by SteveRavner | Feb 15, 2021
Best in Painting - Daphne Hobsen - La BelleBest in Photography - Bob Dowd - I Walk AloneBest in Sculpture - Alexandra Martin - The CaptainMitchell Award for Acrylic - Wayne Lerman - Happy HourBarbaba Shieldkret Memorial Award for Abstract Painting - Dawn DiCicco - WaveCaivano Award for Watercolor - Frank Colaguori - Size TenCaivano Award for Oil - Minako Toyonaga - Morning SunPastellists' Salon of New Jersey Award - Lee Jamieson - On the RocksFriedlander Award for Abstract Photography- Linda Relyea - The TempestGuild Award for Artistic Innovation Photography - Bonnie Kamhi - ReflectingEvinrude Nature Photography Award - Robert Novak - Skating EgretBronze Achievement Award - Frank Colaguori - Paper MillBronze Achievement Award -Kenneth Pisile - A Walk in the CloudsBronze Achievement Award -Mary ODonnell - HopeBronze Achievement Award - MaryAnn Goodwin - Blue Plate SpecialBronze Achievement Award - Stephen Gale - Son of FrankensteinBronze Achievement Award - Stephen Gale - Hobbit CrossingBronze Achievement Award - Angela Previte - Fading AwayBronze Achievement Award - Dana Cohoon - Twin LightsBronze Achievement Award - Richard Huff - Ready for ServiceBronze Achievement Award - Stephen Ravner - Shadow People
Meilun (Ivy) Lee was born in Taipei, Taiwan. She has been studying oil painting from well-known oil painter Grace GraupePillard since 2005. In addition, Meilun has attended master classes with Louis Carr and Taiwanese Painter Ho Chau Chu.
She spent several years drawing at the live nude art studio in Red Bank, New Jersey. Many live nude drawings with studio stories were published in Sino Monthly magazine.
Meilun is the founder and editor-in-chief of Sino Monthly and Chinese News Weekly. Some of her techniques and concepts were inspired by her interviews with international artists.
2022 Exhibiting Member, Guild of Creative Art, Shrewsbury, NJ
2021 Meilun Lee’s Solo Show <Embracing Nature>, NYC Arts Empire, Broadway NYC
2020 New York EI Barrio’s Artspace <Women Celebrate Women> Juried Exhibition selected
2020 New Jersey Monmouth Museum 41st Annual Juried Exhibition selected
2017 Meilun Lee solo Show <Portraits, Cats, Dogs and Beyond>, Highland Park Public Library, New Jersey
2017 Two Artists Show, Metuchen Public Library, New Jersey
2011 New Jersey Art Alliance Annual Juried Show selected
2011 The First Prize at Middletown Arts Center Annual Amateur Artist Competition.
2008 New Jersey Monmouth Museum Annual Juried Exhibition selected
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 had 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 had exhibited with the Japan America Sumi-e Club. She received awards for some of her Sumi-e paintings both in New York and New Jersey. Mrs. Klein had 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 was a past president of the Guild of Creative Art, where she taught Oriental Watercolor classes. She also conducted workshops and gave demonstrations of Sumi-e for various organizations.
Best in Color – jill kaiser ‐ Fair GirlsBest in Monochrome – Jessica Margo ‐ EmergeAlice Tendler Award for Artistic Innovation – Louis Devico ‐ HopefulAl Goldstein Memorial Award for Landscape – Louis Rissland ‐ Rocky ShoresH. Jeffery Leonard Memorial Award for Action – Edward Deverell ‐ Washington Square Park #1Bob Grunke Memorial Award for Street Shooting (Urban) – Marino Cirillo ‐ City LifeJane Fitzgerald Award for Abstract – Cheryl Auditor ‐ Shape of IceBob Warwick Memorial Award for Pet – Richard Huff ‐ Penny SunbathingLorraine Ravner Memorial Award for Artistic – Beth Youmans ‐ Moody MorningMarty Connelly Memorial Award for Architectural – Elina Veyberman ‐ Shades of Chrysler BuildingSilver Award for Animals – Rosemarie Reinman ‐ I’m Watching You!Silver Award for Botanical – Nicholas Bello ‐ Engrained MemorySilver Award for Places – Robin Rielly ‐ The Plague DoctorSilver Award for People – Cheryl Bomba ‐ Judge If You WantSilver Award for Places – Rich Despins – School HolidayBronze Achievement Award – Eric Arolick ‐ Red and BlackBronze Achievement Award – Marino Cirillo ‐ Glove ThiefBronze Achievement Award – Edward Deverell ‐ Rainy New YorkBronze Achievement Award – Mannie Green ‐ Hula GirlBronze Achievement Award – Richard Huff ‐ Out On A LedgeBronze Achievement Award – Vince Matulewich ‐ Crab Apple Fruit and Angry BirdBronze Achievement Award – Jeff Ricci ‐ Thoughts of HopperBronze Achievement Award – Mark Schwartz 93 ‐ Look Up
John Erdreich is a retired acoustician. He has been photographing since, at the age of six, he was given a Donald Duck camera by his dad. After mastering winding the film after each exposure, he progressed to the point he was selected as an exhibiting member of the Guild.
John grew up in the Bronx and in Hillside, NJ where he was photo editor of the high school yearbook.
After graduating from NJIT he did graduate work in Physiological Acoustics at The University of Michigan and then accepted a faculty position at the University of Oklahoma Medical School teaching and conducting research in the Ear, Nose and Throat department. Before returning to New Jersey as a partner in acoustical consulting firm, he held positions as an adjunct faculty at the University of Cincinnati and as a research scientist at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. He is also a Past Commodore of the Raritan Yacht Club.
John has shown his work in a solo exhibit at the Edison Arts Society. He was awarded second place in the Middlesex County senior art program in 2019. Additionally, one of his photographs was selected for the cover of the WGUC (Cincinnati) program guide several years ago.
His primary interests are landscape photography, but travelling provides opportunities to capture wildlife, different cultures, and scenes of people engaged in various occupations.
Exhibiting Member Guild of Creative Art, Shrewsbury, NJAssociate Member, Pastel Society of America, NYC
Helen’s artistic vision is to represent what she sees in a way that brings enjoyment to the viewer. She loves bringing a painting to life, getting lost in the process and technique. Colors, values, compositions, and meaning all interrelate in ways that inspire beauty. Helen specializes in still lifes but also enjoys landscapes and seascapes. Crystal bowls and reflections fascinate her.
Encouraged to apply for membership in the Pastel Society of America by her teacher Sangita Phadke, Master Pastelist, Pastel Society of America, Helen was accepted as a Juried Associate Member in June 2011. Her work is in private collections in FL, NJ, and NY as well as France, Australia, and Malaysia.
Helen signs her pastels as “Eleni” in recognition of her Greek heritage.
Helen is an Exhibiting Member of the Guild of Creative Art in Shrewsbury, NJ; Associate Member – PSA; Past President of the Art Society of Monmouth County since 2018; and ASMC webmaster and board advisor since 2013.
Yolanda Fleming is a self-taught abstract painter and mixed-media collage artist, who treats art as a meditation and healing modality. Although she started with mixed-media collage and photography as a teenager, she began painting after an assisted Shamanic journey session in 2017, and has been channeling abstract paintings ever since. She makes music by ear and “art by heart.”
She is also a recording artist (Yoji Ananda), the author of two books, and the director of marketing at a hospital in Union County, where her artwork hangs in various offices.
She lives in Highlands, NJ with her husband and two young adult children, and their Panda, the Chihuahua.
Ernest Antholis has always been an artist. He studied photography at the New York Institute of Photography. Following that, he studied oil painting at New York University and the New School in NYC.
After learning digital photography, Ernie decided to learn a new medium – Pastels with Sangita Phadke, MP, PSA. He is the recipient of many awards for his art both in photography and pastels. He is now returning to oils.
“My approach is to use a blend of colors and design to affect the viewer in an emotional way. I interpret nature, imagine its colors, and improvise my thoughts through the medium of pastels”.
Ernie’s paintings and photographs feature nebulas, landscapes, seascapes and color abstractions. His works are in homes across the US, Europe and Asia. Ernie is a juried Exhibiting Member of the Guild of Creative Art and is Past-President and current board advisor to the Art Society of Monmouth County.
Adrienne Scoppettuolo has been interested in art, photography and being creative in general since she was a child. When it came time to decide on a college path, she decided to pursue her passion for art and chose photography as the medium to continue with. Since her high school didn’t offer anything in terms of photography or building a portfolio, she turned to outside sources to help her. She landed on taking a Continuing Education course in black and white photography and the darkroom at Monmouth University while finishing her senior year in high school as well as finding a mentor to help her build a portfolio for college submissions. It was around this time that she became apart of her first group show held at the Middletown Library. In 2009 she graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York City with a BFA in Photography. She was also a part of SVA’s Senior Show in 2009.
Being capable of finding different perspectives of everyday objects has always been part of the creative process in her work and that had followed her throughout college. Her thesis portfolio concentrated on photographing the back of box stores and strip malls in the middle of the night, capturing what was left behind and “abandoned” during closed hours (though to be fair, some WERE abandoned and out of business). This was her first serious attempt at night photography.
The years after graduating were a blur while being diagnosed with a chronic illness that photography had to take a back seat. It wasn’t until 2017 when she finally picked up the camera again and continue where she left off. Between 2017-2018 she continued her work in night photography although this time her subject became the beaches at the Jersey Shore. The nature of the beach and the ocean has become a common theme in her work, doing her best to give an unusual perspective to such an everyday place.
Besides photographing the abandoned and broken she also finds joy in geometric shapes, texture and patterns in her compositions. Black and white is always her number one preference when photographing. It’s something that comes to her naturally and can bring the dramatic, moody aura to the photos that she can’t say, “no” to. But every now and then, she’ll sneak in a color photo or two into her work.
His early art endeavors included drawing and painting classes with local artists. Upon graduation from High School he opted to pursue a career in Art Education, at the same time making a personal commitment to advance his skills as a fine artist. Incentive to excel in his chosen field has proved to be the biggest motivator behind his efforts.
