From the Potter’s Hands

Come and meet Jessica Y. Garber and view her lovely ceramic creations, Thursday Sept 6, 2018, 7-8:30pm

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Entryways in Life

“Entryways are an important part of our lives.  We use them every day, instinctually, without much regard to their form, structure, and beauty. The duality of doors, enabling passage or dividing space. Windows bring the outside world closer; the cacophony of everyday life, the weather, the fresh air, without leaving our homes, offices or recreational spaces, while we take the staircase to get to another floor in the building.  The idea of a building without doors, windows or staircases is nightmarish, a dark place with no way out; a prison.

Our culture and values teach us the importance of entryways.  We think in terms of ‘windows of opportunity,’ ‘the key to happiness,’ and ‘behind closed doors.’  Our ideas go ‘out the window,’ people go ‘window shopping,’ and eventually we all find ourselves at ‘death’s doorstep,’ ‘knocking on death’s door,’ or “taking the stairway to heaven.”  When things don’t go well, we often say ‘when one door closes, another opens,’ to opportunities that go sideways, or ‘getting your foot in the door’ when we know someone who helps us in getting a job or making a connection.  Entryways connect our world in a beautifully, uniquely and yet ordinary way.

When was the last time you stopped and looked at the Entryways in your life? All those doors you open and close every day?  Those windows you stare through? Have you really looked at them?  All manner of shapes, colors, styles, and size.  All manner of craftsmanship and care too.”

View this unique exhibit and meet Ada on Tuesday July 10, 2018 6-8pm

Meet Union’s Youngest Artists

Reception Saturday May 5  Noon – 2pm

Our current exhibit features artworks produced by students attending Hannah Caldwell, School in Union, NJ. Their works take over the gallery, it becomes more like an installation than an exhibit! Walk into the gallery and every inch of space is covered by the colorful paintings, drawings, and collages of these students. From the quality and quantity of the artworks, you are very aware of Leslie Jenkins’ love of teaching art to children. In this day when school budgets are so ready to cut the arts to save a penny, it’s nice to see these children given the opportunity to be actively engaged in the visual arts at these schools.

 

Explore the Wonders of Ireland

Youghal Lighthouse-Cork

March is the month of the Irish! Stop by on March 3 from 1-3pm, meet Carol Martin and view her wonderful photographs of current day Ireland. We also have showcases that house Irish musical instruments and other artifacts created in Ireland,Carol Martin,Irish,Ireland

Les Malamut Art Gallery would like to thank the following sponsors:

Maser Engineering

Connect 1 Bank

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield

Bayonne Community Bank

County of Union

Robbins Agency

Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick of Union County

Galloping Hill Caterers

Kaluystan Foods

Capturing the Truth Of Life

Rui’s photography is truly inspirational. The landscapes in this exhibit depict not only a physical space but also its soul. Here is what Rui says about his photography:

“I’m a photographer specializing in truthful images to inspire feelings. I have spent countless years reflecting on defining my style of photography. More important than style is to be aware of your surroundings. “Capturing the truth of life,” I guess you can say is my style, but what I enjoy the most is capturing what I feel. It builds on the context that can be inspired by the viewer’s connection with the photograph. External or internal context is the basis of what I feel is so crucial to connecting to a picture, it can be your emotional connection, the social nature of the photograph or the historical, either relationship allows the viewer to connect with what I’m trying to portray.”

Join us on Sat Jan 6, 2018  1- 3 pm to view these splendid images and to meet this inspirational photographer.

Visions of the Cosmic Take Form

In this exhibit we see David’s visions of the Cosmic take form. His colors merge and undulate like huge galaxies. This renowned African American artist believes that “The sign of a genuine work of art is that it can stir our unconscious feelings and past emotional experiences, while inspiring self-awareness and cultural integrity.” David is recognized as a major contributor to the art of the 21st century because of his brilliant manner in which he visualizes his objects and scenes.

Shekinah

Shekinah

He regards works done by legendary collagist, Romare Bearden, and European masters Pablo Picasso, Braque, and Henry Matisse in helping to inspire the unique style used in his paintings. Richard Watson–curator of African American Museum of Art states: “David Lawrence approaches the realm of cosmic influences as a point of departure for his creative platform. References to the ancient civilization of Kemet, the mysteries of the pyramids and the forces of nature are the threads by which he constructs his visions of creation and humanity”.

The Cosmos Is Within

The Cosmos Is Within

Stop by the gallery on Jan 12 5-8pm to meet the artist and experience his works.

On Being An Artist

Here is what Charles states about being an artist:

“I believe all artistic creation begins with inspiration on the conscious or subconscious or supernatural or spiritual level, and takes concrete shape and form through focused thought and action. This way of ‘seeing’ with the mind, consciously and unconsciously, is the beginning of the artist’s unique voice that yearns to be expressed outwardly. From this intangible but real world the visual artist uses line, color, shape, form, texture, symbol, sound, light and dark, words, and other elements of his own artistic vocabulary, usually guided by certain principles of design, to give order and meaning to what is revealed, imagined, felt, observed, and experienced. But, the artist must be true to the voice that distinguishes him or her from others.

 

For me, the lives of ordinary people, historical events, social and cultural issues, and Biblical themes are important sources of creation. Is there a message in my work? Yes. Life has purpose and meaning given by the Creator, God, I believe, so my art expresses different aspects of that intention. The observer must critically look, think, and discover obvious and hidden truths in my work.”

 

Meet Charles on November 3, 2016 5-8pm