FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 7, 2009

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

 

Photographs & Drawings of Haiti by Joseph Patrick
of Elizabeth on Exhibit at Pearl Street Gallery

 

ELIZABETH, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to present an exhibit of photographs and drawings by Elizabeth artist Joseph Patrick 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. The exhibit is an aesthetic narrative of everyday life in Haiti and is on display at the Pearl Street Gallery through July 30. 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 Programs Advisory Board. “We are pleased to display this exhibit of Mr. Patrick’s impressive images of daily life in Haiti.”

The exhibit is a combination of realistic photographs and abstract mixed media drawings depicting festivals, parades and events in the Haitian community. The photographs serve as a bridge to enhance a greater understanding of Haitian culture. Joseph Patrick received a 2008 HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant to present the original exhibit at the Elizabeth Public Library this past spring. That exhibit coincided with the May 18th Haitian Community Flag Day Celebration and parade in Elizabeth.

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.