His work ethic has been rewarded by having works accepted into numerous prestigious venues, among them: The Salmagundi Club, The Philadelphia Sketch Club, and The Trenton City Museum. He is also represented in several permanent collections, including the National Park Service, The Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission and Mercer County Community College.
As an artist he has been employed as an Art Educator, Art Therapist, Exhibit Designer and Pottery Instructor, although the majority of his current work entails plein air painting.
If asked, he will describe himself as a multi media artist. Educational credentials include a BFA / MA in Art Education.
Best in Color – Colette Cannataro – Down Patrick Head at SunsetBest in Monochrome – Kristopher Schoenleber – Thin AirAl Goldstein Memorial Award for Landscape – Jeanne Schneider – SerenityAl Goldstein Memorial Award for People – Robert Siliato – Dressed For SucessAlice Tendler Award for Artistic Innovation – Bonnie Kamhi – Guarded by the LightH. Jeffrey Leonard Memorial Award for Action – Eric Silvergold – As I Row, Row, RowBob Grunke Memorial Award for Street Shot – Howard Anton – Old FriendsBob Warwick Memorial Award for Pet – Julie Goldstein – To Chase the Squirrel or Not to Chase the SquirrelLorraine Ravner Memorial Award for Macro – Bob Dowd – Among the flowersSydel Kugell Memorial Award for Seascape – Michael Menendez – Peggy’s Cove LighthouseJane Fitzgerald Award for Abstract – Anne Gale – Into a Frosty WorldSilver Award for Animals – Angela Previte – Hungry Blue Heron ChickSilver Award for Botanical – Robert Campbell – DahliaSilver Award for Edgy – Joel Goldberg – Macro BubblesSilver Award for Places – Peter Smejkal – Let Us Raise a Standard…Bronze Achievement Award – Howard Anton – Our Daily BreadBronze Achievement Award – Marilyn Baldi – Ghost Town #4Bronze Achievement Award – Marilyn Baldi – Coming to EnlightenmentBronze Achievement Award – Marilyn Baldi – KolmanskopBronze Achievement Award – Colette Cannataro – Misty Morning on the Delphi RiverBronze Achievement Award – Rich Despins – The RailingBronze Achievement Award – Rich Despins – Curve and ReflectionsBronze Achievement Award – Patricia Mottola – Dad’s CollectionBronze Achievement Award – Bob Novak – T.A. Moulton BarnBronze Achievement Award – Andrea Phox – Farmacia Tinture Room Matanzas, Cuba
Laura Mandile has been making art her whole life. After winning awards for her artwork in High School, she went on to receive a BFA at the School of Visual Arts in NYC, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude, and received the Founders Award for Media Arts. Intending to pursue a career as a freelance illustrator, her studies focused on classical drawing and painting, with classes in graphic design. Opportunities led her instead to a successful career as an art director in the fashion and cosmetic industry in NY. Looking back, she credits those years with expanding her creative skills. She designed both print and commercial advertising and marketing programs, as well as packaging and product displays, for top fashion and cosmetic lines, and worked with leading fashion and still life photographers.
After starting a family, she found that long hours in the field were taking her away from important milestones, and she quit to be a stay at home mom, still taking on freelance design jobs and substitute teaching. Once her three children were in school full time, she earned her NJ teaching certification from Monmouth University, and began a new career as an art teacher, teaching both middle and high school Fine Art, Art Appreciation and Photography. Her students inspired her to begin painting again, and her work has since been shown in several art galleries and shows near the New Jersey Shoreline, where she lives.
Laura Mandile’s paintings focus mainly on nature, florals and landscape, inspired by her surroundings and travels. Fascinated by light and shadow, she seeks to achieve depth using multiple layers of colors. Small details, like a refection in water, or a tiny bug on a leaf, find a bigger part in her compositions. She works mostly in oil and watercolor, but loves to experiment, and has completed work in acrylics, pastels and enamel on glass. Currently retired from public school teaching, she continues to take on private students and has taught classes for adults and teens, through the Monmouth County Public Library, the Galleria in Ocean Grove, and the Middletown Arts Center.
Affiliations: Middletown Arts Center, Art Alliance of Monmouth County, Monmouth Arts, and the Guild of Creative Art
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 allowed 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 Frank became an Exhibiting Member at the Guild of Creative Art.Frank Colaguori 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 had 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.
Laura Angress, born and raised in Monmouth County and owner of Murals by Laura, has been a full time artist since 2006. After graduating with a Fine Arts degree, with honors, from Rowan University in 1996 she continued her education at the Illustration Academy. She then went on to work for Nordstrom as a Visual Designer for more than a decade.
Inspired by seeing the Sistine Chapel in Rome in person in 2006, Laura decided to start her leave of the corporate world and become an artist full time. Laura’s commissioned works include murals, fine art canvases and decorative wall finishes for doctor’s offices and homes.
She has created 7 commissioned canvases for Karen Lozner, Fashion Designer and owner of Karen’s School of Fashion (KSOF). Laura’s first 5 beach series paintings were purchased by Dr. Jennifer Morrison of Morrison Orthodontics. Her themes vary from beach, lakes, fashion, dog portraits, sports, animals, cityscapes and underwater seascapes.
Laura also worked as an Art Instructor at Pinot’s Palette, Manalapan from 2017 – 2020. She has won various awards for her work including the Nordstrom Corporate Visual Award, and various awards from the Freehold Art Society with her lake paintings. Laura has been commissioned to paint over 90 murals and canvases for various businesses and residences all over New Jersey.
She is a member of the Freehold Art Society and an Exhibiting Artist at the Guild Of Creative Art in Shrewsbury, NJ. She prefers to paint large canvases with acrylic as her medium. Laura currently resides in Freehold, NJ with her husband, two children and dog.
The Beach and Lake Series
Growing up on a lake and spending her summers on Long Beach Island with her family had a profound effect on her life.
“My whole life, I have always been drawn to the water. Whether watching the sunset on LBI, the calming beauty of the sparkling water of Lake Matawan reflecting off Little Street Bridge, or view from Keyport Bay of New York City in the distance broken only by the gentle rocking of the anchored sailboats. But the peaceful serenity of the sun rising and setting on the water is what I love most.”
“The goal for my beach and lake series is for each piece to create a feeling of calm and happiness in the viewer. I feel these days we live in a highly stressful world. So if my paintings can take you that away from the chaos, even temporarily, then I have done my job.”
Amy discovered her love of painting at Westtown High School where she was able to major in art. She received her BFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts.
After a brief move to California, she returned east and continued to take classes at the Academy of Art in New York. She went on to receive her Masters in education from Rutgers and has been teaching art for the past 20 years. Teaching hundreds of students in a single year has allowed her to keep learning about new materials, techniques, and approaches to art making.
Although she has worked in digital art, mixed media, and encaustics she continues to return to painting. She finds painting to be a soothing way to forget everything but the imagery she is focused on. She is able to lose herself in the process of choosing colors and applying paint. Her subject matter usually includes figures or water. She feels both have a transient, complex nature that she enjoys trying to capture.
Her latest water series focuses on the duality of water. How it can be constant and changing. It can be rhythmic and yet erratic. Even if the surface is smooth, there is a life force below. She wants the viewer to be able to lose themselves in the work as well. To have the feeling of going beneath the surface where all the surrounding sounds disappear. To enjoy how the colors interact and to notice the beauty of its flows, eddies, and swirls.
Best in Painting – Ellen Orrego – Death RowBest in Photography – Larry Ross – DominoesBest in Sculpture – Ella Hilsenrath – my my my my myMitchell Award for Acrylic Painting – Karen Marten – B Side 45sBarbara Shieldkret Memorial Award for Oil Painting – Helene Condouris – Windy MeadowCaivano Memorial Award for Watercolor Painting – Stephen Gale – Tauber of der RothernburgCaivano Memorial Award for Mixed Media – Cecilia Swatton – HappyPastellists’ Salon of New Jersey Award in Memory of Marge Levine – Susan Rickman – Water LiliesFriedlander Award for Abstract – Jodi DiLiberto – Semiprecious SecretFred N. Biello Memorial Award for Abstract Painting – Sheila Grabarsky – Bloom Where You’re PlantedLorraine Ravner Memorial Award for Monochrome Photography – Elizabeth Schultz – Old PorchBob Warwick Memorial Award for Pet Photography – Vince Matulewich – Riley and FriendMilo Memorial Award for Action Photography – Eva Krause – ProgressionSara Stern Memorial Award for Artistic Innovation – Bob Dowd – Abstract in BlueDavid MacNeill Memorial Award for Wit & Whimsy – Ellen Rubinstein – Love My MudbathBronze Achievement Award – Annette Margulies – Make a Splash (2)Bronze Achievement Award – Dana McKay – Back DoorBronze Achievement Award – Carole Rogers – Egyptian Street SceneBronze Achievement Award – Holly Lund – Ice DollBronze Achievement Award – Donald Robinson – Utrecht #5Bronze Achievement Award – John Regan – Angels and DemonsBronze Achievement Award – Ellen Orrego – Afternoon Confab on the LakeBronze Achievement Award – Kristopher Schoenleber – This Way and ThatBronze Achievement Award – Randy Mayer – MarciaBronze Achievement Award – Peter Smejkal – She is a Brick House
Best in Color – Vince Matulewich ‐ Decorative Mum ‐ Indian SummerBest in Monochrome – Marilyn Baldi ‐ Solo Shot IIAlice Tendler Award for Artistic Innovation – Rob Rielly ‐ Inner SelfAl Goldstein Memorial Award for Landscape – Angela Previte ‐ In the CloudsH. Jeffrey Leonard Memorial Award for Action – Bob Dowd ‐ On the runBob Grunke Memorial Award for Street Shooting (Urban) – Edward Deverell ‐ Lunch to GoSilver Award for Animals – Steven Meko ‐ Changing DirectionsSilver Award for Botanical – Pat Rubin ‐ Winter’s ChillSilver Award for People – Cheryl Bomba ‐ DeterminedSilver Award for Places – Thomas Camal ‐ Brooklyn New YORKBronze Achievement Award – Nicholas Bello ‐ The Clean UpBronze Achievement Award – Cheryl Bomba ‐ Annabel LeeBronze Achievement Award – Denise Cosentino ‐ Pig and DogsBronze Achievement Award – Denise Cosentino ‐ Sunset MeadowBronze Achievement Award – Chris Deverell ‐ A Better ViewBronze Achievement Award – Mary Fenton ‐ Eyes Wide OpenBronze Achievement Award – Frank Gelormini ‐ Polaroid of HeatherBronze Achievement Award – Michael Greco ‐ Sailor’s DismayBronze Achievement Award– Michael Menendez ‐ ReenactorBronze Achievement Award – Terry Pilitzer ‐ A Night in Honolulu
Born in New York City, Regina Guarino studied art and design at Parsons School of Design and at FIT before earning a Masters in Education at Fordham University.
After a successful career as a designer for Navel Architects Gibbs and Cox and as a teacher at both Brookdale College and Monmouth University, she began painting in the studio of Portrait Artist Scott Nickerson. She has also studied with artists Steven Assael, Max Ginsburg, Cheryl Griesbach and Mario Robinson.
Her technique of oil painting reflects the classic style of the 17th and 18th Century Old Masters.
Regina is a member of The Portrait Society of America, Allied Artists of America and is a member of The Salmagundi Club in New York City.
Stephanie Bello is an abstract multi-media artist. She readily explores with media such as acrylics, watercolors, and alcohol ink and she’s actively refining a papier colles technique consisting of up-cycled paper. She enjoys creating pieces that are colorful, layered and expressive and infused with movement.
Stephanie loves working with her hands and is passionate about curating a creative, joyful and healthy life for herself and for others. A storyteller at heart, Stephanie tells stories with words, art, objects, and food – anything she can get her hands on. Stephanie also facilitates creative workshops and retreats encouraging others to tapinto their imagination and be inspired to move beyond traditional thinking processes.
Stephanie creates out of her home-based workshop, S2B Studios. She is an exhibiting member of the Monmouth County Art Alliance and Local Arts Space.
Aside from being an artist, Stephanie is a published author, licensed massage therapist, yoga teacher and reiki practitioner. She lives in Asbury Park with her husband and two invisible dogs.
Emily Gilman Beezley is a New Jersey based oil painter, printmaker and mixed-media artist specializing in one of a kind vibrant dreamscapes, ballet and travel-inspired artwork. Growing up in Jackson Heights NY, she developed a rich fantasy world that fueled her creativity and which sustains her to this day. Many of her recent paintings feature iconography from recurring dreams which add intrigue and unexpected elements to her subject matter. Always drawing from personal experience, Emily’s goal is to create a lasting image of the joy she feels when embracing the beauty and wonder of the world and to provide an emotional connection to anyone who sees her art.
“What I like most about Emily‘s art is her versatility. I have purchased four pieces from her, and each one is so unique and different in style you would hardly even guess they were from the same artist.” – Amy P., Denville
Curator: Glen Rock Public Library Art Gallery 2014 to PresentFounder: Springboard, an artist mentoring communityMemberships: Studio Montclair; Monmouth County Arts Council; Belmar Art Council; The Art of Tuesday Night; The Art Center of Northern NJ, Shrewsbury Guild of Creative ArtGallery Representation: Timothy Smith & Sons LLC; Onancock VAEducation: She studied watercolor, printmaking and oil painting at the H.S. of Art & Design, Colgate University, the École des Beaux-Arts in Dijon, France, the Art Student’s League of New York and Parsons School of Design.
Recent Awards:Best in Show: “32nd Skylands Juried Exhibition”, Sussex County Arts & Heritage Council1st Place Printmaking: “Focus New Jersey”, Art Center of Northern NJ2nd Place Oils & Acrylics: “The Bergen County 55th Annual Art in the Park Show and Concert”3rd Place Mixed Media & 3rd Place Oils: “19th Anniversary Celebration of the Arts”, St. Catherine’s of Bologna
Debora Santiago Bruno has a selection of photographs that incorporates different styles from black-white to infrared to traditional color film and to digital images. She enjoys the theme of Beauty, which she finds in the daily subjects of flowers, sunrises, seascapes, etc. She also explores and discovers amazingly gorgeous images through simple subjects, such as the textured elements of old leaves, architecture, snap shots from friends, still life objects, cups, apples, and the list goes on. She wants to share her conception with the viewers and hopes they can travel thought her interesting subjects.
Debora appreciates art in general styles. Her love for photography is one of the most important aspects of her life. Her work includes portrait, still life, nature, and scenery, black and white, infrared, color and computer enhanced photography, though landscapes and architecture subjects are her favorites. When she is shooting these elements, she tries to capture the best quality of light as possible to produce a result that is remarkable.
Debora has exhibited in many places, such as the Middletown Public Library, Brookdale Community College, Guild of Creative Art, Art Alliance, Freehold Art Society, Count Clerk’s Office of Freehold, Monmouth Museum, Sea Bright Library, Manalapan Senior Center, Freehold Library, and the Law Offices of Lomuro, Davidson, Eastman & Munoz.
She also had her work published in the Collage Magazine and received honorable mentions in the MCAC Juried Art Show in 2003 and the Student Art Show at Brookdale Community College in 2005 and 2006. She was awarded First Place for best alternative category for her piece entitled “Empire State Building” at the EyeSights Open Juried Photography Juried Show in March 2007, and First Place in the 15th Annual Open Juried Art Show at the Guild of Creative Art, Shrewsbury, NJ, in October 2007. She also won Honorable mention at the Guild in 2009. She has also display her work in the Libraries in different locations in NJ such as Eastern Branch Library in Shrewsbury and Monmouth County Library Branch in Atlantic Highlands.
Best in Painting – Sandy Taylor – Impression Floral IIBest in Photography – Kristopher Schoenleber – Space InvadersBest in Sculpture – Linda Colaguori – BrainstormMitchell Award for Acrylic Painting – Christopher Mac Kinnon – Winter RentalsBarbara Shieldkret Memorial Award for Oil Painting – Patricia Meko – Hudson ViewCaivano Award for Watercolor Painting – Frank Colaguori – Blue Door LockCaivano Award for Mixed Media – Helene Condouris – Tidal BluesPastellists’ Salon of New Jersey Award in Memory of Marge Levine – Mozelle Forman – RushingFriedlander Award for Abstract Painting– Donald Robinson – Big RedFred N. Biello Memorial Award for Abstract Painting – Cecilia Swatton – Earth Be GladBitsy Photography Award for Macro – Marilyn Baldi – EnlightenedSara Stern Memorial Award for Artistic Innovation – Irena Shoyhet – Sunrise and the BeastDavid MacNeill Memorial Award for Wit & Whimsy – Siobhan Smith – Sunday PaperBronze Achievement Award – Randy Mayer – Whiskered and Wooly!Bronze Achievement Award – Stephen Gale – Like TheeBronze Achievement Award – Siobhan Smith – The Last CookieBronze Achievement Award – Tyler Nunnally-Duck – Colorful CondosBronze Achievement Award – Ron Flannery – SpiriaBronze Achievement Award – Melanie Beckerman – The Journey BeginsBronze Achievement Award – Michael Greco – PassageBronze Achievement Award – Guido Guazzoni – Slide Mountain, Catskill, NYBronze Achievement Award – Pam Malone – Sylvester At The Winter WindowBronze Achievement Award – Ken DeBlieu – Blieux in Morning
Bob Novak is a nature and landscape artist photographer, who was born and raised in southern Union County, NJ. His photographic origins began with an early ‘60s Kodak Brownie camera gift, for the taking of family and vacation pictures. As Bob advanced to a 35mm camera in the early ‘70s, he developed a greater preference for outdoors images, that were influenced by the photography of Eliot Porter and writings of Henry David Thoreau.
Creating this imagery seemed to change with time, and Bob evolved to digital photography in late 2002, with its greater ability to make adjustments at the photo site, and experiment, in processing, and printing. His photographs have covered a wide range of animals, plants, and sceneries, to man-made artifacts and architecture; along with an occasional unusual view of the commonplace. It is the nature of modern digital technology that all photos receive a degree of processing before they are printed. Some images are only slightly adjusted, while others have additional enhancements, using various techniques to create unique prints.
Bob has resided in Howell, NJ for the past 35 years, from which quick trips to different areas of the state, made easy the attempts to portray the uniqueness, individuality, and history, found within this often urban state.
After retiring from a career in manufacturing quality control, Bob focused more intently on expanding his previous photographic hobby interest, by traveling beyond New Jersey for obtaining some of his images. Additionally, he has often exhibited through variously themed shows at his affiliations, and other nature art venues. Bob can also be found at different art, and craft, shows throughout New Jersey, and through his website.
Affiliations:Guild of Creative Art, Shrewsbury – exhibiting member since May 2019BAC (Belmar Arts Council) – member
After reading many of the biographies of the incredible artists at the Art Guild, Marilyn Fahrer sees her background as a bit different.
She is self-taught for the most part and hasn’t had any formal art education. She is one of those known as a “doodler”, practiced her penmanship with flourishes until she got it right. Those were her lessons.
Somewhere in her late 20’s, by necessity, she started painting (with paint pens) of children’s subject matter on wood boards and sold them at what was then called flea markets. After moving to New Jersey in the early 80’s she expanded her “inventory” and creativity and continued her children’s subjects as well as gift baskets. Hence, “The Basket Case”, a gift business for all ages and for home. This afforded Marilyn the opportunity to expand her painting skills and also her artistic sense in arranging and packaging beautiful gifts.
