If you haven’t guessed by now, I’m completely over the moon that four of my photos – Washington County 2:30 a.m., Five Tickets to Ride Day and Night, The Three-Two Pitch and We Serve Wayward Strangers – have been accepted as part of the New Jersey Photography Forum’s International Photography Exhibit, to be held this November in Watchung, New Jersey.
I’ve participated in gallery shows in Albany before, and have been very pleased with the presentations at Albany Center Gallery and at the Photo Center of Troy – but this is the first time in over a decade that any of my artworks have received exhibition outside of New York.
This is nice. Twenty levels of nice.
Here’s a link to the Curator’s statement, which contains the photos of all 75 accepted entries for the event.
The press release is as follows.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
International Artists Exhibit at the Watchung Arts Center
The NJ Photography Forum opened its 28th Annual Photography Exhibit, Our Best, online and in person on November 1, 2022. Seventy-five works by 44 artists were chosen for this year’s show from hundreds of entries which came from across the U.S and around the globe. The show will remain available online until January 15, 2023. The in-person exhibit will be on display at the Watchung Arts Center in Watchung, NJ from November 2, through December 10, 2022.
Nancy Ori, Director of the Photography Forum and the Curator of the exhibit was very enthusiastic about the response to the call for submissions and says, “the emotional impact of the pieces range from mysterious and thought provoking, to stunning black and whites and digitally enhanced pieces, to traditional and beautiful color works. The variety of creative ideas and processing techniques has produced an interesting show with many more pieces which we can accommodate because of the format of the show.”
The public is invited to attend an online conference via Zoom moderated by the Curator to review the exhibit and hear from some of the artists on November 12, 2022 from 3-5pm eastern time. Contact Nancy Ori to get the link.
At the same time as the Our Best exhibit is in the Main Gallery of the Watchung Art Center, the New Jersey Photography Forum will also be showing The Best One, works by the members of the Forum’s Exhibit Committee in the more intimate downstairs gallery. Both exhibits can be viewed during regular gallery hours. Visit the Watchung Arts Center website at: www.watchungarts.org for visitation requirements and times. Entrance is free at: 18 Stirling Road in Watchung, NJ on the circle.
All of the images will be for sale with a portion of the proceeds going to support the Watchung Arts Center.
Three years ago, The New Jersey Photography Forum celebrated the 25th anniversary of its founding. The group is dedicated to furthering the interests of professional and serious photographers living or working in the Metro area. Under the direction of Nancy Ori, the NJPF has grown to be the largest and most recognized group of fine art exhibiting photographers in the state.
The monthly meetings are currently held virtually using Zoom and will return to their regular in-person sessions at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey in Summit when possible. Meeting attendees are encouraged to share expertise and advance their skills. At each meeting, member and guest photographers have an opportunity to share their work as well as have access to a wide variety of current creative and technical information through informal presentations and demonstrations. Exhibition possibilities within the fine art community are constantly being explored with the group producing as many as a dozen group exhibits each year at various venues. These opportunities have become an invaluable resource for Metro area photographers interested in becoming fine art exhibitors.
The Watchung Arts Center offers new art exhibitions each month, performances of music, comedy, improv and classes for children and adults in art, photography, dance, yoga, and more. Visit their website at www.watchungarts.org.