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Nature Photography Exhibition Featuring Metal Prints at Trailside


The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce an exhibit of nature photography by Jacki Dickert entitled, “World of Wonder” at the Trailside Nature and Science Center in Mountainside.

“This exhibit created by Jacki Dickert, offers a window into the spectacular world of nature, in a venue that is perfectly suited to showcase this remarkable work,” said Freeholder Chairman Mohammed S. Jalloh.

Dickert, a New Jersey native and formerly a Naturalist at Trailside, began crafting her own photographic images in 2006 after an inspirational trip to Iceland.   Jacki has traveled all over the world capturing beautiful photos in places such as Alaska, Utah, Oregon and New Zealand.  She has also found inspiring images in local parks and her own backyard.  Her photos reveal a keen eye and talent for translating her appreciation of the natural world to captivating images on a metal slab.   Using the unusual technique of dye sublimation, Dickert allows ink to be fused into aluminum.  Images printed on special paper are laid on prepared metal, and heated, thereby transforming ink to gas, which bonds with the metal.  The process creates photographs which are uniquely vibrant and accessible to the viewer. 

For more information about this exhibit or other activities at Trailside, please call 908-789-3670 or visit  Trailside Nature and Science Center is located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside and is a facility of the Union County Department of Parks and Recreation.