Bubbles of Whimsy

Donald B. David’s encounter with the arts began with a pencil and pad in early childhood, which led him to discovering oil paint. His experimentations with rich tones launched a lifelong journey with the medium. “I find the process of oil paint and brush alluring in and of itself,” explains David. “It is my responsibility as a painter to visually represent them to the best of my ability.”

Meet him on Sept 14, 2019 from 12:30pm – 2:30pm

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Capturing the World’s Beauty One Photograph at a Time

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.”

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.”

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

Teen Artists Strut Their Stuff

Come out and support our teen artists. This exhibit is the annual Union County Teen Arts Festival Touring exhibit. Acrylics, Oils, collages, a wonderful collection by aspiring artists.

This is an annual event and the students look forward to creating works that could have a chance to be hung in a gallery. It’s a way for those teens who are interested in art to have a shot at exhibiting their works in real galleries across Union county.

After you’ve seen the show, take some time to leave your comments on this blog. I will make sure the students receive them.

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.