Gallery U Boutique in Westfield is pleased to exhibit the work of award winning photographer and photo artist Charlann Meluso from May 6 - June 6, 2016, as part of their “Art In the Boutique” series. Meluso is an award winning photographer and photo artist and frequently exhibits her artwork in juried exhibitions. She has received numerous awards for her work on the local, national and international levels. 

Charlann Meluso grew up in Bayonne, where she attended Woodrow Wilson Elementary School and Bayonne High School.  Upon graduation in 1970, she attended Jersey City State College where she majored in Commercial Art & Design and received her NJ Teaching Certification for Art K-12.

In 1974, she was employed by the Bayonne Board of Education as a teacher of art in S.A. Roberson School for a number of years, as well as other elementary schools in the district. She completed her Master’s Degree in Art Education at Kean College in 1977 and received her Educational Administration Supervisory Certification in 1995.

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Upon returning from maternity leave in 1988, Charlann began the second phase of her career at Bayonne High School teaching Commercial Art, Crafts and Foundations of Art.  In 1995, The Commercial Art class evolved into Electronic Commercial Art and eventually become Computer Graphics.   She retired from teaching after 39 years in June of 2014.

In her series, Flowers on Abstracts, Meluso combines her original flower photography with unique and complementary abstract backgrounds selected specifically for each individual image. This series began as an experiment for an exhibit at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morristown, NJ. Two images in the series won awards in 2015. 

“In a world saturated with visual images, I make certain that my photographs are unique, original and have genuine interest to me,” explains Meluso. “Since my photographs are conceived with the notion to be seen, pondered and enjoyed, the emotional connection with the observer completes the intent of my artistry.” Visitors will have the opportunity to experience Meluo’s distinctive vision throughout the month of May.

An opening reception is scheduled for Friday, May 6, 2016, from 6-8 PM. All are welcome. Student Life: An Exhibition Celebrating the Talents of Essex, Somerset & Union County High School Students will be on exhibit in the main gallery.