FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 31, 2009

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

 

Paintings by Laura Brown of Westfield on Exhibit at Pearl Street Gallery

by laura brown of westfield

ELIZABETH, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to present an exhibit of oil paintings and illustrations by Westfield artist Laura Brown 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 work is on display at the Pearl Street Gallery through October 1. Gallery hours are 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. Brown’s charming paintings and illustrations. Laura Brown’s talent as an artist and an art teacher is of great benefit to Union County.”

Ms. Brown earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and post baccalaureate teacher certification from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Soon after graduation she worked as a graphic artist doing layout and design and photography for The Hudson Reporter newspaper in Hoboken.

Laura Brown taught fine art at Abraham Clark High School from 1992-1999, instructing in all areas of art making, aesthetics, and art history. In 1993, Ms. Brown earned the Abraham Clark High School Outstanding First Year Teacher Award. She planned and directed art exhibits and contests, and contributed to the award-winning school magazine “Reflections.” She initiated an after school Art Club and a Comic Book Club. As a teacher she reinforced classroom learning with field trips, motivational speakers and guest artists. She also developed and wrote the district’s Fine Arts curriculum.

Ms. Brown’s illustrations have been published in Architectural Digest, Pen & Ink Magazine, Sprouts Magazine, Arts & Antiques Magazine, and many others. She also illustrates books, creates murals in New Jersey and New York, paints portraits, and continues as a fine arts instructor at the Arts Guild of Rahway, the Roselle Art Association and in her art studio.

by laura brown of westfield

by laura brown of westfield

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.