Exhibiting Artists whose last name begins with E through K

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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Laury A. Egan - Photography

     She grew up in Atlantic Highlands and Rumson, NJ. Her initial art instruction was from her mother, Agnes Ricks Egan, a charter member of the Guild of Creative Art. Laury received a BFA in graphic design/photography from Carnegie Mellon University and later studied with Sam Abell, a National Geographic photographer. In 1985, she set up a color darkroom and began a freelance photography/book design business after working for Princeton University Press. During the next years, her photographs appeared on numerous book jackets and covers, magazines, and as book illustrations, including her solo outing in The Wines and Wineries of the Hudson River Valley and as participating photographer in Princeton Reflections. She expanded her business into live theatre and opera photography, working for the Opera Company of Philadelphia, most Lincoln Center venues, McCarter Theatre, Two River Theater Company, and for Plácido Domingo’s organization at the Met and Kennedy Center on behalf of disabled children. In 1992, Laury photographed the world premiere of Philip Glass’ The Voyage at the Met and sold to Mr. Glass for his archives.
     After mastering darkroom technique, Laury began exhibiting fine arts photographs throughout the tri-state area at Alkit Digital in New York City; the Williams Gallery, Stuart Country Day School, Tucker Anthony in Princeton, NJ; Art Forms in Red Bank, NJ, and Woodstock, NY; the Chamot Gallery in Jersey City; the Sea Holly Gallery in Brielle, NJ; the Book Gallery in New Hope, PA; the Frederick Gallery in Allenhurst, NJ; McKay Studio, Red Bank; and at the Guild of Creative Art, where, in 1982, she beame one of the first photographic exhibiting members. Her images are in the permanent collection of the Montclair Art Museum, Graphic Arts Library of Princeton University, Southern Methodist University, and the Monmouth County Historical Association.
     Laury has created portfolios on Greece and Venice, countries she has visited at length, as well as on historic American buildings and houses, photographed to emphasize geometry, shapes, and atmospheric lighting. Recently, she has been creating land and seascapes of Sandy Hook and the Monmouth County area.
     As an instructor, Laury has taught composition courses and offered portfolio reviews at Brookdale Community College, the photography group of the Princeton Garden Club, and the Guild of Creative Art as well as teaching several location workshops such as a two-week course in Venice, Italy. She currently holds ongoing private classes for photographers at her home. She has worked as a lecturer on photography and a judge for competitions.
     In 2009, a large land/seascape was chosen as “Best in Show” at the Guild’s EyeSights Show and Laury received an HM in the October Open Juried Show and HM in b+w at the 2010 EyeSights Show. She has been included in Who’s Who of American Women and Who’s Who in American Art and served as Vice President and President on the Board of Directors of the Guild of Creative Art.
Exhibitions (group shows unless indicated; curated*)
   - * 2010: 23 Photographers, Guild of Creative Art, Shrewsbury
   - * 2009: Land and Sea, McKay Studio, Red Bank
   - *2009, 2010: A Photographic Portrait of Sandy Hook, Lighthouse Keeper’s Gallery
   - *2008: Focal Point, Guild of Creative Art, Shrewsbury
   - 2008: The Vanishing Beauty of Land and Sea, Frederick Gallery, Allenhurst
   - 2007: First Look, Frederick Gallery, Allenhurst
   - 2006: Venice Revisited, Solo Show, Frederick Gallery, Allenhurst
   - 2006: Anniversary Show, Frederick Gallery, Allenhurst
   - 2006: A 10-Year Retrospective with New Work, Solo Show, Frederick Gallery, Allenhurst
   - *2005: A Portrait of Thompson Park, Thompson Park Gallery, Holmdel
   - *2005: Photographic Show, Middletown Library, Middletown
   - 2005: Studies of Princeton, Williams Gallery, Princeton
   - 2002: Annual Summer Salon Show, Chamot Gallery, Jersey City
   - *2002: Perfect Exposure, Sea Holly Gallery, Brielle
   - *2002: A Portrait of Historic Walnford, Walnford
   - 2000: Alkit Digital Gallery Show, New York City
   - 1999: Greece, Solo Show, State of the Art Gallery, Atlantic Highlands
   - 1998: Bermuda and British Columbia, Solo mini-show, Guild of Creative Art

Jean Finnila - Photography

     She began photography as a hobby, but it soon flourished into a serious undertaking. Primarily devoted to fine arts landscape photography, Jean enjoys finding unique ways to artistically express nature's beauty throughout the seasons and at different times of day. She writes, “The colors in nature change from day to day and hour to hour. My goal is to capture nature’s beautiful colors and have them convey a feeling of tranquility and awe in the viewer. Being at the beach at sunrise or in the mountains at sunset makes it possible for me to achieve my goal.”
     She has been studying photography under the watchful eye of noted photographer, Laury Egan, for six years. Her photographs have been displayed at the Frederick Gallery in a solo exhibit and as part of group shows at the Middletown Library, Sea Holly Art Gallery in Brielle, NJ, Thompson Park in Lincroft, NJ, the Guild of Creative Arts in Shrewsbury, NJ, and at the McKay Gallery in Red Bank, NJ. Some of her images have earned Honorable Mention awards in competitions at the Monmouth Camera Club and in the Sherman Hines Museum Postcard Competition and have been published in the on-line journal, Sea Stories. Her most recent accomplishment has been becoming an exhibiting member of the Guild of Creative Arts.

