ROSELLE PARK –The Casano Community Center Gallery is showcasing “The Twin Towers Remembered” an exhibit of photography and acrylic paintings by Ray Connelly and his daughter Meave Connelly-Kelly, through Oct. 14. There will be a reception to meet the artists on Wednesday, Sept. 28, from 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Ray Connelly grew up in the shadow of the Battery and the Statue of Liberty. From his home on Randolph Avenue in Jersey City’s Bergen-Lafayette section, it was a short walk in any direction to a dazzling view of the New York harbor. Living in Jersey City for most of his life, it was natural for Connelly to turn to the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers for both inspiration and subject matter as his interest in photography heightened and became an avid pursuit. Connelly enjoyed a front row, unobstructed view of the towers from their inception to their completion in 1974. He never tired of finding new angles and the play of light in photographing his favorite subject.
The photographs of the Twin Towers in this show loom larger than life. Each of the nine 20” x 30” glossy photographs shows them in all their majestic glory, a beautiful backdrop to Jersey City’s harbor of abandoned piers, wooden pilings, and ferry docks.
“I dedicate this show to the memory of their majestic reign over the harbor and their lasting impact on the people of Jersey City who grew up in their shadows,” he said.
Meave Connelly-Kelly also grew up in Jersey City and learned from an early age to find beauty in the concrete and steel of the urban landscape. Frequent visits with her father to the Jersey City waterfront to admire and photograph the NYC Skyline fostered a love of photography and an appreciation for the impact the World Trade Center Twin Towers had on so many people. Enjoying a friendly competition to compose the “best” shot taught her to look at a subject from as many unimaginable angles as possible. It was with unspeakable sadness that she stood and photographed the collapse of those towers from the very perches on which she once stood to photograph their immense glory. Her series of four photographs “And Then There Were None” captures the horrific sequence from burning impact to their collapsing into a heap of dust.
“I credit my father, Ray Connelly, for teaching me both the foundations of photography and later, as needed, the much finer points. And therefore, I am dedicating my contribution to this show to my father, Ray Connelly,” she said.
The gallery is located in the Casano Community Center, 314 Chestnut Street, Roselle Park. The Casano Community Center is open Monday – Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday until 5 p.m.
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