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Real and Unreal: Essential Portraits – The Works of Neal Korn and Paul XO Pinkman

Upper Gallery

Wednesday, September 3 – Sunday, September 28
Opening Reception: Sunday, September 7, 1 to 4 p.m.

Paul Pinkman, Sheryl1

Paul Pinkman, Sheryl1

This exhibit, in the arts center’s Upper Gallery, marks the first time that Neal Korn and Paul XO Pinkman have exhibited together in a two-person show at the Watchung Arts Center.

The work in this exhibit offers a variety of works that show how each of these two artists have examined the concepts of what constitutes a portrait and what information is essential to knowing the person being portrayed.

As Mr. Korn says, “The non-essential is still an important part of who you are. The exposed part of the drawing represents what I consider to be the very essence of that person. This choosing of what is and what is not essential is a combination of intuition and my familiarity with the subject.”

Neal Korn, Ily reflects on herself

Neal Korn, Ily reflects on herself

For Mr. Pinkman, the ideas come from an awareness of the disconnect between how each person views themselves and how others view them. “There is always an underlying impermanence to all things, and that includes who we are. We continue to fabricate a persona, or personality, that we use to identify us to ourselves and others. Nonetheless, this is not ‘real’, it is an ever changing perception. So, what it is that we know of someone and how do we recognize them?”

Both artists have long careers in the arts community that spread over many exhibits and arts related events. Both of these artists have come to explore similar territory in their portraiture, only recently having met and realized the connection.

Mr. Korn and Mr. Pinkman have worked in a variety of materials over the years as well, each examining the significance of process and material in the reading of the final works. This exhibit offers a chance to see how each one has captured their own understanding and investigations of similar material while maintaining distinctly personal results.

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Call For Entries: New Jersey Photography Forum 20th Anniversary Gala Juried Photography Exhibit

November 1 – 29, 2013 at the Watchung Art Center

Photographers are invited to submit photographs to be considered for exhibition at the 20th Anniversary Gala Juried Photography Exhibit of the New Jersey Photography Forum. The exhibit is open to any photographer able to hand deliver their work to the Watchung Arts Center on the Watchung Circle in Watchung, NJ on Saturday, October 25th from 1-4 PM. The cost is $20 for every two photographs entered. There is no limit to the number of entries; however, all entries must be professionally presented and securely wired for hanging. There will be cash awards for Excellence and Merit.
The public is invited to attend the gala opening reception on Sunday, November 2rd from 1- 4PM at which time awards will be presented and everyone will have an opportunity to meet the artists. The exhibit is free and open to the public. The exhibit will be curated by Nancy Ori of Berkeley Heights. All of the images will be for sale with a portion of the proceeds going to support the Watchung Arts Center.

The jurors for the show are:
Paul X.O. Pinkman: professional fine artist, lecturer, owner of Paul Pinkman Creative Design in Plainfield NJ. Reviewed and exhibited throughout metropolitan area.
Keith Smith: Dean of Liberal Arts & Professor in Visual Arts Department at County College of Morris. He is a working fine artist in the mediums of paintings and fine art photography.
Nancy Ori: exhibitor, curator, freelance photographer and educator; director of NJ Photography Forum and Digital Arts Group; owner of NJ Media Center in Berkeley Hts.

The New Jersey Photography Forum is dedicated to furthering the interests of professional and serious photographers living or working in the New Jersey area. Over the past 20 years under the direction of Nancy Ori, the NJPF has become the largest and most recognized group of fine art exhibiting photographers in the state.

You can learn more about the New Jersey Photography Forum by visiting their web site at www.njphotoforum.com or calling Nancy Ori at 908-790-8820.

Form for Exhibitors

If you would like to exhibit at the Watchung Arts Center, please download and complete the Exhibitor Agreement.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Ludmila Kalivoda, VP Visual Arts, Watchung Arts Center, 908-753-7237, e-mail pruhonice@aol.com.

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"Time…Transition…Jazz"
Justin Vann Walden

Lower Gallery

Wednesday, September 3 – Sunday, September 28
Opening Reception: Sunday, September 7, 1 to 4 p.m.

Justin Vann Walden, Personified Elegance

Justin Vann Walden’s works, as he describes them, are intended “to create an atmosphere which the viewer can enter through perceptive means; and to create a ground that sets the viewer’s senses in constant motion, never allowing for static moments”. Walden creates multiple centers, i.e. different areas of interest, in each piece that allow your senses to travel so they are never focused on one particular area.

His ongoing series, titled Chops, Pipes and Axes, focuses on biographical portraiture of jazz musicians and visual music translations. The purpose of these portraits is to tell a story of the musician’s life through use of detailed symbolism; also they may express the musician’s ideas, style of playing or life experiences. These portraits are not just images of musicians, but visual mini biographies. These visual music translations are pieces designed to bring physical life to any chosen composition.

Many of Walden’s works use found materials, objects and antiques to covey his concepts. He states “There is something so pure about a found object because it has raw, natural beauty. My use of antiquity throughout is important because these components have breathed the same time and space as these musicians and eras which I portray.”

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Coming in October

“Themed Visions: An Exhibit of Photographs”
curated by Ellen Denuto and Tom Stillman

Upper Gallery

Sunday, October 5 – Sunday, October 26
Opening Reception: Sunday, October 5, 1 to 4 p.m.

Photographers participating are Ellen Denuto, Tom Stillman, Ray Yaros,Caryn Seifer, Miron Abramovici, John Markanic, Sherman Feller and Lane Lewis.

Each image is an expression of the photographer's personal vision, created without the constraints or direction found in commercial assignments and juried competitions.  The work, therefore, is diverse and unique to the photographer and accompanied by their narrative.

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"Further Adventures with an iPhone Camera"
Ross Wagner

Lower Gallery

Sunday, October 5 – Sunday, October 26
Opening Reception: Sunday, October 5, 1 to 4 p.m.

Ross Wagner, Red Abstract

Ross Wagner, Red Abstract

Ross Wagner is the founder and facilitator of the Unique Vision Photography Workshop which meets monthly at the Watchung Arts Center. He says of this exhibit:

A year ago, when I introduced iPhone images at my annual show at The Watchung Arts Center, visitors seemed transfixed by the technical quality of the images possible from this small pocket accessory.

The virtue of the iPhone camera, and yes, it is a phone and it is a camera, is accessibility. While an expensive digital SLR gathers dust, the iPhone is my constant companion, responsive to the slightest visual impulse.

Ross Wagner, Red Abstract

Ross Wagner, Suzanne's Garden

So I am at it again in this year's exhibit, with an eye to the abstract, and to images I find while having breakfast on the patio, teasing the cat, or sipping a glass of Diet Coke while watching the 6:30 news.

SLR images will also be shown. Will you be able to discern which are iPhone and which are SLR?

Ross Wagner's exhibit will also include new images from a Unique Vision Workshop photographer, Sherman Feller.

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Upcoming Exhibitions

November

Upper Gallery

New Jersey Photography Forum 20th Anniversary Gala Juried Photography Exhibit

Lower Gallery

TBA

December

Upper Gallery

Watchung Arts Center Members Juried Show

Lower Gallery

Charlann Meluso

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