On February 11, an exhibit showcasing the work of photojournalist Tyson Trish and painter Gina Danesi Trish opened in The Romano Gallery. The lifelong artists, who met as undergraduates at George Washington University more than 20 years ago and came to Blair when Mr. Trish joined the fine arts department in 2015, are excited to share with students and faculty a retrospective collection of work from different stages of their lives and careers documenting their journeys as artists and people.
“We have lived in Blairstown for over 15 years, so we are very rooted in the local community, and it is even more meaningful to exhibit here and share our work with our extended Blair family,” said Mr. Trish, whose photos have appeared in a number of New Jersey newspapers.
After meeting as art students in college, Mr. Trish says that “art has been a part of everything we have done since.” The opportunity to exhibit on campus—which the duo calls a place “we have treasured being a part of for the last four years”—is an added bonus.
They hope the show, which runs through March 9 with an artists’ reception taking place on February 28 at 7 p.m., will leave visitors with a strong sense of how much art can be part of life and encourage them to take away something positive—a feeling, an awareness or something new learned.
“We have always created art, whether it be for our jobs or for personal interest,” said Mrs. Trish, who comes from a family of “makers” and worked closely with Blair students for years as Leadership Stories Project coordinator. “There are times when our ideas converge, as we share similar interests and ideologies, but we practice different mediums.”
Mrs. Trish, who has shown her work at galleries in Blairstown and Morristown, New Jersey, as well as at Peter’s Valley School of Craft in Layton, New Jersey, where she spent time as an artist in residence, will be exhibiting some of her older work, as well as a few new pieces that explore gender, politics and equality. Her perspective is especially unique since she joined the communications office of New Jersey’s first female African American Lieutenant Governor last year. Mr. Trish, on the other hand, has enjoyed revisiting work from early in his career in the Blair exhibit.