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Watercolors by Roberta Zlatkin of Union on Exhibit at Pearl Street Gallery

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The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to present an exhibit of watercolor paintings by Roberta Zlatkin of Union in the gallery space at the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, located in theZlatkin_Mermaid's Passion historic St. John’s Parsonage at 633 Pearl Street in Elizabeth. A selection of her work entitled “Frontier Z: The Alchemy Series” is on display at the Pearl Street Gallery through October 21. 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. Zlatkin’s beautiful abstract watercolors.”

Zlatkin_Masculine AlchemyAfter graduating high school, Roberta Zlatkin went to New York City to study print making and textiles at the Art Students League. She was influenced by American Abstract Expressionists and other Modern Art of the early 20th century. The American Abstract Expressionists were a group inspired by the ebb and flow of New York City in post-World War II during the late 1940’s. Her artistic style was also influenced by the people she met from different parts of the world while in New York.

Returning home to New Jersey, she changed her path in life and entered Kean College where she studied art history and other areas of art and earned a degree in primary education. Ms. Zlatkin became a school teacher in the Elizabeth School System and enjoyed her career working with young children. After retiring in 2010 she pursued her work with watercolors more intensely.

Roberta Zlatkin said of her painting, “The four elements found in nature; water, air, earth and fire are key elements in my work. Sometimes the colors flow through my mind as if a powerful energy of how I am feeling on that day. I just go with the flow and paint.” She enjoys working with watercolors with metallic wash mixed in fine glitter with India ink and faux crystals.

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: