FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 30, 2008

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Paintings by Westfield Art Instructor Marcia S. Kanter
on Exhibit at Pearl Street Gallery

Paintings by Westfield Art Instructor Marcia S. Kanter on Exhibit at Pearl Street Gallery

ELIZABETH, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to present an exhibit of watercolor paintings by Westfield teacher Marcia S. Kanter in the gallery space at the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, located at 633 Pearl Street in Elizabeth. A selection of her paintings entitled “A Stroll through the Garden” is on display at the Pearl Street Gallery until December 4th. Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

“The paintings were inspired by the installations in the sculpture gardens of Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ, and the Storm King Art Center in Mountainville, NY,” Ms. Kanter said. “All are watercolor on gessoed surfaces using collaged board or my own handmade cotton and rag paper. The paint was applied with traditional brush technique as well as a sprayed resist and stencil technique which transport the viewer to an ‘Other’ time and place.”

Marcia Kanter is an Elementary Art Specialist who has taught in public schools for 40 years and at Tamaques School in Westfield since 1972. In 1988, she received the Governor's Recognition Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 2007, she received the Art Educators of New Jersey (AENJ) Elementary Division Award for Excellence, a program that honors visual art teachers whose teaching methodology and results are exceptional.

“We are pleased to have Ms. Kanter’s beautiful paintings on display,” said Freeholder Chairman Angel G. Estrada. “I hope this work by a talented Union County art teacher will attract a new audience to the fine programs available through the Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs.”

Ms. Kanter received her BFA from Boston University College of Fine Arts and her Masters in Fine Arts Education from Kean University, and has studied under noted watercolorists Marge Chavooshian, Carl Burger, Tony Van Hasselt, and Mary Green LaForge. She has been an associate member of the Garden State Watercolor Society and the New Jersey Water Color Society. As a member of The AENJ, she has given numerous workshops at their annual conferences.

Two of Kanter’s paintings were on loan to President Farahi of Kean University. She exhibited in several Garden State Watercolor Society Associate Shows; the AENJ Member Show at Kean University, 2005;

Paintings by Westfield Art Instructor Marcia S. Kanter on Exhibit at Pearl Street Gallery

AENJ’s 2007 “Palette Parade” and the Rahway Arts Guild. Her work also was on exhibit at Russo's Restaurant, Bound Brook, and the Main Street Trattoria, Metuchen.

Union County artists (whose works can be hung on a wall) interested in exhibiting in the gallery space are welcome to apply. For more information about the Pearl Street Gallery or other programs 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. E-mail to: culturalinfo@ucnj.org.