Lucille Kasprack works in a variety of mediums – pastels, watercolors, colored pencils – but her longtime love is oil painting. Oil allows her to build up a painting slowly, layer-by-layer to achieve strong, detailed, vibrant and realistic images.
A retired art teacher, Lucille specializes in painting still lifes as well as florals, landscapes and seascapes. Her work is inspired by masters Paul Cezanne and Jean Baptiste Chardin.
Lucille enjoys studying the texture, shape, color and design of objects and capturing them, as well the effects of light and shade, on canvas.
“Above all, my goal is to paint pictures for the enjoyment and introspection of people viewing them.”
Kasprack - Pink Carnations
Paul Farwell Keene, Jr.
Born in 1920 in Philadelphia, Paul Keene enlisted in the Army Air Force in 1941, and served with the Tuskegee Airmen in the 332nd Fighter Group. He died in 2009.
Paul received his BFA in 1947 and MFA in 1948 from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia.
He studied at the Academie Julian in Paris, becoming a part of Gallery 8, and exhibited with Picasso and Leger at the Salon de Mai.
Paul taught at Philadelphia College of Art and Bucks County Community College and directed courses at the Centre D’Art in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. In his later years, he and his wife summered in Cape May.
“Paul’s paintings reflect an honesty and insight rooted in his strong sense of humanity, his interest in the common man, his humility and his kindness.” (Bruce Katsiff, Former Director/CEO Michener Art Museum)
Keene – Cape May Series # 11
Jessica Kimmel Manelis
Jessica Kimmel Manelis has been creating art since grade school.
At age 11, Jessica began taking art classes every Saturday afternoon and later went on to graduate from Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia.
A former graphic designer and illustrator, Jessica originally used photography as a means of generating reference photos for future art projects. However, she found photography to be her true creative passion and embraced the medium.
“Art is subjective and speaks to each individual differently. When someone is ill, the healing process needs to speak to the individual. There is never one clear path.”
Kimmel Manelis - All Fall Down
Kimmel Manelis - Blooming Out
Mary Anne Kline
Born and raised in Ocean City, New Jersey Mary Ann Kline started painting the marshes of South Jersey during her early 20's.
Her knowledge and love of the landscape is reflected in her oil paintings, which she primarily creates en plein air.
Mary Ann finds color exciting and intriguing, and uses color and light to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary.
Mary Ann attended Glassboro State College and earned her MA from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
“One of a few states that experiences all four seasons, New Jersey’s diversity offers a variety of beautiful landscapes that inspire all year long."
Kline - Beach Tree
Janet Knowles, a 15-year breast cancer survivor, is a generous supporter of cancer care and research at MD Anderson Cooper. The new Janet Knowles Breast Cancer Center is a monument to her resolve that women have access to the best care medicine can offer.
Janet has been co-chair of the annual Pink Roses Teal Magnolias brunch since its start. She is co-founder of the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation, which cultivates exemplary science and mathematics high school teachers and the next generation of leaders in education. Until her retirement in 2006, she was vice president of administration and treasurer at Metrologic Instruments.
When a friend and fellow artist took her to a bead shop, Janet instantly fell in love with the colors and excitement of glass. As she developed her eye and her craft, the power of art to heal the body and spirit revealed itself. Her jewelry – which has been showcased in glass magazines – is often inspired by nature and designed around a focal bead to express a memory or create a meaningful statement. It is no surprise that she has served on the Board of Trustees of WheatonArts in Millville.
The focal bead in this particular necklace reminded Janet of a peacock feather and the wild peacocks that once roamed her yard. The colors – pink, teal and lavender – resonate with her own breast cancer journey.
“I want to see other women benefit from the care at Cooper the way I did. This new Center is a place where women can find people who understand the journey they are experiencing– physically, mentally and spiritually.”
Knowles - A New Beginning
After a long and satisfying career in higher education administration, the call to try new things was strong for Carol Kontos-Cohen. In her new state of rejuvenation, she sought to learn watercolor painting.
