This was an exciting year for me at the annual Metuchen Junebug ArtFest. For a couple of the weeks I photographed the events, many posted on the event web site, and others I had my usual sidewalk display as you can see in the photograph above, made by Deb Kmetz.
In addition, I showed some work in the Metuchen Public Library Gallery and in the Main Street Metuchen window of Carpet Maven II. As in the past, the participating Window Galleries are involved in several awards. One of these, the Curators' Choice, is judged by Sharon and Chris Atkins, Metuchen residents for the past three years and curators at major regional art museums. My display received the third place award. The images involved are shown above (please click on them to scroll through all six). In commenting on this selection Sharon and Chris wrote "We were struck by Mark’s delicately abstracted photography of details of the human body. We especially enjoyed his focus on hands – as central to his display at Carpet Maven, and as vehicles for exploring craftsmanship more broadly." Needless to say, this is a great honor and I am thrilled with the recognition. I hope to meet with them soon to express this in person.