Marilyn’s next chapter was an Accounts Receivable position. After retirement, she began to explore her artistic background and was encouraged to take some classes and hone her skills. Since she had never studied art in school her only resource was “to go right to the canvas”. Of course with instruction she learned there are steps to take before that. She had wonderful teachers and enjoyed it so much. Her problem was which media does she like the most. At this time, it’s pastels, acrylics, pencil, pen and any combination of those. She always want to try something new, which has led her to new techniques. Last year her painting of “Jeffrey’s Apples” in acrylic came in third in a juried show.
There are other challenges ahead that Marilyn will pursue because she thinks of herself as a work in progress… although she is very proud of her accomplishments.
She is also very appreciative of being selected an Exhibiting Artist at the Guild of Creative Art.
The foundation of the artist’s photographic skills is derived from an eclectic series of volunteer assignments – his high school yearbook photography (1967), (first camera – Speed Graphix); freelance photojournalism in high school sports; (1984-1990) and team photographer for Harrah’s Polo Team (1985-1990).
The artist is a graduate architect – Catholic University’ 72; he also pursued environmental engineering studies at the University of Pennsylvania before selecting the field of city planning as a career. He was licensed by the state New Jersey as a professional planner and accepted for membership in the American Institute of certified planners. He recently retired from the city of Maryland Heights (St. Louis) Missouri after serving 20 years as the Director of Community Development, he was recognized for his lifetime achievements in community planning, mentoring and education by the Gateway Council of Governments.
In his free time, he traveled extensively within the USA visiting and photographing urban spaces architectural form in most of the major cities in the country. This focus was a consequence of his education and professional practice where he sought to capture architecture and urban forms. This led to a self-published book “Reflections On Architecture.”
His participation in the St. Louis photographic community as a member of the St. Louis Camera Club achieving Salon status in Photojournalism and Color and Monochrome Prints. He was also recognized for his photo essays; one of his favorite means of presenting his work especially on architectural form.
His central tenant of architectural photography is that architecture evolves from idea to paper to the assembly of parts to create a solid monument to either need or ego. In final form it becomes an object that the photographer can relate to in a multitude of ways in attempts to capture the moment in time that the interaction of light, air move the building to interact with its environs. In his opinion, the most excellent building is one that moves and participates with its surroundings in a delightful manner, dancing with the light.
Betty Lee Taylor has pursued a passion for art because, in her words: “We rush through life and often don’t take time to say, Look at that sky! I have tried, since childhood to capture a small segment of that beauty. I hope that my work will help others to see the wonder in the world around us.”
Her life has included motherhood and business. She has also pursued art study in NY, NJ, MA, VT and CT and the Lyme Academy College of Fine Art.
She has had one-person shows in New York City, Connecticut and New Jersey.
She was honored to be ‘Artist in Residence’ in Dinan, Brittany, France. (Each month, one artist was chosen from somewhere in the world to be their guest in a cottage on their museum property for one month.)
Luczay, basically a self taught artist, learned by going to workshops, and Museums. Working as a representational realist her paintings are equal to other professionals in the field. Luczay strives to express the beauty and power of nature. Her works are filled with light, motion and a sense of feeling of the location. Luczay has been painting for thirty five years. She is a member of the Guild of Creative Art at Shrewsbury, NJ, The New Hope Art League, the Center of Contemporary Art, Hunterdon County Watercolor Society, and the Clinton Museum. Luczay has exhibited in various shows in New Jersey and in Pennsylvania, both solo and group exhibits. She has received many awards for her works through the years. She has also taught children as well as adults, in her studio and by invitation at other locations. Although basically an oil painter she is adept in pastels as well as watercolors. Her works are displayed in private collections in Europe, Canada and USA.
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.
Best in Color – Tom Lynch – Angry SeaBest in Monochrome – Robert Campbell – Snowy Egret Alice Tendler Award for Artistic Innovation – Ellen Rubinstein – Where Am I?Al Goldstein Memorial Award for Landscape – John Regan – BenchH. Jeffery Leonard Memorial Award for Action – Stephen Ravner – Five Photos of ManhattanHengeBob Grunke Memorial Award for Street Shooting (Urban) – Eric Silvergold – Born to be WildSilver Award for Animals – Jeanne Schneider – Here’s Looking at You KidSilver Award for Botanical – Richard Rappleyea – MilkweedSilver Award for Macro – Rosemarie Reinman – Close-up!Silver Award for People – Ron Pearl – In the Corner Stands a BoxerSilver Award for Places – Rich Despins – School HolidayBronze Achievement Award – Vicki DeVico – Back PorchBronze Achievement Award – Bob Dowd – Seeking ShelterBronze Achievement Award – Richard Huff – RyanBronze Achievement Award – Estelle Knize – En Plein AirBronze Achievement Award – Helen McAndrew – Moonlight MysteryBronze Achievement Award – Elisabeth McKay – Homage to Heady – Self PortraitBronze Achievement Award – John Mottolal – Field of DreamsBronze Achievement Award – Lucille Reilly – Bethlehem StacksBronze Achievement Award – Lucille Reilly – Burma ShaveBronze Achievement Award – Louis Rissland – Alone on a Hill
Best in Painting – Daphne Hobsen – La BelleBest in Photography – Bob Dowd – I Walk AloneBest in Sculpture – Alexandra Martin – The CaptainMitchell Award for Acrylic – Wayne Lerman – Happy HourBarbaba Shieldkret Memorial Award for Abstract Painting – Dawn DiCicco – WaveCaivano Award for Watercolor – Frank Colaguori – Size TenCaivano Award for Oil – Minako Toyonaga – Morning SunPastellists’ Salon of New Jersey Award – Lee Jamieson – On the RocksFriedlander Award for Abstract Photography– Linda Relyea – The TempestGuild Award for Artistic Innovation Photography – Bonnie Kamhi – ReflectingEvinrude Nature Photography Award – Robert Novak – Skating EgretBronze Achievement Award – Frank Colaguori – Paper MillBronze Achievement Award -Kenneth Pisile – A Walk in the CloudsBronze Achievement Award -Mary ODonnell – HopeBronze Achievement Award – MaryAnn Goodwin – Blue Plate SpecialBronze Achievement Award – Stephen Gale – Son of FrankensteinBronze Achievement Award – Stephen Gale – Hobbit CrossingBronze Achievement Award – Angela Previte – Fading AwayBronze Achievement Award – Dana Cohoon – Twin LightsBronze Achievement Award – Richard Huff – Ready for ServiceBronze Achievement Award – Stephen Ravner – Shadow People
Best in Color – Darlene Foster – Groundhog DayBest in Monochrome – Joel Goldberg – Hanging OutGuild Award for Artistic Innovation – Ron Pearl – The History Book (Battle of Monmouth)Al Goldstein Award for Landscape – Colin Seitz (EXM) – Schoodic PointFrame to Please Award for Best Pet Image – Corinne Cavallo (GEM) – Into the DarknessSilver Award for Animals – Joseph DiFiglia – Icelandic FriendsSilver Award for Botanical – Bill Unger – TulipSilver Award for Landscape – Laury Egan (EXM) Holmdel Lake CirclesSilver Award for Macro – Dena DZio (GEM) – The Power Of One – Number ThreeSilver Award for People – Ron Pearl – The Man Wearing a Newsboy CapSilver Award for Places – Rich Despins – Walking into the FogSilver Award for Still Life – Jenifer Rutherford – Twig and Spoon Still LifeBronze Achievement Award – Vicki DeVico (EXM) – GrassesBronze Achievement Award – Mary Fenton (GEM) – Morning has brokenBronze Achievement Award – Darlene Foster – All the Pretty Little HorsesBronze Achievement Award – Joan Myers (EXM) – Apple SorbetBronze Achievement Award – Monte Pellmar (ASM) – Grazing on the Maasai MaraBronze Achievement Award – Lucille Rielly – Fish for SaleBronze Achievement Award – Rob Rielly – StultsBronze Achievement Award – Bill Unger – FrozenBronze Achievement Award – Eric Williams – The Passage Home
Best in Painting – Frank Colaguori – Rusted RollerBest in Photography – Michael Menendez – Sunrise StormBest in Sculpture – Mitsu – Love StoryCaivano Memorial Award for Oil – Miguel Figueras – Autumn in ParisCaivano Memorial Award for Watercolor – Mike Scherfen – DomMitchell Award for Acrylic – Pat Hutchinson – Green DancerFriedlander Award for Abstract – Christina Sanes – New York IslandBarbara Shieldkret Memorial Award for Abstract Painting – Leona Tenebruso-Shultes – Park LifeGuild Award for Artistic Innovation – Crystal Hover – Cookies and CreamWilly Memorial Award for Photography – Beverly Burke – Ebb and FlowBronze Achievement Award – Beverly Hertler – Red SailsBronze Achievement Award – Buren Gilpin – At the ShoreBronze Achievement Award – Christina Sanes – NakedBronze Achievement Award – David Levy – Diptych: Music is in the Eye of the Beholder #3 & #4Bronze Achievement Award – Deborah Redden – StreetscapeBronze Achievement Award – Helene Condouris – Provincetown MarinaBronze Achievement Award – William Rackin – I Will RememberBronze Achievement Award – Frank Parisi – Cuban ButcherBronze Achievement Award – Marilyn Baldi – Novice #4Bronze Achievement Award – Wayne Londregan – Beneath Convention Hall, Asbury Park
Best in Color – Louis Rissland (ASM) – A Windows View Best in Monochrome – Helen McAndrew (GEM) – Lab CoatsAlice Tendler Award for Artistic Innovation – Vicky Culver (EXM) – Where’s Zero? Al Goldstein Memorial Award for Landscape – Audrey Vasey – Room with a View Toni Wilczewski Memorial Award for Excellence in Color & Composition – Marilyn Baldi (EXM) – Stairwell #2 Silver Award for Action – Marc F (EXM) – Carmen! Silver Award for Animals – Vince Matelewich (EXM) – No Habit Here Silver Award for Botanical – Stephen Ravner (EXM) – Three Sisters Silver Award for Macro – Jeff Sayre –The Better to See You! Silver Award for People – Hal Kahn (EXM) – Tears at Midnight Bronze Achievement Award – Susan Boston – Snowing in Navesink Bronze Achievement Award – Joan Bruno (GEM) – Awaiting Sunrise Bronze Achievement Award – Ed Deverell (EXM) –Counting Humans Bronze Achievement Award – Michael Hynes –Deal Lake Reflections Bronze Achievement Award – Hal Kahn (EXM) – Angle of Repose Bronze Achievement Award – Louis Rissland (ASM) – Alone By The Sea Bronze Achievement Award – Louis Rissland (ASM) – Fallen Bronze Achievement Award – Peter Smejkal (GEM) – Castles in the Sky: 56 Leonard Street, New York City
Best in Painting – Donald Robinson – Island Regatta Best in Photography – Kathy Watso – Industrial LightbulbBest in Sculpture – Linda Colaguori – WhirlwindCaivano Memorial Award for Oil – Sandy Taylor – AutumnCaivano Memorial Award for Watercolor – Tera Yoshimura – House in the MistMitchell Award for Acrylic – Lorraine Madsen – AwesomeFriedlander Award for Abstract – Will Rackin – Love What Is TrueGuild Award for Artistic Innovation – Arthur Futernik – ClementineTechnical Excellence Award – Bill Ross – ReliquaryReilly Memorial Award for Photography – Ellen Martin – Abandoned #58 – My Reflection Painting Honorable Mention – Anthony Migliaccio – Anthony’s NosePainting Honorable Mention – Deborah Redden – Second StoryPainting Honorable Mention – Harvey Rogosin – On the Path to Chatham HarborPhotography Honorable Mention – Joseph Imbesi – LifeboatPhotography Honorable Mention – Kristopher Schoenleb – Descent
Best in Color – Hal Kahn (EXM) – The Drawing ClassBest in Monochrome – Bruce Himelman – Court House Station-Wash DCAlice Tendler Award for Artistic Innovation – Geri Gray (GEM) – Morning DewAl Goldstein Award for Landscape – Joan Myers (EXM) – MistyAnna Hew Memorial Award for Architectural Photograph – Joel Goldberg – Going UpSilver Award for Action – Peter Smejkal – Morning BathSilver Award for Animals – Edward Deverell (GEM) – Rescued Me Silver Award for Botanical – Mark Schwartz (EXM) – Late Afternoon Walk in the Woods Silver Award for Macro – Marc F (EXM) – Mr. Moonlight Silver Award for People – Cathy Mumford (ASM) – Hope and Pride Bronze Achievement Award – Diane Ali (GEM) – Possibilities Bronze Achievement Award – Mary Fenton (GEM) – Morning in Yellowstone Bronze Achievement Award – Estelle Knize – Painted Lady Bronze Achievement Award – Dana McKay (GEM) – Just Hangin’ Out Bronze Achievement Award – Lucille Rielly – Climbers Bronze Achievement Award – Rob Rielly – Mask Bronze Achievement Award – Robert Siliato (GEM) – Conjoined Opposites Bronze Achievement Award – William Unger – Rose Petals with Lace
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.
