Exhibiting Artists whose last name begins with L through O

Biographies & Galleries

Below are the brief biographies & galleries of Exhibiting Artists. These are artists whose work has been judged by a committee of their peers and found to represent outstanding excellence and artistic value.

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Evelyn Leavens - Watercolor (In Memoriam)

     She was born in 1924, a life-long resident of Red Bank. Her first solo show was in 1952 at the Old Mill Gallery, Tinton Falls, known then for the introduction of Alice Neel and Martha Graham. In 1958, a book of her drawings, Boswells’ Life of Boswell, was published by Simon & Schuster and became #2 on the New York Times’ children’s best-seller list that year.
     She received two fellowships from the NJ State Council of the Arts and was included in the 1977 NJ Arts Council biennial at the Trenton State Museum. Her work has been shown, notably, at City Without Wall, Aljira, Tweeds, Summit Art Center, and the Morris State Museum. Primarily self-taught, she attended the Vermont Studio Center in 1987 where she studied with Malcolm Morley, Archie Rand, and Neil Welliver.
     Evelyn had exhibited throughout the area and was a well-known art teacher, both at the Guild of Creative Art and also as a private instructor.

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Linda Levy - Watercolor

     She is a New Jersey native who has always been involved in some art form. Attending weekend classes at the Art Students League as a youngster with her artist mother, she worked in oils, pastels, and charcoal. During her adulthood she has done original needlepoint designs, mosaic tile works, clay sculptures, and fabric montages. During the past ten years, her emphasis has been on watercolors.
     Influenced in her youth by Winslow Homer’s tropical paintings, Linda always wanted to try her hand at watercolor. The opportunity came in 1995 when she began weekly watercolor classes near her Key Largo winter home. She has subsequently studied regularly with several New Jersey and Florida instructors and attended a variety of watercolor workshops with master artists. Her education also includes a B.A. from Douglass College, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Rutgers University.
     Many of her watercolors reflect the more than six months each year Linda spends in the Florida Keys. Inspiration stems from the pastel hues of island vistas to vivid colors of exotic tropical flowers. She often experiments with different watercolor papers and techniques. Graceful Florida birds provide favorite subjects, including great white herons, ibises, pelicans, parrots, and egrets. She has won the Purple Isles Art Guild’s coveted Joe Cella Memorial Award for Birds in Nature in 2000, 2003, and 2005 and their Best Florida Keys Representation award in 2002 and 2004, as well as several watercolor awards at the Ocean Reef Art League.
     Linda is currently an exhibiting member of the Guild of Creative Art and holds the offices of secretary and art show chairman for the Ocean Reef Art League. In addition, she maintains membership in the Monmouth County Art Society, the Ocean County Artists’ Guild, and the Purple Isles Art Guild.
     She has exhibited at the Guild of Creative Art, the Key Largo Public Library, the Ocean Reef Art League, the Sea Bright Cultural Center, and the Monmouth Beach Cultural Center.

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Alice Major - Photography

     She grew up in Brooklyn, NY. Her love affair with flowers began in her grandmother’s large Pennsylvania garden where she spent her summers. Like faithful old friends, the flowers were there to greet her return each year. It was at her grandmother’s side that she learned their names, habits, and the discipline and rewards of their cultivation. She was always welcome to freely gather as many as she wished, which she pressed into thick scrapbooks, wove into “jewelry,” garnished mud pies with, and arranged in bouquets that were received with endless delight by her mother.
     Flowers were one of Alice’s favorite subjects as her interest in photography developed over the years, but it wasn’t until she got her first macro lens that she found the vehicle for the depth of expression she sought. A course in Photoshop at Brookdale Community College opened the door for Alice to actually merge with the flowers, to create an image that not only captured their reflections, but the feelings they aroused in her as well. So, for example, if something in a flower reminded her of a sunset, or a landscape, or a galaxy, she was able to emphasize that feature so that others would see and appreciate it, too, maybe for the first time. The reaction to her work has proven this to have happened, and nothing pleases her more than to hear someone say, “Oh, I never noticed that before, but look, it’s all right there…and it’s so beautiful!”
     In 1989, Alice moved to Freehold, NJ, where she cultivates her own garden. Many of its residents are the offspring of her grandmother’s original garden, cuttings that have withstood transplantings and upheavals, children, droughts, groundhogs, some seasons of neglect, and still, like old friends, return faithfully each year to smile for the camera and show her things she’s never noticed before.

