FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 22, 2012
Contact: Tom Plante, (908) 527-4746
Sebastian D’Elia, (908) 527-4419

Giclée Prints of Paintings by Westfield Artist Gina Minichino on Exhibit
at Pearl Street Gallery

ELIZABETH, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to present an exhibit of giclée fine art prints of paintings by Westfield artist Gina Minichino 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 entitled “Eat This!” is on display at the Pearl Street Gallery until March 30. Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

“The talent and diversity of our county artists ensure 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 delighted to display the colorful fine art prints of Gina Minichino’s entertaining paintings.”

Gina has exhibited her work in many galleries in New Jersey and New York including the Braunsdorf Gallery in Westfield, the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey in Summit, the Renee Foosaner Gallery in Millburn, Maxwell’s in Hoboken, the Staten Island Museum, and the Artist’s Gallery in Ridgewood.

“I grew up with a pencil, pen or marker in my hand. After graduating from Westfield High School, I knew I wanted to go to art school in New York to learn to draw cartoons,” Minichino said. “At the School of Visual Arts I studied with great cartoonists like Harvey Kurzman, Will Eisner and Sam Viviano. After graduation, I took a painting class and found a new passion.”

“I loved exploring light and color and learning how it all worked,” Gina added. “I continue to paint things that fascinate me…like people…and junk food.”

In 2011, Ms. Minichino exhibited in the 25th International Juried Show at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey in Summit. In 2009, she exhibited at the Arts Guild New Jersey in Rahway and at the Park Avenue Armory in New York. These days she teaches private art classes in her Westfield studio. Her varied and interesting artwork can be seen at www.ginaminichino.com.

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.

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