New Jersey Photography Forum to hold gala reception on Nov. 2 at Watchung Arts Center

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, Nov. 2, from 1-4 p.m. at the Watchung Arts Center 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-5 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 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; 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 Heights.

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.

The Watchung Arts Center at 18 Stirling Road in Watchung offers new art exhibitions each month, performances of music, comedy, improv and classes for children and adults in art, photography, dance, yoga, and more.

Contact them at wacenter@optonline.net or call 908-753-0190 for more information.

You can learn more about the New Jersey Photography Forum by visiting their website at www.njphotoforum.com or calling Nancy Ori at 908-790-8820.