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Livingston Alumni Make Their Mark in the Arts

These five 40-somethings, all Livingston High School grads, are enjoying substantial artistic careers.

Livingston has produced some of today’s most well-known industry leaders – actors Jason Alexander and Chelsea Handler, businessmen Barry Halper and Charles Kushner and sports announcer Bruce Beck, among others.

The township has also been the stomping grounds of many talented artists.

While they have each developed a unique career path — no matter how far they may have moved on from Livingston, their hearts remain with their hometown where they first found a love for their particular form of art.

Alex Marshall, 1988 LHS Graduate
When Alex Marshall discovered ceramics as a young girl, at the Soho galleries she frequented with her grandma, she had no idea that someday stores like Barney’s, Giggle, Gumps and other specialty stores, as well as catalogs like SundanceChasing Fireflies, and Serena & Lily, would be clamoring to sell her artful dining pieces.  

Now, Marshall designs and produces interesting dinnerware and ceramics, which have graced the pages of The New York TimesGourmetMartha Stewart LivingHouse BeautifulBetter Homes and GardensElle DécorSouthern AccentsThe San Francisco Chronicle, and Bon Appétit, just to name a few.

Currently, Alex Marshall Studios, which Marshall runs with her husband, Andrew, boasts 120 different forms, with 20-25 signature glazes. The glazes are layered in naturally composed earthy colors and texture and she is always adding to the forms and glazes, as the market warrants.

Her dinnerware, accessories, vases, lamps, candles and baby and kids items, which include dish sets, banks, picture frames, and lamps, with depictions of ducks, bunnies, elephants, giraffes, octopuses, are truly extraordinary.

 “I love what I do and how I have been able to make my passion for ceramics into a thriving business,” says Marshall, who lives in Corning, Ca. with her husband and daughter Akiva, 5.

Alison Lowe, 1987 LHS Graduate
Some people take photos or keep journals when they travel, but Alison Lowe does something very different — she paints to capture her favorite moments.

Her technique is called plein air painting, a French expression meaning "in the open air," or painting outdoors.

She brings a small travel easel on her trips, and paints quickly to capture the moment and emotion, and also takes photos. When she gets home, she uses the painting and the photos to guide her as she paints a much larger representation of the image, which is not usually an exact replica. Rather, she plays with the larger canvas, pushing the colors, textures and shapes.

Lowe's paintings can be seen on movie sets or in the background of television shows including "The Wedding Planner," "Charlie's Angels," "Six Feet Under," and "Heroes." She also has a list of loyal collectors.

In addition, her work has been exhibited through private shows given by her collectors, as well as TAG Gallery and The Art Studio, which are both located in Santa Monica, Ca. Currently, a few of her pieces are hanging at TAG, and they will be joined by 12-15 more paintings in July 2013, when she has her own featured show.

Alison mostly sells her work through word of mouth and her website. She also works with an interior decorating group, which contracts with her for clients. She loves seeing her work hanging in other people’s homes, and knowing that they too can feel the emotion that she put into the painting.

“Painting makes me happy—I am so grateful I to have art as part of my life,” says Lowe, who lives with her husband, Jonathan, and two sons, Jeremy, 9 and Justin, 12, in Santa Monica, Ca.

Jamie Lynn Goldenberg, 1988 LHS Graduate
Goldenberg was always a creative person, but it wasn’t until three summers ago, when she took a Mommy and me class with her daughter, that she realized how much she truly loved painting.

Now she paints almost every night, and her works hang in various establishments in Tampa, including the Moonfish Bay Gallery, in Madeira Beach, and are also included in Artbook Tampabay, which is available on iTunes for the iPad.

Goldenberg, who lives in Tampa, Fla., with her husband, John Katz, and 8-year old daughter Harlie, teaches psychology at USF, explores existential themes in life, death, the body, and women’s bodies in particular, in her art, which she describes as being expressionistic and abstract with bright and bold colors and textures.

“I love that I don’t have to think when I paint and that I feel free and expressive, which is quite different from my day job, which is very scientific,” Goldenberg said. She said she is not a precise painter and she enjoys pushing the limits of proportion in her work.

Jamie’s work can be seen here.

Nicole Feigen Lipton, 1987 LHS Graduate
Lipton says she has had a paintbrush in her hand since she could walk. She said her mother, Irene Feigen, a local well-known artist who runs Livingston’s ACL Art Gallery, first exposed her to art.

Lipton’s art has run the gamut from paintings, to personalized gift items and embellished jackets, to stylish jewelry.

She is currently featuring a line of sports-related acrylic paintings, which make great gifts for sports enthusiasts and Bar Mitzvah celebrants. She also takes special orders, and creates one-of-a kind paintings for people of all ages from personalized baby gifts to Broadway show representations.

Her jewelry, which includes beading with semi-precious stones, seed bead stitching, wire work, wire crochet, knotting, and Chan Luu-like wrap bracelets, is sold at local boutiques and via her website.

Nicole lives in Montville with her husband, Jeff, and two children.

Paul Greenstone, 1985 LHS Graduate
Greenstone is as funny as he is a talented photographer — and he is really funny, which is indicated by very popular Facebook account.

If you haven’t been privy to his humorous quips about pop culture and the entertainment industry (Paul started out as a manager for writers, and actors, and also produced two indie films, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival), or his amazing photos of his equally hysterical 4-year-old son David, which are chock full of humorous titles and descriptions — you are really missing out.

But you can view his great photos, many of which were taken during his travels to Africa, Cambodia, Vietnam, Japan, Guatemala, the Baltics, Russia, Holland, Denmark, Germany, and California here or at his Paul Greenstone Photography Facebook page.

Prior to a 2000, USO trip to Bosnia with a few clients and Hawaiian Tropics models, Paul never took photos of people. But he loved the trip, especially taking photos of the men and women proudly serving their country overseas.

“I never leave the house without my camera, and love finding perfect moments to photograph,” says Paul.

Paul, a stay-at-home dad, with a wedding and Bar/Bat Mitzvah photography business, is also a sought out photographer by clients looking for special one-of a kind photographs, as well as by Realtors looking for great home photos for showings. In addition, his photos have also been featured in many magazines.

Paul lives in San Ramon, Ca., with his wife, Naomi and son, David.

Paul Mandel February 07, 2013 at 04:24 AM
I like this Paul! Livingston celebrated their 200th anniversary yesterday February 5th Best Paul
Jackie Schatell February 07, 2013 at 04:58 AM
I just found out the Alex, Alison and Paul grew up on the same street in Livingston. Wow, what a talented street!
Marcia Worth February 07, 2013 at 05:31 PM
And this just in: Danny Zuker, another LHS graduate is one of the writers on Modern Family. We'll see if we can get more info, such as year of graduation. Please tell us others, if you know!
Scott Greenstone February 07, 2013 at 06:06 PM
So proud of my big Brother and neighbors across the street that were honored with this article. As well Jamie for her successes.

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