Press Release

For Immediate Release: July 7, 2016

Art by Sonia Ash of Scotch Plains on Exhibit at Pearl Street Gallery

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to present an exhibit of paintings and drawings by Sonia Ash of Scotch Plains 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 “A Tribute to My Grandchildren” is on display at the Pearl Street Gallery through August 12. The public is invited to enjoy the exhibit during regular 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 exhibits 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. Ash’s beautiful paintings, drawings and collages.”

Sonia Ash is from the Island of St. Vincent in the Caribbean. She has lived in the United States for 46 years, 36 of them in Scotch Plains. Ms. Ash studied at Rutgers University and Thomas Edison State College where she earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology, and at Massachusetts General Hospital. She worked as a senior certified addiction specialist in Massachusetts, New York and Washington D.C. Ms. Ash is a 20-year volunteer member (and present vice-chair) on the Union County Local Advisory Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (LACADA); and a member of the County Alliance Steering Subcommittee.

After retiring 20 years ago, Sonia began taking Senior Art classes at Union County College and regular art classes for all ages, and also participated in art workshops at the Newark Museum. Ms. Ash works in pastel, pencil, oil, acrylic, charcoal, and wire sculpture. She is a member of the Westfield Art Association, the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Art Association, and the Roselle Art Association, and has exhibited her work in many art shows throughout Union County.

“My show is titled ‘A Tribute to My Grandchildren’ because they encouraged me to draw and to take classes and to keep painting,” Ms. Ash said. “I love making art and playing in my yard with flowers, plants, vegetables, and landscaping with rocks to create beautiful shapes. I love to create because it brings me so much happiness.”

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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