She paints in a representational style that reflects her personal vision of an idyllic world where serenity, beauty, and harmony merge with the history of art to created a visual symbolic language of refuge in today’s often chaotic world. Ilene has been in numerous shows across the United States, including exhibits in California, Michigan, Illinois, and Missouri. She accepts commission work and home portrait commissions.
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.”
EDUCATION 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.
Best in Painting – Elizabeth Schippert – Birch WoodsBest in Photography – Marilyn Baldi – Marina BayBest in Sculpture – Alexandra Martin – ColinMitchell Award for Acrylic – Donald Robinson – Potting BenchFriedlander Award for Abstract – Annette Margulies – SomedayBarbara Shieldkret Memorial Award for Abstract Painting – Helene Condouris – Midsummer LightGuild Award for Artistic Innovation – Linda Colaguori – Born of the Forest FloorCaivano Memorial Award for Oil – Yelena Snovsky – Ready to SailCaivano Memorial Award for Watercolor – Frank Colaguori – Rusted LockHoggie Memorial Award for Photography – John Regan – Lake of the Lost BoysBronze Achievement Award – Alexandra Martin – TomBronze Achievement Award – Anthony Migliaccio – Sand DunesBronze Achievement Award – Christopher MacKinnon – Awaiting DavyBronze Achievement Award – Dorie Dahlberg – Make Women Great AgainBronze Achievement Award – Eileen Kennedy – Circus SummerBronze Achievement Award – Frank Parisi – Rusty BowBronze Achievement Award – Guido Guazzoni – Winter in the CityBronze Achievement Award – Helene Condouris – Haze After RainBronze Achievement Award – Kristopher Schoenleber – ChandelierBronze Achievement Award – Michael Scherfen – Fontana del Pantheon
Best in Color – Ed Deverell – Courtney’s CornerBest in Monochrome – Dorie Dahlberg – Off-Season Asbury ParkAlice Tendler Award for Artistic Innovation – John Mottola – ProudAl Goldstein Memorial Award for Landscape – Alan Bogard – EtherealToni Wilczewski Memorial Award for Whimsey – Marilyn Baldi – GeishaSilver Award for Action – Joe Matxerath – Dance PartnersSilver Award for Animals – Joan Bruno – Eyes on YouSilver Award for Botanical – Beverly Burke – UnfoldingSilver Award for Macro – Jeff Sayre – Flamingo!Silver Award for People – Hal Kahn – In The Wee Small HoursBronze Achievement Award – Alan Bogard – Le Grand PlieBronze Achievement Award – Vicki DeVico – Antique DressBronze Achievement Award – Marc F – Forever YoungBronze Achievement Award – Vince Matulewich – Newark Penn Station SerendipityBronze Achievement Award – Helen McAndrew – The WorkerBronze Achievement Award – Michael Menendez – Misty Harbor, Portland, MaineBronze Achievement Award – Ron Pearl – Sunday at Nathan’sBronze Achievement Award – Khristofher Schoenleber – McDonald’s Milky WayBronze Achievement Award – Mark Schwartz – IRing of TreesBronze Achievement Award – Peter Smejkal – Waiting for Happiness, Lower East Side
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.
Yelena Snovsky is a nationally recognized award winning artist. Her work has been juried into events around the country, including the Oil Painters of America 21st National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils, American Artists Profession League Grand National Exhibition as well as National Invitational Plein Air Events, such as “Easels at Fredericks”, “Paint Annapolis” and others. Her work received numerous awards and publications, including recent second prize from the Salmagundi Club in Manhattan, Caivano Memorial Award from the Guild of Creative Art, publication in the book “ 100 painters of Mid-Atlantic “, “2012 Mountain Plein Air calendar” and others. Yelena worked as a technical illustrator after graduating university with degrees in engineering and graphic art. She also worked as an advertising illustrator for many years, creating images for various local businesses throughout the New Jersey area. Yelena enjoys painting in oil on canvas. Her art work includes landscapes, seascapes, still life and portraits. Yelena is especially interested in plein air painting and the idea of sharing her instant impression of the moment, in the moment. Most of her landscapes are painted entirely outdoors, in natural light.
She has worked as a graphic designer and art director for over 30 years and is retired from the commercial business world of computer based education. In addition to graphic arts, her preferred specialties are fine arts, photography, and crafts. For Barbara, art is a way of telling a story, expressing feelings, and recording fragments of thoughts. She uses her skills as a watercolorist and graphic designer as tools to create art that is both real and abstract. She is very passionate about the visual arts and promoting art. She likes to teach art to children and adults; she feels it is a means of giving back to the community. She has a BFA from Kean University and a certified docent.
Jill grew up in Manhattan, and even as a little girl loved to draw. In grade school, she loved drawing the covers on her book reports; she enjoyed that far more than writing the report itself. In high school she studied at Art Students League. At the University of Maryland, she majored in Art Education and minored in Art and Art History. Then she enrolled at New York University, where she earned her Masters in Occupational Therapy. As a professional therapist, she continued to incorporate her art into therapeutic activities for hand rehabilitation and later geriatric population. She has illustrated manuals for joint conservation and designed a hand prosthetic. After she moved to Middletown, New Jersey, to raise her twin daughters, she taught drawing and painting to children at the Art Connection. Upon her retirement from from occupational therapy, Jill decided to take her passion for art to a higher level. She began studying with Ken Stetz. Her love of Shetland Sheepdogs (she has had four) led her to focus on drawing animals. Her art is now focused on animal portraits, and her pet portraits can be found in many homes in the area and beyond. She is an Exhibiting Member of the Guild of Creative Arts, in Shrewsbury, New Jersey, and is still a resident of Middletown, New Jersey, where she has her studio.
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
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.
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.
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.
She is a life-long resident of Monmouth County, New Jersey. She received her education at Brookdale Community College and Katharine Gibbs, and began her art studies with Lorraine Niemela. Linné has continued with lessons from other local artists and has had art instruction while on trips to France. Linné is a detail-oriented watercolorist whose main theme is portraying older buildings with character in Monmouth County, “places where we have all been.” Her subjects include older buildings and notable, everyday monuments found throughout the county that the local viewer may have visited or stumbled upon during his or her lifetime. Linné loves to capture the tone of a particular building and then enjoys watching people’s faces and hearing their stories about each place she’s painted. Some stories are funny and add an even deeper connection with her goal to paint something from every town in Monmouth County. Some of her most remembered pieces of artwork include the Sandy Hook Light House, the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, Ice Boating on the Navesink, and the Middletown Clown seen on Route 35. Her work has been displayed in exhibitions held at the Monmouth Beach Cultural Center in Monmouth Beach and at the Oceanic Free Library in Rumson. Linné is a member of the Art Alliance, the Monmouth County Art Council, the New Jersey Water Color Society, and is an associate member of the Guild of Creative Art.
She believes in the lemon tree growing in her living room, and in the art of kindness. She does not believe in umbrellas or iPhones. Her unique vision of the world was borne the moment she took her first photo with her yellow Cabbage Patch camera. She has a husband, two daughters and two Master’s degrees. Her life experiences honed her ability to relate to people and still believe in the greater good. She thrives when working on various projects, whether business or humanitarian-focused. Tyler’s mission statement is simple: Leave every customer feeling as excited as she is!
