The New Jersey Meadowlands Commission’s Flyway Gallery will host an exhibit featuring watercolors of herons, eagles, foxes and other wildlife during May.
The show, “The Wildlife Art of James Fiorentino,” is on display from Sunday (May 2) through Friday, June 4.
Fiorentino’s wildlife paintings, which include portraits of Black Bears, Mountain Lions and Peregrine Falcons, are known for their exquisite detail and realism.
A reception for the artist is scheduled for Sunday, May 16, from noon to 3 p.m. More information and a painting of Bald Eagles follows.
“Just as a poet expresses himself through words, I express myself through paint,” Fiorentino says. “I feel fortunate to be able to use my art as a means of communication.”
A Flemington resident, Fiorentino is a member of the Society of Animal Artists and Artists for Conservation, and serves as a trustee of the Raptor Trust of New Jersey. In 1998, Fiorentino became the youngest artist to be inducted into the prestigious New York Society of Illustrators – at age 19.
Fiorentino has also painted famous sports figures, and his uncanny likenesses of athletic icons have been shown in museums, galleries and private collections around the world. Fiorentino’s work can be viewed at his Web site, www.jamesfiorentino.com.
The Flyway Gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The gallery is located at the Meadowlands Environment Center in Lyndhurst, within DeKorte Park, the home of the NJMC. The park encompasses one-square mile of wetlands, nature trails and water views – framed by the New York City skyline – and is a great place for bird watching and enjoying nature in general.