The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to present an exhibit of paintings by Paul Federico 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 his work entitled ‘The Three Skaters’ 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.
“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 Mr. Federico’s charming illustrations from his children’s book, ‘The Three Skaters’.”
Federico studied drawing at Brookdale Community College while in high school. He earned his BFA at Parsons School of Design, NY; attended The School of Visual Arts, NY; duCret School of Art, Plainfield; and attended life drawing classed at the Arts Students League in Manhattan.
Federico said of his work, “Years ago, when I was reading bedtime stories to my daughter Kim, I came across a story called “The Three Skaters” in a book of Christmas stories from around the world. It is a story about three families who offer all they have to give to a family of young refugees. It’s about the joy you can feel when you unconditionally give a gift to someone. I thought that it would make a terrific bedtime story. So I adapted it into a 34 page, hard cover children’s book with 18 full color illustrations. The story is set in the 19th century Holland. I painted the illustrations in oil on wooden panels in a van Gogh style.”
Paul Federico is an artist and graphic designer and the Creative Director of Princeton Partners Advertising. He is a member of the Westfield Art Association and the Contemporary Art Group of Watchung and has exhibited throughout the region. To see more of Paul Federico’s artwork got to www.paulfederico.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: firstname.lastname@example.org.