Teen Arts Exhibition: Atlantic County
November 12 - 27, 2016
The New Jersey State Teen Arts Festival’s Visual Arts Touring Exhibition makes a stop in Atlantic County and features the artwork of teens from across the state, including four Atlantic County artists: Jocelyn Cherico – Egg Harbor Township High School; Joanna Hoang (Geraldine R. Dodge Scholarship recipient) - Egg Harbor Township High School; Alissa Licolli- Absegami High School; and David Wilson – Mainland Regional High School. For more information, contact the Atlantic County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 609-646-8699 x6314.
by Daniel Allen
January 20 - March 12, 2016
As a nature lover and amateur photographer, Daniel Allen aims to capture the scenes he witnesses on his adventures and treks in the great outdoors. Photography didn’t become a passion of his until he was given a Nikon D3000 for Christmas as a freshman in college in 2010. He quickly began to pursue his new hobby, with an emphasis on landscapes and nature in general. Almost entirely self taught, most of his photography knowledge was obtained through guess and check methods and Youtube tutorials.
Daniel’s inspiration for “NJ Escapes” stems from the bad rap that New Jersey seems to get in regards to natural beauty. This exhibition contains photographs taken only in New Jersey, within just a day trip or less away. “NJ Escapes” are paradises right here in our own backyard. This the first public showing of his work other than social media.
Daniel has lived in South Jersey his entire life, so the state is near and dear to his heart. Daniel attended Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Biology. He currently works as a chemist for Signature Science, a government contractor at the Federal Aviation Administration Technical Center, at Atlantic City International Airport.
by "Local" Lou Fermonte
September 6 – November 14, 2015
Surf, skate and create.
“Local” Lou Fermonte is “spreading the stoke” with positive messages through his art and a positive lifestyle. Fermonte hopes that through teaching yoga, surfing, skateboarding, and his artwork, he can help inspire people to become more aware of the awesomeness within themselves and in the world around them.
Fermonte’s I Will Not Be Broken wall art truly expresses the heart, soul, and uniqueness of a skater. Skaters will not be broken and are all one of a kind. They fall and they get back up. They don’t give up. This translates into their everyday lives. Each heart is completely one of a kind, just like skaters. These skate hearts are a perfect reminder of that message. No matter what life throws at you, you can pick up the pieces and put it back together. Keep pushing!
People and Places: Community Through the Camera Lens
by Atlantic City and Pleasantville Youth
August 19 – August 28, 2015
People and Places: Community Through the Camera Lens is an exhibition of student work created by Atlantic City and Pleasantville Youth through the Atlantic County Coalition for a Safe Community‘s Summer Photography Workshop. Professional photographer Nastassia Davis and teacher and artist Glynnis Reedtaught this seven week instructional course to acquaint students with a basis in photography through a photographic exploration of the various cultural, civic, business, and domestic institutions of the community.
Following some of the curriculum of the “Literacy Through Photography” program, each week, the students went into the field to take pictures of an aspect of their community. The goals of this program are to provide youth with an avenue of self-expression, discovery and awareness and to encourage the development of artistic talents. The students are also learn to communicate using photography and visual imagery in order to stimulate the youth’s analytical and communication skills.
This course, exhibition, graduation, and reception are sponsored by: Atlantic County Coalition for a Safe Community, the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, the Atlantic City Housing Authority, and the Pleasantville Housing Authority.
by Megan Bowersox
May 31 – June 30, 2015
Wanderlust is a series of photographs focused on artist Megan Bowersox’s travels through the US, China and Paris. When capturing these places, Bowersox tries to manipulate the experience and highlight the place. Bowersox’s photographs take on an aura of their own and become somewhat human.
