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Union County Senior Art Show Winners on Exhibit at the Freeholders Gallery

ELIZABETH, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is proud to announce that the First Place artworks from the 2011 Union County Senior Art Exhibit may be viewed at the Freeholders Gallery located on the 6th floor of the Union County Administration Building at Elizabethtown Plaza in Elizabeth. The gallery hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekdays. The display is on until August 24.

“The Union County Senior Art Show is open to artists 60 years of age and older who are currently living in Union County and are either non-professional or professional in status in various mediums of artwork,” said Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalski, liaison to the Cultural and Heritage Programs Advisory Board. “In September, all the winning pieces will represent Union County and compete further at the New Jersey State Senior Citizens Art Show.”


The First Place winners in the non-professional category are:

William Connolly of Garwood (Watercolor);

Patricia Jahnsen of Berkeley Heights (Pastel);

William Jeney, Jr. of Scotch Plains (Acrylic);

John Leavy of Cranford (Craft);

Joseph J. Leonard of Elizabeth (Photography);

Manuel Perez of Elizabeth (Mixed Media);

Murray Shereshewsky of Westfield (Drawing & Best in Show);

Urban J. Weiss of Linden (Oil).


The First Place winners in the professional category are:

Dante Bonardi of Garwood (Watercolor);

Millicent K. Brody of Westfield (Photography);

Mel Holston of Plainfield (Drawing & Best in Show);

Florian Jenkins of Union (Pastel);

Rosalia Verdun of Roselle Park (Oil).


The first place winners of the 3-Dimensional category, non-professional and professional, are not exhibited at the gallery, but will also go to compete in the New Jersey Senior Citizens Art Show. The two artists are:

Nick Dedes of Union (Sculpture, Non-Professional);

Rafael Alexander Illanes of Linden (Sculpture, Professional).


For further information and to learn more about exhibiting at the Freeholders Gallery, please contact Teya David, Curator, at the Union County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, 633 Pearl Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07202; telephone, 908-558-2550; or email:  NJ Relay dial 711.