May 4, 2007

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


Public Invited to Union County Art Exhibit
For Awards Reception, May 16

UNION, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders will recognize local artists and present awards at a reception on Wednesday, May 16, for the Sixth Annual Exhibit and Contest for County of Union Employees and Their Relatives. The reception and awards ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Elizabethtown Gas Company, Liberty Hall Center, 1085 Morris Avenue in Union Township.

“Everyone has some artistic ability, but we don’t always have a way to show our work,” said Freeholder Chairwoman Bette Jane Kowalski, liaison to the Union County Cultural and Heritage Programs Advisory Board. “We thank Elizabethtown Gas for hosting the reception and providing gallery space for Union County employees and their families to display their talent.”

Presented in partnership with the National Arts Program®, the exhibit offers County of Union employees and their families an opportunity to display their art work. The exhibit will be open weekdays from May 16 to June 11, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“The Freeholders share the goal of the National Arts Program® to reach as many people as possible of all ages, offering them a chance to show their creations,” said Freeholder Vice Chairman Angel G. Estrada. “We invite the public to view this exceptional artwork.”

Three prominent artists and arts professionals are judging the show: Frank Falotico, Peter Lester and Joan Pamboukes.

Frank Falotico is the Director of the duCret School of Art in Plainfield. Mr. Falotico has a B.A. in Fine Art from Monmouth College, is a graduate of the duCret School of Art and studied at the Art Students League in New York. He has exhibited his paintings in numerous shows in New Jersey and New York including the Swain Galleries in Plainfield, the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Rutgers University, and the Salmagundi Club in New York City.

Peter Lester attended The Camberwell School of Art and Heatherly School of Fine Arts in London and the School of Visual Arts in New York. At the Children’s Television Workshop he was a Digital Artist, Art Director, and Director of Art and Animation. Peter’s sculpture has been exhibited at the Dianna Burke Gallery in New York and published in the Christopher Street Cookbook. Among his clients are: Hooked on Phonics, The Karsten Foundation, Scholastic, Byron Priece, National Geographic, and Digital Tape and Ink. Peter also teaches at The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey in Summit.

Joan Pamboukes received her BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and her MFA at New Jersey City University. Her photography has been exhibited in numerous exhibitions at venues such as the New Jersey City Museum and Hunter College Times Square Gallery in New York. Ms. Pamboukes was the project manager for the digital art fair DiVA Streets Manhattan in 2006 and was photo editor of By Definition: Language as Art by Maya Lin and Tan Lin. She teaches photography at Long Island University in Brooklyn and at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey in Summit.

The National Arts Program® currently runs 74 programs, encompassing more than 400 cities in 40 states nationwide and was conceived by Leonard E.B. Andrews, an art collector, publisher, business executive and journalist, “for the encouragement and development of artistic expression.” The aim of the National Arts Program® is to provide an uninhibited opportunity for people to present their talent, at whatever level, in a free, public exhibition. The National Arts Program® is sponsored by The National Arts Program Foundation of Malvern, Pennsylvania. To learn more about the program, visit

Additional support for this event is provided by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

For further information, contact the Union County Office of
Cultural and Heritage Affairs, 633 Pearl Street, Elizabeth NJ 07202. Telephone (908) 558-2550 or e-mail: