Tripping the Light Fantastic

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.”

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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

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.

A “Skytacular Show” Comes to the Les Malamut Art Gallery!


“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.”

A Way With Words

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:

Keep Your Head Up

Delicious

A work Of Art

I Do Care

Kulbir Singh Bhalla “An Artist Sublime”

Shall We Dance

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