Janet Kroenke: Mosaic Renaissance

Meet the artist on Saturday, May 20, from 1:00 to 5:00 pm.

Janet Kroenke’s artist statement:

“This collection represents my journey through the art of Mosaics over the past 9 years. This interest began when I read the book, Mosaic Renaissance: Millefiori in Mosaics by Laurel Skye. As time went on I slowly acquired inspiration and skills from books and online tutorials. I was able to bring my years of commercial and fine art into play as I practiced this new medium.

My work incorporates irregular pieces of broken stained glass, old pieces of jewelry, broken plates, shards of pottery –all manner of bits and pieces that would otherwise be discarded. Some call this kind of work “Bits and Pieces Mosaics”. I also incorporate Murano Millefiori, a glass art form from the skilled glass workers of Murano, Italy. These are tiny pieces of glass created from glass rods filled with floral and geometric designs.

I also love to work on small animal skulls. These are cleaned and processed by professionals and none are in anyway endangered species. They are prepared for bio labs and crafts people. I find skulls to be the greatest example of nature’s architecture and it’s decoration and rebirth as a work of art is, for me, an affirmation of life itself.”

Janet has worked as a commercial artist, illustrator, and designer for over 40 years. Over the past 15 years, she has also worked as a digital imaging specialist. Mosaics represent her “latest exploration of ways to express creative ideas.”

Her work will be on display from May 1st through May 31st. Feel free to check out our display cases and stop by our meeting room for a better look!

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Exhibiting Artist Joe Schlanger

Visit the meeting room during the month of March to see the work of local artist Joe Schlanger.


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The Musician by Scott Burns

Meet photographer Scott Burns at his reception on Saturday, February 11 from 2:30 to 4:30 pm.

This month in the Hillsdale Library’s meeting room, photographer Scott Burns will be exhibiting his works. Portraiture has always been the main focus of his photography. He focuses on capturing the essence of the person in a particular moment in time, with minimal planning to enhance a connection while not losing emotion of the subject. Photographing musicians in concert is the ultimate scenario for less structure, only having control of the equipment, while everything that happens around the photographer is left up to chance and fate.

Scott Burns became interested in photography in the late 1970’s, when he received a small plastic camera for his birthday. As any child would, he enjoyed photographing his friends and landscapes while on family vacation. During his high school years, he, began formally learning abotu photography and film, working on the yearbook and filming the football games. Burns graduated from Jersey City University with a BFA, specializing in Photography. He spent a few years photographing whatever he came across, exploring fashion photography and architecture photography. He fell into teaching which halted his photographic career for 20 years. Realizing that he should not have given up on his passion, he eagerly dove back into the photographic world. With no prior knowledge of digital photography, Burns started from scratch with new equipment, educating himself about techniques and processing.

This series of photographs began with a young musician, “Lily”. After meeting Lily and hearing about her passion for becoming a rap musician, Burns had the opportunity to photograph her. Instead of recording an image of physical attributes, Burns was trying to capture her character, essence, and passion. This offered a new dimension to portraying an individual. Shortly after, Burns began going to small venues to photograph musicians during concerts, attempting to capture this connection on camera. Musicians have a passion and energy for their craft that is inspiring. Burns wanted to capture that split second of time in his photographs. This series of images represents those attempts to frame that energy in a print.

Attempting to capture the essence of people is what Burns enjoys most. Recent subjects are rock musicians during live shows; the musician has been a great subject to him because they naturally bring tons of energy to their performance and their passion for their craft comes across easily in photographs.

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Your Exhibit Here!

Our meeting room walls and exhibit cases are currently bare! If you are an artist, photographer, or collector you could share your work and passion with your community! Exhibit guidelines and policies are posted here on the website. We’d love to see your work or that of your friend. Pass along the invitation.

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On Exhibit – Art Smart Academy Students

A wide variety of artwork will be on display in the meeting room and in the exhibit cases on the lower level. Students range in age from 7 to 15. The exhibit will be on view through August 31.

Art Smart Academy is located at 53 Prospect Place, Hillsdale, NJ 07642

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