Press Release

For Immediate Release: April 5, 2011

Paintings by Gail Winbury of Westfield on Exhibit at Pearl Street Gallery

ELIZABETH, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to present an exhibit of paintings by Gail Winbury of Westfield in the gallery space at the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, located at 633 Pearl Street in Elizabeth. A selection of Winbury’s paintings entitled “What Pushes Out of the Earth” is on display at the Pearl Street Gallery until June 3. 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 and intriguing paintings by Gail Winbury.”

Gail Winbury is an artist and psychologist in private practice in Westfield, New Je
rsey. Her studies in art began in 1998 at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey in Summit. She attended classes at the Montclair Museum School, Castle Hill Center for the Arts (Truro, Massachusetts), Provincetown Art Museum School, The School of Visual Arts in NYC, and also in New Mexico and Italy. Her first solo show was in Summit in 2001, followed by group shows at the New Jersey Society for Watercolors, the Marlboro Public Library and the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, where she received the Curtis Hilliard Award for Watercolors.

Similar to her work as a psychologist, Ms. Winbury is interested in a transitional area encompassing the interplay between what is shown on the surface and that which lies below, what is conscious and that which is unconscious. Her aesthetic concerns both what is present and what is absent. There is a sense of light emanating through her work. Gail permits the “under painting” to reveal itself by leaving line, graphite marks, or transparent layers of paint. She allows torn edges to be seen and to become an integral part of the art as if implying that art or wholeness must include mistakes and imperfections.

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 711. E-mail to: culturalinfo@ucnj.org

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