South Jersey photographers turn their cameras toward other creative artists – Press of Atlantic City

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Photographer Paul Dempsey shooting photos of South Jersey singer CiBon. “Clique21” features five photographers creating portraits of 16 visual and performing artists. This project provides superb documentary photos to the artists and striking portfolio opportunities to the photographers. Tuesday July 27, 2021. Edward Lea Staff Photographer / Press of Atlantic City
Photographer Susan Gietka of Hammonton shot an image of sculptor and designer Ron Ross Cohen of Galloway Township for the upcoming Clique21 photographic exhibit, which premieres on Saturday, Sept. 11 at the Perkins Center for the Arts in Collingswood, Camden County, and April 8 at the Noyes Arts Garage Stockton University in Atlantic City.
Photographer Paul Dempsey, who is based out of Absecon, shot a picture of ballet/choreographer Phyllis Papa of Atlantic City for the Clique21 exhibition.
Photographer Reuben Garcia of Egg Harbor Township shot a picture of painter Tyrone L. Hart of Atlantic City for the upcoming Clique21 exhibition.
Photographer Paul Dempsey of Absecon shot an image of painter Frank Kallop of Somers Point for the Clique21 photographic exhibit, which premieres on Saturday, Sept. 11 at the Perkins Center for the Arts in Collingswood, Camden County, and April 8 at the Noyes Arts Garage Stockton University in Atlantic City.
Photographer Erik James Montgomery of Camden shot a picture of clay-ceramics artist Dorrie Papademetriou of Linwood for the upcoming Clique21 exhibition.
Photographer Erik James Montgomery of Camden shoots a picture of fiber artist and sculptor Rachel Blythe Udell of Sicklerville, Camden County, for ArtC’s Clique 21 exhibit to be displayed starting on Sept. 11 in Collingswood, Camden County, and April 9 at the Noyes Arts Garage Stockton University in Atlantic City.
Photographer Paul Dempsey shooting photos of South Jersey singer CiBon. “Clique21” features five photographers creating portraits of 16 visual and performing artists. This project provides superb documentary photos to the artists and striking portfolio opportunities to the photographers. Tuesday July 27, 2021. Edward Lea Staff Photographer / Press of Atlantic City
Photographer Erik James Montgomery of Camden shoot pictures of fiber artist and sculptor Rachel Blythe Udell of Sicklerville, Camden County, for the Clique 21 project, which will be exhibited starting Sept. 11 in Collingswood, Camden County, and April 8 at the Noyes Arts Garage Stockton University in Atlantic City.
The finished composite image of singer CiBon as shot by photographer Paul Dempsey of Absecon, which is a part of the Clique21 project that is sponsored by the ArtC organization.
Photographer Ruben Garcia shoots an image of Northfield contemporary artist Mike Bell for ArtC’s Clique21 project.
Photographer Bill Horin of the ArtC organization of Linwood shot a picture of encaustic artist Sandra Koberlein of Pennsville Township, Salem County, for the upcoming Clique21 exhibition.
ABSECON — As a singer and public figure, singer CiBon has her photo taken more often than the average person, but not in the manner that photographer Paul Dempsey put her through over the summer in his photo studio here.
CiBon is in glamour mode with a cream-colored, straw fedora sitting on top of her head and wearing in a gold-colored gown with spaghetti shoulder straps. The dress had a slit on the left side that went high up her thigh. She reclined in a modified Ventnor lifeboat that will look like a rowboat in the final image.
“I think she is really super talented,” Dempsey said about CiBon’s vocal gifts as the lead singer of the original, Atlantic City-based musical trio Originaire with guitarist Ken Shiles and violinst Valerie Vuolo. “She is a very good model. Some people take direction better than others.”
CiBon’s photo was taken on dry land, but Dempsey’s ultimate plan is to have CiBon’s portrait end up as a composite. The final image shows CiBon lounging inside a rowboat surrounded by only greenish-looking water.
CiBon’s portrait will be one of 16 featuring visual and performing artists whose images will comprise an exhibit titled, “Clique21,” which is a unique collaboration. Photographers and other artists combine forces for a creative perspective of the artist as art.
“Clique 21,” which is a production of ArtC, was created by and for the southern New Jersey arts community. The artists and photographers live and work in all eight counties of southern New Jersey — Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Ocean and Salem.
“Clique 21” runs through Nov. 20 and premiered Sept. 20 at the Perkins Center for the Arts in Collingswood, Camden County. The opening reception is scheduled for Oct. 9. It can then be seen from April 8 to June 5 at the Noyes Arts Garage Stockton University in Atlantic City with the opening reception scheduled for April 8, 2022.
When it comes to paintings, ballet choreography and sculpture, spectators see the work, but they don’t know the person behind it, Bill Horin, the ArtC founder and creative director, said. ArtC is dedicated to promoting the arts in southern New Jersey.
Some of the best known pieces of photography are portraits of famous artists such as Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol and Salvador Dali, Horin said.
The first “Clique” show was put together in 2016. After the height of the COVID-19 pandemic last year in this state, Horin started thinking about doing a “Clique” show again.
