Mythic Realms – Pure Imagination

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 I had a few affiliations, awards and exhibitions but they are fairly old so I would think those are all outdated.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).

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


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

Focus on the Positive In Your Life

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.

Teachers Strut Their Stuff!

Come meet the 7 talented individuals who teach art in the area district schools. Reception is Thurs June 2    5 – 7pm

Capturing the subject

I write this as we are about to see the first ever close up photographs of that distant tiny outermost planet of our solar system, Pluto. Excitement can’t describe what both scientists and lay people alike feel at being able to view something so far away, so undocumented, so unknown, until the eye of that robotic camera was turned upon it.

We live in a visual world. Today it’s all about the image whether on a tablet, an iPhone, or a photograph. Media bombards us and saturates us with images, shaping how we view our world. We all have become photographers, easily snapping thousands of everyday images thanks to the high quality lenses that come with our smart phones and tablets. The technology has revolutionized taking pictures just like, but going beyond, what the box camera/Brownie did for a previous generation.

So how does a photographer manage to “capture” a subject in a new and fresh way?

Many books have been written on the topic of what makes a great photograph and techniques to use to achieve that goal. However, the best photographs, the ones that draw the viewer in and evoke an emotional response, always begin with the person behind the lens. It’s not the camera, or the technology, or all the digital darkroom techniques, but the soul of the creator melding with the subject matter that produces the most spectacular results.


As we can see in our current exhibit’s artist Sharon Curia’s photographs, she doesn’t do any Photoshop manipulation. Just uses her camera and lenses and her eye for good composition to produce outstanding photographs. Her subjects vibrate with color and texture. Some photographs, like her lion, look as if she posed the subject! Others, like her bridge over a stream, have an outstanding depth of field and color combinations. She is expert at capturing the heart of her subject matter.

Here are quotes from three other photographers on their approach to subject matter:

“As an artist I try to communicate, with camera that which I can only hint at with words: my love for the visual experience. I endeavor to capture moments from my own experience that have been more substance than shadow; instants timeless and random, where routine existence seems to give way to a heightened sensibility.” – George Garbeck (

“In a world saturated with visual images, I make certain that my photographs and montages are unique, original and have genuine interest to me. As I look to my environment, I carefully choose subject matter that begs to be photographed, whether serious, mundane, romantic or whimsical. I have become increasingly aware of my surroundings, looking to discover images from everyday and unexpected sources.” Charlann Meluso (

“Today, digital photographers have so many options for capturing and manipulating their images…The final image should not be judged by how closely it echoes reality but how well it communicates the message.” – Caryn Seifer (

(The above quotes are excerpted from the artists’ statements presented with their works in Gallery U Boutique’s July Photographia exhibit in Westfield NJ.

Photographs preserve memories. They evoke emotions. They reveal the soul of the picture taker and the object captured. They are ubiquitous in our lives and yet singular and precious. So go pick up your camera, tablet, or smart phone and shoot away. You might never exhibit them, or even post them to social media. But you will have captured a bit of life, unique to you as a human being living upon the third planet of this solar system.