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Photographic Montages by Richard Earl of Westfield on Exhibit at Pearl Street Gallery

ELIZABETH, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to present an exhibit of photographic montages by Richard Earl of Westfield in the gallery space at the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, located at 633 Pearl Street in Elizabeth. A selection of his work entitled “We Have Some Catching Up To Do” is on display at the Pearl Street Gallery until August 11. Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

“We are pleased to have Mr. Earl’s remarkable photographs and digital photo montages on display,” said Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalski, liaison to the Union County Cultural and Heritage Programs Advisory Board. “The exhibit showcases Mr. Earl’s unique and fascinating work.”

Richard Earl has been a photographer since 1970. His resume includes: work in photo engraving, photo silk screening, portraiture, advertising, event photography, photo restoration, custom printing and fine art photography. He earned a BA from Rutgers University and a Masters in art from New Jersey City University.

Mr. Earl completed a 30-year career as a professional firefighter in the City of Elizabeth. Since his retirement, he is involved with the creation of artwork on a daily basis. He also is an instructor and coordinator of the Fire Science Department at Union County College. His recent exhibitions include: Gaelen Gallery 17th Annual Juried Show, 2016, (awarded Best in Photography); 15th Annual Exhibition of the National Arts Program in Union County, 2016, (First Place, Professional category); the 2013 Union County Senior Citizens Art Exhibit (First Place and Best in Show, Professional Photography); many exhibits in the Salmagundi Club, NYC, where he has won first place twice in 2017; Juried Photography Exhibition, Monmouth Museum, Lincroft; and 32nd Annual Mountain Juried Art Show, Bernardsville.

Two of his works were part of an electronic exhibition of digital photography that was presented at the Louvre in Paris July 13, 2015. The exhibit was broadcast on the internet and drew an audience of over 10 million viewers. Photographers from 190 countries were represented in that exhibit. The exhibit was curated by the See.Me Gallery in NYC.

His published photographs and writings include: Anthology of Friends, Volumes #8 and #10, published by Blurb Inc.; and 21st Century Photography, Vol. 2 Embracing Life, and Vol. 3 The Human Project, edited by Mark Sean Orr. Mr. Earl’s large body of photographic work can be seen on Facebook under the name Richard Earl

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 St., Elizabeth, NJ 07202. Telephone 908-558-2550. NJ Relay users can dial 711. E-mail to: