Exhibiting Artists whose last name begins with A through D

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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Ozzie Arnts - Oil (In Memoriam)

     He was a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology School of Photographic Imaging. During his studies there, he learned the importance of composition, perspective, values, and treatment of subject matter—all necessary in the construction of a successful painting.
     After graduating, he was employed by Cornell University for their Photographic Science Department. In 1959, Ozzie purchased a portrait studio in Allenhurst, which he operated for many years. Following in the footsteps of some relatives, he became interested in painting and studied with Anthony Ventura.
     He was an artist member of the Salmagundi Club, the American Artist Professional Leagues of New York of New Jersey, and the Guild of Creative Art, where he taught a class in oil painting and served as president.

Marilyn Monson Baldi - Photography

     A New Jersey native, she moved to Colts Neck in 1986. Since childhood, she has been involved in the visual and performing arts. She incorporated these early interests into her teaching  programs for Matawan’s gifted and talented students.
     Various venues throughout the state have displayed her watercolors, oils, and sumi paintings. In 2006-2007, for Brookdale’s “History of Art” murals in the visual arts building, Marilyn painted two 8 x 8 foot panels: the “Hall of Bulls” and Cezanne’s “Still Life with Basket of Apples.” In 2008 she assisted in painting the exterior murals at the Belmar Arts Council Gallery.
     In 2008 Marilyn began studying photography with Laury Egan at the Guild of Creative Art. Her photographs have been exhibited at the Guild, Belmar Arts Council Gallery, Monmouth Festival of the Arts, Art Alliance of Monmouth County, Monmouth County Library, Colts Neck Library, Brookdale Community College, NJ Flower and Garden Show, Freehold Municipal Buildings, and local businesses. She has received several awards for her work.
     Artist Statement: “Until 2009, photography had been the means of recording my travels and my life’s journeys. Now, however, photography itself is becoming my inspirational and educational journey. As a photographer, I am learning to appreciate nature’s changing choreography of light, color, texture, and form during the rhythms of time and seasons.”

Andree Benoist - Watercolor

     Andree Benoist, lifelong resident of Monmouth County, began painting with watercolor later in life. She has studied with local artist Donald Voorhees, and more recently with Charles Reid and Alvaro Castagnet through their workshops. Andree finds inspiration for her work along the Jersey shore and in the foothills of the White Mountains of Maine where she has a summer home. Her paintings reflect her feelings about her experiences and observations and strive to show what it was like at a particular moment.
     She has been an exhibiting member of the Guild since October 2017.

Sherry Blossom - Oil

     Surrealist Cheryl Perry, whose artist name is Sherry Blossom, is a self-taught artist with an interesting imagination. Born in New York City she found inspiration everywhere.
     She won her first art award at the tender age of seven. She then went on to study at the Art Students League and then with internationally known artist Franco The Great.
     Her work has been shown at the Art Alliance, Henry Street Settlement Arts for Living Center, Monmouth College, Brookdale College, Long Branch Public Library, Fort Monmouth and the Guild of Creative Art.

Ewa Bortnik - Painter

     She was born in Poland. She graduated with the Master of Arts degree from the Copernicus University in Torun, Poland. Additionally, she graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan, studying drawing and painting there, with a focus on various techniques of painting with dyes and acrylic paints.
     She became interested in different surface textures like yarn and fabric, and she began weaving. Her weaving designs are based on colors and texture and employ different media. This has confirmed her artistic vision as a way she should follow.

Helene Braun - Painter

     Helene began as a textile artist in New York City. She has also created flags for different organizations throughout the United States. Helene has exhibited in various shows throughout the United States. In her last two gallery exhibits she placed both second and third for the finest pictures in the shows. Helene creates her paintings using either pastels, oil or watercolors. Her work is putting images to people's various emotions. She also enjoys creating pictures of flowers. In all her works she uses strong colors as she prefers a colorful palate.
      Fashion Institute of Technology, New York City, Associate Degree
      Kean University Elizabeth New Jersey, Bachelor of Fine Arts
      Kean University Elizabeth New Jersey, Master of Fine Arts

