Jeff Filbert was born at Cooper and has had a studio on the same street as the hospital for more than 20 years.
Built in 1926 as an Italian union hall, the studio was an Italian restaurant during the Great Depression and later a church.
Jeff’s paintings of the Pine Barrens and Jersey Shore are inspired by his love of the landscapes that he has hiked through since a child growing up in South Jersey.
Jeff is an instructor in the Department of Fine arts at Rutgers Camden and has also taught at Burlington County College.
Whenever he travels, he always feels good crossing the state line back into New Jersey.
“We are all healing in one way or another, and art – in its mysterious ways – can connect us to that process.”
Filbert - Sunrise
Filbert – Storm Passing
John Flynn is a retired high school mathematics teacher. He started creating watercolors on his own and eventually found some courses to help. John met artist Phil Carroll while surf fishing in Ocean City, New Jersey and attended many of Phil’s watercolor classes and later switched to oil painting.
“I have no credentials in the art world, but I’m having a lot of fun.”
Flynn - Collaborative Art Piece
When Barbara Foley was in second grade, her art teacher asked her to draw and color a picture of something she really liked. Barbara loved horses, and to this day she still remembers the smell of the crayons she used to create her drawing of a big, black horse.
Barbara fell in love with art too and as a child spent hours and hours in the basement of her family’s home in Woodbury painting and painting. Though she wanted to pursue art in college, Barbara heeded her mother’s advice and instead became a nurse.
Six years ago, having finished raising her family, Barbara gave up her nursing career and went back to doing what she really loved, painting. She has since studied at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Perkins Center for the Arts, and Wayne Art Center.
“I see beauty, color, and grace in everything around us, and I just find a need to put it down on linen panels with brushes loaded with juicy, oily colors. It makes me happy, and who doesn’t like to be happy.”
Foley - Collaborative Art Piece
Fran Gallun and her husband moved from Philadelphia to South Jersey as newlyweds in 1970. They have since raised three children, two of whom were born at Cooper.
Fran’s work is based on imaginary landscapes and communicates playfulness and joy through layers of color and texture.
Through her work – using collage and other media – Fran strives to show new perspectives and provide viewers with a fresh way of seeing the world.
A graduate of what is now University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Fran is a teacher at the Fleisher Art Memorial.
“I am inspired by history and the notion that each of us has many layers, known and unknown within us.”
Gallun - Colors, San Miguel
Gallun - Fanciful Landscape
Andrea Garber has been drawing since she was a child. A lifelong lover of the arts and a self-taught artist, Andrea began drawing complex line images with black ink pen in the 90’s.
What began as an enjoyable pastime developed into a passion, and now her intricately drawn black ink drawings are a hallmark of many of her works.
As a student at Perkins Center for the Arts, she has been working on incorporating her distinct line drawings with other media.
Garber - Collaborative Art Piece
Though he was born in Philadelphia, Bruce Garrity spent most of his childhood living in Alaska. It was there that he developed a love and appreciation of nature, which inspires his artwork today.
Bruce received a BFA in painting and drawing from the University of Delaware and an MFA in painting from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.
Bruce has taught studio art and art history at Rutgers University in Camden since 1997.
Bruce’s connections to Camden and New Jersey run deep. Both of his parents were born and raised in New Jersey, and his father’s family is from Camden. His father and his grandfather worked in the Camden shipyards.
“My work is a synthesis of painterly realism and modern outlooks, which I suppose people would call post-modern.”
Garrity – Bonnard's Pitcher
Garrity – Falls
Maureen Gass-Brown has worked exclusively in watercolor for more than 40 years.
Her love of flowers is depicted throughout her work, which often provokes an uplifting, transcendent and inspiring effect on viewers.
Maureen has lived in New Jersey for more than 35 years. She is a graduate of Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston and has studied with some of the eminent watercolorists in the country.
Maureen has served on the board of the Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Annual Show, one of the oldest outdoor juried art shows in the country, and has been selected to exhibit in the national show for the past 20 years. Several of her paintings are part of the permanent collection at the University of Pennsylvania.
“What motivates me most is a desire to distill my subject, as much as possible, to its essence and bring out its quintessential beauty, energy, emotion and flow.”
Gass-Brown - Sundance
Gass-Brown - Va va va Voom
Golembeski was born in Camden with a paintbrush in her hand.
After graduating from Woodrow Wilson High School, she attended Montclair State University where she studied fine arts.
Beverly’s work has varying personalities as seen in her watercolors, acrylics, and décor items. She finds that watercolors offer a range of creative possibilities that make painting adventurous. She will often combine transparent and opaque watercolor with pen and ink or pastels in one piece.
“My mother was treated for breast cancer at Cooper many years ago. To have my artwork hang on the walls of the new cancer center is a tribute to her as well as to the city where I spent my childhood.”
Golembeski – Rose are… Yellow and Orange
Sonia Gonzalez is one of the collaborators behind the mural depicting Camden’s history that adorns the City Council Chambers in Camden City Hall.
