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Here, you can find information on current and upcoming exhibits in the Library’s Gallery-on-the-Boulevard, curated by Barbara Wirkus.

Current Exhibit

 “ABSTRACTIONISM, Etc.” by Bertha W. Miller


Bertha W. Miller will visit the library and talk to visitors about her work on Tuesday, August 11 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm and Wednesday, September 9 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Bertha W. Miller of Newark, NJ. I am now 91 years young and as you can see, my taste in art is eclectic and spans many years.

I had no formal training, but early in life discovered a natural ability in artistic creations. When I was 16 and 17 years old, I responded to an ad in the Newark Star-Ledger that read, “DRAW ME.” How excited I was to receive a certificate of merit from Federal School, Inc. in Minneapolis, Minnesota in recognition of a 75% and 93% (respectively) grading which indicated “the presence of artistic ability and a good understanding of the elements of drawing.”   Thereafter, throughout my life, until now, I have found joy in many avenues of arts and crafts including clothing and cloth pocketbook designs, sewing, knitting, crocheting macramé, drawing and sketching.

All of the pen and ink pieces in my art display were born from “doodling” and amazingly, images came into focus. Most creations are labeled according to what I saw. Since interpretations of art are as diverse as the people who view it, what do you see?

One of my pieces, the “Car of the Future” is constructed of scraps of paper and the 3-D “Walking Turtle” sports a colorful shell. I was inspired to create the piece entitled, “Togetherness” after reflecting on an experience I had while visiting a local cultural center.

Art in simple forms is all around us! It has been and continues to be my pleasure and determination not to miss an opportunity to keep my mind fresh with new creative ideas that continue to inspire the artist in me.

Art has truly kept me young!

Many thanks to Kenilworth Public Library for allowing me to exhibit my work.  And thanks to each of you for making time to view it and hopefully enjoy it!   I hope you enjoy my designs as much as I enjoyed creating each piece!

Bertha W. Miller

Past Exhibits

“Branching Out” by Joan Mazurkiewicz at Gallery on the Boulevard

New Jersey Artist Joan Mazurkiewicz of Irvington will open a new solo show entitled “Branching Out” at the Gallery on the Boulevard in Kenilworth on Friday, April 3, 2015. The exhibit will run through June 30, 2015. In this exhibit, Ms. Mazurkiewicz branches out to the medium of oils while still showcasing her work in watercolors.

Ms. Mazurkiewicz, a self-taught artist in watercolor, has had her work featured in many venues over the last three years, including four shows scheduled for 2015.
Mazurkiewicz is a member of the Essex Water Color Club, where she has been mentored by acclaimed landscape artist Ann Taylor.
During a recent interview, the artist stated that the transparency of watercolor has enabled her to bring to life the delicate details of a bird’s wing.  Her dry brushing techniques bring texture to an animal’s fur. This can be seen in her paintings “Jeopardy,” “Center of Attraction” and “You Talkin’ to Me?”   Her work titled “Jeopardy” highlights both the beauty and peril in nature, depicting the innocent frog in danger of being eaten by a snake hanging from a tree. It is unclear if the hawk in the picture sees what is going on below.  The artist leaves it up to the individual viewing the picture to decide if the hawk saves the frog by swooping down and carrying the snake off for its dinner.
The artist takes much of her inspiration for the art in this show from her studies in geology as well as her devotion to nature.

Photography by Gina Petrecca at Gallery on the Boulevard

This November, the Gallery on the Boulevard at the Kenilworth Public Library features personal selections from local photographer Gina Petrecca. This one-of-a-kind exhibit focuses on nature photography and still life.

In the artist’s own words:

“My two themes for this exhibit are nature and still life, as those are the two types of photography I love most.

“What I love about nature is that it’s always changing. You get four seasons throughout the year, and it changes so fast. You get beautiful colors of everything around you and it makes me want to photograph everything I see. Sometimes you get crazy weather conditions which can also become interesting photographs. Nature is something we can’t control. I also want to show the beauty of nature because we live in it every day.

“What I love about still life is that interesting photos can be created from objects that we can relate to. We might have had everyday objects like the ones in the photos when we were growing up or in present time. Sometimes the object can appear bigger or smaller than they are in reality. I want people’s perceptions to be fooled a bit. I want them to see objects outside of their normal purpose than we typically see. I want them questioning ‘What is this I’m looking at?’ I want to apply an abstract approach to my still life work. Photographing everyday life-size objects as tiny miniatures is a surreal perspective I enjoy creating.”

The Kenilworth Public Library is located at 548 Boulevard. More information about the library, hours of operation, and programs can be found at www.kenilworthlibrary.org. Artists interested in displaying their work are encouraged to contact director Michael Maziekien for more information.



Photography by Anthony Riccio at Gallery on the Boulevard

This November, the Gallery on the Boulevard at the Kenilworth Public Library features personal selections from local photographer Anthony Riccio, of Riccio Fine Arts Photograph. “My Favorites” features portraits, architecture and nature photography, and serves as a retrospective of Mr. Riccio’s lifelong career and passion.

Anthony views photography as “an avocation, not a business.” His parents gave him his first Eastman Kodak Brownie camera when he was 6 years old.  At eight, he was developing film in the bathroom of his parents’ two room apartment. He has owned a camera ever since.

While technology has advanced significantly since that first Brownie, Anthony feels that the art of photography has not. “The picture is ‘made’ when that shutter is released,” Anthony wrote recently in describing his show. “Composition and the technical data… shutter speed, aperture and lighting should all be in place before that snapshot.”

Some of the photographs in this presentation combine traditional photographic techniques with digital manipulation.  Anthony’s stated goal here is to bring the viewer to the point where there is a mental “pause,” as viewers ask themselves the question “Is this a photograph or a painting?”Digital manipulation, he believes, should be used as an outlet for creativity, without compromising the dignity of the original photograph.

“The final product should include only what was in the original viewfinder,” Anthony writes. “If not, I feel the Art is lost.”