Carol has studied locally and abroad, learning from teachers in France and Perkins Art Institute.
In addition to watercolor painting, Carol serves as a mediator for the Burlington County Court and decorates homes using existing and new furnishings.
“The chance to display my work at MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper as part of a community art effort to enhance patient spirits was wonderful.”
Kontos-Cohen - Collaborative Art Piece
Steve Kuzma is a full-time artist, illustrator and educator with more than 30 years of professional experience.
His work conveys a strong contemporary style with impressionist brushwork and avant-garde layering techniques that use watercolor, water-mixable oil and pastel.
Although born in Philadelphia, Steve now lives “down the shore” in Ventnor. He graduated from Parsons in New York City and studied in Italy and France. His clients have included New York Times, TIME, HarperCollins, ABC, CBS and NBC.
Steve was recently awarded a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant for artistic merit.
“My art combines a love of nature with a strong spiritual sensibility. Through my work, I aim to create a blissful connection to the human soul.”
Kuzma – Adirondack Forest Spring
Kuzma – Autumn Lake
Kuzma – Garden 1 and 2
Kuzma – Monet Giverny Bridge
Tony LaSalle uses acrylic on canvas to paint subjects that include small, stylized portraits, crowds of people, and massive bountiful gardens.
Tony has an MA in education, administration and supervision from Rider University in Lawrence Township, New Jersey. He is a professor on the faculty at Delaware Valley College and maintains a studio in Lambertville.
“My purpose in making art is to heal. That is the result of the process of painting for me.”
LaSalle - Summer Celebration II
LaSalle - Sunflowers of the South
Jim and Lynne Lemyre
Jim and Lynn Lemyre are collaborative surrealist artists, who paint landscapes of the imagination on canvas and panel.
Their collaboration started almost immediately after meeting at Rutgers University where Jim studied fine art and Lynn studied art history. As their relationship developed, they became so close that they felt comfortable working on each other’s paintings.
As husband and wife, they are active in their Mount Holly community and through the Main Street Program, have been involved in creating murals throughout the downtown area. Lynn is also the director of Artworks, a non-profit art center in Trenton.
“When art has a soothing or peaceful quality, it can facilitate healing and well- being by reducing stress.”
Lemyre - Oasis
Yuri Lev’s photographs tell tales in a universal language, celebrating the diversity of nature and culture through textured photographs of leaves, buildings, traditions, animals and people.
Yuri was born in Leningrad, Russia and spent the greater part of his life living in Moscow.
He currently resides in Cherry Hill with his wife, Olga Goldfarb, MD, a Cooper pediatric neurologist.
His works have appeared in LIFE, the New York Times and other American and Russian publications.
“From the dog sleds in Siberia to the rooftops of Manhattan, my photographs show the mindful perspective of a world traveler with an eye for the natural beauty of New Jersey.”
Lev – House in the Marsh
Lev - Pinelands
Helene Lilholt leads an artful life.
In addition to being a passionate watercolorist, she is accomplished in needlepoint, classical piano, flute and the culinary arts.
Helene has traveled extensively, painting subjects throughout Europe, Scandinavia, Central America and the Caribbean.
Lilholt - Collaborative Art Piece
A lifetime New Jersey resident, Lorraine Lynch is an avid gardener and outdoor enthusiast.
Lorraine’s work is inspired by the beauty of nature, and she is devoted to photographing natural elements as pure visions captured in a single moment.
Using her lens, Lorraine strives to keep the “garden” in the Garden State.
Lorraine has enjoyed photography for as long as she can remember. To her, a day without photography is a day without sunshine.
“If my photography can touch one person and make them feel better physically and emotionally, then I feel complete.”
Lynch - Dogwood Days
Lynch - Spring Reflections
Born in 1902, Ida Makos was a pioneer in the South Jersey arts community.
A housewife and mother of three children, Ida did not start painting until the 1950's. Yet she was still one of just a few female artists in the region at the time.