She is a self-taught artist who has been creating art her whole life. She has been exhibiting various forms of her artwork at art shows and galleries throughout New Jersey since 1983. Hillary’s acrylic paintings have been accepted into exhibits at the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences on Long Beach Island, the Art Alliance of Monmouth County in Red Bank and the Guild of Creative Art in Shrewsbury, and the Monmouth Museum and Brookdale College, both in Lincroft. One of her paintings was also accepted into the “Alumnae Artists Exhibit” which was part of the Mary H. Dana Artists Series at Douglass College, Rutgers University in New Brunswick. Hillary’s paintings are about the fleeting moments in nature that most people see, but rarely stop what they are doing to appreciate. These are the moments when color is the brightest or most beautiful and silence is the loudest. Hillary captures the second or two when perfection or serenity exists and nothing is as important as what is happening or not happening at all. According to Hillary, “The moments depicted in my work are the ones that make me catch my breath, stop and really absorb the beauty nature bestows upon us. I carry these images with me for a while in my memory where I revisit them when I need a break from the day-to-day ‘stuff.’ Then there comes a time when I feel the need to sit down, pick up a paintbrush and recreate what I have seen. While I am painting, I am reliving those moments in my mind and trying to depict what was special about them.” It is Hillary’s hope that when others see her paintings, they will see and feel what she did and they will remember a point in time when they stopped and thought about nothing else but the beauty nature was showing them.
As a child growing up in Brooklyn New York, her favorite pastime was drawing and designing. Her interest in art was encouraged and at age 10 she attended Pratt Institute weekend classes, where her imagination and creative urges were encouraged. That experience set her goal and eventually she did attend Pratt Institute as a full time undergraduate. When her interest turned to fashion illustration and advertising design she continued her education at the Fashion Institute of Technology where she earned an Associate Degree. Post graduation, she became Art Editor for a Bridal Fashion Industry publication with national subscribers. In addition to layout, she personally illustrated many of the editorial material and some of the paid advertising. Ultimately, she joined a major cosmetic company as a director of Promotions, following and setting the design trends for promotional vehicles. Retirement from commercial art has allowed her to turn her attention to the pursuit of her artistic ideals and the expression of her creative voice.
Philosophy As a painter, her goal is to express the essence of the subject, by capturing the mood and emotional energy. In style, she is a Contemporary Realist: although some of her work has a decidedly more subjective approach. That is because she believes the artistic voice should flow as a natural response to the subject: always in pursuit of a continuous progression forward.
Her Inspiration She is inspired by the land and seascapes of her travels. Oceans and beaches are her particular passion. The sea and its environs offer an endless opportunity for creative expression. She is fascinated as well by the radiant light of the Tuscan countryside. Vineyards, sunflowers, ancient poplars under wide open skies all make for endless exploration of color and light. Winner of first, second and third place awards/Monmouth County Senior art exhibit. Twice featured artist at the Freehold Art Gallery
Professional Association– Associate member of the Guild of Creative Art at Shrewsbury– Art Alliance, Red Bank– Freehold Art Society
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.
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.
She creates digital artwork as well as three-dimensional mixed-media art that ranges from large wall hangings to small tabletop decorations. Artwork by Cecilia has been published in Cloth Paper Scissors, Expression, Scrap ‘n Stamp, Altered Arts, Somerset Studio Galleria, The Spring Hill Review, Stampers Sampler and Inspirations.Until its 2007 demise, she was one of the Contributing Designers for The Rubber Stamper magazine, where her work was often published and once highlighted as the cover illustration. One of her digital artworks will appear in the Summer 2009 issue of Somerset Digital Studio and her three-dimensional artwork will appear in The Latest Trends in Mixed Media Arts, Volume II, a book scheduled for fall 2009 publication. An independent designer of images for rubber stamps, Cecilia has created designs now sold as rubber stamps through Another Stamp Company, Third Coast Art Rubber Stamps, and Bon Ton Rubber Stamps. She is a Design Team Member at Crafters Cafe, an on-line store selling art supplies including Golden paints and media. Cecilia’s artwork is often displayed in local venues, including the 2009 Monmouth Festival of the Arts, where her art was accepted into three categories: fine art (for her mixed-media wall hangings), fine crafts (for her altered cigar boxes and trays), and photography (for her digital art.)
She is from Manalapan, NJ and is an exhibiting member of the Guild of Creative Art in Shrewsbury, New Jersey. She minored in art in college and continues to attend classes and workshops to hone her skills and to constantly explore the past, present, and future of art. Her work has been accepted and shown in juried exhibits and art shows through the years. Barbara’s paintings hang in restaurants, corporations, and private collections. She works in many medias including watercolors, pastels, photography, pencil, pen and ink, and oil. Barbara works closely with many not-for-profit organizations, creating colorful greeting cards for these organizations to sell for fundraising, or as invitations and thank-you notes for their events. Clients include: Boy Scouts of America, Prevent Child Abuse NJ, Special Strides, Red Mountain Therapeutic Riding Center, and Congregation Sons of Israel. Barbara is often inspired and ceaselessly supported by her loving family. Personal technique: “Once I’ve determined the subject of the painting, I proceed to layout the theme for composition. The array of colors usually depends upon the mood of the topic to be painted. The fun is watching the colors shine through one another as I paint by layering. For the moment, watercolors are my main focus. Working with them is incredibly exciting. Whether I’m painting landscapes, still lifes, florals, or people, I try to let the watercolor retain it’s own life and movement. My favorite subject is people. I can experience their moods through their body language, dress, and interaction with each other. They swirl by me and I take those that touch me and paint them. Having danced for many years of my life, I’ve become wonderfully aware of movement and line. The choreography of life and the celebration of its colors are the challenges I take with each new picture I venture to paint.”
He (XiaoYao Yao) was born in 1942 in ZheJiang Province, China. He had a passion for painting since his childhood days. His formal training includes Chinese brush painting lessons from Hu, Nian-Zu, oil paintings from Doug L. Mcllvain, Ozzie A. Arnts, and Connelle Gaynor. Over the past couple of years, he has become more interested in portrait paintings. Shan-Shun Yao is an exhibiting artist with the Guild of Creative Art in Shrewsbury, New Jersey.
Awards– 2010 Best in Show– N.J. Chapter – American Artists Professional League, Inc., 2010– Open State Juried Exhibition of Representational Art– 2010 Kojola Award for Realism (painting),– Guild of Creative Art 18th Annual Open Juried Show– 2009 Honorable Mention in painting,– Guild of Creative Art 17th Annual Open Juried Show
He works in most media, with an emphasis on watercolor in which he employs a variety of classical and experimental techniques. Over the years, he has practiced an extensive repertoire of printmaking techniques, including advanced stone lithography and simultaneous color contrast in intaglio. Sven has always been inspired by Nature’s shapes and colors and deals with this in the expression of Light. Sven was born in the town of Vastervik, on Sweden’s east coast, about 180 miles south of Stockholm. He completed his undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Lund, Sweden. Many of his art studies took place in Gothenburg; the School for Industrial Art & Design, Kursverksamheten at Goteborg University; Gustavus Primus Art School; Hovedskou Art School; and Studio Litografik. Sven also received scholarships to several juried invitational courses held at Artists’ Collective Studios in Hamburgsund, Goteborg, and Vasteras, Sweden, where he studied advanced lithography and intaglio printmaking. In the early 1990s, he moved to the United States after meeting artist Lizzi Schippert. They married in 1990 and reside in Island Heights, NJ. A career professional artist, Sven’s work was avidly collected in Sweden by private and corporate collectors and hangs in many regional governmental collections (landsting) and town cultural departmental collections in various parts of Sweden. In the United States, Sven has added to his list of one-man exhibitions, as well as exhibiting widely in group and invitational shows. His work hangs in many private and corporate collections. His lithograph, “Norse God,” was used as the cover image for Chrysalis magazine, November 1991; and Jersey Shore Vacation Magazine and Map included Sven’s watercolor, “Going to the Beach,” in their Summer 2005 publication. In March 2007, Sven served as an Adjudicator at the Teen Arts Festival, sponsored by the Monmouth County Arts Council, held at Brookdale Community College. Sven and his wife, Lizzi Schippert, established Open Your Eyes in 1993 to provide art instruction and international art workshops. As a teaching team, Sven and Lizzi have offered art instruction and inspiration in Red Bank since 1995; during the warm months, Sven and Lizzi regularly offer Plein Air Workshops in New Jersey. Together, they have led travel art workshops in Maine; Monhegan Island, ME; Vermont; Florida; France; and Japan. In 2007, they led cultural and art trips to Classic Florence and Venice, and in spring 2008, a Cherry Blossom Tour to Japan, both trips sponsored by Classic Travel, Inc. (including Michelangelo Tours of Italy) of Oakhurst, NJ.
MEMBERSHIPS– Ocean County Artists Guild, Island Heights, NJ, instructor and member– Art Alliance, Red Bank, NJ, instructor and member– Guild of Creative Art, Shrewsbury, NJ, instructor and exhibiting member– Arts Partner as Open Your Eyes with the Monmouth County Art Council, Red Bank, NJ
He pursued photography all through high school and college. He took photographs while he was with the occupying forces in Germany and Czechoslovakia in World War II. He has photographed in China, Spain, Italy, Greece, and the American West. Warner has studied photography with Laury Egan for several years. He had extensively explored the many photographic opportunities within Monmouth County and was especially interested in architectural subjects. Warner won first place (color) in the 2007 EyeSights Show at the Guild and second place in the 2008 show. He had exhibited at the Monmouth Festival of the Arts, the Frederick Gallery, and in the Monmouth County and Middletown libraries. His photographs have been shown by the Monmouth County Parks System, where they are part of their permanent collection. He was represented by the Evelyn Dunn Gallery in Westfield, NJ, and was an Exhibiting Member of the Guild of Creative Art.
