The Gallery at Glen Rock Public Library
Supported and sponsored by the Friends of the Library
The Gallery is managed by the Friends of the Glen Rock Library. It enhances the Library itself and at the same time enriches patrons’ visits. The Gallery is also an important venue for metropolitan area artists to display their work. Applications and art are accepted throughout the year.
For more information on exhibiting artwork in The Gallery, please download the following documents:
Our October artist is Lydia Baldassarre. Early experiences as a young child have influenced and shaped Lydia into the artist she has become today. A lifelong interest in art began at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. At age twelve, she attended summer art classes. After class, she was free to roam the galleries. The rooms became a playground filled with famous paintings and sculptures.
Today, art museums from Paris and Italy, Maine to California and Canada, have provided her with inspiration and energy that is carried out in her recent work. Outdoor workshops on Monhegan Island, Maine, and Rockport and Gloucester, Massachusetts, have inspired the natural spontaneity eviden in her abstract collection.
Currently, she continues to explore new ways to apply paint other than using conventional brushes. By manipulating oil pant with a credit card, she is able to achieve texture, sculpture, and depth on canvas. Her love of art that started as a child continues to grow and change as she explores new possibilities with paint.
“Images of Glen Rock” celebrates Glen Rock’s 125th Anniversary. The artists have captured sights around town ranging from the Boro Hall Train Station, to daffodils in the Arboretum, to a red fox playing at Faber Field. Works are in photographs, on canvas and paper. Artists include Jim Aber, Yuliya Abova, John Arehart, Emily Gilman Beezley, Lydia Baldassarre, Karen Delaney, Len Geer, Michele Keller, John F. Kennedy, James Nonas, Mark Oberndorf, Elizabeth Robles, Douglas Salvatoriello, Allen Silber, Pat Smythe, and Joy Yoo.
Elizabeth Robles’ passion for painting and art has always been in her soul even before art school. States Robles, “I am inspired by what I see all around me in this beautiful world while plein air painting, working in my art studio, or working from my photos. There is always something I need to capture in paint, something I need to express, something that calls me to pick up my brushes and paint. The world is forgotten and colors take over. Even on very busy days, when I know I cannot paint for hours, I always schedule at least 30 minutes to paint. For me it’s like breathing, something I must do in my life and what I was meant to do.”
A meet the artist reception is scheduled for Saturday, August 17 from 12:00pm - 1:30pm.
“The Art of Tuesday Night” is a collection of art in many styles created by the adult students of the Glen Rock/Midland Park Community School’s oil painting class. The public is invited to a meet the artists reception a the Library on Saturday, July 27th from 1 - 2pm, and all are welcome.
Olivia McRae, a Glen Rock resident, is a freelance photographer who has always enjoyed framing life’s events through a camera lens. She has a keen interest in nature photography and is excited to bring her Enchanted Galapagos Exhibit to the Glen Rock Public Library.
Diane Nafash’s “Sylvan Moments,” a collection of experimental photography, hand pulled lithography and contemporary printmaking with watercolor brings a sense of enlightenment, rewarding those who take a careful look at her imagery. Along with feelings of peace and joy, there is a sense of “lifting up” and “reaching out” that directly engages the viewer.
For most of his life, George Krane lived in Russia and pursued a career in engineering. However, he always had a love for the arts. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, he immigrated to the United States with his family and settled in Waldwick, NJ. It was then that his childhood interest in artist stamps inspired him to start painting on canvas. After years of experimenting with various techniques and materials, George created over 150 original pieces. A collection of his works is on view through April 2019 at the Glen Rock Public Library.
John Dunic, our featured artist this month, is a Bergen County artist formally trained at the School of Visual Arts in NYC with a master’s degree of fine arts from William Paterson University. Dunic paints in a variety of styles including cubism, expressionism, and futurism. Recent awards include Ringwood Manor, Bergen County Arts in the Park, and St. Catherine’s of Bologna.
“Springboard” - the collective name of a diverse group of local artists - exhibits their latest artwork at the Glen Rock Library including botanical drawings, abstracts, plein air landscapes, and expressionist paintings that cover a wide range of subjects. The members of Springboard meet monthly to encourage, critique, and support each other in their artistic pursuits.
This month’s featured artist is Dr. Joy Yoo. Painting outdoors enables Dr. Yoo to express the spontaneity and emotion of the moment by capturing wind, clouds, air, light, and shadow. Most of the oil paintings on exhibition at the library were created during her trip last month to the Canadian Rockies. One exception is “The Village Christmas Tree” which was selected by Ridgewood, NJ’s art council to be included in their latest fundraising note cards. In addition to painting, Dr. Yoo practices dentistry at her Ridgewood, NJ Office.