Associate Artists whose last name begins with L through Z

Biographies & Galleries

Below are the brief biographies & galleries of Associate Artists. These are artists whose work has been judged by a committee of their peers and found to display promise of ascending to the status of Exhibiting member.

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Peter Lopez - Photography

     He has been a long-time resident of Monmouth County, NJ, who has always taken an interest in photography. He started quite modestly, keeping a photo journal of his travels, both here and abroad. Family and friends appreciated his photos and
encouraged him to pursue photography more seriously. In retirement, Peter has found the time to follow this advice and make photography his avocation.
     In the past six or so years, he has made acquaintances with like-minded photo artists and gained membership to a number of local organizations: The Guild of Creative Art, Shrewsbury, NJ; The Raritan Photographic Society, East Brunswick, NJ; and the Art Alliance of Monmouth County, Red Bank, NJ. Peter’s work has appeared in these venues as well as The Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton Township, NJ; Monmouth County Fair, East Freehold, NJ; Princeton Alliance Church, Plainsboro, NJ; Central Jersey Blood Center, Shrewsbury, NJ; Monmouth Festival of the Arts, Tinton Falls, NJ; Monmouth County Arts Council at the Monmouth Museum on the campus of Brookdale Community College; Monmouth County Clerks Office & Monmouth County Agricultural Center, East Freehold, NJ; and the Monmouth County Camera Club, Colts Neck, NJ.
     Peter first started out by photographing nature, seascapes, and landscapes. More recently, he has taken up digital photography and used Photo Shop, the computer program, to polish his work. His photographic subjects have varied over this same time, and his images now trend more towards architectural and historical artifacts, often at a macro scale.
     As a result of his membership in the organizations listed above and the help of experienced individuals who have given him encouragement, Peter has been developing his artistic expression and is pleased that his efforts have been increasingly fruitful. He has met with success in recent art and photo competitions. Even so, he believes an artist will see positive qualities in his work that he does not see, demonstrating that he has yet to reach a full understanding of his artistic vision.
     Peter invites you to look at and enjoy his work, taking pleasure in it, and perhaps finding elements in it that even he has not yet been able to conceptualize.

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Jennie A. Meares - Photography

     She's a Matawan photographer who 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.
EXHIBITIONS
    
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.
OTHER VENUES
    
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.
     Jennie’s vision is to bring others to a place of peace and an awareness of our divine connection with everyone and everything around us. She likes to remind people that paradise is everywhere.

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Frank Parisi - Photography

     Action, impact, strong outlines, color, and textures are among the qualities that link the diverse photographic art of Frank Parisi. His work captures many colorful scenes on local waters, especially sailboats racing. The interplay of light and water in the morning and late afternoon, and the dynamic contrast between sails and sky, are featured in Frank’s art. He also frequently photographs the serenity and drama of sunsets and sunrises. Frank enjoys candid photography and capturing the abstract shapes found among every-day objects. Also of interest are the dramatic delineations achievable in strong black and white images.
      Frank’s work has been displayed many times and won many accolades. The exhibits in which he has participated include “Island Heights and Beyond” at the John F. Peto Studio Museum in Island Heights, “Down the Shore: Before and After Sandy,” at Ocean County College in Toms River, “Eyesights” at the Guild for Creative Arts in Shrewsbury. He has participated in many shows including at the Ocean County Artists’ Guild in Island Heights, Arts Guild New Jersey in Rahway, the Monmouth Museum, the Watchung Arts Center, and the TRAC Gallery in Toms River. From May through July 2014, Frank’s solo show, “Rhapsody,” hung at the Virginia Perle Art Gallery in Toms River, and during February 2016, his solo show “Great Faces: Informal Portraits from Near and Far,” was featured in the main galleries of the Ocean County Artists Guild. In 2017, he curated or co-curated two shows at the Grunin Center for the Arts of Ocean County College and one at the Belmar Arts Center. Frank became an Associate member of the Guild in May, 2017.

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Michele Rozzo - Photography

     She was born in Utah and now resides in Port Monmouth with her husband, 5 children, and 12 grandchildren. Michele has found the time to combine an active life style with her artistic background to capture photographic images that reflect her love of the outdoors. Michele’s passion for travel and the outdoors is reflected in her vivid landscape and sunset images that have won numerous awards.
AWARDS
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New Jersey Federation of Camera Clubs - Merit and Honorable Mention Awards
   - Monmouth Camera Club -  Picture/Slide of the Year Awards
   - Monmouth Camera Club - Medal Awards, Awards, and Honorable Mention Awards
   - Metropolitan Camera Club - Awards and Honorable Mention Awards
EXHIBITIONS
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Guild of Creative Art - Regular exhibitor in Juried Art Exhibitions
   - Monmouth Camera Club - Exhibiting member at various club exhibitions
MEMBERSHIPS
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Associate Member of the Guild of Creative Art
   - Monmouth Camera Club

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Yelena Snovsky - Oil

     She has been painting and drawing since her childhood in Russia. After graduating university, she worked as a technical illustrator, combining her two degrees in engineering and graphic art. Yelena moved from Russia to New Jersey with her family in 1989, where she started a greeting card business, creating custom-drawn wedding invitations and birthday cards using pen- and-ink and pastel. She also worked as an advertising illustrator for many years, creating images for various local businesses and publications throughout the New Jersey area.
     In recent years Yelena has become very interested in plein air and the idea of sharing her instant impression of the moment, in the moment. Most of her landscapes are now painted entirely outdoors, in natural light. Additionally, Yelena continues to pursue her fascination with portraits, both in her studies and commercially.
     Yelena's work has been juried in various art shows, and has also been exhibited at the Veranda Art Gallery in Fair Haven, as well as the Guild of Creative Art in Shrewsbury, where she has been an Associate Member since 2010. Yelena is also an Associate Member of the Oil Painters of America, a member of the Plein Air Painters of the Jersey Cost, and a member of the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters. Her first plein air competition was the Sixth Annual Bayonet Farm Art Festival, where she was awarded the 2009 Sycamore Award for Inspirational Power of the Arts. Since then, she has participated in a number of juried art shows. In 2010 she was invited to participate in the 4th Annual Out & About Norfolk plein air competition, where her work was awarded the 2010 Jerry's Artarama Merit Award. Yelena's work was also juried into the Ridgewood Art Institute 31st Annual Regional Juried Show, where she was awarded the 2011 David Davis Award for Outstanding Work.
     Yelena currently lives in New Jersey with her husband and two daughters and continues painting everywhere she goes.

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