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Paintings by Valerie Moreno of New Providence on Exhibit at Pearl Street Gallery


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“Blueberries” by Valerie Moreno.

ELIZABETH, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to present an exhibit of paintings by Valerie Moreno 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 “Visual Vibrations” is on display at the Pearl Street Gallery through June 12. The public is invited to enjoy the exhibit during regular gallery hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

Valerie Moreno is a professional artist whose education includes a fine arts/education degree from the College of New Rochelle and graduate work in fine arts at Brooklyn College, the Arts Student League and Montclair State University. She taught fine arts for 30 years with the New York City Board of Education and was an Art Therapist for 20 years with NYU Medical Center.

Moreno has exhibited her paintings extensively throughout New York and New Jersey, including a one-woman exhibit at Johnson & Johnson Corporate World Headquarters, New Brunswick. She held the inaugural one-person exhibit at the Summit Medical Group, Berkeley Heights; a two-woman exhibit at Educational Testing Service, Princeton; group exhibits at Nabisco Gallery, East Hanover; Sotheby’s, New York; and an exhibit at Bloomingdale’s, Short Hills, of originally designed shopping bags by her students. Her commissioned paintings are in national and international private collections. Moreno also holds lectures, multimedia presentations and workshops on the work of Van Gogh, the Art of Painting on China and topics including art and travel.

Ms. Moreno is a Charter Member of the National Museum for Women in the Arts, Washington, DC; and a member of the Visual Art Center of New Jersey in Summit; the New York State Art Teachers Association; the Millburn-Short Hills Art Center; and the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs.

“Color pervades my artwork as I fill each canvas with its own complexion of hues,” Valerie said. “As light falls on a shape, the tonal colors of the shape change and this creates a visual image which is always in a state of flux. With my brush, I try to capture a moment of this miracle of nature, as the playfulness of light shifts on the form creating visual vibrations of varied color.”

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: