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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 now through July 16 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 97 creations judged at the recent 11thannual 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 Alexander Mirabella. “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 9th 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.

Berkeley Heights: Christopher Wagner (Third Place, Amateur). Clark: Ryan Frees (Honorable Mention, Intermediate). Colonia: Ara Herrera (First Place, Teen 13-18) and Andrea Moore, (Second Place, Amateur).Cranford: Angelina Spricigo (Third Place, Youth 12 and Under); and Dianna Strom (First Place, Intermediate). Edison: Ruth Brown, (First Place, Professional), Richa Wadhawan (Best in Show, Youth 12 and Under) and Sanjeev Wadhawan (Honorable Mention, Amateur). Elizabeth: Aniyyah Boone (Second Place, Teen 13-18); and Joseph Leonard (Honorable Mention, Amateur). Fanwood: Giselle Valdes (Honorable Mention, Intermediate). Hillsborough: James Caratozzolo (Honorable Mention, Amateur). Jackson: Grace Hagemann (Honorable Mention, Youth 12 and Under). Kenilworth: Jim Lowney (Honorable Mention, Professional). Linden: Angelito David (Honorable Mention, Professional); Donna Farrell (Honorable Mention, Amateur); Christine Marti-Millward (Honorable Mention, Youth 12 and Under); Adrianna Rendon (Honorable Mention, Teen 13-18); John Rhodes (Third Pace, Intermediate) and Charlene Rieger-Velli (Honorable Mention, Intermediate). Martinsville: Kayla Stasil (First Place, Youth 12 and Under) and Thomas Stasil (Honorable Mention, Professional). Old Bridge: Allana McQueen (Honorable Mention, Youth 12 and Under). Port Redding: Jeffrey Kubu, (Second Place, Intermediate). Roselle: Erin Macri (Honorable Mention, Intermediate) Roselle Park: Renee Froehlich Garcia (Second Place, Youth 12 and Under). Scotch Plains: Joy Lytch (Honorable Mention, Youth 12 and Under). Somerset: Tamara Brown (Honorable Mention, Teen 13-18) and Tiina Nummela (First Place, Amateur). Springfield: Amy McLaughlin (Third Place, Teen 13-18). Teaneck: Deborah Singer Pires (Honorable Mention, Intermediate). Union: Jim Kakaletris (Honorable Mention, Amateur). Wall: Carolyn Soltys-Herbert (Second Place, Professional). West Orange:Emma Svetvilas (Honorable Mention, Youth 12 and Under). Westfield: Richard Earl (Honorable Mention, Professional); Jimmy McCutcheon (Honorable Mention, Youth 12 and Under) and Mary Paynter (Third Place, 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:


ELIZABETH, NJ – Dianna Strom of Cranford is congratulated by Union County Freeholders Bette Jane Kowalski (L), Vernell Wright (2nd R) and Angel G. Estrada on winning first place in the intermediate category at the 11th 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. The exhibit is on display at the Freeholders Gallery in the Union County Administration Building in Elizabeth through July 16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. For more information, call (908) 558-2550 or send email to  (Photo by Jim Lowney/County of Union)

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