Resident Artist’s September 11th Artwork On Display At Art & Soul Galleries
By Saul Qersdyn
Published: September 4, 2014 @ 6:00 AM EDT
Six digital montages from Roselle Park resident Leona M Seufert are included in Art & Soul Galleries’ “World Trade Center: Before, During and Since 9/11” commemorative group exhibit of photography, paintings, and poetry.
The six pieces in this exhibit are from her two series, “After the Dust Has Settled” and “A Journey Through Remembrance: New Jersey 9/11 Memorials”.
Seufert stated, “9/11 and Ground Zero hold an important place in my creative life. In October 2001 I created my website, The WTC Journal (link) – a collection of photos and writings, which continues to be updated to the present. It documents the physical and emotional environment surrounding 9/11 and the rebuilding of Ground Zero. [Between] 2005 and 2006, I created a digital series named “After the Dust Has Settled” where I combined my poems with photographs and computer manipulated images. I am currently working on a new digital series based upon memorials erected in various New Jersey towns. These works are an attempt to express how I have personally filled an emotional void through artwork and writing.”
Ms. Seufert has also self-published a book of her writings “The 9/11 Year” a collection of poems and essays written in the year after September 11, 2001.
She has exhibited her artwork in numerous group and solo shows in galleries and museums in the New York City Metropolitan area and upstate New York. Seufert has recently had a solo exhibit at the Pearl Street Gallery in Elizabeth and at the Les Malamut Art Gallery in Union Township. One of her works was in the New Jersey Arts Annual juried show at the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton and she has exhibited at the Hoboken Historical Museum, The Visual Arts Center of NJ in Summit, and the Kenny Art Gallery in New York City.
Seufert graduated from New York City’s High School of Art & Design and holds a BA in Theatre Arts from the State University College of Arts and Science, Potsdam. Seufert also curates shows for the Casano Community Center Art Gallery in Roselle Park.
The exhibit runs through September 12, 2014. Art & Soul Galleries is located at 128 Chestnut Street and is open from 11 a.m. till 4 p.m.Tuesdays through Fridays.