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Today I visited the reception for "Random Journeys" at the Clifton Arts Center Gallery in Clifton, N.J.

More than 30 pastels by Michael C. Gabriele and ten sculptures by Brian Hanlon were on display. The exhibit runs through Oct. 28.

Gabriele, a Nutley native, seemed to favor irises as a subject. He conceded that looking around at the paintings that that would appear to be so. One of his favorite places is the Presby Gardends in Montclair.

His drawings also capture scenes in Arches National Park, Utah; Dusseldorf, Germany; England, France, Clifton and New York City.

One of my favorite pieces is "Franklin Avenue, Nutley" which is the southbound view of the low rail trestle that every so often catches a tall trailer. Gabriele's pastel captures the red roof of the corner building long before the ribs place moved in. I'd love to see this pastel hang forever in the Nutley Museum.

If you're in the area, do check out the exhibit. The chalk lines and the castings have a way of taking you places you'd never thought you'd go.

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