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Upper Gallery: ”7th Annual Juried Photography
The New Jersey Photography Forum and the Watchung
Arts Center invite you to attend the opening reception for the seventh
annual juried photography exhibit presented at the Arts Center during the
month of November. The opening reception will be on Sunday, November
4, 2001 from 1-4pm at which time the awards of Excellence and Merit will
be given. Admission is free and offers an opportunity to meet many
of the fine art photographers whose work will be on display.
Photographers from throughout the metropolitan
area were invited to submit two photographs to be considered for
exhibition. Approximately 50 photographs will be selected for
exhibition by noted judges Diana Edkins, Curator at Conde
Nast Publishing Corp., former Museum of
Modern Art Department of Photography Research Supervisor; Edward
Monovich, BA/MFA in Photography, Painting and Drawing and instructor at Newark
Museum; and Laura Galvanek who is Coordinator of Exhibitions at the
At the conclusion of the exhibit at the Watchung
Arts Center, the works will move to the Children’s
Specialized Hospital in Mountainside for two months.
The New Jersey Photography Forum is dedicated to
furthering the interests of professional and serious photographers.
The group is now in its seventh year of development and has become the
largest and most recognized group of fine art photographers in New Jersey.
The monthly meetings at the Watchung Arts Center encourage attendees to
share expertise and advance their skills. The meetings provide
access to current creative and technical information.
Simple presentations, examples and demonstrations
by manufacturers are given regularly, and photographers have an
opportunity to display their work for critique by others. Exhibition
possibilities within the fine art community are explored. This is an
invaluable resource for photographers interested in becoming exhibiting
You can learn more about the New Jersey Photography Forum by visiting their web site at http://community.nj.com/cc/njphotoforum or by calling the Watchung Arts Center for meeting dates and directions at 908-753-0190.
Nancy J. Ori of Berkeley Heights, well-known local
photographer and teacher, and Michael Creem of Summit will curate an
exhibition of landscape art including photographs and paintings at the
Watchung Arts Center, during the month of October 2001. The Artists
Reception is free and open to the public. The Gallery is open
weekdays and Saturdays from 1-4pm, or by appointment with the curators at
The work being exhibited is by Barbara Cox, from West
Windsor; Michael Creem, from Summit; Gerry Heydt, from Plainfield; Fred
Kirberger, from Milford; and Nancy Ori, from Berkeley Heights.
Most of the paintings and photographs in the
exhibit depict scenes from the east coast with a major portion of the
imagery from New Jersey. All five artists find their inspiration
within the landscape and are considered representational artists with an
emphasis on capturing light and its effects on color and the atmosphere of
a particular place and time. The exhibit provides a balance of
images between the elements of turf, wood and water. Some are
romantic in style and provide a strong contrast to our local towns and
some are bold forms or use a vista as an aesthetic organizing element.
Barbara Cox, a professional watercolorist and
teacher, is also widely exhibited. One of her greatest joys as a
professional painter is to teach others, with workshops in NJ and NY,
along with scheduled sessions at Morris County Art Association, Somerset
Art Society and Elder Hostel. She enjoys being inspired by the
scenery found along the New Jersey coastline and in farmlands near home.
Michael Creem is co-director of the New Jersey
Photography Forum, a group of professional and semi-professional
photographers who meet each month to discuss their work and elevate the
expertise of the group. A photographer for over fifty years, Michael
enjoys portraiture, landscape and special effects photography with
fireworks. For this exhibit, he will be showing a number of new
local landscape photographs that he shoots with a conventional camera and
then prepares digitally on his computer for exhibition.
Gerry Heydt uses oils to paint her landscapes at
sites in coastal areas along the eastern seaboard, in parks, gardens and
natural areas near her Central Jersey home. During her career, Heydt
has received numerous awards for oil painting and printmaking.
Locally, she has been a guest artist at house and garden tours in her
hometown of Plainfield. She has taught classes in outdoor landscape
painting, beginning painting, and life drawing at the Somerset Art
Association in Bedminster and currently exhibits her paintings at Newman
Galleries in Philadelphia.
