October exhibits at the Watchung Arts Center

During the month of October, the Watchung Arts Center will present two photography exhibits. In the WAC’s Heinz W. Otto Gallery, the Unique Vision Workshop, now in its nineteenth year, is pleased to present the work of nine photographers in “Connections XIX”. Unique Vision’s founder, Ross Wagner, will have his own exhibit, “Black on White” in the Lower Gallery. The opening reception for these two exhibitions will be held on Sunday, October 15 from 1-4PM. The reception and exhibits are free and open to the public.
The Mission Statement of the Unique Vision Workshop, “encouraging photographers to search for their deepest visual connection with the world”, is well represented in “Connections XIX”, curated by Katherine Wagner. Each of these artists presents photographs representing his/her individual style. From Patricia Bender’s intimate black and whites to Tom Dackow’s spacious and moody color prints, the exhibit ranges far and wide, both geographically and artistically.
The photographers are: Sherman Feller, Tom Stillman, Patricia Bender, Ross Wagner, Joan Shyers, Tom Dackow, Ray Yaros, Bryan Murray and Katherine Wagner.
The theme of “Black on White” carries forward Ross Wagner’s continuing fascination with black and white photography. Whether at the old Brooklyn Navy Yard, the Okefenokee swamp in Georgia, the mesas of the Southwest, or coastal Maine, Wagner has been alert to the simple drama of black on white. Threads of imagery can be traced through these photographs.
Wagner’s photographic background includes images from Brigantine, the nature reserve near Atlantic City, which appear in his book “Brigantine”, as well as ten years photographing for both Ski and Skiing magazines in Europe, Western USA and Russia, and the decade of photographing children candidly at home with black and white film in an early 35mm camera. This collection represents some of Ross’s favorites.
The Watchung Arts Center, located at 18 Stirling Road in Watchung on the Watchung Circle, is a multi-disciplinary arts facility serving Watchung, the surrounding communities and the Tri-State Area. To obtain more information about upcoming performances, classes and workshops, and monthly art exhibitions, please visit WatchungArts.org or call 908-753-0190.

Photo by Ross Wagner.

Photo by Sherman Feller.