Pandora Scooter – Chair
Pandora Scooter is a national touring spoken word artist. In addition to performing, Pandora also teaches theatre-related courses at the Terry Knickerbocker Professional Acting Studio in Brooklyn. She is an LGBTQ Activist and an active member of the Pride Center of New Jersey. She has been a resident of Highland Park for 25 years.
John Marron – Chair
Amée J. Pollack – Committee Member
A mixed media artist who earned her MFA in Book Arts and Printmaking from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia and a fellowship from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Her artists’ books and prints, published under “Spitz & Pollack”, are in over 50 permanent special collections such as the Brooklyn Museum, Cooper Hewitt Design Museum (Smithsonian), New York Public Library Print Collection, The Getty, and Yale University. Their public sculpture, Bench of Our Times, was installed in October 2019 at South 2nd Avenue and Benner Street in Highland Park.
Currently, she advises Visual Art & Design students at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. For over ten years, she was an Art Teacher in New York City. She also taught Book Arts and Printmaking as a lecturer/adjunct at Creative Arts Laboratory, Teacher’s College, Columbia University and the College of New Rochelle, New York.
Scott Brustein – Committee Member
Scott Brustein practiced orthodontics on Staten Island for over 30 years and having recently retired looks forward to pursuing a lifelong fascination in the arts. Past interests have included drawing, photography both underwater and on land, wheel thrown pottery and community theater. He has lived in Highland Park for 15 years and looks forward to learning from our creative art community.
Pernille Hemmer – Committee Member
Pernille Hemmer is a Professor in Cognitive Psychology at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. She is a hobby artist with interests in knitting, crocheting, sewing (trained in fashion design), and portrait painting, but most of all seeing other people’s artistic expression.
Jennifer Evans – Committee Member
Jennifer Evans is the owner of Fotoplicity, a fine-art portrait photography studio based in East Brunswick. Prior to following her passion for photography, she received a B.S. in Education and Psychology from SUNY New Paltz and spent several years as an educator in the public, private and corporate sectors. Additionally, she was the sole proprietor for Sewplicity, a sewing manufacturing business focusing on custom accessories and baby products. Jennifer has been a resident of Highland Park since 2003 and currently enjoys many creative hobbies with her husband and two children.
Belle Gabel – Committee Member
Belle Gabel was born and raised in Highland Park, and now lives in an apartment with her husband and seven hermit crabs. Her primary art mediums are sculpture, collage, and graphic design. Mrs. Gabel first discovered her passion for art advocacy as a volunteer Art Teacher (later as a Head Teacher and Treasurer) for “Artists Reaching Out”, a club of Columbia University aimed at bringing arts education to preschool and elementary grade students whose art programs had been cut. Belle is continuing her interest in advocating for the Arts as a Commissioner of the Highland Park Arts Commission (including a dream to eventually cover every surface on Raritan Avenue with art!).
Pandora Scooter, Chair, 2016-2020
Allison Baldwin, 2018-2020
Stephany Kim, Borough Council Liaison, 2017-2019
Nicole Wines, 2016-2018
Peri Neri, 2016-2018