Bowersox also works in mediums such as textiles, painting, and printmaking. Megan has studied abroad in countries such as France, China, and Scotland and England. Her photographs are a representation of the places that she has visited. Without documenting her own personal experiences in her photographs; she lets the structures speak for themselves. Each image gives off its own aura, and story for the viewer to interpret. Through her work you can experience the culture, and history of these locations. Although these images may not have something in common in subject, there are similarities in architecture, balance, color, and shape. Megan, through her photographs, wants to pay respect to what she has learned and experienced through her travels.
Megan Bowersox currently lives in Brigantine, New Jersey. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in Photography from William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey. Megan will be attending the University of the Arts this Fall for a Masters in Museum Studies.
Frozen Vistas: A Photographic Discovery of Iceland
by Shaun Reilly
March 8 – May 25, 2015
Drawn by north in search of Icebergs and the Northern Lights professional photographer Shaun Reilly traveled to Iceland in to document the amazing country during its intense winter season.
“Traveling and photographing in Iceland was an wonderful way to document a world that is nearly alien to us in Southern New Jersey.”
Shaun and his wife circled the entire country via the famous Ring Road or Rt. 1, a small two lane, mostly paved, path the circles the country and traverses lava fields, mountains, tidal flats, and seaside cliffs. Ice and snow covered roads made the trip a bit treacherous but the frozen views afforded by the four hour days were awe inspiring. The images Shaun created focus on the way that the light interacts with the landscape and the secrets that it reveals about its hidden character.
by Anthony Smedile
December 18, 2014 – February 5, 2015
Anthony Smedile is an award winning photographer in Southern New Jersey. In August of 2014, Smedile, gave followers a glimpse of the Atlantic City area through his eyes, sharing a different image each day. He tagged the project: #31daysseeing. Twenty-one of the 31 images he produced for the project were on display.
Central Kalimantan, Indonesia
by Steve Freeman
November 14 – December 14, 2014
Photographer Steve Freeman is truly has a passion for learning about and photographing cultures other than his own, that is why when he had the opportunity to move to the jungles of Borneo to teach English, he jumped at the chance. The thought of being able to photograph the opposite side of the planet opened up so many thoughts and ideas that he knew he needed to go. The Indonesian culture and environment is so very different from the States and Freeman was able to capture and show the beauty of the Indonesians’ everyday lives.
by Jeff Schwachter
July 17 – September 17, 2014
Jeff Schwachter is a writer, musician, visual artist and avid music fan of all types. Residing in Somers Point, NJ, since 2002, Jeff’s creative passions feed his professional career, including a 10-year stint with Atlantic City Weekly as editor and managing editor where he interviewed iconic jazz and other musicians and comedians, and wrote award-winning articles on the Atlantic City region’s musical past (Club Harlem, Art Blakey, Sam Cooke, the ‘Boardwalk Empire’ era, Nina Simone, Tony Mart’s: Bob Dylan, Levon & The Hawks). Jazz Portraits is an exhibit of mostly oil-pastel drawings (with a few acrylic paintings and charcoals) that Jeff has done of jazz and blues figures. These works and more were first exhibited at the African-American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey in Newtonville, NJ, in the summer of 2011 and at the Somers Point Jazz Society’s Jazz @ The Point Festival in 2012. The drawings and paintings were done in Philadelphia, PA, Somers Point and Sarasota, FL, over the span of about 17 years.
The Art of Mark Tucker
May 9 – May 30, 2014
Mark Tucker is a self-taught artist whose work is striking, filled with vivid colors and often abstract. Tucker was born in the Bronx in 1946 and has lived in Barnegat, NJ for about 7 years. He has worked with antiques for most of his adult life.
Art has always been a passion and inspiration to Tucker. In 2008 the antique business was severely suffering because of the recession, giving him more time for his love of art. It was then that Tucker started experimenting with his own paintings and sculpture. In some early articles in local papers he was dubbed the “recession” artist. His art has also been referred to as primitive, abstract, mixed media and conceptual but all of Tucker’s pieces are different and don’t fit into any one category. Tucker describes most of his work as coming from the subconscious mind or imagination.