CLARK — The Skulski Art Gallery of the Polish Cultural Foundation in Clark will present a photographic exhibit titled “SPACES” from Oct. 15-29. The opening reception is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 15, from 8 – 10:30 p.m. The public is welcome, admission is free and light refreshments will be served.
The artists Pawel Gwiszcz and Karolina Szczepanska will present scenes from Strzyzow Highlands, South-Eastern Poland. Roman Demko will walk us through Ukrainian regions near Karpaty Mountains and Frederick Dammont will present a series of waterfalls.
An added attraction to this exciting show will be a performance of Margaret McGrath, lyrical soprano who will perform musical pieces by Chopin, Geiger and Szymanowski, accompanied by Sylwia Gronowski.
Antoni Pawel Gwiszcz was born and lives in Strzyzow, Poland. A painter and photographer, passionate in both from an early age. In 1980, Pawel debuted with his photographic works in collective exhibit titled “Astma”. Since then he participated in 10 individual exhibits and over 40 group shows. Landscape and portrait is his subject, usually shown in a documentary form. He often combines photography with computer graphics. Many of his works were published in several albums and editions propagating the splendor of Pogorze Strzyzowskie region. His latest three solo exhibits were dedicated to the same topic and titled: “Impressions” in 2006, “Disappearing Landscapes of Pogorze Strzyzowskie in 2008 and “Spaces” in 2009.
Karolina Szczepanska, born in Strzyzow, Poland, studied linguistics and Polish and World Literature at Rzeszow University. Karolina also furthered her education at the State College for Culture Animators and Librarianship in Krosno, where she majored in Photography and received diploma in 2003. She participated in both, individual and collective shows, presented her photographic work among others at the “Salonik” and BWA Gallery in Krosno, “Dom Polonii” in Rzeszow and Cultural Center in Nowa Huta in Krakow in Poland and in several group exhibits in the United States. She takes inspirations from her favorite artists such as Man Ray, Andre Kertesz, Maholy Nagy or Jan Saudek.
Roman Demko, born in Lviv, Ukraine. Architect by profession, photographer by passion since 1975. Mr. Demko graduated from Lviv Polytechnics, Institute of Architecture. For many years he is holding a position as Interior Designer of Sacred Architecture for Rambusch Company. Exhibited his photographic work at Ukrainian Cultural Center in Philadelphia, PA in 1999, Fleet Bank, Jersey City, NJ in 2001, Skulski Art Gallery, Clark, NJ in 2002 and Watchung Arts Center, NJ in 2005.
Frederick Dammont, a professional physicist and amateur art photographer is a veteran of over 300 slide shows presentations and more than 50 one-man photographic shows, covering as diverse subjects as natural and urban scenery, art in context, architecture, and religious artifacts and monuments. Describing his technique, Dammont follows the traditional photography mode composing pictures before releasing the shutter. He uses color as an integral part of composition. Dammont was also the subject of two exhaustive interview articles, reviewing his exhibitions, in the Newark, NJ Star Ledger: April 3, 1988 and December 3, 1995 issues. Dammont is an Honorary Member of the Polish American Photographers Club of New York.
Margaret Mcgrath born into a musical family in Zakopane, Poland, where her father, Tadeusz Stanco, served as church organist for over 45 years. While under tutelage of famous writer and musician, professor Julian Reimschaussel, she was introduced to professor Waclaw Geiger, composer and former music director of the Polish Philharmonic and Polish Radio. In the United States, over the years, she has performed throughout the tri-state area, collaborating with noted pianist and musicians. She continues to broaden her musical talents, working with voice teacher Rae De La Cretaz of Caldwell, NJ. She recently released her 2nd CD, broadcasted over Polish Radio to both the New York – New Jersey area and Poland.
The Polish Cultural Foundation, a non-profit organization is located at 177 Broadway, Clark. The Skulski Art Gallery is open Monday through Friday.
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