Press Release

For Immediate Release: January 12, 2011

“Art from the Heart” Exhibit at Freeholders Gallery until Jan. 28

ELIZABETH, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to present an exhibit called “Art from the Heart” at the Freeholders Gallery, located on the 6th floor of the Union County Administration Building, Elizabethtown Plaza at Rahway Avenue, Elizabeth. The visual art is on display until January 28 and the gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and also on Thursday evenings. Admission is free.

The show features watercolor paintings, mixed media, and drawings in graphite, color pencils, soft pastels and markers, created by adult artists who are participants in the “Art from the Heart” program. Now on its tenth year, the program is a partnership between the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey and SAGE Eldercare in Summit, NJ. Led by instructor Sandy Frank, the program encourages self-expression and increases self-esteem by recapturing the joy of creativity which helps keep participants’ minds sharp.

The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey is the state’s largest institution dedicated exclusively to viewing, making and learning about contemporary art. Comprised of a renowned studio art school with a thriving educational program, the Art Center welcomes over 60,000 visitors each year. Its service mission includes a commitment to creating access to the arts for a range of constituents, including at-risk children and youth, people with special needs, and senior adults.

SAGE Eldercare, also located in Summit, supports the independence, well-being and quality of life of older adults, their families and caregivers through a wide range of programs and services that assist seniors in the challenges they face during the later stages of life.

“Art from the Heart” is made possible in part by a H.E.A.R.T. (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders. The Freeholders Gallery is coordinated by the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs. For further information about this exhibit and other programs and services related to the arts and Union County history, contact the Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs at 633 Pearl Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07202, telephone 908-558-2550 or e-mail:culturalinfo@ucnj.org

 

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