Press Release

For Immediate Release: November 13, 2015

Photographs by Sam Awad of Summit On Exhibit at Pearl Street Gallery

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to present an exhibit of photographs by Sam Awad 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 his work entitled “Phantoms” is on display at the Pearl Street Gallery through December 30. The public is invited to enjoy the exhibit during regular gallery hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

“Sam Awad is a talented and experienced photographer,” said Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalski, liaison to the Union County Cultural and Heritage Advisory Board. “It’s a great pleasure to display his beautiful and skillfully done images.”

Sam Awad is an architect and photographer. Ever creative, he also composes music and plays the guitar. Originally from Lebanon, he immigrated to the United States in 1985 to start a new life away from the horrors of the Lebanese Civil War (1975-1990). He enjoys studying languages and speaks Arabic as well as English, French, Italian, some German and Polish, and a bit of Spanish. He and his wife, artist and photographer Agnieszka Solawa, travel to Europe often and come home with thousands of gorgeous photographs between them.

At the age of ten, Sam did his first architectural drawing of his house and knew he wanted to be an architect. He sees architecture as “being a solution to a problem” and works on residential and commercial constructions.

Sam actively exhibits in many local venues including several juried shows in New Jersey. He recently exhibited his photography in the New Providence Public Library, the Union County Senior Art Show, the Millburn Public Library, and the Donald Palmer Museum in the Springfield Library. To enjoy Sam Awad’s photography and learn more about him, visit his website: www.samawad.com .

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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