Nature Photos On Display At Casano Gallery

ROSELLE PARK – A series of nature photographs highlighting the birds and insects found in Lenape Park will be on display at the Casano Community Center Art Gallery this summer.

BarnSwallows, photo by Michele McGlynn LoManto

Barn Swallows, photo by Michele McGlynn LoManto

“Occupy Lenape” is a solo photography exhibit by artist photographer Michele McGlynn LoManto which highlights the entomology and ornithology of Lenape Park. The exhibit can be seen June 17 through Aug. 23. There will be a reception to meet the artist on Wednesday June 26, 6-8 p.m.

LoManto spent the past year happily documenting the many species of birds, insects and mammals that inhabit and migrate through 450 acres of the Rahway River watershed. Lenape Park is one of three local Union County parks that consist of wetlands, meadows, forests, ponds, rivers and creeks.

“This project arose organically from my deep and abiding love of nature. I spent countless hours as a child exploring and investigating the natural life, biking daily to nearby Kean’s Woods where I listened to harmonic bird song, delighting in the dappled light of the trees. I’ve been visiting Nomahegan, Echo Lake and Lenape Parks for over fifty years and am grateful to the many organizations and partnerships who are dedicated to protecting our dwindling green space. Their conservation efforts provide a much needed habitat for migrating birds, butterflies and insects in Union County and I wanted to capture the resulting beauty of their accomplishments. The photography show is a great way for everyone to see the amazing moments in nature that are happening right here in our area.”

LoManto’s interest in photography began in 1967. She studied Fine Arts at Kean University and applies the aesthetic discipline to her craft. She spent a year journaling her photography on a Scotland based world-wide community website called Blipfoto and has shown her work in the “Female Eye” exhibit at the William J. Brennan Court House Gallery in Jersey City and the “Go Figure” exhibit at the SMI Virginia S. Block Gallery in Montclair, NJ. LoManto’s photography remix submissions to WNYC’s Studio 360 received a staff pick favorite and an honorable mention from artists Jerry Uelsmann and Maggie Taylor. LoManto frequently shares her photography and sightings with Butterflies and Moths of North America and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. The National Audubon Society recently featured LoManto’s photographs on their Facebook website and her comment about “Why Birds Matter” can be found in the April issue of Audubon Magazine.

The Art Gallery is located in the Casano Community Center, 314 Chestnut Street, Roselle Park.The Casano Community Center and the Art Gallery hours are Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday till 5 p.m.

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