“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
Come out and support our teen artists. This new exhibit <link to page>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.
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.
Jim Bowser, Jr. states, “Our journey through life is filled with many opportunities, challenges and obstacles. Although the road may be difficult at times, remain true to your dreams and passions – most important of all maintain your inner strength and compass. The poem ‘If’ by British Nobel Laureate, Rudyard Kipling, written in 1895, has served me well!”
If you can keep your head when all about you
When all are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream-and not make dreams your master;
If you can think-and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings-nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it
And which is more, you’ll be a Man, my son.
In discussing his work, David believes that colors should resonate in the mind. The concepts of time, space and the origin of the elements should provide an intellectual framework for the viewer upon which profound and difficult ideas can be explored. These ideas touch on philosophy, spirituality, and the nature of time, space and consciousness. He feels that a painting is like a song and he wants his colors to sing together because colors do not work in isolation but in harmony.
Of his Metamorphosis series, which is on view in the exhibit, he says, “The series reflects on the sacred divine connection between God and mankind. It is an acknowledging through my art that I am living out my spiritual purpose and progression towards my destiny God ordained for me when he created me. Every painting I create, from beginning to end, is a plan of God and for His glorification. When I paint the universe inside the man or woman, I am showing that mankind is the microcosm of the Macrocosm. My paintings are designed to illustrate that God created us and the Cosmos to express his purpose in material reality. I hope to continually evolve through my calling as an artist to illustrate man’s higher consciousness and his connection to the Unverse.”