Art Exhibit Recalls The Shore Before Sandy

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Carousal, Point Pleasant (photo by Liene Kilgishova)

Carousal, Point Pleasant (photo by Liene Kilgishova)

ROSELLE PARK – “Roselle Park Remembers the Shore Before Hurricane Sandy” at the Casano Community Center Art Gallery is a group exhibit by seven Roselle Park residents depicting the days before the Jersey shore was torn apart by Hurricane Sandy. The exhibit can be seen through Oct. 11.

The artwork in this exhibit harks back to the days of old-fashioned boardwalks, huge dunes, and of course, the various playlands built over the sand. All of which are now sandcastles of our dreams! Themes presented in this exhibit range from quiet walks along the sand to children playing, and spectacular sunsets all captured in photographs and pastels.

Curator Leona M Seufert states that she conceived the topic for this exhibit because it comes so close to the anniversary of superstorm Sandy hitting New Jersey. “I have seen lots of pictures of the destruction she brought. What I wanted to achieve was to share the good memories about the shore, images capturing moments that now just live on in our memories or photographs or artwork. Yes, the shore, our New Jersey playland, is almost rebuilt. Yes, as the commercials say ‘we are stronger than the storm’, but what was a part of our summers, especially for some growing up along the shore, the source of those images have been washed away. However, they will live on forever in the artwork created.”

The follow Roselle Park residents have contributed to this exhibit:

  • Lynnor Bontigao
  • Brenda Calinawan
  • Nick Florio
  • Liene Kilgishova
  • Michele LoManto
  • Leona M Seufert
  • Rosalia Verdun

The Art Gallery is located in the Casano Community Center, 314 Chestnut Street, Roselle Park. There will be a reception to meet the artists on Wednesday Sept. 18, from 6-7:30 p.m. The Casano Community Center and the Art Gallery hours are Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday till 5 p.m.

The Casano Community Center is located in downtown Roselle Park and is a gathering place for the whole Roselle Park community with programs for senior citizens during the day, and activities throughout the year for all ages. The mission of the Art Gallery is to give Roselle Park residents a venue to display their artistic works and connect with the community at large. The Art Gallery accepts work only from Roselle Park residents. Artwork must be two dimensional; no sculpture or jewelry will be accepted. You can contact Seufert at 908-241-5874 or through e-mail Beyond-Words@att.net.


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