Ida enjoyed painting landscapes and also took pleasure in teaching her grandchildren how to paint. She loved Halloween and was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Ida was also a member of the Society of New Jersey Artists and her work hangs in Millville City Hall. Ida passed away in 1989 at the age of 86.
“I think my grandmother started painting because she was really bored around the house. She would be thrilled to know that her work is hanging at MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper.” – John Makos, Jr., grandson of Ida
Makos - Still Life With Water
To Barbara March, painting is a spontaneous journey of colors and images deep within her mind. She never knows the outcome until the painting is complete.
Mixed water media is her preferred means of expression, allowing her to create brilliantly colored paintings in a mostly non-objective way.
A longtime New Jersey resident, Barbara lost her father to lung cancer when she was just 10 years old. Her daughter is a cancer survivor.
“I hope my artwork inspires an overall feeling of well-being and happiness, a feeling that pulls viewers in, urging them to stay longer.”
March – Family Tree
March – Under Construction
Leslie Ashton Martel
As a 10-year-old little girl, Leslie Ashton Martel wandered into an art studio, started taking lessons and was instantly transported into the world of creativity.
Leslie had lost her father to leukemia two years earlier, and she discovered that art helped her cope with her feelings and ultimately changed her life.
Leslie majored in interior design at Endicott College and became the first person to create the process of painting on sisal rugs. She founded a design studio and her rugs are displayed in homes and palaces throughout the world.
After selling her studio 13 years ago, Leslie became more actively engaged in watercolor painting. Today, her work encompasses all forms of aqua media with added elements of collage and acrylic.
“I hope my work inspires joy and curiosity when viewers see the lush, vibrant colors of my pallet and the playfulness of my subject matter.”
Martel – Pink Hat, Norma, Chachacha
Joyce Harris Mayer
Joyce Harris Mayer studied at the New York City Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences, and in the 1960s worked as an art director in magazine and book publishing, becoming one of the first female art directors in the country.
Joyce moved to Medford in 2003 to be closer to her son in Cherry Hill.
Illness forced Joyce to put down her paints and brushes, but she discovered her new media in the computer by using the empty screen as a blank canvas to create abstract images.
“Visual art is a nexus for emotion and thought. It is among the great intellectual achievements of humans and separates us from all the other creatures on this planet.”
Harris Mayer – Circles in a Square
Harris Mayer – Homage to Monet
Suzanne Morgan is an artist and art educator who works in fine art, mosaics, sculpture and photography.
Having lost her mother to lung cancer, Suzanne understands the heartbreak that cancer brings.
Suzanne’s work is inspired by beauty in the world and her need to express her emotions, feelings and ideas in a visual way. Her pieces are animated and lively, embodying energy, life and spontaneity, and expressing her passion for color.
A former senior producer for NFL Films, Suzanne is now the special assistant at the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers.
“Visual art gets us to think about hope, faith, love, beauty, nature or whatever matters most to us.”
Morgan - Fete
Deb Strong Napple
Deb Strong Napple is a three-time cancer survivor with a deep appreciation for the beauty and joy that art can bring, especially during a difficult time.
After college, Deb married a Navy man who took her traveling around the world, but when he retired, they returned home so that she could attend art school.
Deb’s etchings, woodcuts and paintings are her interpretations of what it feels like to be in a specific place, at a specific time. Her journeys around the globe opened her eyes to the beauty the world holds and sparked a desire to share that beauty through art.
Deb was born in Somerville, and later moved to Hopewell, where she graduated from Hopewell Valley High School in 1979.
“When I was undergoing treatment for my cancers, the hardest time was always the waiting – whether for a procedure, a test or for the doctor to deliver the news. Art helped me through the waiting, and I hope it can help others too.”
Strong Napple – Atlantic Sunrise
Strong Napple – Bridge
Strong Napple – Kirk’s Farm
Strong Napple – Landscape
Strong Napple – Serpentine
Vincent Nardone can often be found working on location with a palette knife and acrylics as a plein air painter, his work inspired by the back bays and shorelines of New Jersey.
