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Gallery Hours:

Our Galleries are closed for the summer.
The galleries will open again September 6.

Sunday and Monday: closed • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: noon – 5 p.m.
Saturday: 10 - 3 p.m.

 

"Cuba: Working and Waiting"
Curated by Nancy Ori

September 6 - September 24

Heinz W. Otto Gallery

Opening Reception September 11, 1 - 4 PM

Berkeley Heights photographer and tour director, Nancy Ori, led several groups of photographers to Cuba over the past two years. She has chosen artwork from 14 workshop participants to exhibit in “Cuba: Working and Waiting” during the month of September in the Heinz W. Otto Gallery.

Woman with Cigar

Photo by Nancy Ori

Curator Nancy Ori said: “We learn a great deal by studying where we have been and the things that have challenged us and others along the way. The photographs presented in our exhibit have been collected from 14 participants who attended one of the several photography workshops that I have run in Cuba over the past two years. As a collection, the photographs paint a portrait of a group of people, symbolizing the life and spirit of their culture. The old, as well as the young are united by a look of life experience. The images reveal vulnerability and yet endurance. We were able to uncover a wonderful beauty in these observations. Many of the people featured appeared to be waiting for something, while others worked very hard using ancient tools to work the land”.

Woman with Cigar

Photo by Nancy Ori

“Our amazing journey around the island of Cuba included walking down dirt paths through fields of tobacco and sugar cane, meeting the farmers and photographing their homes, families and farms. It was an amazing experience of communication for everyone on both sides of the camera. We visited traditional colonial towns, with red tiled roofs and an array of pastel colored houses lining cobbled stone streets. In Old Havana, we were overwhelmed with sights of antique American cars, children playing in the streets, views of the harbor, beautifully restored hotels or the paint peeling off dilapidated buildings. Early morning shoots allowed students to wander safely on their own to capture the sights off the beaten path. We also visited and toured Ernest Hemingway’s former home.”

The photographers participating in the exhibit are from all around New Jersey. They are: Ben Wolkowitz, Caryn Seifer, Bob Campbell, Jerry Dallia, Rosemarie Reinman, Denise Stagnari, Howard McGinn, Karen Bonislawski, Marilyn Menago, Frank Parisi, Rita Klachkin, Ron Stagnari, Robert Menago, Ken Curtis and Nancy Ori.

Woman behind Window Grate

Photo by Nancy Ori

Ori has curated and juried numerous exhibits at a wide variety of locations including: The Morris Museum in Morristown; Rahway Arts Guild in Rahway, Liberty Science Center in Jersey City & Watchung Arts Center in Watchung. Ms. Ori’s work has been widely exhibited in museums & galleries throughout the globe & has been chosen to participate in numerous grant projects and fine art exhibits including the prestigious New Jersey Fine Arts Annual. She is the owner of New Jersey Media Center, LLC in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey where she continues to do product, portrait and event photography. She also enjoys teaching photography and painting workshops each year throughout the United States, New Zealand, Cuba and Europe as well as exhibiting her work. Nancy was taught by Ansel Adams and was then affiliated for many years with the Ansel Adams Workshop in California and in New Jersey. She is currently on the faculty of numerous museums and art centers as well as teaches privately.

You can learn more about other photography workshop tours to Tuscany, Venice, Iceland, Cuba and a photo safari to Tanzania with Nancy Ori next year by visiting her website at www.ncnayoriworkshops.com or calling Nancy Ori at 908-790-8820.

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Form for Exhibitors

If you would like to exhibit at the Watchung Arts Center, please download and complete the Exhibitor Agreement.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Ludmila Kalivoda, VP Visual Arts, Watchung Arts Center, e-mail pruhonice@aol.com.

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Robert Harnick: "Celebrating 95 Years"

September 6 - September 24

Lower Gallery

Opening Reception September 11, 1 - 4 PM

Robert Harnick, in his home studio

Robert Harnick, in his home studio

Born in the early 1920’s and still “roaring” to go, Robert Harnick will be enjoying his 95th birthday this September. Bob will celebrate the occasion with an exhibit of his work in the Lower Gallery. The exhibit will feature his early work from decades past, as well as a focus on his energizing output from more recent years. It may be that the life he brings to his canvas is the secret to his own longevity, or at the very least its quality.

“I enjoy creating artwork that I can share and give as gifts to other people. It brings me joy and I hope others will share in this visual pleasure.” In that spirit, Bob and his family will be donating all sales proceeds to the Watchung Arts Center.

Bob was born on a farm in Caldwell, New Jersey. At the age of two he was blinded in one eye in a firecracker accident and he has viewed the world with a unique perspective ever since. His family then moved to Seagate, a section of Brooklyn, N.Y. where he spent most of his childhood and met his wife Sherry. Bob studied aeronautical engineering and geology at the University of Alabama and continued his studies at NYU, Fordham and Columbia.

Sailboat at Dock - Robert Harnick

Robert Harnick - Sailboat at Dock - 1940's Oil

Heeding his country’s call during the Second World War, Bob enlisted in the United States Army. Due to his visual impairment, he contributed to the effort stateside, as a sergeant in charge of sending radio transmissions to the allies overseas. His mother henceforth considered his partial blindness a blessing in disguise, as he was spared when his entire battalion was lost in the Battle of the Bulge.

At the conclusion of the war, Bob followed an artistic, though decidedly practical pursuit as a commercial lithographer, establishing Golden Arrow Graphics in the printing district of downtown Manhattan. This remained his field of interest for the next 50 years, printing and designing for corporate clients such as Eastman Kodak, as well as classified work for the US government.

Horse - Robert Harnick

Robert Harnick - Horse - pastel 2016

Never one to stagnate, over the years Bob found contentment in a remarkably diverse collection of activities such as painting, photography, sailboat racing, flying a plane and going on pacer hunts. He loved horseback riding so much that he spent his weekends in the 1950’s as an auxiliary policeman on horseback in Central Park, N.Y. In the 1990’s when he retired, he volunteered giving tours in McArthur’s Park, a nature preserve in Florida. Bob lived in Watchung for 25 years and currently resides in Basking Ridge, New Jersey.

Bob’s artwork reflects his many interests throughout his life. The art exhibit will feature his love of nature and animals.

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Upcoming Exhibitions

October 1 - 29

Opening Reception, October 2 1-4 PM

Upper Gallery

Connections XVIII - Unique Vision Workshop

Lower Gallery

Ross Wagner