Martha Rohl - New York Unfiltered

New York Unfiltered, Photographs by Martha Rohl. The show opened Friday May 4th with a festive reception by friends and family. Tom Stock reviews the show,

Martha Rohl’s photography proves that she lets her images do the talking, unfiltered. Besides the obvious explanation,meaning there is nothing between her lens and the subject, there is another aspect. Her photos have no titles, no labels what so ever. These items are left out leaving only the photographs There are no landscapes. Her subjects are people she meets on the streets of the Big Apple. There are no close-ups. All of the images are aware of being photographed and are not posed. She asks permission of her subjects in order to form trust. Most of the images are candid shots. This attests to Rohl’s ability to find a subject and photograph it right away. She is patient too, waiting for the exact right moment.

A bikini-clad woman on the Coney Island Boardwalk has sun block on her nose and a middle aged figure. This a straight-on image. Rohl takes advantage of available light. No flash is used. The blacks are black, grays gray, and whites white.

One creative image is of a couple looking at an overexposed whiteout any form in a museum. This one of the few images that falls into the conceptual category. Intense light blotted out the art. In addition, a sitting woman sits against blank white. This image as well as all the others are not “pretty pictures” Rohl takes  straight forward, no nonsense images.

Review by Tom Stock

REVIEW OF “Hidden Wonders” New Paintings by Judith Gale

Judith Gale Mont chooses “happy colors” to create her abstract paintings. “They are lively, exotic, and represent the colors I find on seashells. The shells she mentions are not easily seen, Mont takes the time to see. Her father has a huge collection of mollusks for her to study.  
Here is a paragraph from her biography:

“Adding to her prior interest in the natural world, she has been involved in the Molluscan Science Foundation, Inc, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of our coral reefs. As Vice President of this organization, her work has let to designing and administering educational materials to stimulate the interest of young children for seashells and our oceans. This involvement has led to the subjects of her recent artwork, which has incorporated seashells and other maritime subjects.”

Her latest exhibit is at Jack Jack’s Coffee House on Deer Park Avenue in Babylon. Four large canvasses take viewers to coral reefs. When she finds shells with colorful markings that she likes, she begins her own journey to express the shapes and forms beyond reality. Her intention is to take us deeper than the surface of a shell. She starts there, uses “happy colors” and expands micro-sized features to macro to explode a universe of color and form. “I want to protect the richness of nature.” The ocean is undergoing severe impacts from acidification which directly kills delicate, sensitive mollusk species. Her art is a unique way to let us put on diving mask and blow tube and dive.

She works out her studio in Manhattan and a garage in Baltimore Maryland where her parents live. At age 28, she is well on her way to a promising career as an environmental artist. Her next exhibit will be in Italy.

“When we renovated this space, we designed a large blank wall for exhibit space. We decided to invite abstract expressionist artists. This is our fifth show.” says Mike Sparacino, co owner. The exhibit will remain until the end of January 2018.

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Tremendous thanks to Tom Stock.

Judith Gale Mont

Argus II, MIxed Media on Canvas, 53.5 x 53.5"

Argus II, MIxed Media on Canvas, 53.5 x 53.5"

Mont's vivid colorful canvases allow the viewer a larger than life glimpse at the molluscan seashell manifold. 

This exhibition fills the walls of Jack Jack's Coffee House with light lifting colors. The curves and facets of the magnified molluscan forms appear to laugh at the high ribbed ceiling above. 

Visit the show now through the end of November. 

All works for sale. Additional works and Commission available.

Call 631-742-1336. We welcome your questions and comments.

Open Air Fine Art Show

An Open Air Juried Fine Art Show which brings together local Long Island Fine Artists of several mediums which include Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Printmaking, Mixed Media, Ceramic, and Glass.

Jack Jack’s Coffee House, located 223 Deer Park Ave in the heart of Babylon Village New York presents The Open Art Fine Art Show for local artists will be held outdoors during the Babylon Village 25th annual Fall Harvest Festival Saturday October 21st with a rain date of October 28th.

J2x Gallery promotes emerging artists whose work follows in the line of abstraction. Work Exhibited in the gallery reflects the art movements of Abstract Expressionism and Impressionism. Abstraction makes a clear a relationship between the painter and the viewer. Devoid of realism and subject matter develops a narrative that presents a relationship with the color field, contrast of line, and shape in the abstract painting. The result becomes a work of its own object.

J2x Gallery holds that abstract art gives the viewer a place to irrationally wonder. This is a place where the ego, at least for a moment, loses control to imagination.


Deadline for Entries: Sept 28 2017 •
Deadline for Late Entries: Oct 1 2017 •
Notification of Jury Results: Oct 8 2017 •
Show Date: Oct 21 2017; Rain Date Oct 28 2017
General Information • Electricity to booths not available •
Portable restrooms available to the Artist •
Submission Fee: $35 •
Booth Fee: $215 includes 10 X 10 Exhibition Tent and hanging walls

Submit Your Entries

Abstract Landscapes

The exhibition Abstract Landscapes opens July 15th at Jack Jack's Coffee House. The space is dedicated to the works of Mel Smothers. Michael met Mel in his Chelsea studio where he spends most days working on larger oil canvases and drawings. 