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Michael Menendez - Photography

     He hasn’t stopped photographing his world since he received his first camera as a child, a Kodak Brownie. Over the years he’s progressed to 35mm, followed by 4x5 view camera, and currently digital imaging. Mike has spent many years fine tuning his skills with 35mm cameras and his black & white darkroom. When he took up the challenge of using a view camera, he started to work more with color. Since he’s been working exclusively with digital cameras and the digital darkroom, his work has focused even more on the world in color.
     His passion for recording images of all kinds takes him on all-day excursions to places such as Longwood Gardens and the Bronx Zoo, as well as to many local sites. Favorites are the Point Pleasant Beach area and the Manasquan Reservoir. He also loves to take rides to nowhere in particular in his search for just the right image.
     “Beauty is all around us. My goal is to create images that invoke a positive emotional response in the viewer. In striving for that, I pay close attention to the three elements of subject, design, and color.”
     Because he values the lasting quality of his finished images, Michael uses only archival pigment inks and paper.
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Annette Margulies - Acrylic/Mixed Media

     She was trained in classical music as a child in Europe and believes painting is an extension of her love for creating and expressing.
     Music (classical, jazz, rock) and the grandeur of nature’s gifts have always inspired her. She writes: “Our passions, dreams, and hopes are such an integral part of the human experience that expressing a wide range of emotions on canvas is irresistible—it’s why I paint. To me, painting is a spiritual and intuitive journey. When I paint, I lose track of time and feel the pleasure—it sustains me and completes me. Sometimes I will work on a painting until it tells ME a story. Other times I will start with something in mind, but in the end, I respond to what is on the canvas and work on it until I feel it is resolved. To quote Georgia O’Keefe, ‘I found I could say things with colors that I couldn't say in any other way—things that I had no words for.’”
     Annette’s work has been accepted at various juried art exhibits including, in Orlando, FL: at the Grand Bohemian Gallery in the Grand Bohemian Hotel, The City Arts Factory, the Gallery at Metro, COMMA Gallery, and the Seminole Community College; in Sarasota, FL: the Art Center at Sarasota; and in NJ: SICA in Long Branch, the Monmouth Art Center, and the Guild for Creative Art. She has also mounted a solo show at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda, MD. Her paintings and commissions are in private collections throughout the U.S. and Canada.

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Randy Mayer - Watercolor

     She has been creating original designs in a wide variety of media for most of her life. As a child she drew anything and everything with a special passion for portraits and people. Teen idols and family members were her favorite subjects. At the age of 15, she won a scholarship to study with Lee Gaskins for a summer.
     Later, Randy studied Fashion Illustration and Advertising Design at F.I.T., S.U.N.Y. As a graduate, Randy pursued a career in advertising and illustration. She illustrated and designed for many nationally known products and businesses.
     Always a student as well as a teacher, she enjoys sharing her love of all things creative. For years she taught classes in her studio called “The Art Room” in Rumson, and later, in Monmouth Beach. There she shared her talents in drawing, painting and sculpture.
     Randy has studied with Ted Seth Jacobs, Jerry McDaniel, Sharon Gainsburg, Ken Stetz, Roberta Carter Clark, Mel Stabin, Marie Natale, as well as Tom Lynch and many others.
     She is an Exhibiting Member of The Guild of Creative Arts, in Shrewsbury, NJ, as well as the Ocean County Artists Guild, where she recently won First Place in Watercolor. She is also a member of the American Watercolor Society.
     Currently, Randy is working on several book illustration projects, in addition to her watercolor portraits. Randy lives in Monmouth Beach where she has her studio and accepts commissions.

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Frances H. McIlvain - Watercolor and Collage (In Memoriam)

     She offered a bold new approach to watercolor artwork. Her painting combines watercolor, acrylics, and paper collage to create exciting new visual effects. Fran's subject matter came from varying motivations. Extensive world travel had supplied inspiration, but her everyday visualizations also influenced what she paints. At times, the paint itself can be the impetus, a kind of spontaneous reaction. Creating a watercolor, acrylic, and paper collage requires a great deal of concentration and a thorough understanding of those mediums. Using many innovative combinations, she conveyed new freedom of expression in both color and design.
EDUCATION
    
Fran received a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Science in Education at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. She continued her scholastic pursuit of the arts in Europe and the United States, working at symposiums and studying with Nicholas Reale, Frank Webb, and Louise Cadillac; Tyler School of Art in Rome, Italy; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA; Mounts Bay Art Center, Cornwall, UK; Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ; Monmouth University, Long Branch, NJ; and Friends of Arts & Science, Sarasota, FL.
     Fran worked as a staff artist for Halsted & Van Vechten Advertising Agency. She is listed in Who's Who in American Art and Who's Who of American Women.
GALLERIES
    