Born and raised in the Garden State, Vincent currently lives in Brick Township. As a child, he attended school in the Maplewood school district and later returned to work as an art teacher for nearly 30 years.
After attending Montclair University, he earned his MFA from the University of Southern California and studied abroad in Paris and Florence.
Vincent is the president of Audubon Artists, and the vice president of Allied Artists of America.
“The raw power of nature’s rhythms is a magnificent force for sparking creativity and generating ideas, reasons why I enjoy painting on location.”
Nardone – The Gilmore Glass on the Manasquan
Nardone – Spitirs of Bacchus
Born and raised in New Jersey, Marie Natale has had a lifelong love affair with creativity and art.
Marie, encouraged by a teacher who recognized her early potential, started painting at the age of 12. She further honored her talent, earning a master’s degree in Art Education from Rowan University.
She has been painting ever since. Marie taught in the public school system for 10 years and currently teaches adult students at community centers and art guilds up and down the East Coast and abroad.
Marie’s watercolor paintings are filled with color and light and deeply influenced by life in a seashore community.
“I’m inspired by the beauty and charm of New Jersey, but what inspires me most is how the beauty of art can take a viewer to the healing center within themselves.”
Natale – Poppies 3
Natale – Summer Stroll
Liz Nicklus was instrumental in the development of the Millville Glasstown Arts District with her pioneering involvement in the Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts, her partnership in The Gallery at High Street Design and her work with teens and children on artistic projects such as murals and mosaics.
Liz is a painter, mixed media and mosaic artist, using patterns and layers unified by complex color relationships. She has completed several public mosaic murals and studied with renowned Philadelphia muralist Isaiah Zagar in the summer of 2003.
“When I paint, I lose myself in the labyrinth of patterns and colors, and I invite my viewers to do the same.”
Nicklus – Morning Sun
Nicklus – Solarscape and Shadowplay
Angela Nocera is a mixed media artist working with acrylic and collage. Inspired by her love of nature, she uses natural materials to create her pieces, and her encaustic technique speaks to her love of experimentation.
Norcera has served as an instructor for several years at Perkins Center for the Arts.
“My artwork conveys an expression of spirituality and emotion, through painting.”
Nocera - Collaborative Art Piece
The work of Doris Nogueira-Rogers reflects her passion for the exuberant nature of her native Brazil.
Doris graduated from the School of Fine Arts of Rio de Janeiro with a degree in art and design in 1973 before moving to Philadelphia in 1978. She later moved to New Jersey, where she has lived for nearly 30 years.
Doris’ work presents a variety of techniques. Floral and organic elements are a constant presence in her art, form works on paper and ceramics to installations and performances.
She is a teaching artist at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
“Bright pink lace overlapping layers - The heart and body hurting - Touching, changing, healing, pink lace.” (Haiku poem by Doris)
Noqueira-Rogers – Lace and Layers
A self-taught photographer, Liesl Oberfeld photographs natural and man-made objects with the hope that the beauty she sees in everyday items will inspire others.
Through her digital photography, she aims to create images that help viewers feel joyful, calm, peaceful and contemplative.
Liesl lives with multiple sclerosis and finds that creating and viewing art brings her peace when she is feeling sad or frustrated.
Liesl moved with her family to South Jersey when she was 4 years old. She has lived and worked in Camden since 2009.
“When people view beautiful images, they often feel a sense of peace. My goal in life and art is to make the world a more positive and peaceful place.”
Oberfeld - Flower Collage #2
Oberfeld – Garden Collage
In addition to her work in oils, watercolor and encaustic, Regina Ottman has participated in a wide variety of community art projects, including the creation of a neighborhood wall mural in Camden at TwistedTatt2s, which was filmed for Spike TV’s reality show, “Tattoo Rescue.”
The private vocal coach and retired opera singer first discovered her ability for creating visual art while serving as a docent at the Pennsylvania Academy for the Fine Arts.
An avid bird and nature-lover, Regina has worked on a series of oil and encaustic paintings based on the biomorphic forms of marine and freshwater algal blooms.
Ottman - Collaborative Art Piece