FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 29, 2009

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Paintings by Elizabeth Artist Pedro Da Paz on Exhibit at Pearl Street Gallery

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to present an exhibit of paintings by Elizabeth artist Pedro Da Paz in the gallery space at the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, located at 633 Pearl Street in Elizabeth. A selection of his paintings entitled “Tangible Numbness: the Paradox of Human Emotion” is on display at the Pearl Street Gallery through April 2. Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays

ELIZABETH, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to present an exhibit of paintings by Elizabeth artist Pedro Da Paz in the gallery space at the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, located at 633 Pearl Street in Elizabeth. A selection of his paintings entitled “Tangible Numbness: the Paradox of Human Emotion” is on display at the Pearl Street Gallery through April 2. Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

Pedro Alexander Da Paz was born in Portugal and immigrated to Elizabeth when he was five years old. He was first exposed to the arts through his grandfather, a potter who taught the ancient tradition of Portuguese Black Pottery, and by his father who painted in oils. Fascinated by the works of Frank Gehry and Frank Lloyd Wright, Pedro enjoyed architectural studies during his four years at Elizabeth High School and even worked at an engineering firm during his senior year in 1999. But after three years of college, Da Paz changed his focus. He picked up his first paint brush and began experimenting with acrylics. Now he works in portraits, still life and landscapes, in abstract and realistic styles. In 2005, he opened his own online gallery: www.dapazart.com.

“I primarily use acrylics on canvas. On occasion I will use spray paint, colored pencils, oils, ink pens, cardboard, and paper,” Da Paz said. “I do at times work with different mediums, wood/panel or cardboard depending on the project at hand. Most of my work is very spontaneous. I love to draw inspiration from my subconscious, and usually begin by working abstractly until concepts begin to form.”

Pedro Da Paz was the Artscene.com featured artist of the month for February, 2007. He has exhibited his work in many shows and venues, including the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey in Summit; the Dolce Lounge in Elizabeth; the Trenton Heritage Days Festival; the Wonder Bar in Asbury Park; Gallery 125 in Trenton; Gallery Creez in North Bergen; the Art Café in Weehawken; the Bottagra Wine Room in Hawthorne; and the South 4th Street Bar & Café in Brooklyn.

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. Free on-site parking is available. Telephone (908) 558-2550.
NJ Relay users can dial 711. E-mail to: culturalinfo@ucnj.org.