ROSELLE PARK – “Discovering New Jersey,” a solo exhibit of artwork by Roselle Park resident, Leona M Seufert, will be on display at the Casano Community Center Gallery from Oct. 20 – Dec. 18.
The artwork in this show was created over a two year period. Seufert travels frequently throughout New Jersey and visits Hoboken, Jersey City, and Union Township on a regular basis. Capturing each town presented itself with unique opportunities and challenges.
Of Hoboken she says, “I’ve been visiting this city since the early 1990s. These prints are digital collages and edgy interpretations of various architectural aspects of the NJ transit hub. I find that area most enchanting, image wise, because it is a crazy quilt collection of the old alongside the new.”
The Jersey City collage was developed in response to an exhibit theme of art having no boundaries. “Art Knows Neither Boundaries Nor Limits” digitally collages a number of recognizable landmarks from both Hoboken and Jersey City illustrating that the art of architecture is the medium through which all of us merge and congregate regardless of where we originated.
The Union Township series was created for their Bicentennial year in 2008. She titled these “Into the 21st Century” because “buildings, like people, change over time. Using Photoshop, I modified the digital photographs’ colors, tone and composition turning them black and white or sepia toned. And each one has a ‘surprise’ element that takes it out of the past and makes it definitely a 21st century interpretation of the architecture.”
Roselle Park, her hometown and the most recently created pieces, was harder to capture. After being a resident for 23 years, Seufert found it hard to “manipulate” such familiar images. However, she settled on highlighting some of her favorite landmarks by collaging various aspects together reflecting their importance to her life.
“As I travel through this diverse and fascinating state in which I live, my digital camera always tucked in my bag, I continue to seek out and capture the uniqueness of the cities and towns I visit,” Seufert said.
The Gallery is located in the Casano Community Center, 314 Chestnut Street, Roselle Park. There will be a reception to meet the artist on Wednesday, Nov. 4, from 5 – 6 p.m.. The Casano Community Center and the Gallery hours are Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday till 5 p.m.
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