NEWARK — Wayne County Council for the Arts presents “Fifty Years” of photos by Winston Vargas.
Born in Santiago, Dominican Republic, his family immigrated to New York in 1952 when he was age of 11. Winston started his photo career at the age of 13 when his teacher loaned him a camera for a field trip to the zoo. He was the school photographer for his high school newspaper. Winston joined the Army and went to Europe where he continued his photo interest and won a couple of awards in military photo contests. In 1965 when he was released from the military, he was able to land a job as a photo assistant at BBD&O which was at the time one of the largest Ad agencies in the country. Two years later he was in charge of one of the two studios at the agency.
“I started photo journalism at the Germain School of Photography in NYC and my instructor was the picture editor of Newsweek magazine, which gave me the opportunity to get photo assignments for the magazine which lasted a few years,” Winston said. “While taking the journalism course, I was assigned to document in still photography for the Department of the Interior areas of the City of New York for a permanent exhibition at the Museum of Immigration on Liberty Island. I had my own study in NYC doing corporate and promotional photography. In 1972 I started teaching commercial and photo journalism photography at the Germain School, and started the first bi-lingual courses at the school. I also taught the first Video Tape course when video was at its infancy. In 1979 my family and I moved to the Dominican Republic where I got a position as Director of Photography at Young and Rubicam Advertising Agency. In 1984 I returned to the U.S. and started teaching again and doing freelance work for publications. In 1995 as a partner in a news gathering organization supplying TV networks with breaking news in the NY Tri-State area. On 9/11, I covered the World Trade Center disaster and continued freelancing both in video and still photography.”
Winston has received credits in some of the following: Newsweek Magazine, Time Magazine, Business Week, The American History Book/Duskin Publishing, NY State Council for the Arts.
In the Chris Fayad Members’ Gallery, we are happy to present artist Judi (Palermo) Shumway. Judi grew up in Newark, New York and studied art throughout high school and college. She has an Associate Degree in Art from Finger Lakes Community College where her concentration was in the Fine Arts. She credits her interest in art because of the art teachers she has had. She uses various mediums, but she developed her own style in pen and ink for which she is best known. Much of Judi’s work has been commissioned by local businesses, colleges and by individuals as gifts. Her favorite subject matter is older buildings, especially barns. She also has devoted much time to drawing Wayne County buildings in Lyons. She resides in Lyons with her husband, Gary and son, Matthew.
These exhibits are on view through Nov. 1.
Wayne Art Gallery hours are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, noon to 3 p.m. and by appointment. Admission is free. Gift certificates are available for classes and gift store items. Wayne County Council for the Arts is located at 108 W. Miller St., Newark. For more information, call 331-4593, email or visit