursday Art Crawl

Camden’s 3rd Thursday Art Crawl

Thursday, July 16th – 4-8pm (please note new time)

Experience Camden’s creative arts community located in the historic & beautiful Cooper-Grant Neighborhood & University/Downtown District near the Camden Waterfront every 3rd Thursday of the month.

Please view the participating venues & complete details at: www.art11one.com 

Recent Commissioned Art – Installed in VA

We hope you enjoy the above commissioned painting William recently created in his studio at Gallery Eleven One for a wonderful family in VA. Special thanks to the talented Julie Stange of Julie Strange Designs (www.juliestrangedesigns.com) and her incredible family too.

We are grateful to each person and organization who has commissioned William to create a custom work of art.

We are honored to partner with incredible organizations and individuals with William’s live, commissioned, and studio art. We are thankful for the support and for being connected to wonderful communities in and near Camden and throughout the nation. We enjoy promoting and supporting the creative arts which we believe are vital to us all.

Camden Waterfront Arts & Wine Festival – Sat., Aug. 1st – 10am-5pm

We are honored William’s art was selected to be exhibited and featured at the juried Camden Waterfront Arts and Wine Festival on Saturday, August 1, from 10am to 5pm.We will have an artist booth at the festival (a corner booth) and will be exhibiting & selling original paintings & fine art prints. We are thankful William’s art is featured in the promotion for the festival.The exact location for the festival is at the Wiggins Park Marina on Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd. in Camden, NJ 08103. For more details, please view the following:  www.camdencounty.com

This is the first time an arts festival such as this has been planned for Camden so please come out and show your support for Camden and the arts. We look forward to seeing you!
Special thanks to Hannah Murphy (www.camdenwaterfront.com), Marcy Boroff, and the other leaders of this event.

“Invincible Promise” – William’s Painting Signed by President Obama at Gallery Eleven One – Also, Signed Fine Art Prints of “Invincible Promise”

William’s painting entitled Invincible Promise 36″ x 48″ acrylic on canvas..
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We continue to be so very thankful William was invited to create a painting to give as a gift to President Obama as well as to create a painting as a gift to the city of Camden (on behalf of all those in Camden) that President Obama signed to commemorate his visit to Camden on May 18, 2015. We are tremendously honored by these opportunities and by representing Camden in this way.
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The above photo montage is William’s painting entitled “Invincible Promise” honoring the people of Camden and this historic & phenomenal visit by President Obama. How generous President Obama signed William’s painting with the words “We are proud of Camden”.

If you would like to view “Invincible Promise,” please visit Gallery Eleven One on Thursday, June 18th (in conjunction with Camden’s 3rd Thursday Art Crawl), or Friday, June 19th. We will have the exhibit and reception both dates from 4-8pm.

If you are not able to attend on June 18th or 19th, please feel free to schedule a time to visit the gallery that is best for you. We look forward to welcoming you.
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In addition to being able to view the original painting, we will also have signed 16″x 20″ fine art prints of “Invincible Promise” available at the gallery.
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We believe this art is for and to help support those in Camden. Therefore, we are selling the fine art prints for $50 with 50% of the amount of each (so $25) going to Camden charities.
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If you live outside of the Camden area and would like to purchase a fine art print of “Invincible Promise”, please contact us via email at ronja@thomaslift.com. Shipping & handling will be an additional $10 so the total will be $60.
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Please view the coverage of President Obama’s visit and William’s painting at SJ Magazine at: www.sjmagazine.net/president-obama-camden A special thank you to Marianne Aleardi and all her team for their incredible work.
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A special thank you to Pete Souza, the Chief Official White House photographer for the amazing photograph of President Obama signing “Invincible Promise”.

Art, Music & More-Camden’s 3rd Thursday Art Crawl

Camden’s 3rd Thursday Art Crawl

Thursday, June 18th – 4-8pm (please note new time)

Experience Camden’s creative arts community located in the historic & beautiful Cooper-Grant Neighborhood & University/Downtown District near the Camden Waterfront every 3rd Thursday of the month.
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Please view the participating venues & complete details at: www.art11one.com

Living, Working, and Volunteering in Camden, NJ

Carson & Kaden are growing up so fast; they just completed their freshmen year of high school. We hope you enjoy recent photos of all of us as a family.
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Carson & Kaden manage a community garden in Camden whereby all the produce harvested goes directly to the people of Camden. This is led by an incredible organization in Camden: Woodland Community. Carson & Kaden prepare the beds, plant, water, weed, and harvest. We enjoy doing this work and serving as a family.
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On Memorial Day, Carson & Kaden were honored to volunteer to place United States flags on military veterans’ graves in Harleigh Cemetery in Camden, NJ.
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Also, we thank Shahid Rana, the Executive Director of the Fairmount Community Development Corporation, for inviting us to participate in Fairmount Avenue’s Arts and Culture Day on Saturday, June 6th, in Fairmount (Philadelphia), PA. We met many wonderful people and were able to share about William’s art, the gallery, Camden’s 3rd Thursday Art Crawl events, and other art initiatives in Camden.

Live Art Experience with Katz JCC – Gala At Woodcrest CC in Cherry Hill, NJ

We were honored William painted live in partnership with the Katz JCC at their Havana Nights Gala on Saturday, May 16th, at the Woodcrest Country Club in Cherry Hill, NJ. William’s finished live art was auctioned that evening to raise provision for the incredible work of the Katz JCC in Cherry Hill including benefiting children and adults with special needs and providing financial assistance to those in need.
Special thanks to David and Maxine Butler as well as Brian Adler and his team. Also, thanks to Lina Cohen for the 3rd live painting photo above.

