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No, this in not a blog about gardening in any way, but a journal of my journey to become a professional landscape painting artist. For years, I’ve given my paintings as wedding gifts without thinking of profiting in some way from it. I worked for 18 years at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC as a computer programmer. I have been a painter since 1990, coincidentally, when I started working at the Met. I watched Bob Ross do his thing on Channel 13 in New York and decided I could do this, too. I have no formal training. I incorporate Bob's wet-on-wet technique for sky and water. My subject matter is covered bridges, lighthouses, fishing village scenes, barns, etc. Maine, Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, Nova Scotia and Spain are some of the places I have painted. My style is detailed and sometimes people think a photo of the painting is an actual photo of the scene. I hope to continue and grow in this medium. I also like to cook & dance. I am also a committed Christian. I am taking commissions - painting your landscapes style photos or your vacation home. Prices on request. contact me - Jackmck@juno.com my website is www.artofjackmckenzie.com

Monday, August 12, 2013

First Baptist Hackensack Summer Art Gallery - 3rd exhibition

This is the 3rd exhibition in my church's (First Baptist Hackensack) Summer Art Gallery series.I am the Curator. It's been interesting getting people to come out of their artistic shell sometimes to get them to publicly display their talents. As usual, I had "published" a press release on the church's FB  and Twitter page & also pictures.
One exhibitor we could not post picture of their work was Donna Prendergast's poetry. She is intending to publish them in an on-line book, so doing so here would have thwarted that. The title of Carol Tripp's exhibit of sewing pictures ("Sew and Sew") was a mutual idea, as long as I did not put "Old" in front of it. The post-exhibition gallery in the church is now called the Radiator Gallery. This is where examples of past exhibitions are shown.
I also spoke the Hackensack Christian School principal about extending our time using the board before the school's art class took it back and she was fine with it. So we will go into September, if there is any interest in by more exhibitors.

First Baptist Hackensack Summer Art Gallery
Press Release – 8/11/13
Subject –  Third exhibition
From – The Curator
For immediate release

The Curator is pleased to announce 3 new exhibitions on the FBHSAG wall

The Poetry of Donna Prendergast
Donna is a member of  FBH Missions Committee. We have a selection of her poetry on our wall. Two of her poems: Servant and Send Me On, were used in our Missionary Conference a few years ago. Send Me On was a song with music by Rosalee Gleman. She will be publishing a book of her poems in the near future

Carol Tripp – Sew & Sew
She is a long time member of FBH, part of the Hospitality Team the works the kitchen during church functions  and an accomplished sower. We have pictures of her work showing her sewing prowess with wedding dresses and a bride’s head dress and some children’s costumes.

The Art of Beverly Orwig
Beverly is a long time member of FBH and helps run the Bereans. Her daughter Beverly is a missionary to France along with her husband John Mitchell. We have here a selection of her paintings in various styles and a needlepoint of Mont St.Michel in France

As usual, we have examples of previous exhibitions sitting on the heat registers in the church sanctuary. This will be known as the Radiator Gallery.

We have a few more weeks to put examples of your handiwork up. Please contact me to do so.

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