A new fine art photography gallery is the latest addition to The Country Mile group of specialty stores along Mount Kemble Avenue, just over the Morristown border in Harding Township.
And to celebrate their opening, the Dwight Hiscano Gallery will be hosting an opening reception on Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. The gallery features images of the natural landscape from the internationally-published and highly-collected photographer of the same name.
The new gallery is designed to showcase Hiscano’s large, colorful landscape prints – many of which depict New Jersey's parks and preserves. Hiscano, a New Jersey native, has traveled extensively. Yet, he treasures the true beauty of natural New Jersey which he featured in a published book of nature photography in 2000 entitled, New Jersey: The Natural State.
"Part of my mission is to show off our state's natural beauty," Hiscano said. "The real New Jersey, which may come as a surprise to outsiders, offers a wealth of subjects whose scenic beauty can rival anything other states have to offer."
Images on display include scenes from the New Jersey Highlands, the nearby Great Swamp, the New Jersey Shore, Kittatinny Mountains, and the Pine Barrens.
In addition to showcasing New Jersey’s nature, Hiscano has helped preserve it by er the phone. donating photographs for conservation efforts throughout the state. His "Giving Image" program, through which framed prints are donated to fundraising events, has helped to raise thousands of dollars for local charities.
Hiscano’s photographs have been featured in many group and solo exhibits including the Smithsonian and the National Geographic sponsored International Mountain Summit in Italy. All five former New Jersey governors own signed Hiscano prints, as did the late Congressman Peter Frelinghuysen. His prints are also held in numerous corporate collections, including those at AT&T, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield, Johnson & Johnson, Merck & Co., Merrill Lynch, Oppenheimer, and Pfizer.
Hiscano has been creating images of the natural landscape for over thirty years. A trustee for the New Jersey Highlands Coalition and a former trustee for the Nature Conservancy's NJ chapter, Hiscano's love for the outdoors has led to a passionate effort to capture not only New Jersey's natural landscapes, but wilderness areas throughout the continent on film and digital sensor. In addition to New Jersey, Hiscano has focused his lenses on the deserts of the Southwest, the Pacific Northwest, the Canadian Rockies, Alaska and the Bahamas. Limited edition prints depicting these areas are also available for purchase at the Gallery. His archival prints are available in varying sizes, from 11x14 to mural size.
Occupying a farmhouse dating from the early 1700s, the exhibition space, with its exposed beams and original wide plank floors, reflects Mr. Hiscano's love of New Jersey's rich history.
"Most people don't realize that Washington spent more time in NJ during the Revolutionary War than in any other state- and much of it was right here in the Morristown area," Hiscano said.
It is assumed that the house, like many in the area, served as officers' quarters for Washington's troops while they were stationed at nearby Jockey Hollow. The building also houses The Candy Store of Harding, a purveyor of high-end sweets and gourmet chocolate.
Open every day except Monday, the Dwight Hiscano Gallery is located at 1007 Mount Kemble Avenue in Harding Township. For more information, call 908-577-2275 or visit www.dwighthiscano.com