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Grace & Michael Zambelli
Ventnor, NJ
Painting




Artwork Details
Bring Me a Dream in AC (Grace)
2014
Acrylic paints
16" x 20"
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Grace Zambelli is a NJ Licensed Psychologist and an Art Therapist who has keen interest in art, psychology and helping others. Over the past thirty years, she has melded a professional career and a personal life that have combined these passions. Starting with BA degree from the College of New Jersey in Art Therapy and Psychology, she has used art to develop art therapy programs to help bereaved children and their families cope with death and loss.

Grace's paintings have been exhibited at institutions throughout the state including the Visual Arts Center of NJ, Ocean City Arts Center, the Noyes Museum, the Watchung Arts Center, the Center for Contemporary Art and the Great Bay Art Gallery and the Arts on Asbury Gallery. Recently she received a special award for her painting "Soaking Up The Sun" at the annual Visual Arts Center member's show. She is also a member of the Ocean City Fine Arts League and received the top prize for her painting "Doing AC" for the Jersey Strong exhibit in 2013. Grace was accepted as an Associate Artist (emerging artist) at the Noyes Museum in 2013. In 2014, her painting "Bring Me A Dream in AC", received a second place award at the OCFAL. Her painting "Ventnor Lifeboats" received the top prize in the Summer 2014 Jersey Shore show at the Arts On Asbury Gallery in Ocean City.

As an artist, Grace likes to use acrylics to capture the mood and nuances of everyday life. Her work in the bereavement field has propelled her to create work that affirms the consistent, positive details that are often overlooked in one's hectic, sometimes overwhelming life. She has enjoyed capturing many of these moments in the scenery and people of South Jersey.

Michael Zambelli has been drawing for most of his life. His lifelong fascination with drawing automobiles led to a career in Industrial Design earning a BSID degree from the University of Bridgeport. Throughout his 35 plus years of designing consumer products, he always maintained his interest in the fine arts visiting museums and galleries throughout the US, Europe and the former Soviet Union with the intention of creating art someday in the back of his mind.

In 2011, he picked up some paint brushes and began painting in acrylics for the first time in his life. He has participated in workshops at the Center for Contemporary Arts in Bedminster and the Visual Arts Center in Summit, NJ. In 2013, he was accepted as an Associate Artist (emerging artist) at the Noyes Museum in Oceanville, NJ. He is a member of the Ocean City Fine Arts League (OCFAL) where he received an award for his painting, "Reporting For Duty", a painting that featured an Atlantic City jitney. In November of 2013 he received the top prize for his painting "Before Starbucks" for the "Interiors" exhibit at the Arts On Asbury Gallery. Two paintings were also selected for the December 2013 juried show at the Ocean City Arts Center. In 2014 Michael received a first place award for his painting "Chef King" and honorable mention awards for the paintings "The Tradewinds" and "Yellow Bird of Hammonton" from the OCFAL. In July, Michael received a Best in Show award from the Visual Arts Center of NJ for his painting "At the End of the Day".

Most of his paintings focus on artifacts of the 20th century including interesting products, toys, automobiles and structures in urban landscapes. His primary objective is to capture the emotional aspects of these artifacts. Most of his images emphasize the play of light and shadow that not only help define the object's form, but also conveys the mystery, history or the sense of sadness that is often missed by the casual observer. His paintings are representational, but are deliberately executed in a painterly fashion to capture various emotions.

Michael writes, "My paintings allow me to capture the emotional aspects of abandoned or overlooked objects, with a focus on old vehicles, products and structures. The way the sun hits it, the way the rust transforms it or the way its beauty and personality goes unnoticed are what attracts me to a particular subject matter."


Throughout September 2014, Grace's paintings can be seen at:
TCNJ Art Gallery, Ewing, NJ - 2014 Alumni Juried Show
Arts On Asbury Gallery, Ocean City, NJ
Arts Guild New Jersey, Rahway, NJ - Nexus International Juried Show
Willian Ris Gallery - Stone Harbor, NJ

Throughout September 2014, Michael's paintings can be seen at:
Arts On Asbury Gallery, Ocean City, NJ
Arts Guild New Jersey, Rahway, NJ - Nexus International Juried Show
Willian Ris Gallery - Stone Harbor, NJ

 

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