FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
February 7, 2007

CONTACT: Tom Plante, (908) 527-4746
Seb D’Elia, (908) 527-4419

 

Artwork by Stephanie Natiello of Elizabeth
on Exhibit at Pearl Street Gallery

ELIZABETH, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to present an exhibit by Elizabeth painter and illustrator Stephanie Natiello in the gallery space at the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, located at 633 Pearl Street in Elizabeth. A selection of Ms. Natiello’s oil paintings, pastels, watercolors, and drawings, entitled “People, Places and Trees: A Study in Beauty” is on display at the historic Pearl Street Gallery through April 8. Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

Stephanie Natiello graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with honors in 2001. She is the recipient of a number of honors and awards, including the New Jersey Governor’s Award in Art Education. She recently completed an artist residency on a full scholarship at Peter’s Valley Craft Center in Layton, NJ and is currently attending graduate school at Kean University to obtain her certification to teach art.

Ms. Natiello has shown her masterfully rendered works in group and solo exhibits throughout the region. She won First Place, Best in Show, Best in Arts, and SAA Best in Arts at the Somerset Regional Student Art Show. She also won First Place awards in the DuCret School of Art & Design Show, the 2006 Warren Bicentennial Art Show, and the Watchung Arts Center Member Show. Her solo exhibits include The Library of the Chathams, Rhode Island School of Design, the Watchung Art Center, and The Women’s Association Gallery of Morristown. In Philadelphia, she has exhibited at the
Big Art Show #13 and the 40th Street Summer Series. She also has shown at the Society of Illustrators and Jigsaw in New York.

“This show focuses on three areas: people, places and trees. All three topic areas, because of their intrinsic beauty, are the influence and subject matter behind the large majority of my artwork,” Stephanie said.

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“This show emphasizes that all things can be viewed in an individualized sense, and it is often important to do so in order to truly appreciate their beauty. It is also vital to recognize that nothing exists, and more importantly, persists, within its own framework; people and their environment play reciprocal roles in the development of each other.”

“My father is an engineer and professor, while my mother is a saint with secretarial skills,” Natiello said. “From my father I learned to analyze and take things apart mathematically to find a simpler and symbolic depiction. From my mother I learned beauty, sensitivity and compassion, and the ability to embrace all emotions with strength and courage.”

Union County artists (whose works can be hung on a wall) interested in exhibiting in the gallery are welcome to apply. For more information about the Pearl Street Gallery or to learn about other programs, services and volunteer opportunities, please contact the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, 633 Pearl Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07202. Telephone (908) 558-2550. NJ Relay users can dial 711 or send E-mail to: culturalinfo@ucnj.org.