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1978 Maplewood Arts Center
1978 Springfield Avenue
Maplewood, NJ 07040

Gallery Hours During Exhibitions:
Saturday & Sunday, 2-5pm

Gladys Grauer

Seven Decades Climbing, Reaching, Turning Corners

Joins us as we celebrate Black History Month and Women's History Month with an exhibit of the art of Gladys Barker Grauer.

Gladys Grauer has been called the "Mother" of Newark's African American art community. She is best known for her tapestries and corrugated constructions made from discarded and repurposed materials. The materials are allegorical to the people and subjects that the artist-activist champions.

Grauer says:

"Homeless people take cardboard and make shelters; they take plastic bags and make rain hats or boots, they take old stuff and make it something good; they take throw away things and make them useful."

She has been a teacher, a mentor and an inspiration for artists in greater-Newark community for generations. In 1971 she opened Newark's first gallery dedicated exclusively to exhibiting art.

Mrs Grauer is an alumnus of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her works are in permanent collections at such major institutions as the Victoria and Albert Museum (London), the National Museum of American Art (Washington,DC), the Museum of Modern Art (New York) and the Newark Museum, among others. In 2013 she completed her fourth major mural commission titled "A Tribute to Newark Jazz Clubs."

Gladys Grauer is constantly inventing new forms and attacking new challenges she is living proof that as the poet says:

“You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” ― Maya Angelou

Saturday Morning Wax resist by Gladys Grauer

Photo Gallery

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Opening Times

February 8th - April 13th, 2014

Private Preview : February 8, 6-9 pm
Opening Reception : February 16th, 2-6 pm

with hot refreshments and cool Jazz

Closing Party : April 13th, 3-6 pm with refreshments


Opening Times : Saturdays & Sundays, 2-5pm
or by appointment



Hands on at 1978
Artist workshop for artists of all ages
Sat. February 22, 2-5 pm

Gladys will host a demo and hands on workshop of her goauche resist painting technique

Panel Discussion : Newark Art Past, Present and Future
Sun. April 6, 2-4pm

The 1978 Arts Center invites you to join us for a panel discussion that will explore Newark's illustrious art past, energetic present and bright vision for the future.  

Panelists will include

  • Gladys Barker Grauer : artist and gallerist
  • Barbara Kukla : author and historian
  • Elizabeth Del Tufo : Newark Preservation and Landmarks Committee




Goache Resist Workshop