Yan Cao - Watercolor

     She attended Art History course at NYU. She studied with local artist Ken Stetz and attended watercolor workshop at the Cooper Union School of Art. She worked as a docent at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She chose watercolor as her medium of artistic expression because it “so brilliantly captures light and atmosphere in nature.”
     Yan Cao became an exhibiting member of the Guild on May 11th, 2017.
     - The Atlantic Highlands Yacht Club
     - The Second Story Art Gallery
     - The Atlantic Highlands Library
     - ArtSea Gallery in Sea Bright
     - The Blue Bay Inn
     - The Art Alliance of Monmouth County

Roberta Carter Clark - Watercolor and Oil (In Memoriam)

     She was born in St. Louis and grew up in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin. She has been interested in painting people since her teens, when she attended classes at The Detroit Institute of Art. After more years of study with many fine painters, she is comfortable working in oils, pastels, and watercolors and enjoys imparting whatever she has learned to others. As a busy portrait painter, Roberta has been with Portraits, Inc. in New York City since 1974 and her commissioned portraits are in the private collections of hundreds of families throughout the United States and in England. More portraits are in public and corporate collections, including universities, hospitals, and banks.
     She has juried both state and national exhibitions and has become a popular demonstrator, teaching portrait and figure painting workshops from California to Texas, Hilton Head to Florida, and many points between. Her paintings have received awards at national exhibitions, including The American Watercolor Society, Allied Artists, Midwest Watercolor Society, and the Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors.
     The first art book Roberta wrote and illustrated, How to Paint Living Portraits, was published in 1990 by North Light Books, and the newest book, Painting Vibrant Children's Portraits, was released in July of 1993. Both books have been well received and have proven to be valuable additions to the literature on how to proceed in this challenging occupation. This second book on painting children has been published in a French edition in 1995 and is titled Portraits D'Enfants.
     Her work is also included in several other books: Splash One (1991), Splash Two (1993), Basic Drawing Techniques, Basic Oil Painting Techniques, Basic Portrait Techniques, all North Light Books; Exploring Painting (1988) and Understanding Transparent Watercolor (1993), both by Gerald Brommer, Davis Publications, Inc.; and Watermedia Techniques for Releasing the Creative Spirit (1992) by Marilyn Hughey Phillis, Watson Guptill Publications. Roberta's watercolor figure work was featured in an American Artist Magazine article in August 1993, in the January 1994 The Artist's Magazine, and in Watercolor Magic, the Winter 1995 special watercolor issue of this magazine. She has recently been invited to serve as a member of the Advisory Board of the special American Artist publication Watercolor 95, which will be published quarterly this year for the first time. One of Roberta's watercolors is included in Splash Four, a book in the Splash series published by North Light, which is now available.
     Roberta is an exhibiting member of Allied Artists, the American Watercolor Society, the Garden State Watercolor Society, Midwest Watercolor Society, New Jersey Watercolor Society, Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, and the Rockport Art Association.
     Among the honors Roberta's long career has brought her are inclusion in Who's Who in American Art and Who's Who in American Women.

Marino Cirillo - Photography

     Marino was born in Livorno, Italy, migrating to the USA as a child and settling in Hoboken, N.J. with his family.
     Marino was drafted in the U.S. Army and served in Vietnam. The military’s GI bill offered him an opportunity to attend the School of Visual Arts in N.Y. for several years. He studied art, taking classes in drawing, sculpture and mixed media. He built a solid client base, solely by word of mouth, doing pet portraits using pastels.
     Marino took time off to raise a family while working on Wall Street. Now retired and residing in Red Bank for the past 30 years, photography has become his passion and path chosen for the creativity it offers. It allows him to search for and capture the unique shots found all around him with favorites being flowers, classic cars and buildings. From bold to subtle colors, from nature to man-made, he embraces them all.
     Marino became an Exhibiting member on November 2018 at The Guild of Creative Arts. He is also a member of The Monmouth Museum and The Art Alliance of Monmouth County.
     His photographs have been selected and exhibited in juried and non-juried shows at the Monmouth Museum, the Guild of Creative Arts, St. George’s–by-the-River (The Canterbury Art Show) and The Art Alliance of Monmouth County.