He has been a metal sculptor/welder/ironworker since 1981. He was born in Bronx, NY, in 1963 and lived in Brooklyn from 1964 to 1979. He now resides in Leonardo, NJ. Richard says, “I began welding at the age of 17 and continue today to fabricate stainless steel and steel products which over the years developed my skills as an ironworker. Having also been a graffiti writer on the subways of New York, I refined my artistic edge at an early age. The desire to work with fire and molten steel drives the life and creativity of my pieces.”
EXHIBITIONS– Monmouth Museum– Sea Bright Library– Kingsley Art Gallery in Red Bank– Kwiecinski & Zero Architects, Millstone Township– Guild of Creative Art– Art Alliance Studio and Gallery– Evolve Designer Arts Gallery– Oakland Street Shops and Gallery– Joyce’s Golden Palette Art Gallery– Studio 259 Art Gallery
MEMBERSHIPS– Exhibiting Member, Guild of Creative Art– Exhibiting Member, Sculptors Association of NJ
He is a New Jersey artist whose primary media is watercolor. His subjects aim to capture the simple nature of everyday life and characters observed during his travels in the United States and abroad. Although his formal education & career was in engineering, he is primarily a self-taught artist, and has studied with several New Jersey artists including Santo Pezzutti and the late Pat Lafferty. Bob has received several awards & exhibited throughout New Jersey , performed commissioned portrait work for a number of families and clients, and completed commercial illustrations for technical publications. He is an Exhibiting Artist at the Guild of Creative Art , and a member of the Manasquan River Group of Artists, Belmar Arts Council, Art Alliance of Monmouth County, and the New Jersey Watercolor Society.
Awards/Exhibits– New Jersey Watercolor Society- Associate Member Annual Show- Award of Excellence – 2008 and 2012.– Belmar Arts Council – “Painters Works” Juried Show -2nd Place – Watercolor.– Art in the Park – Long Branch – 3rd Place –Overall Show.– Croydon Hall – Middletown Art Show- 1st Place- Watercolor.– Monmouth Festival of the Arts – Annual Juried Show.– Art Alliance of Monmouth County – Annual Juried Show.– The Rotunda of Metuchen – Featured Exhibitor.– Monmouth Beach Cultural Center – Solo Exhibit.– Jay Ross Memorial Library/SeaBright – Solo Exhibit.– Eatontown Public Library – Solo Exhibit.– Oceanic Free Library – Exhibitor.– Monmouth County library-Wall Township -Exhibitor.
Commissioned Portraits/PaintingsReferences are available on request.
Memberships– New Jersey Watercolor Society– Manasquan River Group of Artists– Belmar Arts Council– Art Alliance of Monmouth County– Guild of Creative Art-Exhibiting Member
She received her BA and MS degrees from City University of New York and her ED.D from Nova Southeastern University. In undergraduate school, Diane’s art classes included painting, intaglio graphics, photography, wood sculpture and art history classes. Throughout the past twenty plus years, she has taken classes through the Monmouth County Park System with Grace Graupe Pillard and also enjoyed painting classes with nationally known artists at workshops offered in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York. These experiences have broadened her knowledge of many varied and interesting painting techniques and styles. She enjoys painting the roses in her large rose garden as well as portraits, landscapes, still life and really anything that she is attracted to for its uniqueness or inherent beauty. With each painting she produces, she further realizes the important role of natural light. Light is what creates the contour and depth of her painting subjects—the “ah” feeling that causes her to go to her easel. As an artist, Diane hopes that viewers of her work will get that “ah” feeling too. She has always been fortunate to receive accolades for her paintings from family members and friends. Their encouragement prompted her to have two one woman shows in which she sold several paintings. One was held in 2012 and the other in 2014—both at the Monmouth Beach Cultural Center. She has also exhibited in several local shows sponsored through the Art Society of Monmouth County. She is proud to say that pieces of her work were selected to be in the Monmouth Museum and Monmouth County Arts Council 31st Art Show in 2010 and again in the 2015 Monmouth Museum Members Miniature Show: Big Art in Small Packages. She is extremely proud of having been selected as an Exhibiting Member of the Guild of Creative Art in 2014.
A native of Prague, he lived in Munich and New York City before moving to Monmouth County in 1982, and since then has enjoyed the shore’s wealth of cultural, educational and recreational opportunities. After a 30+ years business career in downtown Manhattan, Peter returned to school for a Digital Imaging and Photography professional certification at New York University’s Center for Design, Digital Arts, and Film. His graduation project was a self-published photo book “Empty Sky No More,” and his photography was profiled at NYU’s Literary Arts and Visual Festival in 2013. Currently, Peter chairs the Nikon Users Group of the Monmouth Camera Club in Colts Neck, NJ, where he is a salon member. He received awards in both the 2016 and 2017 EyeSights Open Juried Photography Show at the Guild of Creative Art, where he is an Exhibiting Member. He also exhibited and is a member of the Belmar Arts Council. Peter loves photographing cityscapes to capture their shapes, colors, textures, and patterns, and the contrast between new and old, especially in New York City—a perfect venue for urban photography with its dense network of buildings, designed by the world’s best architects to reach ever higher into the sky. “I love pointing my camera up and capturing the light of the sky reflecting off such iconic buildings. My images are difficult to compose—given the extreme vertical scale—and difficult to expose—given the harsh contrast of bright and dark light. Overcoming these challenges to capture the bold and proud spirit of the city gives me tremendous satisfaction,” says Peter.
She lives in the historic shore town of Ocean Grove, NJ. She owns a 2 family home which she shares with her sister, niece and several cats. Her practice with watercolor started as a child and eventually led her to art school. In 1987, she received a BFA in illustration from Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia. Her love for the medium was nurtured through Moore’s teachings of Chinese watercolor and traditional realism. As an illustration major, MaryLou landed an internship with the Philadelphia Zoo Graphic Art Department. Since graduating from Moore, she has worked as a freelance illustrator while keeping full time positions in advertising, graphic design and technical publications. Not only has her work been published in Victoria and New Jersey Monthly magazines, her illustrations have been seen on the labels of Sorrell Ridge Preserves as well as other name-brand products. She also had the pleasure of designing menus for TropWorld and Foxwoods Resort Casinos. In 1994, MaryLou had her own one woman exhibit entitled “Victorian Watercolors” at The Guild of Creative Art in Shrewsbury, N.J. She has also exhibited and sold her work through the Goldie Paley Gallery in Philadelphia as well as several galleries throughout N.J. For over 17 years, her custom designed artwork and murals were commissioned through Kidegories, a specialty children’s furniture and gift boutique in Shrewsbury until the store’s closing in January of 2016. Presently, MaryLou continues to enjoy painting, exhibiting, and designing artwork on a personal as well as freelance basis.
Elected member of The NJ Watercolor Society
Awards:• Canterbury Art Show, Rumson, NJ “ Honorable Mention” 2001• N.J. Watercolor Society, Middletown, NJ “The Ridgewood Art Institute Award” 2012• 2nd Annual Jersey Shore Art Show, Belmar, NJ “Best in Show” 2006• Graphics 4, Philadelphia, PA “Honorable Mention” 1987
Her works in several media: drawing, painting, collage, pochoir, and lithography and intaglio printmaking. Her preferred subjects emphasize the essential structure of a thing, a place, figure, or concept; often she employs imagination to distill interactions of form, value, and color in a succinct and meaningful composition. Lizzi also does illustrations and accepts commissions. After studying art and biology at Emmanuel College in Boston, Lizzi went on to study at the Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico; at the School of the Museum of Fine Art, Boston; and the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore. She focused on classical techniques in printmaking, figure and portrait drawing and painting, Japanese and Chinese calligraphy, to mention some disciplines. She developed a unique printmaking technique out of the classic hand-coloring medium, pochoir, which utilizes stencils and airbrush. This technique is included in the 1990 edition of the Secrets of Buying Art, by Wenniger and Wenniger, Betterway Press. A professional artist since 1973, Lizzi has exhibited her work in over 35 solo exhibitions nationwide, in Sweden, Japan, and the Caribbean, with five shows in Manhattan. An award-winning artist in several media, Lizzi has exhibited in group and invitational events stretching from Hawaii to Sweden. These venues range from a solo invitational billboard in Columbus, Ohio, to Art Expo in New York. Her work is held in museum and public venues in Sweden and in many public, corporate, and private collections nationally and internationally. Lizzi has taught self-portraiture at the Teen Arts Festival, Brookdale Community College, sponsored by MCAC, in March 2007. In 1993, Lizzi and her husband, artist Sven Widen, established Open Your Eyes to provide art instruction and international art workshops. As a teaching team, Lizzi and Sven have offered art instruction and inspiration in Red Bank since 1995 and regularly hold Plein Air workshops in New Jersey during the warm months. Together, they have led travel art workshops in Maine; Monhegan Island, ME; Vermont; Florida; France; and Japan. In September 2007, they led cultural and art trips to Classic Florence and Venice, and in spring 2008, a Cherry Blossom Tour to Japan, both sponsored by Classic Travel, Inc. (including Michelangelo Tours of Italy) of Oakhurst, NJ.
MEMBERSHIPS– New Jersey Watercolor Society, juried member– Ocean County Artists Guild, Island Heights, NJ, instructor and member– Art Alliance, Red Bank, NJ, instructor and member– Guild of Creative Art, Shrewsbury, NJ, instructor and exhibiting member– Arts Partner as Open Your Eyes with the Monmouth County Art Council, Red Bank, NJ
He was born in Portland, Oregon and grew up in San Francisco. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the Art Center College of Design, Los Angeles, CA. He is a 27 year veteran Advertising Art Director, NYC. He retired and started painting in 2008, studying under the renowned watercolor artist Donald Voorhees, AWAS, NJWS. His paintings range from portraits to landscapes and seascapes.