Jane Gagliardi-Plenge - Acrylic and Mixed Media

     She comes to the art of abstract painting with a naiveté and purity of heart, always exploring how to push against technicalities but trusting in the beauty of this world and what she knows will manifest in a piece.For Jane, works of art are borne of an inexplicable paradox of time and space. Materials that are ancient and honored may be juxtaposed with those that are contemporary and experimental. Bits of reality may wander amid the illogical; a whole might contain many disparate yet carefully placed parts and yet, when things go right, it all works. Then there is the silence that art making engenders. There is a certain seductive and meditative quality that accompanies this work. It’s hard to attend to composing in a meaningful way if one’s mind is cluttered or chattering. The work has a way of forcing the artist to attend to the careful placement of each bit of paint or texture in relationship to the last and to the next and to the whole. Finally, Jane finds the element of surprise so intriguing. When a piece is just right it is cause for quiet jubilation.
     Her first conscious memories of loving to create were ignited by the encouragement of her family and those treasured art kits that allowed her to play with materials like charcoal, poster paint and plastic figures that she could pose and draw. Paint-by-number sets were an invitation to explore what happens if you mix colors together and go beyond the lines. In high school, she was elected art editor of the school newspaper. Later, she ventured into the world of clay by setting up a pottery studio with her sister, which they eventually expanded to include work in the complex and highly technical field of mosaic art.
     Jane’s undergraduate work focused on Fine Arts and Arts Education, and she enjoyed many years as an art educator until earning advanced degrees in Educational Psychology and Educational Leadership. During her public school career as a visual arts teacher, teacher of the gifted, and curriculum specialist, she was a driving force in initiating and developing programs that brought the arts to children at all levels. Jane was a key member of a collegial team that envisioned and built a series of interdisciplinary environments with students, artists-in-residence and other relevant experts, integrating the arts with other disciplines. Some of these included production of an Evening of the Arts, an Egyptian Tomb, a Japanese Tea House, and a Tropical Rainforest. After earning a Masters Degree in Education of the Gifted and Talented, Jane commenced creating programs and curricula that were cross curricular and thematic. Later, Jane worked in higher education with aspiring teachers on how to integrate the arts with other subjects.
     Jane enjoys learning from the creative productivity of well-established and developing artists. Currently, she spends much of her time in her studio living out the creative process amid the evolution of each work-in-progress.

Anne Goldberg - Oil

     She is a graduate of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia where she received her BFA and art teacher certification. There she taught Saturday classes in drawing and painting as well as exhibited her work. Upon graduation, she began a career designing painted and woven fabrics as well as custom carpets for New York firms such as Scalamandre Silks, Edward Fields, and Dan River. A working artist, Anne enjoys painting local scenes of the shore area. She is an exhibiting member of the Guild of Creative Art as well as the Art Alliance of Monmouth County. She has shown her work each year at the annual Monmouth Festival of the Arts, Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, The Guild of Creative Art in Shrewsbury, The Art Alliance in Red Bank, The Sheraton Hotel in Eatontown, The Hall of Records in Freehold, The Ocean Hilton in Long Branch, Sealfons in the Grove, The Monmouth Museum in Lincroft, and Beauregard Fine Art Gallery in Rumson. She has been a teacher at the Guild of Creative Art since 1995.

Maryann Goodwin - Watercolor and Oil

     She knew she was destined to become an artist at five years old. She discovered the melting abilities of crayons on a radiator in the formal dining room and was fascinated by the beautiful color patterns...Her mother of course, was not so passionate about art.
     Maryann graduated from Caldwell College with a BFA in Painting/Graphic Design. In senior year she attended the Women’s Interart Center in New York City, where she studied with Alice Baber, Dorothy Gillespie, and Alice Neel in an internship. She has continued to take classes at School of the Visual Arts, Fashion Institute of Technology, Brookdale Community College in various media. Maryann has had a one person show at Eastern Branch Library; exhibited at the Trenton State Museum State-wide show, several local State-wide exhibits including:  Brookdale College, The Guild of Creative Art, Arts Alliance of Monmouth County, Artworks at Boatworks, a co-op of the Belmar Arts Council. She is a member of Arts Alliance, ArtsCap, BAC, Monmouth Arts Council, MRGA, and is an Associate Artist at The Guild.
     MaryAnn’s painting “Laird’s in Winter” has been featured in “The Hub,” The Independent” and the “News Transcript.” Her paintings are in collections throughout the tri-state area and Florida.
     For the past twenty-five years Maryann has been employed by the Monmouth County Park System as a Graphic Artist; currently as Supervisor of the Graphics department. She has won several awards from the Jersey Shore Public Relations Association for annual report designs and other promotional material used by the park system. For over 5 years Maryann taught calligraphy at adult education classes for MONOC and The Monmouth County Park System’s Creative Arts Center.
     Maryann resides in Neptune with her husband, son, daughter and two lovely spaniels.