President Obama’s Visit – A Phenomenal Day of Art & Celebration in Camden!

We continue to be overwhelmed as we reflect on all that transpired in Camden yesterday. The President of the United States, President Barack Obama, visited Camden on Monday, May 18th! 

Even though Camden is still named as one of the most impoverished cities in the nation, President Obama choose to visit to congratulate the Camden County Police Department and all in Camden on the great progress the city has made. President Obama called Camden “a celebration of progress” and “a symbol of promise for the nation”. For all of us living in Camden, the City Invincible, we are elated by President Obama’s words and visit!

President Obama spoke with many youth in the city – perhaps providing the inspiration for one Camden youth to become President one day. He also traveled through the streets of the city viewing the recent successes in Camden as well as the hardships that still need to be overcome. Camden residents lined the streets to view President Obama’s motorcade. What a phenomenal day for Camden!

William’s painting entitled “Invincible Promise” – 36″ X 48″ acrylic on canvas
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Our hearts are so full (we truly do not have the words) as we reflect on how blessed we are especially in these past few days. First, we are so thankful as William and I were invited to attend the event where President Obama spoke in Camden. Then, William was invited to create a painting to give as a gift to President Obama as well as to create a painting as a gift to the city of Camden (on behalf of all those in Camden) that President Obama signed to commemorate his visit to Camden yesterday. We are tremendously honored by all of these opportunities and by representing Camden in this way.
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The above photo montage is William’s painting entitled “Invincible Promise” honoring the people of Camden and this historic & phenomenal visit by President Obama. How generous President Obama signed William’s painting with the words “We are proud of Camden”. Amazing! We are so thankful.
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A special thank you to Pete Souza, the Chief Official White House photographer for the amazing photograph of President Obama signing “Invincible Promise”.
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If you would like to view “Invincible Promise,” please visit Gallery Eleven One on Thursday, May 21st (in conjunction with Camden’s 3rd Thursday Art Crawl), or Friday, May 22nd, from 4-8pm. On Thursday evening, we will also be featuring fabulous Camden poets. For more information and to view all the wonderful participants, please view: www.art11one.com
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William’s painting entitled “Camden Promise” – 30″ X 40″ acrylic on canvas
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“Camden Promise” was given as a gift to President Obama and his family. We are truly so moved this painting is with our President, his precious family, and his leadership team in Washington, DC. We pray “Camden Promise” blesses them all. Both paintings have words from Psalm 33 on the sides of each painting. These include words such as unfailing love, justice, and hope. 
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We pray all who view these paintings are blessed, and we are truly thankful to God we were given these opportunities. Without Him, none of this would be possible. We marvel God would allow us to have this favor in our beautiful city of Camden.
President Obama’s speech was given at the Salvation Army’s Kroc Center in Camden.  This is the awesome new Center that is a gem for Camden that literally sits on the site of a former landfill (a total picture of beauty from ashes). William is blessed to have his commissioned painting and the stained-glass installations at this Center. Just outside the main entrance are the words “With God, all things are possible” from Matthew 19:26. We are witnessing these words with the President of the United State’s visit, the paintings, and all happening in Camden.
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We give our special thanks to Mayor Dana Redd and Chief of Police Scott Thomson.  Without their support and trust in us to create these paintings, we would not have had this opportunity. They worked with the White House and the Secret Service to allow “Camden Promise” to be given to President Obama as a gift and then to allow time in President Obama’s schedule for him to sign “Invincible Promise.” Chief Thomson and Mayor Redd were both honored by President Obama. They could be anywhere yet they have chosen to lead in Camden. Their sacrifice as well as their incredible faith and commitment to the City of Camden make them heroes in our eyes.
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We still have challenges to overcome in Camden.Yet we are all celebrating the positive progress in the city as we continue to look forward to the hope of even more lasting transformation for Camden’s residents and all here.
Thank you for being connected to us and for being on this journey with us in Camden. We hope to see you soon. God bless you all. God bless our President, and God bless the City of Camden! 
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Words to encourage us all:
“Proclaim good news to the poor… Proclaim freedom for the captives… Proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor….”

Isaiah 61:1-2

“Camden Beautiful” – Closing Exhibit & Reception – May 21st & 22nd – 4-9pm – Original paintings & signed limited edition fine art prints

Join us for a closing reception to celebrate William’s art exhibit entitled Camden Beautiful, an inspiring exhibit of more than 25 paintings.

In addition to the original paintings, we will also have Camden Beautiful” signed limited edition fine art prints available at the gallery.

The exhibit & reception will be Thursday, May 21st, from 4-9pm (in conjunction with Camden’s 3rd Thursday Art Crawl). Also, the “Camden Beautiful” exhibit & reception will have extended hours on Friday, May 22nd, from 4-8pm.

As we have now lived and worked in Camden for over three years, so many incredible people and experiences in the city have touched us deeply. Throughout these years, William has been moved to sketch and paint what is beautiful in Camden. Also, he has been inspired to paint the great hope of what is to come for the people here. All of this led to his new exhibit, Camden Beautiful. Please come experience this exhibit and the beautiful city of Camden..

If you are not able to attend on May 21st or May 22nd, please feel free to schedule a time to visit the gallery that is best for you. We look forward to welcoming you.

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