FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 15, 2009

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Paper Sculptures by Elizabeth Artist Barbara Wallace on Exhibit at Pearl Street Gallery

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to present an exhibit of paper sculptures by Elizabeth artist Barbara Wallace in the gallery space at the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, located in the historic St. John’s Parsonage at 633 Pearl Street in Elizabeth. A selection of her work entitled “Barbara Wallace - Sculpture” is on display at the Pearl Street Gallery through June 5. The public is invited to enjoy the exhibit during gallery hours, 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 paper sculptures by Elizabeth artist Barbara Wallace in the gallery space at the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, located in the historic St. John’s Parsonage at 633 Pearl Street in Elizabeth. A selection of her work entitled “Barbara Wallace - Sculpture” is on display at the Pearl Street Gallery through June 5. The public is invited to enjoy the exhibit during gallery hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

“The talent and diversity of our county artists assure an inspiring and interesting variety of exhibitions at the Pearl Street Gallery,” said Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalski, liaison to the
Union County Cultural and Heritage Advisory Board. “We are pleased to display an exhibit of
Ms. Wallace’s impressive body of work.”

Barbara Wallace began her artistic training at the Art Students’ League in New York. She received her BFA in painting from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, and her MFA in sculpture from the University of Pennsylvania. Wallace is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Fine Arts at Kean University and in the Humanities Department at Passaic County Community College in Paterson. Recently her artwork was in exhibitions including iDraw, iPaint, iSculpt, iPhotograph at the Pierro Gallery, South Orange; Barbara Wallace (solo) at the Dryfoos Gallery, Kean University; In the Country of Last Refuge, at the Gallery Aferro, Newark; Friends of Hitoshi Nakazato Exhibit, atIce Box Space, Philadelphia; 2007 Union County Merck Juried Art Show, at the Arts Guild of Rahway; BA-BOOM!! and The First Newark Arts & Music Festival at Halsey Village Sculpture Garden, Red Saw Gallery, Newark; and The Wreath: Interpretations, at The Arsenal Gallery, New York City.

“My training is in traditional sculptural materials of clay, metal, stone, and wood. I have
adapted techniques ordinarily reserved for clay and sheet metal for recycled paper and tin can lids,” Ms. Wallace said of her work. “The process for creating the works usually begins with a recycled metal clothes hanger. Layers of newspapers, magazines, and cardboard are applied to this minimal armature with an adhesive of boiled wheat paste glue. Other sculptures combine the paper core technique with a layer of wax. Creating long-lasting sculpture from unlikely and somewhat ephemeral materials of yesterday’s news and this afternoon’s lunch is the crux of
my artwork.”

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.

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to present an exhibit of paper sculptures by Elizabeth artist Barbara Wallace in the gallery space at the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, located in the historic St. John’s Parsonage at 633 Pearl Street in Elizabeth. A selection of her work entitled “Barbara Wallace - Sculpture” is on display at the Pearl Street Gallery through June 5. The public is invited to enjoy the exhibit during gallery hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.