Frank Colaguori - Watercolor

     He attended the Academy of Arts in Newark, New Jersey, where he studied advertising art and illustration. He had a career as a technical illustrator in New York City.
     Retirement now allows Frank time to pursue his art. Wildfowl carving became his first artistic endeavor. Song birds and birds of prey were his main focus. Frank was awarded ribbons for his carvings at the World Wildfowl Championship held in Ocean City, Maryland. After several years of bird carving, his artistic interest turned to watercolor painting, and now Frank is an Exhibiting Member at the Guild of Creative Art.
     Frank Colaguori has received awards in the Open Juried Shows at the Guild of Creative Art. He received the Mary Waclewicz award at the Garden State Watercolor Society’s thirty-Fifth Annual Juried Show. Frank has exhibited his paintings in various shows in New Jersey, as well as one-man shows in Monmouth County. His paintings can be found in private collections.

Sanford Cook - Photography

     He has an operational career background in mechanical engineering, strategic marketing, and art. The art sector includes oil and watercolor painting, charcoal, pen & ink, pastels, photography, and sculpture. He has taken art-related courses at various schools and universities. His latest showings have been photographs in color, black & white, and sepia. Sandy is associated with many art organizations and his work has been exhibited in numerous juried art shows, galleries, exhibits, commercial establishments, professional institutions, private art collections, and museums as well as being published in local and national media.
     In addition to national and regional exhibits, Sandy’s photographs were recently and or presently exhibited locally at Gaetano’s Restaurant, McKay Studio, Asher Neiman Gallery (included in a slide show), Art Alliance (all in Red Bank), The Guild of Creative Art in Shrewsbury, restaurants and galleries in Westfield, NJ, Monmouth Festival of the Arts, MCAC Art Show at the Monmouth Museum, Brookdale Juried Art Shows, the Twisted Tree Café, ‘Squan Custom Frame Shop, the Turner House Gallery, Ocean Twp, the Belmar Arts Council, and the Shore Institute of Contemporary Arts (SICA). A six-week exhibit, one-man show, of thirty-eight photos was held at the Terner House Gallery in Ocean Twp. In addition photos are being displayed in exhibits and publications in Alaska.
     Sandy has led and taught classes in photographic uses of color, b&w, sepia, and “scenic versus historic/journalistic art.” He has also taught digital camera functions, digitalization of various art forms and techniques as well as Art Philosophy workshops.

Ben De Marco - Photography

     He became interested in photography through his music business. When they couldn’t find a photographer to take the type of photo’s they were looking for, he started to take them. He enjoyed it and decided to pursue his interest.
     Ben was self-taught until his introduction to Dennis Simonetti, a Master Photographer instructor at the New School for Social Research in New York City. Dennis reviewed his work and asked him to join the New School. Ben stayed with Dennis for four years, assisting and attending his Master Printing course. In 1981, Ben founded the Brick Photo Workshop. He then turned to photojournalism and became a contributing photographer for the Newark Star Ledger, Asbury Park Press, and a few smaller publications. He also contributed to a variety of magazines, tabletop, events and sports photography. He was an associate producer for ABC Circle Films’ production of “Baby M.”
     Aside from his own workshop, Ben has instructed photography at Toms River North and Point Pleasant Borough High School adult programs for ten years. His photo career has spanned thirty years. Now retired, Ben still does selective work of a varied nature. He is a member of the Ocean County Artist Guild in Island Heights, the Belmar Arts Council, and the Guild of Creative Arts in Shrewsbury.

