Bill Unger is exhibiting his work in Gallery 1 during the month of May.
Here is his Artist’s Statement which tells us something about artistic life:
“After retiring from 45 years of practicing Cosmetic Dentistry, I have devoted my life to painting in oil, acrylic, and watercolor. Over the years, I have taken many classes in Clay Sculpture, Watercolor, Acrylic, and Oil Painting and am still a perpetual student. Now I can devote full time to my art.
I am in a continuous process of exploring new ways to express the beauty and the mystery of life. My aim is to create a new reality for the viewer using humor and color and to stimulate an emotive response to the work and therefore to life. Painting and sculpting have always been my passion and first love. Ever since being stuck in bed as a child with measles I discovered the joy of sketching with pencil and paper and sculpting in clay."
I have spent most of my life on Staten Island, but have relocated to Ocean County, N. J. My wife, Rose, and I live in Manchester along with our puppy, Coco. We have three children and six grandchildren. Now that I am retired, my dream has finally come true. I can now devote full time to my passion of creating works of art that share the beauty and wonder of nature with others. I am a member of the Manasquan River Group of Artists, the Ocean County Artists’ Guild, Toms River Artists Community, the Renaissance Artists Group, and The Ocean County Camera Club.
“Realists reject dreams, Dreamers reject reality but Artists embrace both dreams and reality in creating their work.”
The Wonderful World of Mutts and Cats
Barbara Keller is exhibiting her work in Gallery 2 for the month of May:
Here is her “Artist’s Statement” which tells us about her love of art and animals.
“My Grandparents were farmers, and I grew up in an environment of farm animals, barn cats, and lots of dogs. When I was a little girl, the geese used to chase me and my grandmother told me the reason why was because the geese thought I was afraid of them. “But gran’ma,” I said, “I am afraid of them.”
I am a self-taught artist, and for over 40 years I painted landscapes and seascapes in oil, but when I took a colored pencil workshop at the Ocean County Artists’ Guild I knew that for me this was the perfect medium for dog and cat compositions.
I also work in pen and ink, pastels, and graphic pencil, and my exhibit in Gallery 2 is mixed media. I am happy to have this opportunity to share my love of the wonderful world of mutts and cats with you.