Friday, July 20, 2012



By Bob Gilbert

This month’s exhibit at the Gourgaud Gallery features the acrylic and watercolor paintings of Mr. Necati Itez.  The thirty works of art capture interesting birds with landscape as background.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Mr. Itez and he told me more about the exhibit and about himself.  Mr. Itez considers himself a self-educated bird enthusiast, and he loves to paint all sizes of birds from the small fly catchers to the large eagles.  He selected birds as the topic of this exhibit because they make such interesting subject matter.  He apparently has quite a knack for capturing our fine feathered friends with a paint brush, as he has been told that he “paints birds like nobody else”.  So bird lovers (and others) – come on down and see this exhibit.

As to his background, Mr. Itez attended art school in New Jersey many years ago, and that led him to a career as a textile designer.  As such, he created paintings (mostly floral) that were transferred to fabric (“yard goods”), and ultimately were made into upholstery or clothing.  So it’s possible that if your couch is several years old, you may be sitting on an “Itez design”!

Mr. Itez is retired, and eight years ago he moved to an active adult community in Monroe Township.  At that time, he decided to take up fine art painting.  In recent years, he has displayed his work in many group shows and competitions, and this year he won the first prize in a painting competition at the Middlesex Community Senior Center (it was a painting featuring birds).  This exhibit at the Gourgaud Gallery will be Mr. Itez’ first one-man show and he is very excited about it.

As to whether he paints subjects other than birds, Mr. Itez informs me that he does and is presently working on a series of paintings of international folk dancers from all over the world.  He intends to display these in a future exhibit.

Here’s wishing much success to Mr. Itez on his one-man show – it really is a “feather in his cap”!   

                             The Gourgaud Gallery
                                     Town Hall, 23-A North Main Street
                                              Cranbury, New Jersey      
“All About the Birds” the Art of Necati Itez
Reception August 5th from 1 to 3 PM
Exhibit from August 5-26
Hours: Mon-Fri 9 AM – 4 PM
    First, Third and Last Sunday 1 PM – 3 PM

The Gourgaud Gallery is part of the Cranbury Arts Council, a nonprofit organization. Any art purchased at the gallery will benefit the Cranbury Arts Council for various programs by receiving 20% from all sales. Cash or a check made out to the Cranbury Arts Council is accepted as payment.