PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: January 31, 2017

Elizabeth, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to present a selection of artworks from the Art from the Heart fine arts program. The exhibition is a partnership between The Visual Arts Center of NJ and Sage Eldercare in Summit, NJ. The Freeholders Gallery is located on the 6th floor of the Union County Administration Building, Elizabethtown Plaza, in downtown Elizabeth. Gallery hours are 9 am to 5 pm, weekdays. The exhibit will be displayed through February 14, 2017.

“We’re pleased to display these lovely works of art, that celebrate the power of the human spirit and demonstrate that people can create fine art at any age,” said Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalski, liaison to the Union County Cultural and Heritage Advisory Board.

In partnership with SAGE Eldercare, the Art from the Heart program serves Spend-a-Day seniors through weekly arts workshops conducted by an art therapist. Through engagement with the creative process, Art from the Heart provides benefits to participants including increased self-esteem and mental acuity. Now in its 16th year, Art from the Heart is made possible in part by a HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders. 

The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey is dedicated exclusively to viewing, making and learning about contemporary art, comprising a renowned studio art school and a thriving education, exhibition and programming schedule. Its service mission includes a commitment to creating access to the arts for a range of constituents, from at-risk children and youth to people with special needs to senior adults. To learn more about Art Center programs, visit www.artcenternj.org or call 908-273-9121.su

SAGE Eldercare supports the independence, well-being and quality of life of older adults, their families and their caregivers, through the provision of client-centered health, social and support services. SAGE is proud to offer a wide range of programs and services that support seniors in the challenges they face during the later stages of life. Serving approximately 7,000 people annually, SAGE is one of the oldest eldercare agencies in New Jersey, and one of the few nonprofit eldercare agencies in the United States offering comprehensive services under one roof. For more information about SAGE, visit www.sageeldercare.org or call 908-273-5550.

For further information, or to learn more about exhibiting at the Freeholders Gallery, contact the Union County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, 633 Pearl Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07202; telephone, 908-558-2550; or email culturalinfo@ucnj.org. NJ Relay users may dial 711.

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