Driving America's Art Scene - Hunterdon County, NJ USA

Thompson

Thompson

Kathleen Thompson

Kathleen Thompson

Printmaking & Photography

Kathleen Thompson’s work will be on display in THAT’s exhibition at Hunterdon Art Museum in Clinton, NJ on Saturday, May 1 & Sunday, May 2 from 11 AM to 5 PM.

Kathleen can be contacted at kmewt71@icloud.com

A lifelong Hunterdon County resident, I see, hear and taste beauty in the quotidian. I am a writer and printmaker, currently creating a photographic series exploring the ever-changing sky under which we all exist.

Upward Gaze features the first 101 images of the sky from this year-long project.

Whilst it seems that the sky is limitless and omnipresent, embracing and protecting Earth, it may not always be so. I wonder how many of us take the time to lift our gaze upward to observe the structure and colors of the sky and clouds. Through this work, I wish to preserve the sky as it is now for those who may experience a very different view in the future. 

As I frame each sky shot, I observe the telephone poles, electrical wires and buildings that block or interfere with a truly unobstructed view. As I prepare to snap the image, I breathe in deeply, hold it for a second, take the shot, then exhale. Each composition challenges the surrounding constraints, and the resulting image is free from these manmade structures just outside the frame.

This series is being created using only an iPhone 7. Images are captured across the span of each day and are never manipulated or edited. The very technology being used is one that has become synonymous with people constantly looking down to check an Instagram feed, email, phone call, or, ironically enough, weather conditions. This work is taking that technology and encouraging the viewer to stop, stand in place, inhale and turn one’s face to the sky. 

I offer this work to all who have been separated from Nature during this past year – and continuing time – of social distancing, quarantining and isolation. Art and wonder always exist, even in chaotic and challenging times. One need take only a moment to witness their brilliance.

 

Norton

Norton

Ally & Dave Norton

Ally & Dave Norton

Photography

52 Main Street, Flemington, NJ 08822

The Corner Shop and Photography Studio

Dave and Ally’s studio will be open on Saturday, May 1 from 11 AM to 6 PM & Sunday, May 2 from 12 PM to 4 PM.

Ally and Dave Norton opened The Corner in January 2021 because they like a good challenge and love their home town Flemington. Ally runs the boutique retail store and Dave runs the portrait photography studio.

Dave is a portrait photographer by trade but dabbles in many other forms of the art in his spare time. His work has been published in the Star Ledger, the Bucks County Herald, River Towns Magazine and on NJ.com. His current personal project is documenting the homes and scenery of Flemington.

Eisner

Eisner

Yael Eisner

Yael Eisner

Photography

7 Hunting Hills Road, Annandale, NJ 08801

Yael’s studio will be open on Saturday, May 1 & Sunday, May 2 from 10 AM to 5 PM. 

Appointments are not necessary, but if you wish to confirm, you may email her at yaeleisner@gmail.com or call 908-500-6035.

Home and Away, Water and Land, Fluidity and Solidity, Silence and Noise, In control and At mercy, Spaciousness and the Lack of it, Solitary and Crowded…

Stretching between these different states of being and frequencies forming a void in between, I juxtaposition images taken from my daily adventures.

I have been living on a sailboat about six months each year since 2014, transitioning between seas and lands.

In creating these sequences, I communicate through visual images my emotions as I experience a state of transition. With each transition, my awareness of some senses becomes sharper while others lie dormant within these diverse conditions. How do these contrasts affect my judgment, perspective and objectivity towards things I see? Does it make me ‘SEE’ things in a different ‘light’?

I am curious to examine this paradigm by placing two images side by side reflecting one another.

Buist

Buist

Berendina Buist

Berendina Buist

Mixed Media

Berendina’s work can be viewed at M Galleries, 67 East Washington Avenue, Washington, NJ by appointment only on Saturday, May 1 & Sunday, May 2 from 11 AM to 5 PM.

To book an appointment, please contact her here or call Berendina at 908-399-9263.

 

I work mainly in photography, cyanotype and silkscreen and like to combine these techniques.

The relationship between space and the human element in that space is interesting to me. When I work in series, I can explore the differences and what has evolved over shorter and longer periods of time.

At the beginning of the pandemic I was getting ready to focus on photographing groups of people in public spaces. This project was halted. I started to go through older work with the same subject and made drawings of them, combining and mixing different images, resulting in a body of new prints.