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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 20, 2009

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Textile Art by Chanell Riley of Union on Exhibit at Freeholders Gallery


ELIZABETH, NJ – In celebration of Black History Month, the textile designs of African-American artist Chanell Riley are featured in an exhibit at the Freeholders Gallery in Elizabeth through March 9th.  The Freeholders Gallery is located on the 6th floor of the Union County Administration building, on Elizabethtown Plaza in the City of Elizabeth. The gallery is open
to the public from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.

Ms. Riley is a 2002 graduate of Union High School. She recently earned her Master of Science degree in textile design from Philadelphia University. Earlier, she studied abroad at the Polimoda Institute of Fashion Design in Florence, Italy, and at the Lucerne School of Art and Design in Lucerne, Switzerland. Chanell received her B.A. in Textile/Surface Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.

“It is a pleasure to offer this exhibit opportunity to Chanell Riley,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “She has chosen a unique art medium and we know that people will enjoy seeing her work.”

All of the textile designs on exhibit in the Freeholders Gallery were first sketched by Chanell and then painted by hand. The imagery was scanned into her computer then transferred onto silk fabric to produce the lovely panels in the show. Also included are panels of jacquard, which is a method employed in the weaving of a figured fabric.

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; NJ Relay users dial 711; or E-mail: