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hbac the conversation richard huff

“The PHOTO: The winning entry is “Conversation”, by Richard Huff

Highlands Borough Arts Council (HBAC) is pleased to announce the winners of the CAPTURE Photography Contest. This contest was open to both established and emerging artists, and over 50 arresting photographs ranging from the sensational to the sublime were submitted.

A formal juried process was used to identify those entries with the highest honors. The following criteria were used in the jury process: creativity, composition, expression of meaning, expression of emotion, and medium utilization. First Honors, with a cash prize of $100 went to Richard Huff for “The Conversation”, pictured above.

All the entries have been included in a professionally curated exhibit which is currently hanging at The Claddagh, 297 Bay Avenue, Highlands NJ. With an opening reception held on May 14th, this exhibit will hang through mid- June. Most of the framed photographs are available for sale, with prices ranging from $15 to $50.


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Second Honors, with a $50 gift certificate donated by The Claddagh, went to Jay Miller for “Belmar Pier”. In the student category, First Honors was shared by Melissa Morgan’s “Praying Hands” and Angela Vogt’s “The Mystique of the Key”; both Henry Hudson Regional School students received a $50 cash award from HBAC.

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“Belmar Pier”, Jay Miller


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“Praying Hands”, Melissa Morgan


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“The Mystique of the Key”, Angela Vogt

The exhibit is curated by Donna Rae Kessinger, assisted by Arnie Fuog. Donna Rae Kessinger is a working Artist and Curator, based in Highlands, NJ. Her focus is mainly on projects that encourage collaboration between emerging artists and communities, resulting in a marriage of art and commerce in the form of a possible intervention / performative work, public art project, or traditional gallery exhibition. The exhibitions were often augmented with lectures, panel discussions, workshops, and interdisciplinary events. Programs included juried, curated and invitational exhibitions, featuring the work of regional, New York, and international emerging and established artists. Arnie Fuog is a furniture maker that owned and managed an art gallery on Santa Fe’s famed Canyon Road for over 10 years. His work has been exhibited nationally and has been featured in several publications including Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, Family Circle, and Su Casa magazine.

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