Cesar A. Jerez and Elaine Sgambati Showing at Ridgewood Art Institute

Posted: Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Cesar A. Jerez and Elaine Sgambati cordially invite you and your guest to a showing of their Fine Art Oil Paintings to be held at the
The Ridgewood Art Institute
12 East Glen Avenue
Ridgewood , NJ 07450
201 652-9615

Work on exhibit: October 30th-November 12th
Opening Reception: October 30th, 2016 1:30-4:30pm
Meet the Artists Reception: November 6, 2016 1:30-4:30pm

C. Augustus Jerez is a longtime New Jersey resident, raised in Montclair and presently residing in Butler. After graduating from William Paterson University with a degree in Business Administration, Mr. Jerez studied at the Art Students League in New York City. There he studied with, and was class monitor for, both Robert Beverly Hale and Gustav Rehberger. Studying with Mr. Hale, the human anatomy was the center of focus. Studying with Mr. Rehberger, the focus was on being able to capture the human form quickly while gracefully depicting its elegance and beauty through form and composition.
After several years of figurative study at the Art Student’s League, Mr. Jerez directed his attention to painting. At the Ridgewood Art Institute in Ridgewood, New Jersey, he studied and monitored Arthur Maynard’s evening oil painting classes. Mr. Maynard was a disciple of the famous League instructor, Frank Vincent Dumond. He guided Mr. Jerez through the process of putting life into his art, landscape, seascape, still life or portrait.
Mr. Jerez captures the life of the subject by identifying the essential components of an object or scene and depicting them in the most simplistic manner to convey complete realism without neglecting the artistic elements of form and strong composition. He uses prismatic color and light effects in his paintings to create a sense of distance and drama while capturing both the weather conditions and the specific time of day.
His paintings have been exhibited nationally and are in many private collections. He was an exhibiting member of the National Arts Club, a member of The Hudson Valley Art Association, The Ridgewood Art Institute and a life member of the Art Students League. He is the recipient of many awards including The Lambertville Historical Society’s Friend of the Arts Award, The Ridgewood Art Institute’s Weber Marine Award and The Hudson Valley Art Association’s Prestigious Frank Vincent Dumond Award. Mr.. Jerez now teaches at The Ridgewood Art Institute.
Self taught at a very early age, Ms. Sgambati began her formal art training at 21 years old when she took her first oil painting class at the Ridgewood Art Institute in Ridgewood, NJ. She knew immediately that this was her medium and studied the whole of the subject including still life, floral, landscape, seascape and portrait painting. Her principal teachers were Arthur Maynard and Frank Giovinazzo. Four years later she was invited to join the faculty and taught adult and teenage classes for seventeen years. Her move to Vernon Valley, NJ opened up an opportunity for extensive plein air painting. Other opportunities for outdoor study took place in Monhegan Island, ME, Warwick and Chester NY, the Pocono Mountains and Bucks County, PA, the Hudson River Valley and towns bordering the Hudson River. Landscape painting became her passion and her love for the Hudson River School painters is evident in her work. Elaine furthered her art education at the Art Students League of New York, which brought her the opportunity to exhibit in this area, mainly the Salmagundi Club, the World Trade Center, Lever House and ABC Studios. Sales and commissions followed this exposure as well as representation in major galleries in the tri-state area.

For more info on this exhibition, please call Ms. Sgambatti at 973 869-9914 or Mr. Jerez at 973 953-5027

The Ridgewood Art Institute is a non profit organization providing the finest instruction in Classical Realism in a variety of mediums. Classes are offered on an open enrollment basis, and can be joined at anytime. Each student is taught in direct relation to their personal skill level. For more information on class scheduling, and future events please visit ridgewoodartinstitute.org