Fred Kirberger began painting in oils in the late
1960’s but it was not until the early 1980’s that he started to show
and sell his work. The subject matter of his paintings range from
Nova Scotia to the outer banks of North Carolina, but most of his works
depict the local areas of western New Jersey, the Delaware River and
Nancy Ori’s images are a series of photographs
highlighting the natural beauty of the local landscapes. “Since
1970, I have traveled throughout the world working on many photographic
and video projects which have given me the opportunity to explore many
popular and cherished places. Landscapes have become a source of
inspiration and discovery. In 1978 and 1980, I was fortunate to have
the opportunity to work with Ansel Adams in California and then teach at
the Ansel Adams Workshop on a number of occasions. Through this
association, I was exposed to Ansel’s philosophy on preservation and
documentation of the landscape and learned a special respect and love of
Exploring the Edge of Vision
Photographs from the unique vision workshop
The “Unique Vision Workshop” established as an
adjunct of the Photo Forum by Summit photographer Ross Wagner, encourages
Photographers to search for their singular imagery.
The photographs in this exhibit focus more on content
and involvement than on technique. Accidental
images, too, are considered as they often are clues to the development of
a photographer’s unique vision. Salon
and pictorial imagery is de-emphasized.
The Unique Vision Workshop views photography as a
path to self-discovery. Thus
the photographs often say more about the photographer than they say about
the subject in front of the lens. Frequently
the images ask more questions than they answer.
The photos invite the participation of the viewer.
They are often provocative, sometimes tender, sometimes amusing,
Or visit during the month: Sept. 4th - 28th
Upper Gallery - Lisa Brown- Pathways
"Live on Through Art"
Art Group Forming
Sheila is now attempting to organize an Art Group that would meet at the WAC. A group of artists that would like to express their individual unique approaches to art, critique each other's work in a purely constructive way, and brainstorm ways to promote their work. So far, several artists from distinct backgrounds and creative disciplines have expressed an interest in joining. A meeting date is being planned, please call the WAC for further information, (908)753-0190.
WAC Members Asked to Submit Work for August Show
Are you an Arts Center member? Ever see something hanging on our walls and think to yourself, “I can do that!” Do you consider yourself an artist? Interested in a little friendly competition?
If the answer to any of these questions is “yes”, then this article is for you! The Watchung Arts Center will be having its annual members juried art show this September. Artsy Art Center members are asked to submit their work for this show. All work in all mediums, shapes and sizes is acceptable. Sculpture is welcome as well. There is, however, a limit of two pieces per artist. There is no fee for submissions of work, as this is a privilege at Art Center membership.
The rules are simple. Artists must be Art Center members. All art must be labeled with name, medium used, and title of the work. All pictures must be framed and suitable for hanging. Pieces are to be submitted from 1 to 4 pm, starting Saturday July 21st and continuing through the week to Saturday, July 28th, which will be the last day work will be accepted. The theme is open. Artists are strongly encouraged to use their creativity.
Judges for the show will be from local art galleries and schools. The judges are yet to be named at this time. The criteria the judges will use to determine winning works is left to their discretion. The work will be displayed and judged the first weekend in August, i.e., Saturday, August 4th and Sunday, August 5th. At this time, first, second and third place winners will be chosen. The selected works will later be placed on display for a month in the Lower Gallery along with other works from the winning artists.
So, if you’re an artsy member of the Art Center, now is your chance to shine! We expect to see both our Upper and Lower Galleries filled with members’ works this Fall. The reception for artists submitting work to this show will be held at the Center on Sunday, August 12th from 1 to 4pm. The reception is, as usual, free, open to the public, and includes light refreshments.Need more information. Please call the Center at (908) 753-0190. The best of luck to all our artsy Art Center members!
ART EXHIBITS: Abstractionists Edel Stuehmke &
Doris Harris and, Surrealist, Christian Ku
Receptions : Sunday, July 8th from 1 to 4pm
You don’t want to miss these two very exciting art exhibits hosted by
the Arts Center in July. In the Upper Gallery, we will be featuring the
surrealistic oil painting of Christian Ku, a resident of Brooklyn
and in the lower gallery, the abstract oil paintings of Edel
Stuehmke and Doris Harris, both of New York City. Come meet the
artist and explore their works at the welcoming reception on July
You don’t want to miss these two very exciting art exhibits hosted by the Arts Center in July. In the Upper Gallery, we will be featuring the surrealistic oil painting of Christian Ku, a resident of Brooklyn and in the lower gallery, the abstract oil paintings of Edel Stuehmke and Doris Harris, both of New York City. Come meet the artist and explore their works at the welcoming reception on July 8th.
Desiree Cisco - Treasures in Earthen Vessels
Margaret Beach - Narrative Quilts
Show: June 4 to 29
Partners in Nature
Lisa Brown and Fermin Martinez
Show: May 1 - 27, 2001
Reception: May 6, 2001 1pm to 4pm
"Partners in Nature" is a show devoted to
perspectives of the world outside. Lisa Brown and Fermin Martinez each have
a unique style but both have a love of nature and it’s vibrant colors.
