The Gallery

We are excited to welcome member Johnny Keane to The Gallery for the summer! Johnny has a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in painting and loves to dabble in all forms of creativity, including drawing, painting, music, film and drama. 

Notes from Johnny about his exhibit entitled Art + Words:

"I have been at the crossroads of my life for about a decade and a half. This Art + Words project reflects many of my observations, feelings, thoughts and opinions throughout this 15-year period of growth and setbacks. 

"Most of the pieces exhibited are spontaneous bursts of artistic and written expression. I would characterize the whole show as one big sketch, since a lot of the artwork is actually unfinished. But, as singer songwriter Grant-Lee Phillips says, 'Sometimes a sketch says more than a mural.'

"At some point, about 10 years ago, I began to incorporate writing into sketches, drawings and paintings. Sometimes words were added to give the image more power, and sometimes the image was added to the give the words more power. The entire concept happened very naturally without any conscious thought or purpose, except to satisfy the constant desire to express myself. 

"At the exhibit, I highly encourage you to participate in expressing yourself through writing where indicated. Fill in the speech or thought bubbles in the art piece with the blank spaces. Don't be shy! I will share/post your writing along with the image on my Instagram. YOU get to be the author!"

More About Johnny:
He works at a small special needs school as a certified teacher of art. October 2022 marks his 20th year in the field of education. Johnny also does what he can to support the cause of nonviolence as a board member of New Jersey Peace Action. 

Stop by The Gallery to see the exhibit on weekdays from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm or during worship hours on Sunday. Or come visit on August 8, 10, 15 or 17 between 2:00 and 4:00 pm to have a chat with Johnny and see the artist at work!