May 8, 2007

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


Photographs of “My Mexico” by Sheilia Lenga
on Exhibit at Pearl Street Gallery


ELIZABETH, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to present an exhibit by photographer Sheilia Lenga 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. Lenga’s photographs entitled “My Mexico,” photographed in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, is on display at the historic Pearl Street Gallery until June 7. Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

Sheilia Lenga, a resident of Union, was originally trained to be a concert pianist at the Juilliard School of Music. She always has been fascinated with photography and chronicled family events through her camera. Sheilia took courses at The New School in New York; workshops in Santa Fe, New Mexico; as well as The Great American Photography Workshops in California and Colorado with John Shaw and Cliff Zenor.

Ms. Lenga has exhibited in New York and New Jersey and sold her photographs in the United States, Mexico and Canada. She combines her love of photography and music in her work as the publicity chairperson for The New Jersey Jazz Society and the current president of the Contemporary Art Group, which has been exhibiting at the Watchung Arts Center, Les Malamut Gallery, and The Upstairs Gallery of the Community Theatre in Morristown.

When asked about her work, Sheilia said, “I like bright, cheery colors and images. I think photographers have different kinds of eyes: they see things in ways that most people don’t. That is what I try to bring into my images – to make people aware of looking at things differently. I love macro photography and nature, and enjoy capturing those images. Recently I experimented with reflections and motion, some of which can be viewed in the images on exhibit.”

“My father was a fairly famous artist and my parents went on a cross-country trip with another couple 40 years ago. They decided to cross the border and see Mexico. They ended up in San Miguel de Allende, a picturesque Mexican colonial town with cobblestone streets. They loved it so much that they sold their house in Westport, Connecticut and moved to San Miguel.”

“The town, the friendliness of the people there, the excitement, colors, and dancers fascinate me,” Sheilia added. “In the center of the town is a square called the jardín. Most nights there are concerts and dancers in the jardín, and dancers and musicians come from surrounding towns to perform. My exhibit tries to capture some of the action for you to enjoy.”

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.
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