Exhibit at Novado Gallery Jul 11 – Aug 19

July 2, 2018

I’m excited to share I will be exhibiting some of my work at Novado Gallery in Jersey City, NJ between July 11 and August 19. The opening reception will be held at 7pm on the 11th and an Artist Talk on July 25. If you are in the area it would be great to see you there! From Manhattan the gallery is accessible via the Path train and is situated just a few short blocks from both the Grove Street and Exchange Place Stations.






NOVADO GALLERY PRESENTS, “FIRE & ICE”, July 11-August 19, 2018, featuring two solo exhibitions with Joanna Lentini’s large and medium-scale photographs on aluminum and Michael Dominick’s molten iron and gold leaf paintings on canvas. The contrast in presenting exhibitions with these two artists in the heat of summer provides the viewer with formal appreciation and food for thought.

Gorgeous contrast is what heat and fire can produce through artistic process, and Michael Dominick’s work reveals an undeniable aesthetic created through loss. Trained as a sculptor with a background in foundry work, Dominick’s current art form is scorched organic surfaces, reliant in part on the loss of materials through the hurling of 2800-degree molten iron onto the prepared canvas surface. Intensive preparation of the canvas surface, full body protection for the artist and his assistants, and melting the iron is required prior to creating these large and medium scale works. The process is a performance in of itself, with videos available on UTube (Michael Dominick’s Molten Iron Paintings – Zen and the Art of Liquid Fire). Dominick is the founding member and main organizer for New York City’s Manhattan Iron Project. While Jersey City is just being introduced to this work, The Manhattan Iron Project has become well known for their public molten iron performances in dozens of locations including: 20th Street in Chelsea, the Coney Island Mermaid Parade, and at the foot of the Manhattan Bridge in Brooklyn. Through the deliberate, rugged and gestural processes, Dominick creates gorgeous expressionist works through the combination of strength and fragility.

Cooling us off during the “dog days of summer” with her photography printed on aluminum, Joanna Lentini’s images were created over the course of two expeditions: one to the High Arctic in 2015 and the other to the Antarctic Peninsula in 2018. Lentini, a professional freelance photographer, writer and editor, developed a fascination with the massive sculptural forms of the icebergs and the fragility of the environment of Greenland’s Scoresby Sound. The icebergs exist in a paradoxical state of majestic and massive proportions, while their existence is gradually extinguished due the warming climate. Lentini has captured what photographers in the future may look upon with envy— with these images that may appear be timeless, but destined to become markers of our planet’s history. From a purely artistic standpoint, Lentini has captured the beauty of forms found in some of the planet’s harshest climates. Cooly printed on aluminum, her exhibition includes straightforward captures of the frozen landscape in color, in black and white, and also abstractions created with motion that are a dizzying, visual brain-freeze. Lentini captured her images from above and below the water’s icy surface for us to enjoy, as we take shelter from the scorching summer heat into the gallery’s cool interior. (continued)

“Fire & Ice” Artist Talks at Novado Gallery: Joanna Lentini will give an artist talk for her exhibition: “Vanishing Ice” on Wednesday, July 25, at 7pm.

Michael Dominick will give an artist talk and demonstration for his exhibition, “Molten Iron Paintings” on Thursday, August 9 at 6:30pm. Both talks are free and open to the public. All works in the exhibition are available for sale.

Novado Gallery is Jersey City’s largest commercial art gallery, located at 110 Morgan Street, between Washington and Warren in Jersey City, NJ 07302. On the web at www.novadogallery.com

Please contact Anne Novado or Steve Pearlman for more information. 201-744-6713 or novadogallery@gmail.com

Mailing address: Novado Gallery 350 Warren Street Jersey City, NJ 07302

Summer hours are: Sunday 11-3, Monday and Tuesday by appointment, Wednesday 10-7, Thursday 10-6, Friday 10-6, Saturday 11-4.


Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia: Wakatobi

January 22, 2014


This place is definitely off the beaten path, but well worth the effort of getting there. The service here is top-notch. Everything is taken care of and everyone’s there to dive. Of course you don’t have to dive to have a good time as there is plenty of snorkelling along their extensive house reef that will keep you entertained for some time. On the short boat ride from the airport you’ll pass by the local town which is supported by visitors to Wakatobi. It was great to hear that the resort has had sucha positive impact on the locals livelihoods as well as the protection of the reefs.

IMG_5820Speaking of reefs, it doesn’t get much better than this. Cut off from mass tourism, Wakatobi truly is a remote island refuge. It is situated in the heart of the Coral Triangle and if you know anything about reefs, you know this is where it’s at in terms of diving. But do take note, if you are hoping to see large pelagic you’re headed to the wrong island. This place is all about macro. For those of you that are into photography, be sure to pack your macro lens and port. Unfortunately, I spent a lot of time with video on this trip and don’t have a lot in terms of macro shots. But I can assure you if macro isn’t your thing there are many other options. The walls and reefs capes are incredibly dramatic.


If you haven’t already heard about the amazing set up they have waiting for you, let me just tell you there is actually an entire room dedicated to keeping your photography equipment protected while changing batteries, memory cards, lenses and ports. And believe me there is plenty of room for everyone. There is nothing worse than trying to clean an o-ring on your night table.


The rooms here come in the form of individual bungalows which are really cute and private. One thing that I thought was a nice touch were the built-in foot baths which are sunken just before the front steps going up to the bungalow’s porch. For the most part, we walked around the island barefoot so it felt good to be able to rinse and dry our feet before we entered our room. Oh, and I almost forgot, there was a large pitcher of water in our room when we returned from a full day of diving which was much appreciated.

These guys really are extremely organised and attentive to your needs. Just take a look at the board that’s updated every day. For those opting for enriched air, before you head off to dinner you are encouraged to analyse two of your tanks for the following day so that they are all ready to go in the morning. The third tank is analysed after your second dive. Since this such a serious dive location they probably get more nitrox divers than your average resort therefore keeping things organised and perfectly structured is important to them. There is a very real emphasis on safety and efficiency all while achieving a sort of family environment amongst the staff and guests.WakatobiBlog_1                                                                                                                                                     That’s actually something else I want to mention. The crew worked very hard to make us feel at home in such a far away place. For example, on the last evening of the trip they presented a slideshow consisting of underwater images submitted by guests as well as a montage of the dive guides with their groups. This close-knit environment of like-minded people is bolstered by the resorts structured schedule. Their calendar requires a fixed start and end date for in- and outgoing guests. By requiring this they automatically create a very social environment for all of their guests.


Have you been to Wakatobi or are planning to go? Would love to hear what you thought of it!