Fran is represented by The Hang-Up Gallery in Sarasota, Florida, and by The Guild of Creative Art, Shrewsbury, New Jersey.
MEMBERSHIPS
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American Watercolor Society, Signature Member
   - New Jersey Watercolor Society, Past President
   - Garden State Watercolor Society, Elected Member
   - Guild of Creative Art, Founding Member
   - National Collage Society, Inc., Associate
   - International Society of Experimental Artists, Associate
   - Hilton Leech Studio, Member
   - Longboat Key Art Center, Member
PUBLICATIONS
    
Fran’s work has been published in: Best of Watercolor - Painting Color by Betty Lou Schlenm, Rockport Publishers, Gloucester, MA, 1997; SPLASH 3, edited by Rachael Wolf, North Light Books, Cincinnati, OH, 1994; and Portraits/2, edited by Shirley Boyden Maxwell, NJWCS, Clark, NJ, April 1998.

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Anthony Migliaccio - Oil

     He has been an established artist since 1970. A New Jersey native, he has exhibited extensively on the state and national level. His works are in numerous collections throughout the U.S. Migliaccio’s stylized rural and urban environments evolve from his plein air paintings, and have taken him to scenic locations throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Europe.
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

     The August Mosca Award for Oils, Audubon Artists 66th National Exhibition at the Salmagundi Club, NYC 2008
     A Lifetime Achievement Award from the Count Basie Theater, Red Bank, NJ 2008
     Selected as a Signature Artist at the Noyes Museum, Oceanville, NJ 2007
     Achievement Award for Oils at the Guild of Creative Art State Juried Show 2007
     Honorable Mention for Oils at the MCAC 28th Juried Exhibition in 2007
     Selected for Who’s Who in American Art in 2007
     Four solo shows in 2005 and 2006
     A Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Fellowship to paint in Italy and France in 2002
    Selection of landscape painting, Sandy Hook, for the EPA Building, Washington D.C. in 2001 by Governor Christie Todd Whitman
    A New Jersey Governor’s Award in Arts Education in 2001
    State Senate Citation for contributions to the Arts in New Jersey in 2001
     Migliaccio’s work has been exhibited at prestigious venues such as the Salmagundi Club, The National Art Club, and the Milk Gallery, all in New York City, and at Monmouth University, Kean University, The College of NJ, and Brookdale Community College, all in New Jersey. He has been a guest on NJN and News 12 NJ discussing the arts and has been the featured speaker and host at many arts events including the Audubon Artists Receptions in 2007 and 2008 and the NJ Governor’s Awards in Arts Education in 2001.
     “My influences in painting are varied and diverse, including such favorites as Cezanne, Matisse, Sargent, and Diebenkorn, to name a few. Like most artists, I am constantly being influenced by the masters and contemporary artists that work in the same genre. Plein air painting is one of the most challenging art forms I’ve ever experienced. I believe that once composition and value are achieved, then it’s all about color. Learning color theory is probably the most critical aspect of this kind of work. Plein air painting in oil offers those challenges in addition to a peaceful, meditative experience while on location. Painting from life is also an excellent exercise in maintaining the integrity of the subject matter in the studio,” says Migliaccio.
     Migliaccio earned a Bachelor’s Degree from the College of NJ and a Master’s Degree in Art Education from Kean University. Along with his professional art career, he has been an art educator and arts administrator in NJ public schools in addition to having taught as an adjunct at Monmouth University. He has become well known in the state for his demonstrations and workshops on various art topics including painting en plein air. Migliaccio resides in Long Branch, NJ, with his wife Dee Dee, where he maintains his studio. He is currently represented by the Guild of Creative Art, Shrewsbury, NJ.

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Nessa Neilson Morse - Watercolor and Pastel

     She was fortunate to love and study both art and music in childhood. After high school, she elected to pursue visual arts studies at Kent State University, Ohio, where she earned her B.F.A. Having also discovered the world of theatre design, she went on to receive her M.A. (with an emphasis in costume design) in theatre at Montclair State University, NJ.
     During the thirty-three years she taught high school art for the Middletown, NJ, school district, Nessa helped develop and teach a wide range of art programs which included fine arts, crafts, art history, and computer art. She received teaching awards at the local, state, and national levels. She also spent many of those years freelancing as a costume designer for college theatre departments and for professional summer stock companies. For over ten years, she has been an adjunct instructor of art at Brookdale Community College. She is currently teaching computer painting and drawing for interior design for the BCC  art department. Nessa received the 2005-2006 adjunct of the year award for the Fine Arts and Communications Division at Brookdale.
     Grateful for the early encouragement of art teachers Lois Eben and Douglas McIlvain, for over twenty five years, Nessa has pursued her painting studies with many wonderful artists. Those who have influenced her the most include Tony Ventura, Roberta Carter Clark, Frank Csulak, Lee Boynton, Stan Sperlak, and Joe Hing Lowe. Most of Nessa’s work is created in watercolors or pastels. She has received awards for both media. Her work is included in private and public collections throughout the country, particularly in the northeast.  She is a member of the Guild of Creative Art, Pine Shores Art Association, the NJ Pastel Painters Society, and the Plein Air Painters of the Jersey Coast (for which group she currently serves as secretary and webmaster).
     Nessa sums up her feelings about her artwork in this statement: “Finding the special moments  and moods of everyday places and trying to capture their essence in my work is my challenge and delight. Sharing them through my paintings is my pleasure.”

