The Library is fortunate to have partnerships with the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, which provides our Gallery, and the Summit Public Art Committee, which provides the Art on the Lawn. Please click below for more information on the latest exhibitions.
The current exhibition in the Gallery is Drawing Short Stories by John Thomas Puglionisi, June 1 through July 31, 2018.
John’s work is a contemporary interpretation of the Baroque ideals of detail, control, and storytelling. The works of graphite (and occasionally charcoal) on paper distill the complications and intensity of everyday life down to the honest simplicity of black and white. Like a good black and white photo, each realistically tells a short story in a direct, unflourished manner. But unlike the copy images that come from a camera, there is a human reality that no mechanical or digital camera can produce. The long-time sailor in this artist seeks to harness and utilize natural forces and elements to travel to an emotion that can be shared with like-minded viewers.
A refugee of the advertising and marketing world, John’s work exhibits the freedom of not being encumbered by the whims of the marketing clients and focus groups which governed his thirty five year career. But he does credit his advertising years with learning how to communicate with viewers and elicit emotional responses.
John is a graduate of Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York and within the ad agency world, he has been the recipient of over 200 creative awards. A Brooklyn native and life-long sailor, he lives and works in Morristown, New Jersey.
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