Straube Center in the News

October 23, 2007
Press Release


Vagabond Vistas Announces Straube Center Exhibition to Benefit Flashes of Hope


Pennington, NJ – Award-winning travel photographer David J. Simchock of Vagabond Vistas Photography opens his (untitled) solo photography exhibition on Friday, November 9, 2007 (7PM – 9:30PM) at the Straube Center (One Straube Center Blvd., Pennington, NJ 08534, Building 100, 2nd Floor, Ph: 609-737-3322). The show will hang through the end of 2007. A portion of the proceeds from the exhibition will benefit Flashes of Hope, a charity that Simchock frequently supports through his portraiture service. Also on the evening of the reception, Simchock is conducting a gallery talk titled “Marketing for the Emerging Artist” (6PM – 7PM). The reception and gallery talk are open to the public and are free of charge. Refreshments will be served.

Following the success of the “Digital Art Celebration” Group Exhibition in September and October, Win Straube, founder of the Straube Center, invited Simchock to use the office complex as a showcase for his nomadically-diverse photography. Happily accepting the offer, Simchock is hanging over 70 framed pieces for the show – a mix of his work from past years up to material that has been created in recent months. Content ranges from imagery as near as Trenton, to as far away as the Sahara Desert. Matted prints will also be available on the evening of the opening reception. As part of the event, Straube also asked Simchock to put together a short “Art Talk” to help his fellow artists with their marketing ambitions. Simchock was happy to oblige and decided to include the presentation as part of the exhibition opening.

Simchock has also linked the exhibition with the Flashes of Hope organization to help with their fund-raising. Twenty percent of all sales on the night of the reception will be donated to the foundation, as will a portion of other sales throughout the duration of the exhibition. Christie Kwait, the Philadelphia Chapter director for Flashes of Hope, will be on hand at the November 9th reception, helping to answer any questions that attendees may have, but also to promote sponsorship for the children and families that are beneficiaries of the organization.

Says Simchock, “This exhibition is not only a great opportunity for me to display my work locally, but it has also turned into event that allows me to give back to the community, whether that be to my peers or to a very noble charity like Flashes of Hope. I have been working with Flashes of Hope for about one year now, and it is, by far, the most gratifying work that I do as a professional photographer. I am very proud to support this organization.” A selection of Simchock’s Flashes of Hope portraits can be found on the Vagabond Vistas website “Portraits” gallery:

FLASHES OF HOPE MISSION: Flashes of Hope is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating uplifting portraits of children fighting cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. The portraits, taken by award-winning photographers, help children feel better about their changing appearance by celebrating it. For families of terminally-ill children, it's especially important to have a portrait that preserves forever the beauty, grace and dignity of their child.

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ART AT STRAUBE CENTER: Art has always been close to the heart of Win Straube, the founder of the Straube Center. As a collector himself, he wanted to promote national and international artists. The hallways of the new office building at the Straube Center offer a perfect space to display a variety of artists' work for the public to enjoy.

Some art works are on permanent display whereas others are rotating exhibitions. Receptions and "Art Talks" will further support the excitement of this unique art gallery in an office building. Shown on this website are examples of works by these artists but they are not necessarily on display at the Straube Center.

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A native of Ewing, New Jersey, David has lived and traveled overseas for many years and, since returning to the area, founded Vagabond Vistas Photography in early 2003. David’s images have been published in major periodicals such as the New York Times, The Washington Post and Newark Star-Ledger and he has exhibited his work in numerous galleries and venues from Philadelphia to Trenton to New York City. His efforts have been awarded several prestigious accolades. David has also contributed his services to Flashes of Hope, Make-a-Wish Foundation, Fundacja Mam Marzenie (Poland), and is a mentor in the Trenton School System. He has very recently had two images selected to be part of a calendar for Photographers Without Borders.

David enjoys being a stranger in a strange land and taking on new artistic challenges, whether abroad or nearer to his own back yard. He strives to bring a fresh approach to his craft, successfully capturing the mood of the moment, as well as, perhaps, an entire journey.

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