The first exhibit of its kind in the region, “Clique” features photographs of 16 of South Jersey’s most respected and innovative artists, captured by eight of the region’s most accomplished conceptual portrait photographers. The resulting images are visually stunning, focusing the lens—literally in this case—on the rich and thriving culture of fine art in Southern New Jersey. Clique is cosponsored by the ArtPride New Jersey Foundation and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, in partnership with ArtC.
Photographers residing in Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Ocean and Salem Counties were invited to submit their work in order to be considered for the exhibition. From the submissions, Ventnor-born celebrity photographer John Russo, in collaboration with ArtPride and ArtC, chose eight talented photographers from the lower eight counties of the state. The goal was to give the photographers the technical support and creative freedom to capture visually impactful images of their artist subjects.
Curated by Bill Horin of ArtC, “Clique” features the photographers Nastassia Davis of Atlantic City; Susan Gietka of Hammonton; Steven Greer of Lumberton; Magdalena Kernan of Somers Point; Gary Mattie of Cherry Hill; Cliff Mautner of Haddonfield; David Todd McCarty of Cape May Ct. House; and Frank Weiss of Wildwood Crest.
These photographers, in their own unique style, captured images of artists from across the southern eight counties and a wide range of genres, including metal sculptor Bill Clark and illustrator E.B. Lewis, both of Atlantic County; fine art photographer Albert Horner and singer/songwriter Ginger Coyle, both of Burlington County; painter William Butler, painter Soraida Martinez, playwright Joseph Paprzycki, and flautist Megan Emigh, all of Camden County; painters Victor Grasso and Stan Sperlak, both of Cape May County; ceramist Jaqueline Sandro and choreographer Kimberly Chapman, both of Cumberland County; sculpture Katherine Stanek and glass artist Paul Stankard, both of Gloucester County; mixed media artist Joanie Gagnon San Chirico, Ocean County; and sculptor Molly Sanger Carpenter, of Salem County.
The first exhibition will be on display in the Perkins Center for the Arts in Collingswood from March 26 through May 5. A public opening reception will be held on Thursday, April 7, and will include music guitarist Jeff Schwachter, as well as fare from local restaurant The Tortilla Press. “Clique” will also be on display at the Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts September 16-October 18, 2016 with an opening reception on September 16.