Her work conveys her experiences, feelings and points of view about the world around her. The themes of acculturation, immigration, poverty and nature are often present in her pieces and are influenced by her own personal growth.
A Cherry Hill resident, Sonia graduated from Rutgers Camden with a BFA in graphic design and is currently a designer with the University’s Community Leadership Center.
“My philosophy as a designer and artist is to be different, to find unique ways of conveying concepts, and most importantly, to use the artist’s canvas to express myself as an individual.”
Gonzalez – Just Flowers
Waretown resident Sheila Grabarsky is fascinated by color. She remembers as a small child the thrill she got from putting a yellow sun into a blue sky and creating color. Her paintings today have strong color tonality.
Sheila’s work is about introspection – spiritual, psychological, and soul searching.
She believes that art has deep healing powers and can bring a viewer joy and peace during the most difficult times.
“Color can add such spiritual and emotional power to a piece. The thrill of mixing color has remained exciting to me throughout my life.”
Grabarsky – Fantasy Garden #7
Grabarsky – Fantasy Garden #8
Grabarsky – Making Gray Happy
Lucy Graves McVicker
Lucy Graves McVicker has lived and worked in New Jersey for more than 40 years.
Lucy graduated from Principia College and studied at Parsons School of Design and Rutgers University.
Lucy’s impressionist paintings are inspired by nature, but she does not set out to paint the world exactly as it appears. Instead, Lucy looks to the mood of the subject she is depicting, capturing colors, lighting and image.
“What pleases me most is when a viewer studies my painting and makes an exciting discovery. Once I was told, ‘Whenever I walk into my living room and see your painting, it always gives me a lift.’ My goal is to bring hope and happiness to others.”
McVicker - Bridge Over Deep Waters
McVicker - Surprises on the Path
Diane S. Grimes
Diane S. Grimes finds inspiration for her paintings in the colors of the ocean, the warmth of the breeze and the ever-changing views of the sky.
The Jersey Shore has always played an important role in her life, having spent summers in Wildwood as a child and then spending family time at her parent’s home in Cape May after they retired.
A resident of New Jersey for 41 years, Diane has been an art educator for more than three decades. She currently serves as chairwoman of the Art Department at Immaculata University.
Diane lost her brother-in-law to cancer in February 2013.
“When my brother-in-law became bedridden, I showed him how to paint on his iPad. Art is so powerful and can open the door for incredible healing, especially of one’s soul.”
Grimes – Bay Marsh
Grimes – Grandpop at Sea
Grimes – LBI Marshland
Ellen Gussman began making art after her first child was born. She started by enrolling in an oil painting class, which eventually led to an art degree from Temple University and a teaching job at the Haddon Township elementary schools.
After a few years of teaching, Ellen decided to go back to law school and has since worked in law and built her own practice. However, art was never far away.
Today, Ellen is winding down her law career and focusing more on traveling, learning and painting.
“My days spent painting are among the happiest of my life. I leave my cares or worries behind in my total immersion with my art.”
Gussman - Collaborative Art Piece
Janet Hallahan has an unusual style of layering color and line that results in movement and simplicity in the scenes that she sees.
Janet has attended Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and The University of the Arts in Philadelphia.
She is also an attorney and serves as in-house counsel to a technology company.
Hallahan - Collaborative Art Piece
Joy Hoffman discovered her artistic self in 1999 after her mother passed away. Not able to let go of her mother’s discarded art supplies, Joy decided to give watercolors a try.
Today, Joy’s art career is flourishing and she has found that art is a wonderful way to express feelings, emotions, skills and ideas.
Over the years, Joy has ventured into new mediums, experimenting with acrylics, transfers, collage, inks, fabric and printing.
“When I think about my art, be it watercolor, mixed media, collage, fabric art or printmaking, the work “challenge” is what I crave. There is so much to learn, so much to experiment with and no end to the challenge.”
Hoffman - Collaborative Art Piece
Jim Inzero’s work is deeply influenced by his love of the coast and his life at the Jersey Shore. Many of the paintings on display in his Point Pleasant Beach gallery depict sailboats and water.
As an encaustic painter, Jim uses heated beeswax, resin and pigment applied to wood panels. This allows him to create paintings with unique texture and bold colors.
“This piece depicts the beauty of the eastern coastline. My goal is to share this beauty in my paintings and transport the viewer to another place in time.”
Inzero – Deep Blue No. 2
Inzero – My Favorite Spot
Sandra L. Jones
Sandra L. Jones brings a whimsical approach to her artwork that makes people smile. Though she has a serious side to her personality, her playful side often comes out in her paintings.
Sandra’s work reflects diverse themes in watercolor, pen and ink, and an experimental technique called tempera resist.
A graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology, Sandra is a longtime New Jersey resident who works out of her home-based studio in Burlington City.
“Experiencing art can take viewers to another place where they can take their mind off their troubles and enjoy being somewhere else for a while.”
Jones – Winter Still