EXHIBITIONS– Audubon Artists 68th Annual Exhibition, Salmagundi Club, NYC– The 2010 Middletown Township Cultural & Arts Council Juried Exhibition– Garden State Watercolor Society 41st Annual Juried Exhibition– NJWCS 68th Annual Open Juried Exhibition, GSWS 41st Annual Juried Exhibition– Art Alliance of Monmouth County 24th Annual State-Wide Juried Exhibition– The 2010 Bayonet Farm Arts & Music Festival Juried Art Exhibition– Guild Of Creative Art 18th Annual Open Juried Show– NJWCS Associate Exhibit, Morris County Library
He creates his provocative images in black and white charcoal on toned paper. He believes that in a world consumed by technology there is an almost primal honesty to the simple act of drawing. As a young man, Bill studied art at Ocean County College and the Art Students League in New York. After finishing his studies he, like most artists, found the need for regular income and Bill started his own successful irrigation business. Now he has renewed his passion for drawing. Although his subject matter is ever changing and can elicit many different reactions, his dedication to detailed draftsmanship is always consistent. Asked what reaction he desires most from his drawings, he paraphrases Marion Boddy-Evans: “I believe art is foremost for the artist who creates it. You do it for your soul, and if anybody else gets something out of it, that’s a bonus.”
Memberships In May 2011 Bill became an Exhibiting Member of the Guild of Creative Art.
Awards In October 2011 He was awarded an Honorable Mention at the Guild’s Annual Juried Show for his Drawing entitled “FLOCK”. The judge commented, “I admire the virtuoso technique and love the unexpected mix of traditional handling of the background with the modern subject matter.” Bill Ross does portraiture and welcomes commissions. Please contact the Guild for more information.
He has drawn and painted from an early age. He received his first art training from his father who was a professional artist and a college art professor. Later, Don won an art scholarship to the Art Students League of New York. Further education in painting and drawing was achieved while on an art scholarship to the University of Georgia (BFA). He completed his studies in painting and sculpture at Columbia University (MFA). Although professionally schooled in the field of fine art, Don also trained in educational administration (Ed.D), becoming a secondary school principal. Now retired, he devotes himself full time to his art. Don and his wife, Dolores, who is also a retired educator, have a grown son who has followed in the family’s footsteps by pursuing a career in the field of education. Besides his involvement with the Plein Air Painters of the Jersey Coast, Don belongs to the Guild of Creative Art (where he is an exhibiting member), the Art Students League of New York (life member), and the New Jersey branch of the American Artists Professional League, the Printmaking Council of New Jersey, the Art Alliance, and the American Impressionists Society. In addition, Don holds associate membership in the Oil Painters of America and the Allied Artists of America. He has exhibited both nationally and regionally, most recently exhibiting with the Hudson Valley Artists Association in their 75th Annual National Show in New York City. Don has had one of his coastal scenes displayed in Plein Air Magazine (January, 2005). Additional biographical data on the artist can be found in current editions of Marquis’ Who’s Who in America as well as in Who’s Who in the East and Who’s Who in American Education.
She recently retired from a forty-year career as a Paralegal. She lives at the Jersey Shore, and is a self-taught photographer drawn to the moods of nature and wildlife. The extra time since her retirement is giving her the ability to further develop her great passion of watching, learning and photographing animal behavior in their natural environments. If her photos have a mission, Angela says this: “To quietly capture that moment in time that others may not see which brings an emotional response to the viewer.” Capturing those moments through the lens of her camera is not only what Angela sees, but what her heart feels. Angela is inspired by photographing the beauty that surrounds us, and she is reminded over and over again how blessed we are to have these surroundings which must be protected and ethically respected. Angela and her husband enjoy traveling with a special interest in National Parks. Angela is currently studying with Laury Egan, and hopes to expand her passion for photography from a fine art perspective. Angela is an exhibiting artist at the Guild of Creative Art in Shrewsbury and a member of the Ocean County Artists’ Guild in Island Heights. Her work has been exhibited in numerous juried art shows.
AwardsOcean County Artists’ Guild Juried Photography ShowsHonorable Mentions:– 2013 – Looking Through the Mist– 2014 – Stately Egret– 2015 – Lizard Lunch (Sold)– 2016 – Egret Balancing Act– 2016 – The Taste of FreedomGuild of Creative Art – EyeSights Open Juried Photography Show– 2014 – Special Merit Award for Animals – Eyes on You (Sold)– 2016 – Puffin Portrait (Sold)
He became fascinated by photography as a teenager when he began learning his craft with a twin-lens reflex camera. His mentors were the writings and work of Ansel Adams and Andreas Fenninger. College, career, and family responsibilities intervened for many years. With retirement imminent, he returned to his earliest interests: photography and the outdoors. Although his current work is primarily with a digital camera, he still reverts to medium-format film from time to time. His work is characterized by simple composition, a vivid color palette, and a wide diversity of subject matter. “Shapes, colors, and the quality of light are what first attract me to a subject,.” Jim says. Jim has taken photography courses at Brookdale Community College and has been a student of Laury Egan’s for many years. His work has been on display on the State of New Jersey’s Official web site, local galleries and libraries, He most frequently exhibits at the Guild of Creative Art. About the pictures from the link below, Jim says: “These photos are part of a series I think of as “One Alone”. I don’t know the people in these photographs – they are strangers, not models. I’ve tried to create a balance between the person and his or her environment to give you , the viewer, a sense of place and to reinforce their solitude. These folks are very much in the moment – and alone. I can’t help wondering what they are thinking about. There are two exceptions to their being strictly alone – in one case there are two people but they are alone,, and in the other, the person is implied rather than seen. Enjoy!”
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.
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– 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
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.”
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.
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– 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
AWARDS– 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)
EXHIBITIONS– 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.
PUBLICATIONS 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.
MEMBERSHIPS– 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.
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.
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.
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.
Exhibitions– 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
Affiliations– Guild of Creative Art, exhibiting member– Belmar Arts Council– Grounds for Sculpture– Monmouth Arts Council– Monmouth Camera Club, Salon Member
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.
EXHIBITIONS/AWARDS 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.
MEMBERSHIPS 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.
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
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.
Exhibitions:– 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
She is a national award-winning artist from Holmdel, New Jersey. She has been juried several times into prestigious national plein air events such as ‘Paint Annapolis’ and “Wayne Plein air festival”. She has been involved with plein air painting in the US and abroad during trips to Hawaii, Puerto Rico, India, and Europe. Pratima’s oil paintings are representational land and seascapes, light-filled and color harmonious, capturing the atmosphere and feel of the place with her unmistakable style. The final paintings are exciting and colorful conveying her unique point of view. While she is primarily a Plein Air artist creating most of her work outdoors on location she frequently uses her plein air work to create larger studio works. Her works have been included in a number of shows and are collected by patrons across the country. Pratima enjoys teaching and is involved with classes and workshops for both studio and plein air landscape oil painting in Monmouth County. She is an exhibiting member at the Guild of Creative art, a member of the Plein air painters of the Jersey Coast (PAPJC), an associate member of Oil Painters of America (OPA) and the American Impressionist Society (AIS). Pratima is also a resident member at the Salmagundi Arts Club in New York City.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
She was born in Mexico City. She studied art at the Painting and Sculpture Academy of Fine Arts La Esmeralda, and at present, she continues her studies in the sculpture workshop of Master Marcela Arvida Eduardo Nasta. Laura works the mud to finish it in bronze, wood, marble, or terracotta. Her personality emerges strongly in her works that reflect the family union, maternity, and woman in the world of music, as well as portraits.
Exhibitions:– First Urban Sculpture Symposium in Mexico.– Casa de la Cultura de Bellas Artes in the city of Aguascalientes, Mex.– Urban Sculpture Competition in Naucalpan in Mexico.– Solo exhibition of painting and sculpture at the PRI’s Dr. Atl Gallery.– Solo exhibition of painting · Form, Color and Symbol ¨ at Pedro Gerson Gallery in the CDI– First show of the foundry workshop at the La Esmeralda Gallery.– Solo exhibition of sculptures · reflexes ¨ at Pedro Gerson Gallery in the CDI.– Group exhibition of painting and sculpture at The Museum of the Palace of Cortez in Cuernavaca,– Mor.Exhibition “Seven Women”.– “Multifaceted Women” Exhibition.– “Rhythms and Beats” Exhibition.And many other diverse collectives.
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.
EXHIBITIONS/AWARDS 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.
PUBLICATIONS 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.
MEMBERSHIPS 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.
HONORS 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.
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.
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 4×5 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.
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.
He has been involved with photography for as long as he can remember. His father was an avid photographer and movie maker, and he got Steve started as soon as he was able to “point and shoot” his original Kodak Brownie box camera. Steve began his black & white darkroom work at around ten years of age, and progressed to a full-color darkroom in the mid-1960s. As an Electrical Engineer by training, Steve was quick to adapt to the digital imaging era and started using Photoshop version 3 in the mid-1990s. The combination of his artistic photographic style and the limitless means of expression that can be achieved with digital image processing, became the basis for where he is today—retired from his former technology career and now running his own commercial photography business, enjoying the satisfaction obtained from creating photographic works of art, and being actively involved in camera club and art guild activities. Steve especially likes nature photography, including landscapes, sunsets, flowers, and animals. He also enjoys creating artistic abstract “modifications” to some of these photographs with Photoshop. Steve does all of his own archival digital color and black & white printing with a variety of Epson pigment inkjet printers. Steve is an Exhibiting Member of The Guild of Creative Art, Shrewsbury, NJ, and an Advanced Member of the Monmouth Camera Club, Colts Neck, NJ, where he was awarded the 2007 Photograph of the Year for his photograph “Land & Air Race.” This year he won First Place in the Monmouth County Senior Art Exhibit and Competition for his digitally modified photograph “Twin Reflections.” He then won another First Place award at the New Jersey (state level) Senior Art Exhibit and Competition for “Twin Reflections. ”In his business—Action Foto, Inc.—Steve provides photography, design, and production of advertising and marketing materials for his commercial clients. He also designs, creates and hosts several of their websites. Additionally, Steve has designed and prepared full page ads for his clients for publication in Architectural Digest, The Robb Report, and many other magazines.