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Artists Celebrate Black History Month

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The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to present an exhibit of creations by seven visual artists to celebrate this year’s Black History Month. The art work depicting influences of their black heritage is on display at the Freeholders Gallery in Elizabeth through the end of February.

The Freeholders Gallery is located on the 6th floor of the Union County Administration building on Elizabethtown Plaza in downtown Elizabeth and is open to the public from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

Five Plainfield artists are among the group. Laura Heim, a 3D art instructor at the Plainfield Senior Center created an ethnic black and pink necklace in ceramics. Mixed media artist Mel Holston depicts female figures fully covered with tattoo-like designs. Jane Lewis drew folksy images of three sisters in pastel. Rosabel Roberts displays three oil paintings: a still life, a landscape and a woman’s portrait. Owen Lewis painted in oil some interesting portraits of faces from Africa on one large canvas.

Completing the exhibit are two artists from the Union area. Chanell Riley uses her current studies of textile design to produce two paintings with digital printing of a floral design and a multi-cultural picture of women. Kaaren Patterson printed three photographic images on canvas of her observations while traveling in Ireland.

The exhibits at the Freeholders Gallery are coordinated by the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs. For further information about this exhibit and other programs and services related to the arts and Union County history, contact the Office at 633 Pearl Street, Elizabeth NJ 07202; telephone (908) 558-2550; or E-mail: