Local photographers will showcase their work and inaugurate a new gallery space dedicated to the photographic arts when the exhibition “A Point of View” opens this Thursday, June 13, at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Hamilton. An opening reception will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
The exhibition, a collaboration between the hospital and the Princeton Photography Club, will feature five full series selected from the works of the club’s members: “Curves of Steel” by Lillian Ciuffreda, “Into the Sky: Gehry at Bard” by Carl H. Giesler, “Musicians” by Simon Laufer, “Yesterday’s Papers: The Human Condition” by Maia Reim, and “Cannas in Black and White” by Martha Weintraub.
Also on view will be individual photographs by India Blake, Randy Koslo, Mary Leck, Valerie Chaucer-Levine, Sandra Shapiro, Pat Steo, Serge Trigoubovich, and J. Verni.
The Lakefront Gallery was developed with the guidance of photographer and RWJ Hamilton cardiologist Ilya Genin, MD, and Sheila Geisler, who curated this first exhibition. It is managed by Diane Grillo, vice president of marketing and communications at RWJ Hamilton. The gallery space, which is ADA-accessible, is on the first floor of the hospital along the mezzanine above the Roma Bank Café.
Designed as a not-for-profit dedicated to emerging artists to whom it provides space at no charge, the new gallery hopes to encourage experimentation and creativity. The idea is to provide exposure for local artists as well as to enrich the hospital environment by bringing original artwork to the walls of the hospital. Curator Sheila Geisler is happy to consider new photographic art of all kinds.
The new gallery shares a kindred philosophy with the Princeton Photography Club. Founded by a small group of photographers in 1982, the Club promotes artistic excellence while helping its members gain expertise in photographic techniques. Its nearly 300 photographers range from veteran professionals to beginners. “It has been my privilege to be president of the club for the past six years,” said Carl H. Geisler. “What a delight to have seen the club grow and the quality of images soar.”
The club meets regularly at the D&R Greenway Land Trust’s Johnson Education Center. During the past few years it has hosted talks by invited photographers the likes of Amy Arbus, Larry Fink, Emmet Gowen, Seward Johnson, Stephen Perloff, Mary Louise Pierson, Jeff Rotman, Ernestine Ruben, and George Tice.
In addition, the club hosts workshops throughout the year, led by experts and by members with particular knowledge and skills in the areas of introductory and advanced camera techniques, color management and composition, image editing, documentary photography, matting and framing, and more.
Dr. Genin offers monthly workshops and Ricardo Barros gives two sequential six-session courses in creativity, in which he explores what makes a creative photograph. Each level has a waiting list as word of mouth has spread and class size is limited.
“A Point of View” is at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, One Hamilton Health Place, Hamilton. For more information, visit rwjhamilton.org. To submit work for consideration, contact gallery curator Sheila Geisler at (732) 422-3676 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more about the Princeton Photography Club, visit princetonphotoclub.org.