Kean University Students Exhibit Photographs at Les Malamut Gallery
UNION, N.J. – – Kean University students will display a selection of abstract and realistic images in color and black and white in an exhibit, titled First Impressions, at the Les Malamut Gallery, located in the Union Public Library at 1980 Morris Avenue. The opening reception will be held on Saturday, March 27, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Presenting will be Malgorzata Biedron, Brian Chamberlain, Philip Fiorello Jr., Sandy Rhein and Carolyn Soltys, who also coordinated the mounting of the exhibit and the welcoming reception.
The exposition is aptly named, as it is representative of the first time that these students will be showing their photographs, as well as of the images that reflect the individual impressions of life and the unique way in which each photographer sees it through the camera lens. “These photographs are not only technically excellent, but artistically meaningful as well,” said Dr. Donald Lokuta, professor in Kean’s Deparment of Fine Arts, whom the students regard as their mentor. “They’ve looked deep inside and have chosen the photographs that have spoken to them, as a reflection of themselves. Each had their own take on how they see the world.”
Bringing these images together has made this display a one-of-a-kind viewing experience, said Soltys, who graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Kean in 1994. “Unique to this exhibit is an integration of the individual styles and approaches, indicative of the photographers' shared passion for exploring the outer edges of the diverse styles they represent,” she said.
Although each of the exhibiting students is pursuing an academic degree in other disciplines at Kean, they are by no means newcomers to photography. An oil and acrylic painting instructor at Union County College, Soltys originally began taking pictures to use them as a reference for her paintings. However, after earning Best in Show for her photos at the Union County Festival on the Green in 1999, she was inspired to pursue this art as its own end.