About 10 years ago after a 20-year hiatus I returned to drawing. I literally had ceased all forms of fine arts due to my current career as a Creative Art Director for an Advertising/Marketing firm. I jumped back into creative drawings during my spare time and weekends. I realized the passion came back after so many years and with the tools of technology merged old school skills with new ones. This past year, 2019, I wanted to showcase the volume of work that I kept in private for a decade. I had a few affiliations, awards and exhibitions but they are fairly old so I would think those are all outdated. I currently work at a firm called Revolution Digital in Morristown creating social media content during the day but after work reside at my home studio for my true passion for drawing and painting old world themes in the classical tradition. I also am an avid photographer which I utilize at work and as a hobby (click here to view his photographs).
“I believe the world is incomprehensibly beautiful – an endless prospect of magic and wonder.” – Ansel Adams
“As a teenager and young adult I was interested in photography but never really committed to the craft. Around 26 I started back up with photography, it was my way to take a step back and escape from reality. With NYC in my backyard, I fell in love with the skyline and the city. I would say that one of my favorite types of photography is aerial photography over NYC from helicopters. It’s an amazing, exhilarating experience every time and I can’t get enough of it.
Capturing the beauty of the world is my favorite thing in life to do. I think that most people go through life not realizing or recognizing the beauty that is all around them. My goal is to capture the beauty of the world and put it on display for everyone to observe it in my photos.”
Ada’s comments on her newest photographic adventure:
“Dubai, March 2018, the sun set on the Bedouin camp in the desert of Dubai, alighting the area in soft blue-purple hues. A hundred eager faces, belonging to the tourists who have visited from afar, turn to the stage as a man enters and begins a tanoura dance. He spins faster, his weighed skirt splaying out, and when the purplish hues of the sky disappear, bringing in the night on the desert winds, his tanoura lights up in various colors and unique patterns. Hundred faces are captivated by the colors, meshing together into a string of Christmas LED lights as he spins. In that moment, I am reminded of a picture in the National Geographic magazine of man in motion, spinning and dancing, with quiet joy. The movement of these two men—the one in the picture, and the one dancing the lighted tanoura—was light, and joyous.
A week later, I found myself wandering around on a cold and blustery evening in London, a city that is so full of life and history. I wondered, ‘How do you capture the essence that is London?’ For a city that holds the same population as New York, it is quieter, softer, and more relaxed than the Big Apple. St. Paul’s Cathedral looms ahead, while in front of me a classic London taxicab and the red double-decker pass each other. The moment gives me pause, and suddenly the lightbulb goes off—showing movement, a smidge of a taillight or a quick pass through of a bus, will be the movement in an otherwise quiet place to show London’s liveliness.
And so an idea to experiment with light trail, or low-shutter speeds was born. It was time to take the lens off of immobile objects and focus on mobility. While the saying goes ‘stop to smell the roses,’ which seems to indicate that we should stop moving, I say keep on watching the movements around you, because actions do speak louder than words. By observing movement, we can learn much about the person conducting the movement, and about the world around us. It is in these moments of seeing the way a bus moves through a picture, or the way a person dances with fire, that we can truly appreciate what it means to have mobility, in whatever way we have it.”
“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.”
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:
Connect 1 Bank
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield
Bayonne Community Bank
County of Union
Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick of Union County
Galloping Hill Caterers
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.
“I have always been interested in astronomy, and would go to the Elizabeth Public Library to get books on the planets and the cosmos. Even though I owned telescopes, I never considered astronomy as a hobby until I went to Union County College to meet up with my wife who was taking night classes to finish her degree. One evening I discovered Union County College’s Sperry Observatory and found out that there was an astronomy club on campus and joined. I tried taking some images of the night sky but they turned out badly, so I embarked on a journey to learn as much as I could about astrophotography. In 2010 I took my first successful astro photo. My gear has changed as has my processing and media, and when the sky night calls on clear nights, I set up my telescopes and cameras to capture the unfolding cosmic spectacle.”
When I was a curator, I discovered that many artists had a hard time naming their exhibits or their artwork. They could be the most creative individuals with their medium and subject matter, but words, that wasn’t their thing. No. 1 or painting 2 just doesn’t cut it when you print out a list of the works for potential buyers to read.
Our current artist, Kulbir Singh Bhalla, not only knows how to title a piece but he does it with humor. Here are a few examples from the exhibit that I believe will bring a chuckle to the reader:
An Artist Sublime
As a poet, I weave
Words to achieve
A poem which conveys
What my soul says:
Savor beauty –
That’s my duty.
As a photographer, I capture
My moment of rapture;
The beauty I see
Comes from Thee;
The beauty I behold
Is my silver and gold.
As an engineer, I think
Of my invisible link
With my maker,
With my caretaker:
Beyond space and time,
An artist sublime.
Come and meet Kulbir on July 6 from 5-7pm
Our current exhibit features artworks produced by students attending Hannah Caldwell, 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.