The New Jersey Highlands Coalition is pleased to announce the winners of the juried Art and Photography Exhibit that took place at its first annual Highlands Festival at Waterloo. The exhibit, featuring an impressive mix of oil and watercolor paintings, drawings and photography, focused on the landscapes, flora, fauna and resources of the New Jersey Highlands.
- Stanhope artist Anthony Galati took home the grand prize for his “Allamuchy Waterfall,” an oil painting depicting a waterfall in Allamuchy Mountain State Park.
- Lawrence Zink of Cranbury received first place for his photograph of a trees in Warren County’s Merrill Creek Reservoir.
- Andrea Gianchiglia of Califon received second place for her “Chipping sparrow,” an oil painting on canvas.
- Third place went to Theresa Hood of Glen Gardner for her black and white photograph titled, “Voorhees Park Fog.”
All artists over 18 years of age, regardless of experience were invited to enter. Accepted entries were exhibited during the Highlands Festival at Waterloo, an environmental festival celebrating the local food, music, arts, history, cultural and natural resources of New Jersey held at Waterloo Village in Byram on September 21-22 of this year.
Organized by New Jersey photographer and Highlands Coalition trustee Dwight Hiscano, the Exhibit was juried by artists Susan Donnell of Morristown, Marc De Mos, of Morristown, Mitch Rosenzwieg of Annandale, and Emmy award-winning filmmaker Elliott Ruga, who is also Senior Policy Analyst and Campaign Coordinator for the Coalition. Angela Sergonis, associate curator for the Morris Museum in Morristown, did the final judging for the competition.
The winning entry will be exhibited at the Morris Museum and the winning artist received a membership to the Morris Museum. Prizes of gift certificates for framing, art supplies and outdoor equipment were graciously donated by the Wallflowers Gallery of Bernardsville, Pelican Shops in Morris Plains and the Dwight Hiscano Gallery in Harding Township.