EDISON, NJ - The Edison Arts Society exhibit, "Beautiful Times are Meant to Be Shared," is currently on the third floor of the Edison Municipal Building until January 20.

Gloria Dittman, President of the Edison Arts Society is pleased with the public's response to the Society's latest exhibit. 

“This grouping showcases the talent that exists here in Central Jersey,"Dittman stated. "The Edison Arts Society believes that the arts add a special richness to a community and we strive to bring all forms of art before the public eye.”

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The exhibit, a juried show, which is on view in the Edison Arts Society Gallery, Third Floor of the Edison Municipal Building, 100 Municipal Boulevard, features the works of nine local artists. Many of the beautiful pieces on display are for sale. Price lists are available in the display area. Please call 732-548-9134 to make inquiries on purchases.

A variety of medium were used in the eclectic exhibit. For example, the presitigious President's Award was bestowed on Sam Garruto for “Fall Color,” a stunning oil created with a pallet knife. The vibrant colors and rich textures of Garruto's work make it the highlight of the show. Garruto, who has been painting for over fifty years,was thrilled to have his piece honored with the President's Award.

Another artist who uses oils is Margarita Vyosilieva, who has two paintings, “The Bird” and “Flowers” on display. These two pieces are are rich oils, vibrant in color and texture.

First place was given to the talented Fernando Silva for his water color depiction of the “Brooklyn Bridge.” Silva's works, in muted colors, are more lineal and offer interesting composition. Second place went to Tom Marton of Edison for “Portait of Sitter,” a contemplative piece done in egg tempura.

“Yellow Dahlia,” a photo collage by local favorite Harvey Levine, took the ribbon for third place. Levine, who has suffered some vision problems that have hampered his ability to work in a darkroom, has been able to continue his beautiful photographic compositions by moving to digital photography, which he can work with on a computer screen, by enhancing the size of the images to make them visually accessible to his artistic eye. Levine has three pieces on display in this exhibit.

For those who love photography, the three pictures in Rick Barcan's series “Global Warming” are fascinating studies of the Eiffel Tower, Tower Bridge, and Big Ben, seen through a unique lens. Stephen Barcan also presents three fascinating photos, “Super Moon,” “Yosemite National Park,” and a stunning piece entitled “Tripany, Italy.”

Tonette Campbell's painting “The Mall” is an intricate piece that invites the viewer to study its rich detail. Not to be missed are Chrisopher Bianco's work “Eye of the Tiger,” Portrait of Actress Jane Russell,” and “Jedi Master Yoda.” These three pieces are done with the air brushing technique.

Tejal Shah adds multi-cultural flavor to the exhibit with her two lovely works “Diwali Celebration,” and “Navratri Celebration.” Rounding out the range of medium is the intricate needlework of Gloria Dittman. “A Woman of Substance” is a dreamy study of a woman, done in muted colors that add to the wistful vision of long ago.

For upcoming events sponsored by the Edison Arts Society, check the website at www.edisonarts.org. The mission of the Edison Arts Society is to enhance community relations through exhibiting and celebrating the arts, including music, dance, literature, and artworks such as those on display in the Edison Municipal Building. The phone number for the Edison Arts Society is 732-548-9134 if you are interested in becoming a member of the organization.