This exhibit will include mixed media, oil paintings and watercolors of
scenes. This show is a partnership of talent in exploring nature at its
Lisa Brown will be showing her newest works of detailed
and expressive natural scenes in collage. Her use of color and design create
a simple elegance. Lisa has been working in collage for a year and found
that the media helps her express a view that cannot be done in watercolors.
Lisa has exhibited locally showing her versatility, some sculptures, some
watercolors and most recently mixed media.
Fermin Martinez paints peaceful scenes in oils using
lighting and shadows to compliment his visions. Fermin has a wonderful sense
of reality which make his paintings come alive. Fermin has had gallery
showings in NY, around the NJ area and in the Dominican Republic. His works
which are vivid in detail and color showing extraordinary precision and
In the lower gallery Fermin and Lisa will have their
watercolors on display. Each artist has a different feel in their
interpretations of nature yet together the works provide a reverence and
affection for the outdoors.
Both artists are from Watchung and have established themselves individually. As a partnership they have captured the essence of Nature. Both artists are also teachers: Fermin teaches painting to special needs adults. Lisa teaches children and cancer patients the wonders of art with mixed media and her original concept of "Art as Therapy". As teachers, both artists have a softness and interest in their work not often found.
Lisa Brown will be conducting an “Art of Healing” workshop on Saturday, May 12th from 9:30am to 12:30pm at Pathways in Summit, NJ. The workshop is based on her studies with Lucia Capacchione, the author of “Picture of Health and Recovery of our Inner Child”. It is a 3-hour experience in which the participants will journey through their bodies while searching within for their own healing power. All proceeds will be donated to Pathways. Call 908-277-3663.
The Language of Vision:
Artist's Reception Sunday March 11, 2001 from
The Language of Vision , an artist exhibit will be on display in the month of March at the Watchung Arts Center. Featured artists include Lorrie Fredette, Nancy Ward, Nicki Orbach, Sachin Pannuri, April Sweiconek and Cora Glasser.
What is the common language? There is none; these artists are different and express their individuality through their paintings. What is common to us is the meaning that our languages convey. What we are is our language. What we feel is our language. We each symbolize and layer meanings into our paintings. Though it is not a common language it is neither elitist nor sacred. It is a language that cannot be expressed in words.
The product may have an intent or message. It could be a reflection of society, a reflection of mood, a description of a figure, or nothing at all. We do not know our creation because we are seekers..explorers.
The process is what binds us because it is a response to the subject, environment, and to life, past and present. The product is nothing but a recording of our thoughts, reactions, emotions, and feelings. This process of creating is not any different from any other activity in our lives. It is who we are. Were it not for a viewer our only product would be our everyday acts in life. We invite the viewer to participate in our lives through our art.
All are welcome at the Opening Reception on March 11th when you will have an opportunity to view and discuss the works with the artists.
Celebrating Black History Month
Artists’ Reception: Sunday, February 11th from 1 to 4pm
The Watchung Arts Center is proud to present a truly unique collection of works by a group of African-American artists from the New York/New Jersey area. We are pleased to welcome back Lennon Hinson and Donna Osley, whose works we’ve enjoyed before, and extend a warm welcome to those artists who are new to the Center: Jamil Burton, Sharon Clark, Curtis E. James, and Donovan Nelson. Their works will be on display for the month of February.
The artists have used a variety of media including pen and pencil, watercolors, monochromatic chalk and pastels, montage, as well as oils. The works represent a variety of subjects, but, more particularly, represent the personalities and experiences of each individual artist. No two works are alike!
All are welcome at the Opening Reception on February 11th when you will have an opportunity to view and discuss the works with the artists.
2001 An SCTI Commercial Art Odyssey
Artist’s Reception: Featuring John Reilly
Sunday, January 7th 1-4pm
John was born in Brooklyn, New York, and received his art training at The School of Art & Design, and Pratt Institute. He has been a Creative Director in the advertising field for twenty years. During that time he formed and headed his own advertising agency. After selling the agency in 1987, he began painting. Since then, he has studied painting at the Newark School of Fine Art and the National Academy School of Fine Arts. Amongst his awards for fine art, he is most proud of those he has received from the Salmagundi Club, and The National Academy School of Design. John’s exhibit runs for all of January.
Life Drawing - Studio Group
Wednesday, January 10th at 7pm
These open studio sessions are designed to provide artists with the opportunity to work from the nude model. Each session will consist of short to medium duration poses. There will be no instruction or critique.
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