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Union County Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella (L), Vice Chairman Linda Carter and Freeholder Christopher Hudak attended the Union County Tree and Menorah Lighting Celebration during the 29th annual Holiday Nature Craft Show at Trailside Nature and Science Center in Mountainside. (Photo by Jim Lowney/County of Union)

ELIZABETH, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to present an exhibit of photographic montages by Richard Earl 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 his work entitled “A Time of Seeing Dangerously” is on display at the Pearl Street Gallery until January 29, 2013. Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

“We are pleased to have Mr. Earl’s remarkable digital photo montages on display,” said Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalski, liaison to the Union County Cultural and Heritage Programs Advisory Board. “The exhibit showcases Mr. Earl’s unique and fascinating work.”

Richard Earl has been a photographer since 1970. His resume includes: work in photo engraving, photo silk screening, portraiture, advertising, event photography, photo restoration, custom printing and fine art photography. He earned a BA from Rutgers University and a Masters in art from Jersey City State College (now the New Jersey University).

Mr. Earl completed a 30-year career as a professional firefighter in the City of Elizabeth. Since his retirement, he is involved with the creation of artwork on a daily basis. He also is an instructor and coordinator of the Fire Science Department at Union County College. His recent exhibitions include: 25th Annual Skylands Regional Juried Art Exhibit; 11th Annual Exhibition of the National Arts Program in Union County (Honorable Mention); the Union County Senior Citizens Art Exhibit (2nd Place, Professional Photography); Annual Juried Photography and Graphics Exhibition for Non Members, Salmagundi Club, NYC; Juried Photography Exhibition, Monmouth Museum, Lincroft; and 32nd Annual Mountain Juried Art Show, Bernardsville.

His published photographs and writings include: Anthology of Friends, Volumes #8 and #10, published by Blurb Inc.; and 21st Century Photography, Vol. 2 Embracing Life, and Vol. 3 The Human Project, edited by Mark Sean Orr. Mr. Earl’s large body of photographic work can be seen at by searching the screen name DragonsInk.

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 other programs, please contact the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, 633 Pearl St., Elizabeth, NJ 07202. Telephone 908-558-2550. NJ Relay users can dial 711. E-mail to:

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