Jennie A. Meares, a Matawan photographer, jumped into the NJ art scene in 1998 where her “jam” signature has become a familiar sight in countless group shows and eleven solo exhibitions.
Jennie’s passion for beauty is her inspiration, communicated in her photographs of nature’s wonders, or the brilliant color, composition, or humor of a special face or place. Her well-known seascapes share her love of sand and sea, drawn from summers on the Jersey Shore and time spent in the Caribbean. Jennie’s fascination with reflections, which range from impressionistic to abstract, often make others question which way is up. Her work also includes angels and statuary, florals, music-related themes and band shots, and humorous moments found in daily life.
Jennie has exhibited her work as a member of the Art Alliance, Art Society of Monmouth County, and Guild of Creative Art. She has shown in numerous statewide juried shows at the Art Alliance, Guild, Ocean County Artists’ Guild, Monmouth Museum, Brookdale Community College’s Center for Visual Arts, Christian Brothers Academy, and Monmouth Festival of the Arts.
Jennie also enjoys reaching out to the community in the Guild’s off-premise exhibits at the Monmouth County Clerk’s Office (Freehold), Central Jersey Blood Center (Shrewsbury), Monmouth Medical Center (Long Branch), and Kensington Court Assisted Living (Tinton Falls).
AWARDS AND PUBLICATIONS
Jam’s Inspired Photography has won multiple awards, including the People’s Choice Award at two Guild Photography Showcases. Her signature piece, “Floating Light,” which was featured on a Monmouth Festival of the Arts brochure cover, won “Best in Show” from Juror Bonnie Stutski, Photography Editor of Smithsonian Magazine, at the Ocean County Artists’ Guild’s Juried Photography Show, and went on to hang at the Pen & Brush Club in NYC.
Her work has won several prizes in the Center for Photography at Woodstock/Catskill Mountain Region Guide Photography Contests and was published in CMRG issues and in their wall and desk calendars. Jennie’s photos, writing, and poetry have also been published within and on the covers of local arts and culture magazines, on music CDs, and in the UK book, Need to Know? Knots.
Jam’s work hangs in private collections throughout the country, as well as in local venues, such as McLoone’s Riverside Dining in Sea Bright and McLoone’s Salt Water Café in Asbury Park. Her work is also showcased in NJ galleries and shops.