“The timing was right,” Horin said. “Everybody wanted to share camaraderie.”
Besides Dempsey and CiBon, other photographer and artists duos who will be a part of the exhibits include Camden-based photographer Erik James Montgomery and Sicklerville-based fiber artist and sculptor Rachel Blythe Udell and Egg Harbor Township photographer Ruben Garcia and Northfield contemporary artist Mike Bell.
Bell, 60, is known for taking iconic images of classic monsters and placing them in a different world.
With Bell’s portrait, Garcia uses Bell’s artwork as a backdrop.
On Bell’s left, a disturbing, demented and menacing painting of the DC Comics villain and Batman nemesis Joker, titled “Put On A Happy Face,” looks like it is laughing at Bell. On Bell right, it looks like a classic image of a Playboy bunny, maybe from the 1960s. On closer examination, the Playboy bunny is the Bride of Frankenstein.
Bell said he spent five hours modeling for Garcia. Bell’s studio is full of toys and memorabilia that are inspirations and references for his paintings.
“Ruben had me all over posing in different angles in my studio,” Bell said. “He really captured me. I thought he did a helluva job… I thanked Reuben for being a great collaborator.”
Besides boosting the morale and pride in the South Jersey arts community, ArtC will contract exclusively with South Jersey printers, framers, caterers and other professionals to produce and promote the show.
Albert D. Horner, of Medford Lakes, Burlington County, is more known as a N.J. Pinelands art photographer, who does fine art printing on the side. Horner will be printing all 16 portraits that will be in the exhibitions.
Some images do require some photo-shopping before they are printed, Horner said. The color may not be quite right, or a shadow may be too dark, for instance. The image on a photographer’s monitor will not be not exactly the same after being put through the printing process. The goal is to have the printed image end up as crisp and bright as it does in the monitor, he said.
“Bill is well aware of the way I print. It’s quite an honor to be asked to do this,” Horner said. 
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The original “Clique” in 2016 had more sponsors than this year’s version, which will only be ArtC.
An Indiegogo has been established to raise $15,000 to cover among other things photography fees, artists’ stipends and opening receptions. 
The Indiegogo link is: igg.me/at/clique21-artc
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photo illustration
Photographer Paul Dempsey shooting photos of South Jersey singer CiBon. “Clique21” features five photographers creating portraits of 16 visual and performing artists. This project provides superb documentary photos to the artists and striking portfolio opportunities to the photographers. Tuesday July 27, 2021. Edward Lea Staff Photographer / Press of Atlantic City
Photographer Susan Gietka of Hammonton shot an image of sculptor and designer Ron Ross Cohen of Galloway Township for the upcoming Clique21 photographic exhibit, which premieres on Saturday, Sept. 11 at the Perkins Center for the Arts in Collingswood, Camden County, and April 8 at the Noyes Arts Garage Stockton University in Atlantic City.
Photographer Paul Dempsey, who is based out of Absecon, shot a picture of ballet/choreographer Phyllis Papa of Atlantic City for the Clique21 exhibition.
Photographer Reuben Garcia of Egg Harbor Township shot a picture of painter Tyrone L. Hart of Atlantic City for the upcoming Clique21 exhibition.
Photographer Paul Dempsey of Absecon shot an image of painter Frank Kallop of Somers Point for the Clique21 photographic exhibit, which premieres on Saturday, Sept. 11 at the Perkins Center for the Arts in Collingswood, Camden County, and April 8 at the Noyes Arts Garage Stockton University in Atlantic City.
Photographer Erik James Montgomery of Camden shot a picture of clay-ceramics artist Dorrie Papademetriou of Linwood for the upcoming Clique21 exhibition.
Photographer Erik James Montgomery of Camden shoots a picture of fiber artist and sculptor Rachel Blythe Udell of Sicklerville, Camden County, for ArtC’s Clique 21 exhibit to be displayed starting on Sept. 11 in Collingswood, Camden County, and April 9 at the Noyes Arts Garage Stockton University in Atlantic City.
Photographer Paul Dempsey shooting photos of South Jersey singer CiBon. “Clique21” features five photographers creating portraits of 16 visual and performing artists. This project provides superb documentary photos to the artists and striking portfolio opportunities to the photographers. Tuesday July 27, 2021. Edward Lea Staff Photographer / Press of Atlantic City
Photographer Erik James Montgomery of Camden shoot pictures of fiber artist and sculptor Rachel Blythe Udell of Sicklerville, Camden County, for the Clique 21 project, which will be exhibited starting Sept. 11 in Collingswood, Camden County, and April 8 at the Noyes Arts Garage Stockton University in Atlantic City.
The finished composite image of singer CiBon as shot by photographer Paul Dempsey of Absecon, which is a part of the Clique21 project that is sponsored by the ArtC organization.
Photographer Ruben Garcia shoots an image of Northfield contemporary artist Mike Bell for ArtC’s Clique21 project.
Photographer Bill Horin of the ArtC organization of Linwood shot a picture of encaustic artist Sandra Koberlein of Pennsville Township, Salem County, for the upcoming Clique21 exhibition.
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