Born and raised in New Jersey, photographer Mary Elizabeth Kamphausen Shadbolt (MEKS) specializes in local scenes of the state’s floral, landscape, and urban settings.
Working under the banner of her own Tiger-Fly brand, her current project involves a 365-day challenge to post one amazing local photograph each day for an entire year. She is currently working on her fourth year of this project. As a direct result of her work, she is gaining a strong, engaged following on Facebook, where the project lives and breathes daily.
A 1996 graduate of NJ’s prestigious Rowan University, with a BFA in Illustration, with a triple minor in photography, drawing, and art history, her work has taken her all over the world, most recently to London, where she captured the beauty of the city’s rich architecture with a keen eye. In 2001, she earned K-12 Art Education Certification from Moore College of Art & Design (Philadelphia). Through teaching, Mary is able to share her passion for the arts and highlight its strengths to the community.
Mary has taught art extensively throughout the New Jersey school system at a number of different levels. The founder of Youth Art Month, in Bergen County, she chaired and grew the event for three years and brought art into the local community through the impressive celebration of local children’s talents in drawing, painting and sculpture. Her involvement culminated in an event which brought together sixty different public schools for an exhibition and won an award for hosting the show at a commercial locale through her partnership with IKEA.
In 2004, she earned a grant with the Dodge Foundation and worked closely with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra to develop a state-wide curriculum focusing on Art and Music. Shadbolt also delivered annual presentations at the AENJ (Art Educators of New Jersey) conference outlining her numerous achievements in the classroom to help new art teachers find their footing.
Mary currently resides in Denville, Morris County, with her six year old daughter and her husband, where they enjoy participating in the local culinary scene, cultural events, and local development.
About Reeves-Reed Arboretum
Celebrating over 40 years as an historic public garden, education resource, and non-profit conservancy, Reeves-Reed Arboretum engages, educates, and enriches the public through horticulture and environmental education, and the care and utilization of gardens and estate. Open 7 days a week from dawn till dusk, the Arboretum is listed on both the National and New Jersey Historic Registers. Funding for RRA has been made possible in part by the NJ Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State, through a grant administered by the Union County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Dept. of Parks & Community Renewal.
Reeves-Reed Arboretum – A place to grow….for everyone!