Press Release

For Immediate Release: October 31, 2014

Photographs by Sheilia R. Lenga of Union on Exhibit at Pearl Street Gallery

Photography exhibit, Union County NJ

“Cape Gannet” by Sheilia R. Lenga.

ELIZABETH, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to present an exhibit of photographs by Sheilia R. Lenga of Union in the gallery space at the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, located in the historic St. John’s Parsonage at 633 Pearl Street in Elizabeth. A selection of her work entitled “Photos from South Africa by Sheilia R. Lenga” is on display at the Pearl Street Gallery through December 31. The public is invited to enjoy theexhibit during gallery hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

“The talent and diversity of our county artists assure an inspiring variety of exhibitions at the Pearl Street Gallery,” said Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalski, liaison to the Union County Cultural and Heritage Advisory Board. “We are pleased to display Ms. Lenga’s intriguing photographs.”

Sheilia R. Lenga has enjoyed photography since her childhood, chronicling events while growing up in an artistic family in Westport, Connecticut. She studied classical piano and won a scholarship to Juilliard School of Music in New York. Her artist father and her mother eventually moved to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Sheilia often visited them with her camera. After marriage and raising three children, she developed a love of jazz and joined the New Jersey Jazz Society. She has served on the Board for over 12 years and is Vice President of Publicity.

Ms. Lenga became involved with the Cranford Camera Club in New Jersey, and served as its president, eventually merging it with the Millburn Camera Club. She joined the Board of the Westfield Art Association and also was the founding President of the Contemporary Art Group (contemporaryartgroup.org). For 10 years she curated art exhibits at the Spanish Tavern Restaurant in Mountainside.

Sheilia has exhibited her work in many solo and multi-artist shows and galleries, including the Watchung Art Center, the Les Malamut Gallery in Union, the Arts Guild of Rahway, Overlook Hospital, NJ Workshop for the Arts, Salem Roadhouse Café, the Plainfield Arts Festival and many others. Her photographs are in private collections in Arizona, Mexico, Canada, Boston, St. Maarten, New York and New Jersey.

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 Street, Elizabeth NJ 07202. Free on-site parking is available. Telephone 908-558-2550. NJ Relay users can dial 711. Send E-mail to:culturalinfo@ucnj.org.

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