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New Jersey Photography Forum 20th Anniversary Gala Juried Photography Exhibit

Upper Gallery

Sunday, November 1 – Wednesday, November 26
Opening reception: Sunday, November 1, 1-4PM

The public is invited to attend the gala opening reception for the 20th Anniversary Juried Photography Exhibit of the New Jersey Photography Forum on Sunday, November 2rd from 1- 4PM at which time Awards of Excellence and Merit will be presented and everyone will have an opportunity to meet the artists. The exhibit is free and open to the public during business hours of the Watchung Arts Center: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from noon to 5pm, Saturday from 10-3pm or by appointment. All of the images will be for sale with a portion of the proceeds going to support the Watchung Arts Center.

The show presents 43 works by photographers from all over New Jersey that were selected from almost 200 pieces that were submitted for consideration by the jurors.  The photographers whose work is shown include: Miron Abromovici, Berkeley Heights; Peter Alessandria, Dover; Vivian Bedoya, Somerset; Glenn Clark, Chatham; John Clarke, Pennington; Paul Donohoe, Point Pleasant; Michael Endy, Westfield; Thomas Hart, Bayonne; Marv Kaminsky, Flanders; William King, Chatham; Dorothy Kuehn, Maplewood; Ed Lara, Westfield; Neil Larsen, Old Bridge; Lane Lewis, Gladstone; John Markanich, West Milford; Charlann Meluso, Berkeley Heights; Charles Miller, Ringoes; Lisa Redburn, Montclair; Caryn Seifer, Morristown; Tom Stillman, South Plainfield; Heidi Sussman, West Orange; Branch Watkins, Morristown; and Wolfgang Wittling, Morristown.

The exhibit was curated by Nancy Ori of Berkeley Heights.  The jurors for the show were: Paul X.O. Pinkman, professional fine artist, lecturer, owner of Paul Pinkman Creative Design in Plainfield NJ; Keith Smith, Dean of Liberal Arts & Professor in Visual Arts Department at County College of Morris; Nancy Ori, exhibitor, curator, freelance photographer and educator as well as director of NJ Photography Forum and Digital Arts Group, and owner of NJ Media Center in Berkeley Hts. 

The New Jersey Photography Forum is dedicated to furthering the interests of professional and serious photographers living or working in the New Jersey area.  Over the past 20 years under the direction of Nancy Ori, the NJPF has become the largest and most recognized group of fine art exhibiting photographers in the state.  The monthly meetings are held at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey in Summit and encourage attendees to share expertise and advance their skills.  The meetings provide access to a wide variety of current creative and technical information through informal presentations and demonstrations by manufacturers and photographic artists.  Regularly, photographers have an opportunity to display their work for critique by others.  Exhibition possibilities within the fine art community are constantly explored, which has become an invaluable resource for photographers interested in becoming fine art exhibitors.

You can learn more about the New Jersey Photography Forum by visiting their web site at or calling Nancy Ori at 908-790-8820.

Call for Entries: New Art Group

Three Solo Shows Competition
Submit entries for Lower Gallery Shows in March, May or June 2015

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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

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"Tales from Ma's Lap"
Mitu Malhotra

Lower Gallery

Sunday, November 1 – Wednesday, November 26
Opening reception: Sunday, November 1, 1-4PM<

Mitu Malhotra - Tales from Ma's Lap

Mitu Malhotra, Head Full of Tales

Like all mothers, my ma put me to sleep with stories. So many vivid images, thoughts, feelings and visions have stayed with me all these years. In almost a mystic way, I surrender to the power of these magical memories in my mind.

The yarns that were woven of love; those threads still remain, weaving in and out of my subconscious, comforting and calming through the years. Childhood stories are part of our psyche, they allow us to dream and grow. The process of reading is a prelude to painting; as I delve into these stories in my mind and reread them from books, I am able to extract the threads that connect to me. Then I can weave the tales on my bare canvas.

Myths, legends, fairytales, gods, demons and others flash through and etch themselves, flowing out with the black ink. The pen and ink drawings are meandering and meditative at the same time. Sometimes I am tempted to add splashes of color, itís like being a child again, playing with paint. I am a nomad in spirit and person, travelling and living in different places; assimilating and sifting through visual and tactile symbols which we hold special in our beings. These motifs appear in my artwork, be it trees of life, anthropomorphic birds and deities. Thatís why I never tire of painting Ganesh, one of the most popular Hindu gods, elephant headed, long trunked and pot bellied. I enjoy playing with this form and abstracting it so that it transforms into a mass of joyous color.

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Upcoming Exhibitions


Upper Gallery

Members’ Juried Art Exhibition

Become a member now and participate in the Members’ Show. The winner will receive a solo show in the Lower Gallery the following year. Download the flyer here.

Lower Gallery

Charlann Meluso


Upper Gallery

Abstract Photography Exhibit

Lower Gallery


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