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Paramus, New Jersey, United States
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

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Opening of the 2nd annual 1st Baptist Hackensack Summer Art Gallery

As I did last year, I am "curating" the First Baptist Summer Art Gallery, which is intended for the members of the church to display their artistic talents. We tried to automate the sign-in process by adding a sign-up button to the church's website, mailing the results to me. Sadly, the button worked in testing but not in "the field". We checked with the firm that created it for us and its seems to be fixed. One came thru. Two other people came to me, wanting to participate. They will be going up in the next few weeks. The first is Shirley Morales - The Art of Crocheting.

I issued this "press release" that was posted on the church's FB and Twitter pages
Press Release
Subject: 2nd annual First Baptist Summer Art Gallery opening
For: Immediate release
From the office of the Curator
The curator is pleased to announce the opening of The 2nd annual First Baptist Summer Art Gallery in the hallway of the Leach Memorial Auditorium.. This series of exhibitions is intended to allow the members of First Baptist to share with each other the artistic
talents that God has given them. We are all here to support each other in the Christian life and sharing our talents is one way to do that.
The opening exhibit is Shirley Morales - The Art of Crocheting
She is showing fiolet crochet(series of opened and closed squares which form some kind of picture). When finished she frame these as artwork. Some of the items I have for display are: a rooster, a rose, a house, man on a horse, welcome banner, lighthouse, cactus, butterfly, etc.
Future exhibitors so far are Roly Medois , Bev Orwig and me. This is open to young and old on all levels. One hope is we can encourage the young artist to continue their efforts. If you signed up via the website , it came up garbled so please see me.

Here are a few pictures

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