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Leonia Mroczkowski - Oil and Watercolor

     She lives in Shark River Hills, New Jersey. She is a graduate of Wagner College, Staten Island, New York. Her art education includes the Washington School of Art, duCret School of Art, the Art Students League in Manhattan, and annual workshops with nationally known artists.
MEMBERSHIPS
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NJ American Artists Professional League
   - Plein Art Painters of the Jersey Coast
   - Art Society of Monmouth County
   - Manasquan River Group of Artists
   - Ocean County Artists Guild
     At present, Leonia enjoys painting en plein air and capturing the peace and tranquility of the landscape.

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Joan B. Myers - Photography

     She received a M.A. in Human Development from Farleigh Dickinson University in 1987.She has also completed the photography option in film (color, black and white, darkroom) as well as digital photography at Brookdale Community College where she received an AAS. Her passion for photography continues as she explores composition and design with Laury Egan. In 2009 Joan was accepted as an Exhibiting Member at the Guild of Creative Art.
     Joan’s work focuses on pristine composition, vivid color, shapes, patterns, and altered perceptions.  For Joan, creating a visual image is not only serene but at the same time exhilarating because it increases her sense of being alive. She takes great delight in surprising the viewer with unusual images that are thought provoking and sometimes humorous. She believes that the presentation of her art should also be meticulous.
     Joan has exhibited her art in a variety of prestigious juried shows. To date her work has been displayed at the Art Alliance, the Guild of Creative Art, Brookdale Alumni Association, Bayonet Farm Art Show, Center for Visual Arts at Brookdale College, Monmouth Festival of the Arts, 2nd  Saturday in Long Branch, and Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences.
Awards
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Guild of Creative Art:  Marty Connelly Memorial Landscape Award, “Snowy Excitement”;
   - Brookdale Alumini Assoication: Honorable Mention, “Snowy Excitement”;
   - Bayonet Farm Art Show: People’s Choice, “Snowy Excitement”;
   - Guild of Creative Art: Honorable Mention, “I like Your Coat,” for Sense of Humor

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James P. Oakley - Watercolor and Oil

     He is originally from northern New Jersey but has resided at the Jersey shore since 1976. From an early age, he was influenced by his father, James T. Oakley, also an artist. Jim won his first award in oil painting at age thirteen.
     Jim's art education began at the Newark Museum. Today he paints under the watchful eye of Tony Ventura, of Neptune, New Jersey, with whom he has worked for the past fifteen years.
     Jim has been in numerous art exhibitions and shows from Sandy Hook to Smithville, New Jersey. He has participated in many juried shows in both Monmouth and Ocean Counties, including the Monmouth County Arts Council 18th Annual Show in 1997.
     Most recently, Jim's work has been on display in the Gentle Winds Gallery in Smithville, New Jersey. At present, he is an Exhibiting Member of The Guild of Creative Art in Shrewsbury and also continues his membership at the Ocean County Artist Guild in Island Heights, New Jersey. Jim teaches privately out of his home in Waretown, New Jersey.

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Robert B. O'Keefe - Sculpture

     He was born and raised in New Jersey. He has always been interested in the arts including theatre, which, as a young man, he studied at The New Theatre School in New York City. His main interest now is in sculpture and creative stained glass. He learned basic stained glass techniques from the best stained glass artist in the country. As far as sculpture goes, Bob is completely self-taught and still learning and developing his technique.
     His favorite medium is driftwood found on the local New Jersey beaches. He takes the basic shape and fashions it into something meaningful, finishing it using various techniques such as sandblasting. Recently, Bob has created windows and lamps of various sizes and shapes in stained glass, many on commission.
     Bob’s work has been displayed at the Art Alliance, Red Bank, NJ; Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, NJ; and the Guild of Creative Art, Shrewsbury, NJ.

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