Photograph exhibit of Hammonton highlights town’s Third Thursday
HAMMONTON - A blustery November evening did not keep a few brave souls from coming out to Downtown Hammonton for this month’s Third Thursday.
The night kicked off at Stockton University’s Kramer Hall, where local artist Kevin Husta has a new exhibit. His exhibit is a love letter to Hammonton, focusing on the town’s historic and meaningful sites.
“It was just a complex and cool show to do,” said Husta.
While Husta enjoyed putting together the whole show, he did have a particular favorite — a series of photos centering on garage doors.
“The garage door idea was an idea that I came up with in 2012,” said Husta. The photos were not the only items that Husta created for the exhibit; he also crafted the frames the photos were displayed in with repurposed wood.
After hearing about Husta’s photographs on exhibit, Kevin Dodimead and David Capelli came out to support their friend.
“They’re really great shots,” said Capelli. “We both grew up in Hammonton and it’s amazing to see a show devoted to Hammonton.”
The cool November night called for something warm to drink, which student volunteers from St. Joseph’s High School’s Interact Club helped to provide. The volunteers, stationed at two sections along Bellevue Avenue, were serving the traditional drink of wassail, a type of mulled and spiced cider that is served hot. The wassail was made by Casciano Coffee Bar & Sweetery.
“This is our first time helping out,” said Interact Club volunteer Jake DeMarco. He was joined by fellow Interact Club volunteer Adam Monacelli. Despite the cool and breezy evening, Monacelli was still enjoying himself. “The weather doesn’t bother me, it’s fun,” smiled Monacelli. The warm wassail also did not hurt in helping to keep the two volunteers warm.
Dustin Rebecca was having a bit more luck in staying warm, as the artist was tucked inside the Hammonton Arts Center working on a wood burning demonstration.
“I love it; I tend to do it more in winter,” said Rebecca, who said he mainly burns images of nature and animals, but has been commissioned to create images ranging from monsters to famous characters.
“I can burn anything really as long as there is a dark and a light,” said Rebecca.
Next month, visitors will have a chance to “Jingle and Mingle” during Third Thursday, which will be on Dec. 21 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.