Crime Story Art Exhibit Opens At Arts Guild NJ In May

RAHWAY–Arts Guild New Jersey will present “Crime Story,” an exhibition of artwork inspired by crime, crime scenes and crime-themed artworks next month.  The show opens May 1 and runs through June 2 at Arts Guild New Jersey, 1670 Irving Street in Rahway. An opening reception will be held on Sunday, May 1, from 1-4 p.m.  The exhibition and reception are free to the public.

Featured artists are Lawrence Cappiello, Linda Rae Coughlin, Dylan Egon, Tracie Fracasso, Daniel Genova, Bonnie Gloris, Steve Ketchum, Steven McKenzie, Jim McKeon, Riad Miah, James Occi, Ivan Petrovsky, Carol Rosen, Charles Sabba, Michael Teters, Peter Tilgner, and Randal Wilcox.


At the opening reception (from approximately 1 to 1:30 p.m.) police artist Charles Sabba will be given a description of a randomly chosen person and will create a “suspect” drawing from that description. This is the process that police departments worldwide use in order to identify criminals. These drawings are often shown in daily news reports and are posted and police stations in every state and country.

Sabba received his police artist training through the following programs: Art & Antiques Crime Course, New Scotland Yard, London, UK; Comprehensive Composite Drawing, Karen T. Taylor, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Okla.; and Federal Bureau of Investigations Forensic Facial Imaging Course, FBI Academy, Quantico, Va.  He is also a graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York City and studied for many years at the DuCret School of Art in Plainfield.

The gallery is open during the exhibition on Saturdays and Sundays from 1-4 p.m., and Monday-Thursday, during office hours, 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. For more information, call 1-732-381-7511, visit or email

Also associated with the exhibition, “Crime & Justice in Suburbia: The Motion Picture Version,” a lecture by history professor Dr. Philip Dolce, will be held on Thursday, May 5, at 7 p.m.  This presentation focuses on types of crimes that motion pictures depict in American suburbs and the various punishments meted out for these crimes.  Issues of class, race, and gender are discussed.  The role of suburban law enforcement, as portrayed by motion pictures, will also be presented. The lecture is free.

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