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.
Peter Grad, a Ridgewood, NJ photographer, has been capturing images for more than a dozen years, often returning to the same spots time and time again. Inspired by parks and gardens throughout Bergen County and New York City, Grad states: “The park is a tapestry, a chromatic continuum providing an infinite palette of both brilliant and subtle hues that, waiting to be captured, can never be duplicated.”
Eugene Lagana, an innovative and imaginative photographer creates artistic stories with surrealism in mind. Taking inspiration from Salvador Dali and the experimental and satirical compositions of Frank Zappa, the New Jersey artist loves to observe people's reactions when they see his work for the first time.