Barbara Waszak Grena - Pastel, Oil, Watercolor, and Drawing

     She grew up in Long Island City, New York and studied art at Newtown High School, in Jackson Heights Queens. Her father and maternal grandfather who were fantastic artists influenced her. After high school she was pushed in many directions, working a few years in photography and commercial art.
     In the early 70’s she received a Fine Arts Certificate from the Washington University of Art in Chicago, Illinois and later studied Communication Design at Brookdale College in New Jersey.
     She had numerous shows including one woman shows at the Guild of Creative Art, The Ocean County Artist Guild, The Little Silver Borough Hall and Georgian Court College.  Barbara has exhibited at the Lever House Gallery, Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, The Pastel Society of America (P.S.A.), and Salmagundi Club, all in New York City.  Her art works have been included in juried exhibitions including the Monmouth Museum the Monmouth Festival of the Arts the Pastel Society of America. In July 2004, her pastel ‘In Honor of All the Heroes’ was accepted for the exhibition entitled ‘American Dreams Post 9/11’ at the Salmagundi Club .She also received letters from former Mayor Giuliani and Mayor Bloomberg thanking her for the moving depiction of the September 11th tragedy. Her art is also included in many private and corporate collections
     Throughout her career, she received many awards and was featured in news papers, including the Asbury Park Press, Two River Times, The Middletown Independent, The Star Ledger and others.
     Memberships include the Pastel Society of America, the Monmouth Art Society, the Monmouth Arts Council, The Ocean County Artist Guild, Guild of Creative Art and Plein Air Painters of the Jersey Coast.
     Barbara appears in the Marquis publication, Who's Who in the East, Who's Who in American Women and Who's Who in American Art.
     Her latest accomplishment was inclusion in the Best of Worldwide Landscape Artist Publication.

Lisa Grob - Watercolor

     She is a self-taught artist who began her artistic career working in oils. From 1973 until her retirement in 1998, she was a Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In 1997, Lisa became interested in watercolors and now works solely in that medium. She has studied under Nita Engle, AWS, internationally known landscape artist, and attended the workshops of several well-known artists, including Ted Mitchen, AWS, and Cheng-Khee Chee, AWS. In addition, she attended various art courses at the Du Cret School of Art in North Plainfield, NJ, and the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, VA. Lisa is the New Jersey editor of Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine.
2006 NJ Chapter, American Artist Professional League (Pauline Wick Award)
   - 2006 American Artist Professional League, All Members Show (Honorable Mention)
   - 2004 Guild of Creative Art Annual Open Juried Show, Shrewsbury, NJ (Honorable Mention)
   - 2003 Historic Chester Annual Fine Arts Show, Chester, NJ (Best      Watercolor in Show)
   - 1999 The Artist’s Magazine Annual International Art Competition (Honorable Mention)
2007 Monmouth Beach Cultural Center, Monmouth Beach, NJ; Johnson and Johnson Corporate  Headquarters, New Brunswick, NJ (solo show); West Long Branch Library, West Long Branch, NJ (solo show)
   - 006 New Jersey Watercolor Society Open Juried Show, Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ; NJ Chapter, American Artist Professional League Juried Show; Monmouth Beach Cultural Center, Monmouth Beach, NJ; Plein Air Artists of the Jersey Coast show, Guild of Creative Art, Shrewsbury, NJ
   - 2005 The New American Gallery; New Jersey Watercolor Artist Show, group show; NJ chapter American Artist Professional League Juried Show; Guild of Creative Art, Shrewsbury, NJ (group shows)
   -2004 Educational Testing Services, Princeton, NJ (solo show); Guild of Creative Art, Shrewsbury, NJ (group shows); New Jersey Watercolor Society Open Juried Show
   - 2003 New American Gallery Show (group show)
   - 2003 Swerdlow Gallery, Bound Brook, NJ (group show)
   - 2003 Historic Chester Annual Fine Arts Show, Chester, NJ (group show)
   - 2001 Artsbridge, Stockton, NJ (group show)
   - 2000 Massabesic Audubon Center, Massabesic, NH (three-artist show).
     Lisa’s painting, “Quiet Falls,” was used to promote the show in the Derry News.
     Lisa’s painting, “Point Pleasant Fleet,” has been featured in the Jersey Shore Publication, 2006 Holiday Issue; “Sunday Morning” was used to promote the Guild of Creative Art’s May 2006 show in the Atlanticville Press; and “The Rising” was used to promote the Guild of Creative Art’s 2004 open juried show in the Asbury Park Press.
American Watercolor Society
   - National Watercolor Society
   - Garden State Watercolor Society
   - New Jersey Watercolor Society
   - The Guild of Creative Art, Shrewsbury, NJ, Exhibiting Member
   - NJ Chapter, American Artist Professional League, Exhibiting Member
   - The Plein Air Artists of the Jersey Coast
   - Originals and prints of Lisa’s work, as well as commissioned pieces have been purchased by private and corporate clients.

