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Union County Employee Artists Show Work at Freeholders Gallery

ELIZABETH, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce that a selection of prize-winning art work by Union County employees and their relatives is on display through July 15 in the Freeholders Gallery, located on the 6th floor of the Union County Administration Building, Elizabethtown Plaza at Rahway Avenue, in Elizabeth. The gallery is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekdays.

The art display presents a select sampling of pieces from among the 130 creations judged at the recent 10th annual “National Arts Program Exhibit and Contest for Union County Employees and Their Families.” The exhibit and contest is a result of a partnership with the National Arts Program Foundation which provides prize money and valuable support to display the work of talented artists.

“The artistic talent of our Union County employees and their family members is very impressive,” said Freeholder Chairman Deborah P. Scanlon. “We have artists who excel in painting, photography, and other visual arts, and we are proud to put their work on display. We thank the National Arts Program Foundation and Elizabethtown Gas Company for hosting the May 4th awards reception and providing gallery space for Union County employees and their families to display their talent in the original exhibit.”

Listed alphabetically by town are all the award-winning employee artists (or their relatives) and the awards they won at the original exhibit and contest. Not all of the award-winning pieces are able to be displayed at the Freeholders Gallery exhibit.

Bogota: Cali Skrnich (Honorable Mention, Intermediate). Clark: Kaitlyn Valladares (Honorable Mention, Intermediate). Cranford: Angelina Spricigo (Honorable Mention, Youth 12 and Under); and Diana Strom (Third Place, Intermediate). Edison: Richa Wadhawan (First Place, Youth 12 and Under). Elizabeth: Natalie Barrueco (Second Place, Teen 13-18). Hillside: Abraham Feria (Honorable Mention, Amateur). Kenilworth:Jim Lowney (Third Place, Professional). Linden: Angelito David (First Place, Professional); Donna Farrell (Honorable Mention, Amateur); Christine Marti-Millward (Honorable Mention, Youth 12 and Under); and Emily Roman (Honorable Mention, Teen 13-18). Livingston: Charles Rubin (Second Place, Intermediate).Martinsville: Kayla Stasil (Second Place, Youth 12 and Under); Shayna Stasil (Third Place, Youth 12 and Under); and Thomas Stasil (Second Place, Professional). North Brunswick: Brianna Mussman (First Place, Teen 13-18). North Plainfield: Julie A. O’Connell (First Place, Intermediate). Piscataway: Kaylan Bates (Honorable Mention, Youth 12 and Under). Roselle Park: Renee Froehlich Garcia (Honorable Mention, Youth 12 and Under). Scotch Plains: Peter Wright (Third Place, Teen 13-18). Somerset: Tiina Nummela (First Place, Amateur). Teaneck: Deborah Singer Pires (Second Place, Amateur). Westfield: Emily Gluck (Third Place, Amateur); Sabrina Paparella (Honorable Mention, Teen 13-18); and Mary Paynter (Best of Show, Professional).

Additional support for this event was provided by a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Exhibits at the Freeholders Gallery are coordinated by the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs.

For more information about this exhibit and other programs and services related to the arts and Union County history, 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. Or send E-mail to:

Union County Freeholders Linda Carter (L) and Bette Jane Kowalski congratulate Angelito David of Linden on winning the professional category at the 10th annual Union County Employee Art Show during the opening reception at the Elizabethtown Gas Company’s Liberty Hall Center in Union. The contest, co-sponsored by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and The National Arts Program Foundation, was open to Union County employees and their relatives. A selection of the prize-winning artwork is on display at the Freeholders Gallery in the Union County Administration Building in Elizabeth through July 15, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. For more information, call the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs at 908-558-2550. (Photo by Jim Lowney/County of Union)


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