UNION, NJ - “Reflections – From Real to Surreal” a solo show by Leona M Seufert of her digital prints will be on exhibit June 2  – July 31, 2014 at The Les Malamut Art Gallery (wheelchair accessible, downstairs in the Union Public Library) at 1980 Morris Ave Union, NJ 07083, 908-851-5450. There will be a reception to meet the artist on June 10, 2014 from 6pm - 8:00pm.

Leona M Seufert is a digital artist who has used Photoshop to create unusual and unique visual worlds. This exhibit of 30 images combines two of her series, one which was on display at the Casano Community Center Art Gallery in 2013 of photographed reflections that were not altered by Photoshop, and new images that use those photographs as a jumping off point for creative manipulation.

The 15 images from the “Reflections – Is It Or Isn’t It Real” series captured exactly what her camera’s lens saw. They looked like they had been “Photoshopped”. Only they weren’t! “Inspired by this serendipity, I then started to not only to look for these happenings, but to actually create them using only the camera’s viewfinder. Gallery exhibits netted a wide range of images as the reflective glass and lights on the hung artwork played all kinds of tricks depending upon the viewing angle. Many of these photographs were “staged” compositions resulting in spectacular eerie effects.”

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For this exhibit at the Les Malamut Art Gallery, she let those 15 unmanipulated images inspire her creativity. Some were altered using Photoshop effects, others became part of an old-fashioned paper collage or of a digital collage, and in another she used markers to create new images on top of the inkjet printout. “I had two goals as I worked on this series: Have fun, and try to relate the second image to the first. Some make a statement on the original, others take it and distort it so that it becomes an abstraction, while others were created to elicit a laugh.”

Known for her digital photomontages, she has exhibited her artwork in numerous group and solo shows in galleries and museums in the NYC Metropolitan area and upstate, NY. Seufert has recently had a solo exhibit at the Pearl Street Gallery in Elizabeth NJ, one of her works was in the New Jersey Arts Annual juried show at the New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ and she has exhibited at the Hoboken Historical Museum, in Hoboken, NJ, The Visual Arts Center of NJ in Summit, NJ, and the Kenny Art Gallery, in New York City. She also produces a line of jewelry called “Digital Gems”.

Seufert graduated from New York City’s prestigious high school for art, The High School of Art & Design and holds a BA in Theatre Arts from the State University College of Arts and Science, Potsdam. Seufert also curates shows for the Casano Community Center Art Gallery in Roselle Park, NJ.

Seufert has her studio in Roselle Park, NJ. You can view her art on her online gallery http://studio-l.tripod.com/index.htm. Contact her at studio-l@att.net

The Les Mallamut Art Gallery is open during Library hours. Originally opened in March 1988 as the Wheelchair Gallery Inc., it installed an elevator to provide access to the lower level of the of the building where the gallery is located. Each year six to eight exhibits are mounted and have included various media. For more information about the gallery visit http://LesMalamutArtGallery.wordpress.com. Artists interested in exhibiting work and individuals desiring to become board members or just volunteering their services, can contact Barbara Wirkus dmbbw33@yahoo.com for more  information.