Paul Hansen - Mixed Media

     Paul Hansen grew up in New Jersey and became interested in art at an early age. As children, Paul and his brother, Steven, spent countless hours trying to emulate artists like Mort Drucker, Jack Davis, Don Martin, and artists from Marvel and D.C. comics. Paul was also heavily influenced by album-cover artists such as H. R.Giger, Stanley Mouse, and Rick Griffen, to name a few.
      During his early twenties, Paul entered the house-painting trade and was exposed to Trompe l’oeil and various decorative painting techniques. He was fascinated with wood graining and marbleizing and learned these finishes by hands-on experience. Paul made a conscious decision to apply his knowledge and love of art to canvas and board in the year 2000.
     Paul feels that art already exists before it is created, that it’s a matter of channeling it, becoming a conduit of a collective spirit, tapping into something primal and inherent. He is influenced by art from many cultures: Native American, Celtic, Aztec, and African as well as prehistoric cave paintings. Each piece of art is meant to evoke a deep sense of emotion in the viewer. Paul believes this connection to his artwork proves the spiritual axiom true: that we are all somehow connected.

Brant Isaacoff - Sculpture

     He was born in Brooklyn, NY, and attended Far Rockaway High School in New York City where he received the Saint-Gaudens medal for Art upon graduation in June of 1968.
     Mr. Isaacoff graduated from Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky in 1972 with a BA in Fine Art Education with a minor in Psychology.
     He received his MS from Adelphi University in Art Special Education in 1976.
     For the next 30 years he worked in the retail industry as an Operations Executive and raised a family with his wife Nancy.
     Upon retirement at age 59, Mr. Isaacoff decided to return to the arts and resumed his passion as a potter and photographer.

Hal Kahn - Photography

     Long Branch photographer Hal Kahn is best known for his Faces of the Elderly series, which has been exhibited at galleries in New Jersey and New Mexico since 2012. Kahn, an Exhibiting Member of the Guild, also enjoys doing nudes and macro shots of flowers and insects.
      Kahn’s work has been profiled in newspapers, magazines and via broadcast media. His photography centers on emotional expression and de-familiarizing the familiar.     
     In addition to the Guild, Kahn’s photographs have been displayed at the Belmar Arts Council, the Art Alliance of Monmouth County, Monmouth County Library and the headquarters of New Jersey Natural Gas in Wall.
      Prior to being disabled in 1997, Kahn worked as a writer and editor in the newspaper business, primarily in California.

Caroline Klein - Sumi-e, Pastel and Oil

     She studied Sumi-e (Oriental Watercolor) with Anne Kobayashi and pastels and oils with Mary Sheean at the Guild of Creative Art in Shrewsbury, NJ. She has also taken workshops in pastel and oils with Bob Gerbracht and Alan Flatttnan. Previously, Caroline studied art in Nashville, TN, and at the Kunste Akademe in Munich, Germany. Caroline has exhibited with the Japan America Sumi-e Club. She has received awards for some of her Sumi-e paintings both in New York and New Jersey. Mrs. Klein has also exhibited her pastels, oils, and Oriental Watercolors in the Middlesex County Museum, Thompson Park, Guild of Creative Art, Monmouth Festival of the Arts, and many other locations in New Jersey.
     Caroline is a past president of the Guild of Creative Art, where she teaches Oriental Watercolor classes. She also conducts workshops and gives demonstrations of Sumi-e for various organizations.

Sandra Thurber Kunz - Watercolor

     She writes, "...what I paint is a direct response to what I see. For me, the appreciation comes first, immediately followed by a zest and enthusiasm about the subject. I use whatever medium I find necessary to get my first impression down on paper."
Sandra Kunz trained at Lyman Allyn Art Museum, received an Associate of Arts Degree at Principia College, and studied at the Art Students League and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
     She has traveled abroad and painted at Montmartre and the Tuileries, Paris, France.