SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Dancing Iris Photography Fine Art Gallery located at 30 South Plainfield Avenue, in South Plainfield, celebrated their Grand Opening on Saturday, February 7th.  South Plainfield Mayor Matt Anesh, Council President Derryck White and Councilman Robert Bengivenga were on hand to cut the ribbon with owner, Dorothy Bellew.  Members of the Tri-County Chamber of Commerce and the South Plainfield Business Association also attended the event.  

Ms. Bellew a graduate of Mount Saint Mary’s Academy earned a BA from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.   She taught first and second grades in Berkeley Heights.   After her son was born in 1980, she taught skin care and color cosmetics for Mary Kay.   Throughout her life she has been drawn to the Arts, and promoted them locally as a member and former chairman of the South Plainfield Cultural Arts Commission.

 Bellew’s father was an avid photographer.  Bellew followed in her fathers’ footsteps, and had a camera in her hand at an early age, although she did not process the images herself.  That changed in 2005, when she bought her first digital camera for a trip to Italy.   Dorothy stated, “What a difference!  Now I could make corrections in the field, control the editing and cropping, as well as color adjustments, before printing.  I had artistic control over the finished product, and my years of watercolor and oil painting classes significantly improved my composition.  In fact many of my photos look like paintings.  In the last ten years I have traveled with, and taken several classes offered by, National Geographic, Nancy Ori, co-founder of the NJ Photography Forum, and Brien Szabo. “

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 In 2007, Bellew began showing her Photographic Fine Art at Outdoor Art Shows in New Jersey and Virginia.    She entered juried competitions, and had images chosen to be displayed at the Watchung Arts Center, the Mayo Center in Morristown, and the Waterford Festival in VA.  

 Besides her new gallery, Bellew is the featured artist at the Mulberry House in Westfield.   She is also an active member of the New Jersey Photography Forum, and currently has four images hanging, among the works of 20 other forum members, at Overlook Hospital until mid-April.

For more information about her gallery or works of art visit: or contact Dorothy at 908-754-2916.