Vicky Culver - Photography and Photographic Collage

     She was born in Liverpool, England, and attained a B.Sc. in Graphic Design and Photography from Manchester College of Art & Design in 1969. She designed publicity material and books for Longman Company, a publisher, until she moved to Canada in 1974.
     Continuing to work as a Designer for New Designs, Ottawa; various departments of the Canadian Government, and Banfield Advertising, Vicky then established her own freelance partnership in 1982.
Solo shows include the Art & Attic, Red Bank; the PNC Bank Howell; the Guild of Creative Art, Shrewsbury; Little Silver Borough Hall; and Poricy Park, Middletown, New Jersey. She has won awards in Red Bank, Howell, Freehold, and Atlantic Highlands.
Since residing in New Jersey, Vicky has become an exhibiting member of the Guild of Creative Art; the Art Alliance of Monmouth County; the Freehold Art Society; City Without Walls Gallery in Newark, and is also affiliated with the Printmaking Council of New Jersey.

Bob Dowd - Photography

     He is a native of New Jersey and finds most of his subjects in the local area. He has been studying photographic composition for several years with prominent photographer and author Laury Egan and credits her with developing his skills. Since 2002, Bob has exhibited his images at the Guild of Creative Art, The Belmar Arts Council, the Grounds for Sculpture and has received several awards for his images.
     In his work, Bob tries to create strong compositions by empowering negative spaces, searching for dynamic positive shapes, and by the use of bold colors. His favorite subject matter is found in the common things around us that we see and interact with on a regular basis but because of their familiarity they become blurred and near invisible. Yet, in their own way they can provide us with beauty, utility and order. He enjoys photographing these subjects in an effort to encourage viewers to recognize and appreciate their elegance and beauty.
     All of his work is shot using digital raw format and is finalized in Photoshop. Bob does not make major changes to his images but instead tries to shoot the initial photograph as finished as possible, applying only minor corrections such as slight shifts in color saturation or cropping post production. All of his images are printed using archival pigment ink on Epson paper.
2004: New Jersey Federation of Camera Clubs, Tops in New Jersey Medal
- Award 2005: A Portrait of Thompson Park, Thompson Park Gallery, Lincroft
- 2005: Monmouth Museum Juried Art Show. Honorable Mention. 2006:
- Anniversary Show, Frederick Gallery, Allenhurst 2007: First Look, Frederick
- Gallery, Allenhurst 2007: Divergent View Point, Brookdale Community Collage
- 2007: Monmouth County Fair. Best in Show Award, Monochrome 2010-2015
- Focus on Sculpture, Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton. Best in Show 2015, HM
- 2012 2010-2015: EyeSights, Juried Photography Show, Guild of Creative Art.
- Honorable Mention, 2012 2014, 2015 Juried Art Show, Belmar Arts Council
- 2015 Open Juried Art Show, Guild of Creative Art, Shrewsbury 2015 Juried
- Summer Art Exhibit, Torché Gallerie, Juried Summer Art Exhibit 2015: Focus on
- Sculpture, Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton. Best in Show
- Guild of Creative Art, exhibiting member
- Belmar Arts Council
- Grounds for Sculpture
- Monmouth Arts Council
- Monmouth Camera Club, Salon Member

Eugen Dudas - Mixed Media

     He is a self-taught artist residing in Linden, NJ. He was born and raised in Slovakia.
     Despite having arts in his heart since his early age thanks to his father, he did not start his career as an artist. He chose a different career to start with. Upon graduating from Aviation University in Slovakia as an electrical engineer, he launched his professional career in the air force. After 17 years of his prosperous and flourishing career and the army reorganization, he started to pursue his longtime dream to work with the arts, which he has always been very passionate about.
     He opened up his small art shop in Slovakia where he exhibited his paintings, the paintings of other artists, and antiques. It is called Eurogaleria and it is still open. In July 2014, he came with his wife to the USA and continued devoting his time to painting, and fulfilling his passion.
     He attended many Plein Air events in Slovakia, Hungary, and Rumania where he exhibited his work too. His art is unique and the use of painting boards is quite unconventional. He paints on wood or plywood board and makes the best use of the wood grain. His paintings express feelings about everyday life, motion, and relaxing times and try to create the relaxed feeling in the viewer. Usage of mixed media and colors is dependent on the specific image that he is creating.
     The artist joined the Guild of Creative Arts in the fall 2015, and subsequently participated in the Edgy Show in 2016, in which he was awarded the award of merit. In June 2016 he became an Exhibiting Member of the Guild and he is looking forward to future exhibitions.