FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 8, 2007

CONTACT: Tom Plante, (908) 527-4746
Seb D’Elia, (908) 527-4419

 

Paintings by the Late Bill Cammon of Union
Are on Exhibit at the Pearl Street Gallery

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ELIZABETH, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to present an exhibit of paintings by the late Bill Cammon of Union in the gallery space at the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, located at 633 Pearl Street in Elizabeth. A selection of Cammon’s abstract watercolor paintings are on display at the Pearl Street Gallery through Dec. 6. Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

Bill Cammon died unexpectedly on Oct. 2. His family and friends are honoring his memory by presenting the artwork he had selected for this exhibit. Bill was loved and respected as an artist, teacher, friend, and of course, father, grandfather and husband. His talent, kindness and gentle good nature will be remembered by all who were lucky enough to know him.

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Cammon was a painter whose concentration on the figure and portraiture was augmented by an equal interest in the abstract theater of visual arts. Before leaving a career at IBM as a marketing specialist, his need to express life’s impact on himself and others was awakened. This expression began with drawing and watercolor painting. He expanded his studies to include pastels, charcoal and oils. Bill's association with the Art Student League of New York brought him in touch with several masters who had a great affect on his development, including Peter Cox, Joe Peller, Americo DeFranzi, and Frank O'Cain.

Over the years, Cammon established many rewarding relationships with professional and social organizations. He was a lifetime member of the Art Students League, the West Essex Art Association, the Newark Museum as a member, student, and instructor, the Westfield Art Association, the Fairlawn Art Association, the New Jersey Center for the Arts, and others.


Bill was the recipient of many awards and had one-man shows at the Barnes and Noble Community Center, The Paterson Museum, the Spring Studio, the Fairleigh Dickinson American Stage Theatre, Les Malamut Art Gallery, the Madison Public Library, and the Morristown Atrium. His paintings are in many private collections and he frequently painted commissioned portraits.

“I believe that an artist’s representations are not about the objects on the canvas or paper, but rather about the artist who painted it and the affect that object had on him/her. It is that affect and impact that creates the real individual story, and we all know that this is about story telling,” Bill Cammon said of his work.

“The artist has had an experience or seen something that has so moved him/her that he is compelled to tell you about it. History requires that he be truthful to himself and you. History relies on the artist of his time to record what it sounded like, how blue was it, was the cloth that soft, was the body that beautiful and it goes on and on.”
“The thing to note,” Bill Cammon said, “is that the painting is the veneer that you are peering through to the artist; he exposed himself to bring out the truth about this object as he or she knows it.”

Union County artists (whose works can be hung on a wall) interested in exhibiting in the gallery are welcome to apply. For more information about the Pearl Street Gallery or to learn about other programs and services please contact the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, 633 Pearl Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07202. Telephone (908) 558-2550. NJ Relay users can dial 711. E-mail to: culturalinfo@ucnj.org.