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Exhibition - “Cherry Blossoms in Spring"

March 26, 2016

For more cherry blossom fun, check out the 2016 Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival running from April 9, 2016 - April 24, 2016

The John Cotton Dana Library will feature “Cherry Blossoms in Spring,” an installation by artist Karen Guancione, in the Gallery from April 14th through June 30th.  Inspired by Branch Brook Park’s Japanese cherry trees, the exhibition celebrates the nation’s largest and most varied collection of cherry trees and commemorates Newark’s 350th anniversary.  An opening reception will take place on Thursday, April 14th, from 5 to 7 pm in the Library’s Dana Room.

A regionally known installation artist, Karen Guancione uses found materials, handmade books, sculpture, printmaking, live music and video to convey her creative ideas to the viewer.  A graduate of Syracuse University and SUNY Purchase, Karen also studied at Hornsey College of Art in London.  At Dana Library, Karen has a piece, “The Art of Labor,” on long term loan in the Lobby and has had solo and group shows in the Gallery.  In 2006 she created “When I’m Tired of Walking I FLY,” a highly effective site specific project of more than 15,000 small pieces of handmade and hand painted paper that were hand sewn and then hung throughout the Gallery. 

An accompanying program featuring horticulturist Anthony S. Aiello will take place on Thursday, April 21st, at 3pm in the Dana Room.  Mr. Aiello, who is the Gayle E. Maloney Director of Horticulture and Curator at the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania, will describe the history of Japanese cherry trees in the US.  In his role as Director of Horticulture and Curator, Mr. Aiello oversees the historic gardens and living plant collections.  Mr. Aiello earned a baccalaureate degree in biology from Cornell University and a M.S. in Horticulture from Purdue University.  A frequent speaker on plant exploration, maples, and flowering cherry trees, Mr. Aiello’s publications have appeared in a number of domestic and international journals. 

Both the Gallery and the Dana Room are located on the fourth floor of the Dana Library.  The Library’s address is 185 University Ave, Newark, NJ.   For directions and parking information, please go to  For more information, please contact Ann Watkins, 973 353-3809 or