I am thrilled to announce a new art exhibit – Spark of Creation – to be held in August at the Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center in Bloomfield NJ. This will be my second exhibit at Oakeside, but my first show of original paintings.
Spark of Creation is a series of black and white abstract paintings that speak to that single moment of creation when one drop of paint reaches the canvas and spreads outwards in undulations of expression and creativity – explosive, sometimes directionless, but always intense.
I finished the entire series – 18 paintings of varying sizes – in a a few short months. For me the collection serves as a metaphor for both the inner and outward universe that exists for each of us – expanding, contracting and ever changing.
The exhibit will run from Aug. 1 through Aug. 31 and can be viewed Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Evening viewings by appointment only.
An opening reception will be held Thursday, August 13th from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Oakeside where I get to meet and greet with the public. Stop by and enjoy the art along with some light refreshments.
In August of 2013 at Oakeside, I presented a series of black & white photographs of stone angels called “Never Alone.”
Yesterday’s opening reception for Never Alone: Black & White Images of Stone Angels was a great success!
Thanks to everyone who came out to the reception. All of your support is very much appreciated. The mansion was definitely full of life yesterday as everyone perused the Angel exhibit.
The opening reception may be over, but there is still plenty of time to see the show. The exhibit hangs at the Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center until the end of August. If you can’t make the show you can check out the online gallery here: STONE ANGELS.
I received a lot of nice comments and had some great conversations on everything from what led me to the subject matter to questions on the use of angels in cemeteries.
In typical photographer fashion, I’m also including some pictures from the opening.
Today – August 1st – was the start of my firs solo photography show – Never Alone: Black & White Images of Stone Angels. It was a great day at the Oakes Mansion preparing, planning and hanging the angels. This beautiful turn-of-the-century Mansion is the perfect place for a photography show. If you have never been to the Mansion you definitely need to visit and attend one of the many cultural events hosted here throughout the year.
Thanks to great friends – Cindy Summers and Corinna Sowers-Adler – the angels went up very easily and look amazing.
From the first picture hung to the final one – it felt surreal to see all of MY pictures hanging on these walls. One of my dreams has always been to have my own solo art show – whether photographs or paintings. So this is truly a dream come true… a wish fulfilled.
I am very excited now to share this work with the world and to allow these angels to fly…
I am really excited to announce a dream come true… My first solo photography exhibit is going forward in August at the amazing and beautiful Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center in Bloomfield NJ. The show – Never Alone: Black & White Images of Stone Angels – will run at Oakeside from August 5-31 and be open to the public Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. Evening viewings are by appointment only.
Never Alone is the culmination of a three-year project I undertook to document the use of stone angels in cemeteries throughout New Jersey. I carefully selected each image for this debut show to demonstrate the beauty and craftsmanship that went into creating these funerary objects. Stone angels were often used in the beginning decades of the last century especially among the newly arriving immigrant populations from Europe.
This angel exhibit not only presents each angel as a work of art in its own right but also focuses on the vital role they play as guardians watching over lost loved ones and ensuring they are never alone.
The elegance of the Oakes Mansion’s turn-of-the-century architecture is the perfect environment for this show and I couldn’t be any more thrilled to have my first show here.
There is an opening reception on Sunday, August 11 from 2-4 p.m. which is open to the public.
I look forward to seeing everyone there to appreciate these wonderful works of art.