FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 23, 2008

CONTACT: Sebastian D’Elia, 908-527-4419
Tom Plante, 908-527-4746


“Spirit through Art” Exhibition on Display at Freeholders Gallery

bridgeway's annual exhibition of artwork

ELIZABETH, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs are pleased to display selected pieces from Bridgeway’s annual exhibition of artwork at the Freeholders Gallery in Elizabeth through October 21.

This exhibit of 20 works of art, which was first on view at Kean University in May in a more expanded version, is a result of the Fine Art Instruction Program at Bridgeway. Entitled “Spirit through Art,” the exhibition is open to the public on weekdays at the Freeholders Gallery on the 6th Floor of the Union County Administration Building, located at the corner of Elizabethtown Plaza and Rahway Avenue in Elizabeth, during regular business hours.

Bridgeway, a non-profit mental health services agency, assists Central New Jersey adults experiencing mental illness. At the Bridgeway facility in Elizabeth, Metuchen artist Kevin Garvey teaches drawing and painting and helps students gain an understanding of the importance and benefits of becoming involved in the arts.

Through recovery-centered support services, Bridgeway assists individuals to live as independently as possible, learn and work in the community, and improve their quality of life. Bridgeway’s Creative Arts Unit provides opportunities to experience all forms of artistic expression and its staff supports and encourages individuals whose artistic inclinations lead them to pursue creative endeavors. The fine arts instruction program allows novice artists to explore their creative abilities and more advanced artists to increase their creative talents by offering a series of ongoing weekly instruction sessions.

Funding has been made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, through a grant administered by the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs. For further information about this exhibition or upcoming cultural activities, please contact the
Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, 633 Pearl Street, Elizabeth NJ 07202; telephone
908-558-2550; NJ Relay users dial 711; or email




bridgeway's annual exhibition of artwork