Press Release

For Immediate Release: February 24, 2011

Photographs by Jerry F. Maurigi Jr. of Elizabeth on Exhibit at Pearl Street Gallery

ELIZABETH, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to present an exhibit of photography by Jerry F. Maurigi Jr. in the gallery space at the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, located at 633 Pearl Street in Elizabeth. A selection of Maurigi’s photographs entitled “Ode to Joy or This Makes Me Happy” is on display at the Pearl Street Gallery until March 31. 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 pleased to display an exhibit of beautiful photographs by Jerry F. Maurigi, Jr.”

Born in Elizabeth, Mr. Maurigi has remained a lifelong resident. After a brief stint at the University of Alabama and some travel, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Rider College in Lawrenceville. Continuing studies earned him Certified Purchasing Manager accreditation from the National Association of Purchasing Management as well as a certification in Materials Management from Bloomfield College.

Jerry balances his creative and business interests by working full-time in the field of purchasing and evenings and weekends as a photographer. A trip to the Tuscany region of Italy in 2005 inspired him to take his photography to a professional level. He studied photographic techniques through books and websites and lots of practice working in Photoshop. He opened his business, “Bare Knuckles Photography,” and now shoots weddings, special events and individual portfolios.

“The ‘Bare Knuckles Photography’ moniker was selected as a reminder that it took work to get this far and will require continued effort to create the kind of quality product I wish to be identified with,” Maurigi said about his photography.

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 to learn about other programs and services please contact the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, 633 Pearl Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07202. Telephone (908) 558-2550. NJ Relay users dial 711. E-mail to: culturalinfo@ucnj.org

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