A gallery of locally-produced art hangs in a meeting room at the Green Brook municipal building, including a photograph of an almost-surreal maple tree in full blush of autumn colors on a stark night.
Surprisingly, the artistic eye behind the photo—Greenbriar Road resident Thom Boyle—says he's neither artist or photographer.
"I'm not really a photographer or artist or anything," Boyle said. "I was just trying out a new camera."
Whether intentional or not, Boyle's photo and the other pieces on display are striking, ranging from comforting craftworks to pastel floral creations and photographs—actually, just two photos, both taken in Boyle's backyard.
A photo of a fawn captured moments after its birth by Boyle's neighbor Anthony Lowenburg has a beautiful balance to it—but like his neighbor, Lowenburg downplays his artistic sensibilities.
"It's more of a hobby," he said. "There's planty to see in the Green Brook area, so we're constantly taking pictures of wildlife."
A reception for the artists planned for 7 p.m. Sept. 4 at the municipal building will also showcase a pair of needlework scenes crafted by Arlene McCullen before her death in 2009. Jack McCullen, her husband, said he offered the needlepoints after learning about the township's project seeking works for display while working in the room as a volunteer tax preparer with the AARP this spring.
The public is invited to attend the reception.