These canvases, 24 inch square, or 48 inch square, capture the light and color Smothers witnessed over the years on the west coast in California, Nevada as well as back East in New York and the Florida Keys.


Review - Abstract Landscapes Mel Smothers

As an addicted writer, I am compelled to dive into what is behind your work. I got an inkling of that last evening.
The paintings have their own reality grounded in the horizon. Each painting has a piece of the Earth-Pie to dine on. I did that last evening at Jack Jack’s in Babylon Village. It is a rare treat for Babylon residents and anyone on Long Island to have the opportunity to view abstract reality. canvasses big and small reek of what I’ll call “the jiggle effect” I spent time squinting at this work. always starting from the horizon, i let my eye slowly head to the foreground. These paintings are field trips. They fill the need to have an imagination. Mountain Lake paintings for example. He plays with the surface, the ever-changing surface of water. as a naturalist, I learned a lot from his work. I learned that Mel takes his viewers to an open place where they can SEE at the horizon and how everything else is connected to it. For people who can’t see the horizon because of where they live, go see his paintings – 223 Deep Park Avenue, Babylon, N.Y. right next to the LIRR station.
- Tom Stock

Current Exhibition - Paul Catalanotto

Paul Catalanotto Opens March 25th, 2017.

Paul Catalanotto,  Shredding Memories,  2016

Paul Catalanotto, Shredding Memories, 2016

Points East - New Works by Paul Catalanotto

Opening reception “Points East”:
Saturday, March 25th, 2017, 6 to 10 p.m.

Show runs through June  25, 2017

pen hours:  7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday - Thursday
7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday - Saturday

“Point East”, a solo show with new paintings by Paul Catalanotto, opens March 25th and runs through June 25th, at Jack Jack’s Coffee House, 223 Deer Park Avenue, Babylon Village, 11702.

Catalanotto is a Brooklyn based artist who creates colorful and expansive works a unique plaster-based medium to produce a polished fresco.

The exhibition “Points East” here at Jack Jack’s gallery represents the latest state of Paul’s execution and dedication to the abstract art process.

Paul creates Polished Fresco artworks, evocative and colorful abstracts that look texture and three dimensional, but are flat, polished and smooth to the touch. Applying the medium with a steel trowel, Paul works the pigments around a field to settle in with a brilliant clarity and color harmony as seen in nature.

The show is open to the public until June 25th. All works are for sale directly from 2JX Abstract Gallery.   

Paul Catalanotto was schooled in industrial and graphic design at Carnegie Mellon University; and illustration, sculpture, photography and animation at Pratt Institute.

2JX Abstract Gallery at Jack Jack’s Coffee House exhibits contemporary abstract paintings. Jack’s Jack’s Coffee House, located in the heart of Babylon Village, serves speciality coffee, select tea, pastry, vegan and vegetarian fare.





Current Exhibition - Richard Margolies

Jack Jack’s Coffee House fall exhibition presents the talents of Richard Margolies.

We are  fortunate to share these paintings on canvas now through December.



All works offered for sale. Price list available upon request.

For more information concerning this work call 631-742-1336 or


Previous Exhibition

Jack Jack’s Coffee House presents

    The View from Here. New Paintings by Juan Cruz-Reverberi.

Jack Jack’s Coffee House premiere exhibition presents the talents of painter Juan Cruz-Reverberi.

We are  fortunate to have these colorful canvases as the first Jack Jack’s Coffee House exhibition.

Join us Sunday afternoon, January 17, 2016 for a reception honoring the artist. For more information concerning this work contact Vanessa Viola at 631-742-1336 or

About the Artist

Juan Cruz Reverberi was born in Tucumán, a northern city in Argentina. He received his degree in architecture from the University of Architecture and Urbanism of Tucumán and started working with his father in the family firm at a very young age. Immediately, Juan was immersed in a variety of projects, while gaining valuable insight to a deeper passion, painting.

As a practicing architect and painter, Juan has a great sense of complex geometry and advanced mathematics. Coupled with his extensive traveling experience throughout Europe, the Americas and Hawaii theses paintings are grounded in a balance between the natural world of color and linear conventional forms.  


  1. Untitled, XXII, 2015,  Acrylic on canvas, 48 x 36 inches                

  2. Untitled, VII, 2015,  Acrylic on canvas, 41 x 68 inches                

  3. El Templo, 2015,  Acrylic on canvas, 48 x 36 inches            

  4. Untitled, XVI, 2015,  Acrylic on canvas, 68 1/2 x 38 inches            

  5. Untitled, XIII, 2015,  Acrylic on canvas, 60 x 40 inches                

  6. Diverticulo en el Tiempo II,  Acrylic on canvas, 48 x 36 inches            

  7. Untitled, IV,  Acrylic on canvas, `    60 x 33 inches