5th Annual Artists of Bound Brook
For this exhibition we are focusing our attention exclusively on the local, diverse,
and talented artists living and working right here in Bound Brook, New Jersey
This is the 5th year Hamilton Street Gallery has held the Artists of Bound Brook exhibit. We believe that this open exhibition is important for the town, in that it encourages artists living and working here to demonstrate their talent and diversity. It also gives Brian and I the opportunity to show art that we’ve been working on throughout the year. We are especially fortunate this year to include Kelly Clark, Ashley Rodriguez, and Jane and Ted Settle. Kelly is a collage artist, as well as a high school art teacher. Her innovative works on display include clay sculpture, as well as mixed media encaustic pieces, knowledge she acquired at a recent seminar. Kelly has partaken in many art classes and seminars, mastering skills and techniques, that she freely extends back to her students. Jane and Ted Settle are an active, retired professional couple, who love to take photographs. They have traveled throughout the world, including Australia and the Mid East. While in Israel, they have volunteered their time and knowledge teaching Palestinian children over several trips, and have experienced first hand the deprivation and poor living conditions that persists there. Over the years, Jane and Ted have taken a variety of print making and photography classes at Raritan Valley Community College, which has resulted in a rich compilation of their excursions and experiences. Ashley Rodriguez is a vibrant seventeen year old student at Somerset County Vocational and Technical School, majoring in Communications. Her “garage art,” as she calls it, includes spray paint, stencil and hand prints, and reflects an intuitive interest in culture and politics, that goes beyond her years. Ashley has been deeply effected by the tragedy in Orlando, and others that continue to take place.
When viewed as a whole, this exhibition shares a common bond. Most of the artists identify with a concern for people and their connection to the intensity of our times. Caitlin sums up the feeling with her dark, funny, and angst ridden scenarios, as these vulnerable little characters are exposed to an erratic and unpredictable world.