Friday, January 28, 2011


After a long renovation, the Kaplen JCC has reopened its gallery space to feature talented local artists. Here’s what is scheduled for February:
Reality Enhanced: Paintings by David Zomick

RainOnFifthWHEN: February 1–24, 2011; An artist’s reception will take place on Sunday, February 4, 1–3 PM.  
WHERE: Kaplen JCC on the Palisades, 411 East Clinton Avenue, Tenafly201.408.1409

Reality Enhanced, an exhibit of acrylic paintings by award-winning artist David Zomick, will be on display at the Waltuch Gallery of the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades.

The title Reality Enhanced describes Zomick’s creative process. “My objective is to portray reality in a way that will make the painting more interesting than the reference reality. I may try to make a painting more beautiful by varying color or form, more mysterious by exaggerating the lights and darks, or more interesting optically by creating a balanced (or disconcerting) composition,” Zomick said.

Zomick, who had a long career with Honeywell International and holds a Ph.D. in theoretical physics and Master’s degrees in both Physics and Business Administration, feels that his education and career experience battle with his more creative side. This battle adds a special dimension to his work.

“My education as a physicist and my long career as an aerospace technologist would have me portray precisely what I see, with no embellishment or personal commentary. I need to constantly remind myself that my digital camera can do that more effectively than I can. When I look at a finished painting and conclude that ‘my camera could never do that,’ I am happy.”

Zomick’s work has received numerous awards in open juried competitions including New Jersey’s Annual Senior Juried Art Contest and Exhibition, Focus New Jersey, Celebrating Bergen County Diversity, etc. In 2008, Fairleigh Dickenson University invited him to present a month-long, one-man exhibit of his work in the university’s Wiener Library Gallery. David Zomick is a resident of Teaneck.