Arts and Artists

Charlotte Gerber Turner's photo website


Charlotte Gerber Turner's photo website

Charlotte invites you to enjoy more than 100 of her photographs on her new  website

The photographs are organized in 10 categories: Awards, Momentary, People, Architecture, Documentary, Abstract, Street, Black and White, Scenery, and Travel. 

The 100+ photographs on Charlotte's new website will open your eyes to places and people of New York City (and elsewhere) that you might never notice on your own. A page called "About" decribes Charlotte's personal involvement with photography over the years.  Another page called "Contact" provides an easy way for you to send her a message or question. 


Charlotte writes:

THIS is a LOVE story over time. My romance with photography started in 6th grade at Grove Street School. In 2019, our classmate Michael Brodie invited me to join him in an online photography class which resulted in a new adventure into photography and the creation of this website. I hope you will enter my website and come along with me on this EXCITING journey.


Here is one of Charlotte's award-winning photographs:

Topsy Curvy.  Charlotte Gerber Turner


Can you figure out how Charlotte made this photograph?  (She did not use any photoshop techniques.)

Here are a few clues:

1. There is a sculpture by contemporary artist Anish Kapoor.

2. The sculpture has a highly reflective surface.

3. Charlotte is in the photograph.

Now enjoy more than 100 more of Charlotte's photos at


Need help navigating Charlaotte's website?  Here are some general directions to follow.  Keep in mind that your device may operate differently. 

* Find a list of 10 categories of photographs on the left side of your screen (Awards, Momentary, People, Architecture, Documentary, Abstract, Street, Black and White, Scenery, Travel)

* Click on one of the categories (for example, Architecture). You will reach a page with a number of  small photos on the Architecture theme. 

* To see an enlargement of one of the small photos, click on it. 

* To see enlargements of other photos on the Architecture theme, move forward or backward or scroll up or down, depending on how your device works.

* To get back to the main Architecture page that shows all the architecture photos together, click on the black X in the upper right corner of the screen.

* The same black takes you back to the list of all the other categories on the left side of your screen. 

* Follow the same directions to explore another category.



Michael Brodie, photographer

Michael Brodie would welcome your comments on his new photograph entitled An Important Question. The question on the TV screen says, "ARE WE GONNA BE OK?"  Michael calls his image "timely and relevant."

How do you respond to Michael's image and its pressing question? Is this an eye of anxiety? Alarm? Urgency? Tranquility? Worry? Belief?  And whose eye is this?  What is it seeing?


Could it simply be a close-up from an over-the-top made-for-TV story that arouses our emotions? Or has this eye seen too many harrowing real-life events that TV brings into our homes? Perhaps this eye is looking out at us, appealing for our assurance that "we are gonna be ok" in our very uncertain world. Does it matter that the chair is empty and nobody is paying attention?

What does Michael's photograph mean to you? I'm happy to post your comments. Just send them to me at You can also respond to Michael personally through this website or at

To enjoy a whole gallery of Michael's photographs, click on 'Michael Brodie's Photo Gallery" in the blue sidebar, 9th item from the top.



Janet Kipp Tribus, painter



"I have been painting and doing art for almost 40 years now. My first foray was pen and ink house portraits in 1981, which was self taught. My father was an architect, and I was fortunate to inherit those artistic genes, although my style has always been much looser.

After many years of pen and ink, and deeply yearning to work with color, I realized that if I couldn't draw, no painting could be successful in my eyes. I took the course "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" at the Montclair Art Museum in NJ. This was a major leap forward for me and my art.

In 1984, I began oil painting in earnest. I had enrolled in the Art Students League in NYC, and was lucky to work with some very influential teachers. I enjoyed many solo exhibits and awards, and progressed with the enthusiasm and encouragement of friends and collectors. The Morris Museum in New Jersey spotlighted my paintings in their new wing in April of 2008. Also at that time, I self-published a book entitled "A Sampler of Paintings" which depicts my artistic development from 1981 to 2007.

I have been living in Vero Beach, Florida for 20 years now. In 2013, I joined the Palm House Gallery & Studio on Ocean Drive; before that, I painted at home. I quickly learned that having a studio was another big step in the growth of my art, and I enjoyed the camaraderie of artists and gallery visitors as I worked. Again my work was eagerly pursued and appreciated. I became known as "The Red Umbrella Artist" - and I've sold almost every one of those paintings!

In 2017, I found myself deeply wanting to express my painting in abstract shapes. I enrolled at Oxbow, a summer residency program of The Art Institute of Chicago. It was there that I gave myself permission to pursue this new direction. Although many of my collectors were at first baffled to see this new bold undertaking, it has turned out to be another successful detour in my artistic development, and several clients have commissioned me to paint abstracts for them.

In March of 2018, I founded my own studio in Vero Beach, and it has enabled me to paint without 'other eyes' watching every step of a painting's creation. For me, painting the abstract piece is a process in which I have no idea what the final product will be. This privacy has freed me to concentrate without fear. I've happily been 'staying in' for the past few years creating these abstracts, but am now ready to have 'other eyes' see it, judge it, and hopefully enjoy my work!"



George Inness at the Montclair Art Museum


If you went to George Inness Junior High School --- and even if you didn't ---you might be interested in learning about thelandscape painter whose name is familiar to all of us who grew up in Montclair.

George Inness worked in and around Montclair in the late 1800s. 

Here is one of Inness' paintings, Early Autumn, Montclair, 1888.

The museum’s current exhibition ‘George Inness: Visionary Landscape” examines how the artist captured the shifting light on the land "from dawn to dusk to moonrise." The exhibition is on view through June 30, 2024 in the museum's George Inness Gallery, the only gallery in the world dedicated to Inness.


The George Inness Gallery at the Montclair Art Museum.


Here are excerpts from The Wall Street Journal’s review: “Enchanted by the Light.”

Inness was enamored less with capturing a sense of place than he was with conveying an emotional, spiritual feeling for light .… [Inness’s landscapes] spark at dawn, brighten into full day, and are engulfed by sunsets, dissolved by dusks, and enveloped by nights illuminated by yellow moons."

Born in Newburgh, New York, Inness traveled widely. He lived in numerous cities in the American Northeast and for extended periods in Florida, Italy, and France. Early on, he worked as a map engraver in New York, which led him to become a landscape painter. This skill ... landed him commissions from the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad to commemorate, in landscapes, industrialization's manifest destiny. ..."

Credit: By Lance Esplund. Copyright 2023 Dow Jones & Company, Inc. All Rights Reserved


Here are the titles of some of the gallery's paintings that show how deeply Inness was affected by nature:

Delaware Water Gap ... Winter Moonlight (Christmas Eve) … Winter Morning, Montclair …  Moonrise, Montclair …  Breaking Through the Clouds … Out of My Studio Door, Montclair …  Early Autumn, Montclair  … Sunset Glow … Pool in the Woods …  Montclair Sunset  … Gathering Clouds, Spring, Montclair, New Jersey

  • To see more of Inness's landscapes inspired by scenes in and around Montclair, google “George Inness Montclair” and click on the “Images” tab.


A note about George Inness' namesake:

George Inness Jr. High School, named in the artist’s honor, was built in the 1920s, about 30 years after the artist’s death.  Sadly, for those of us who attended “G.I.”, the official name of the school is now “Ninth Grade Academy” and the building has been demoted to being called the “George Inness Annex” or “Freshman Building.”  (So much for the opening lines of the school’s song we memorized: “In old Montclair there is a school whose fame will never die…  And the refrain“George Inness to the end.  We’ll sing your praises long and loud… ")