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 Perceptions: 6 Photographers’ Perspectives, December 1, 2019 through January 31, 2020.
In today’s highly photographed world, the subject is rarely unique. More than ever it’s the artistry and knowledge the photographer brings to photographing a subject that allows them to capture, create, and share their unique perceptions. The 6 photographers presented here have been working with award winning photographer Danielle Austen at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, to hone their styles, their technique, and their photographic passions and skills. “I have observed what they feel passionate about creating,” said Ms. Austen, “They have learned to not just be photographers, but to be image makers who create art that moves the viewer, whether it be through a story, design, or simple beauty.”
The artists are:
Light shapes our perceptions of form, color and texture within our environment. Light also affects our emotions. As an Architect, I understand the purpose of how light must work within and around structures. As a photographer, I understand the ephemeral nature of light, its ever-changing qualities and its ability to produce momentary works of art around us. In this series of water abstracts, it is my attempt to capture the exchange between the structure of water and its surrounding fall light. Please visit Flickr: @tja1831.
As a photographer I enjoy exploring a multitude of photographic areas, often offering more graphic images open to varied interpretations. In this series, I attempt to capture the independent soul at moments of introspective reflection. Each display a sense of wonder as we serve as unseen, unknown, but not unfeeling observers. I invite you, the viewer, to join me in making a connection with these subjects.
While we all take pictures when we travel, I now travel to make photographs! I feel incredibly fortunate that I’ve been able to visit all seven continents while pursuing my passion. I like to seek out the beauty of nature, and my work emphasizes moments of changing light and gentle color, whether capturing sweeping vistas or the intimacy of a single flower. In this series, recently captured in China, I invite you to experience those moments of grace, when we work with nature, rather than against it. Please visit Flickr: Prathi Reddy.
The title of the Appalachian folk song, “I wonder as I wander” often informs my photographic journey. As I travel the US, camera in hand, I try to capture slices of the American story, moments which leave you wondering, perhaps make you go “hmmm.” The holiday experience, when a community comes together to remind itself of a set of shared values, offers an illuminating “dressed up” window on our collective self. In this Christmas series, please join me in wondering, “what’s going on here?” as we wander through NYC together. More musings can be found on Instagram, @RoadsEndStudio.
Elaine ‘Sky’ Schenkel
I am a poet who picked up a camera. What originally began as a love affair with language and how it could reach the place in our beings that words cannot describe, easily transferred over to photography which I use to illuminate the intimacy that moves between my inner and outer life. Harboring a fascination for abandoned structures and places, I work with my camera to highlight the beauty embedded within these environments. Experiencing decay and brokenness as sacred, I strive to make this quality palpable in my images.
I am an enthusiast photographer, seeing everything new again, now that I have more time to explore the curiosity within me. Having extensively traveled around the world for both work and pleasure, I have always captured images of ‘the moments’ before me. These include people, places, landscapes, cityscapes, architecture, and so much more. I feel my image captures are best expressed in Black & White, since that is how I was trained many years ago. I am now discovering, not only the beauty of my home state of New Jersey, but my creative direction of image making. Please visit Flickr: Doug Testa.
Artists clockwise from top left:
John Ruffley, Jessica Margo, Pratibha Reddy, Tom Andrasz, Elaine 'Sky' Schenkel, and Doug Testa