Starting out on Division Street you walk up on a stage hearing tunes from Somerville School of Rock with a rendition of Queens "The Show Must Go On"
On the other side of Division is Marionette drummer Rocking out with Ricky Syers. http://rickysyers.com/
By- Tom Kubrak
On March 3rd 2019, Spencer Soletto(Soletto) had another art show at Niks Raritan Pub in Raritan New Jersey. His sculpting abilities were on full display as he showed the community the new and improved Chillers. The Chillers are his signature multi-produced piece. Along with that, on display, were some specially made sculptures just for this show, and other pieces that he’s had for quite some time ready to show people.
After the initial setup, he stayed there for a little while just to make sure everything was the way he wanted it to be. Every detail counted. The placement of each sculpture was crucial, in order to be experienced in the best way possible. Although it amounted to one heck of a long day, it would be worth it in the end. No matter how long it took.
The Chillers, who were the stars of the show that night, were feeling a little chilly that day due to the incoming snowstorm. The temperatures were rapidly dropping and causing a stir in the community of Raritan, it’s neighboring communities, and the majority of the state. The Chillers were ready though. They were ready to show the people what their creator did to make them the most sought after engineered piece of art in New Jersey.
“The Chiller is a figure that’s not feminine or masculine. It’s just trying to be the embodiment of chill.”
That evening, The Chillers, were gracefully perched up on their towers, that were strategically built by Soletto for them and the show, for anyone to see. They had a club box like view overlooking the bar. It was like going to Scotland and seeing the castles on one of their 790 islands.
The islands were clouded that evening though, as an epic snow storm raged through the Raritan Valley causing many people to stay in and pass this time. So the view was a little different for The Chillers and the people who came out and embraced the storm that caused a State of Emergency to be called.
By- Tom Kubrak
As of February 23rd Illustrated Beauty(IB) has officially celebrated their moving from 120 west main street to 87 W Main st. A move that might confuse some people who don’t understand why. This salon, that is by no means a “typical salon,” specializes in everything and offers everything from haircuts, dreamcatchers i-tip and tape-in hair extensions, airbrush spray tanning, makeup, waxing, lashes, education, and on site bridal services. So for the ones who need some proof of what they can do well the team of 8 at Illustrated Beauty just doesn’t have time for all the questions, because their too busy working on the ones that didn’t need any proof...
...They just believed.
It was February 23rd, 2019 and the chill breeze came in a rush over the Somerville streets. The chilly breeze wasn’t the only rush that was happening that night. There was a rush of people coming into the doors of a business that was just having their official grand opening for their newly moved shop. Their shop that has been in business for five years.
On this night in February, this business was not trying to kick it off in any normal way. They were going to kick it off in a way that only they knew how to do. With their love of music, they brought in a band to start raising the roof a little higher. With their love of keeping it fun and interesting, they rolled out a red carpet and brought in Drag Queens. With their love of community and the people in it, they brought in the Mayor of Somerville to kick off the well planned out evening.
‘We’ve found our identity. After the mall came in and changed it...so go to Bound Brook, go to Manville, go to Raritan and then bring them back here.’ The Mayor was heard saying as he stood at the front of the shop at the beginning of the rolled out red carpet.
The mood was set and a message was sent. Somerville is continuing to grow and innovate and Illustrated Beauty was a part of it. Somerville was coming into its own and bring the surrounding communities together. The opening of this multi-dimensional beauty salon was just another reminder of the exciting things that were happening in the small but mighty town in Somerset County.
With the ideas, effort and collaboration by individuals that are unknown to most and well known by few, it’s clear that this wasn’t going to be the last opening speech for a business.
A new beginning celebration for a local Salon and Education Center in Somerville New Jersey filled the air on the evening of February 23rd 2019.
A love for hair and a belief for Sustainable Beauty
The Red Carpet was Rolled Out
A night for art
A few last minute touches