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This solo show consists of photographs taken while on my trip to Havana, Cuba in March 2015. The city has many beautiful but decaying buildings which were owned by individual families and now house many. There are no homeless in Havana but living conditions are not good. Food is not plentiful and can be costly. There are two forms of money, one for Cubans and the other for visitors and the wealthy. We saw many restaurants which are being bought and run by families. Food for tourists is good and quite like what you might find in our country.
Many people are hard working and ingenious, making use of things that we would just toss away. Cars are kept running by gutting them and rebuilding engines that can be maintained with pieces of scrap found here and there. Small homes and apartments are being remodeled. Scaffolding is seen everywhere. The old town is as it was in the 50’s and there are dangerous areas where buildings are eroding.
The people are the heart of the country. They are friendly and inviting. We were welcomed into many homes and even though we had a language problem, we had no problem communicating.
Ira's work is on display at the Franklin Township Library. Her prior exhibitions include:
Tae (Ted) H. Kwalk
Ted was born and raised in Seoul, Korea. During his elementary and middle school days, Ted was repeatedly told by his teachers that he had a natural talent for drawing and painting. However, he dropped his brushes after graduating high school. Ted came to the States for advanced studies and received a M.S. and Ph.D. in Polymer Science and Engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of New York (currently, Tandon School of Engineering, NYU).
Two and half years ago, upon retiring as a scientist from a leading Chemical Company, Ted decided to pick up the brushes again. Since then, Ted has been steadily producing his art works.
He is a member of the Franklin Township Cultural Arts Council’s Visual Arts Committee. Ted with his wife, Eunice, is a resident of “Renaissance Raritan Valley” community in Somerset County.
Nancy Friedman Cohen has a passion for painting, photography, clay sculpting and music throughout her life since she was a little girl, which has enabled her to express her creativity and spirituality. Her subjects vary from the landscapes, spiritual masks, the body as landscape, people, and magical realism. She uses a variety of materials including soft and oil pastels, clay, found objects both natural and man-made, paint, and poetry.
As a child, she studied oil painting with a well- known artist in West Orange, NJ. She also studied nude figure drawing with artist, Joseph Palumbo, MFA, for four years at the Student Art League of New York City. She received many awards locally for her drawing and paintings at juried and non- juried art shows.
During her studies at Windham College in Putney, Vermont, Nancy continued to paint landscapes plein air, mixed media, and studied photography with Harold Feinstein. She had numerous group and individual photography shows in Vermont.
Acceptance into a one- year full time post graduate residency program at the Maine Photographic workshop in Rockport, Maine, enabled Nancy to more fully develop her own unique style and particular interest in landscape photography and painting. She would often write poetry or compose music on the piano, which would be displayed alongside particular landscape paintings at art exhibits. Numerous group photography shows in Maine as well as at the International Center of Photography, NYC exhibited her work.
For the past 36 years, Nancy has been painting weekly at an art studio with other artists in Somerville, NJ as well as her home studio, both painting from her photographs of nature as well as on site locations. She has had numerous group shows with some of her fellow artists at various local venues. Her paintings were also exhibited and sold for many years at the Mona Lisa Gallery in Maplewood, NJ.
Nancy is a member of the Pastel Society of NJ, Art4All Studio student, The National Arts Alliance, the Salve Regina University Alumni Expressive Arts program, and the Franklin Township Visual Arts Committee. Nancy is a practicing psychotherapist, creative arts therapist, and pianist for the past 36 years in Somerset, NJ. She brings her experience and understanding of the art making process to facilitate process painting and expressive arts workshops locally for people of all ages, who would like to learn how to unlock and express their creative energies in order to be more playful, self-confident, and connected with the larger community.
It is Nancy’s hope that through her paintings, that you may be inspired with the wonder and sacredness of life and nature, and to preserve and protect our natural world for generations to come.
Denis' work is on display at the Franklin Township Public Library in April 2016.
From the Artist:
My interest in photography began when I was allowed to use my dad’s Kodak bellows camera with 620 B&W film. Interest continued in high school where I joined the camera club. We had access to a Rolleiflex and a darkroom with a Bessler enlarger. I took B&W pictures for the yearbook and to illustrate stories for the quarterly magazine. The club also took photos of various team sports and portraits of couples at school dances.
When I married I began to document my growing family with an Argus C3 (which I still have} with 35mm Kodachrome slides. This continued as my family grew to four children and my interests changed to include landscapes and streetscapes. I used various SLRs from Mamyia and Olympus until I finally switched to digital with an Olympus C2500 around 2001. I upgraded to my first Canon, the 40D and then the 50D and currently the Canon 6D full Frame.
Now that I am retired my interest in digital photography has increased along with my available time and new Canon lenses I use my involvement with photo clubs and other meet up groups to give me the opportunity to follow my interests.
The Franklin Township Cultural Arts Council welcomes you to come and participate in a facilitated community conversation designed to renew our shared vision for Franklin Township and the role of the arts in making that vision a reality.
Please join us in a casual and comfortable atmosphere as we collaborate and think together with friends and neighbors from across our entire community. We hope to have representatives from all walks of life who are connected to the many diverse groups and interests found in our great Township.
Light refreshments will be served. Casual attire requested.
Date: Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Location: Franklin Township Senior/Community Center
Address: 505 DeMott Lane, Somerset, NJ 08873
Sondra Cooper Siegel grew up in Brooklyn, NY. Her interest in drawing and painting began at an early age when she would sketch the trees and houses in her neighborhood. Over the years, she also became passionate about pottery, and created many pieces that are functional and beautiful
While developing her drawing skills, she turned to watercolor as the medium she felt best expressed what she had in her mind. In doing that, she studied with Jackie Weighart, a wonderful teacher residing in Somerset County, NJ.
Sondra is an artist whose desire to catalog the world as seen through her eyes, has produced a body of work that goes beyond mere picture making. Her images are imbued with the spirit and fresh insight, into the beauty of ordinary things that are sometimes taken for granted.
Her subjects are the things of everyday life that often go overlooked by the casual eye, and force the viewer to slow down, and appreciate the landscape both urban and rural. Sondra has traveled extensively, and has chosen her subjects from her experience both here and abroad. She is married and is a Mother and Grandmother. Currently, Sondra lives in New Jersey with her photographer husband, Marty.
Her work will be on display at the Franklin Township Library.