Press Release

For Immediate Release: August 30, 2019

Freeholder Gallery features Landscapes of Union County Parks on exhibit at County Administration Building from Aug. 29th to Nov. 1st

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is proud to present “Landscapes of Union County Parks”—artwork from Kat Block and Nancy Ori, currently on exhibit at the Freeholders Gallery. The gallery is located on the 6th floor of the Union County Administration Building, Elizabethtown Plaza, Elizabeth, with gallery hours from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday.

This collaborative project from Ori and Block, both who are very distinguished artists, will be on display from August 29th through November 1st, 2019, and was inspired by the idyllic landscapes of Union County Parks.

“We’re honored to have such gifted artists display their works in our gallery and we certainly encourage our residents to visit the exhibition,” said Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski.

Combined, both Block and Ori have over a quarter century creating fine art and sharing their talent with the public. Both Artists enjoy giving back to Union County students by inspiring young artists to strive for excellence. Each year, Ms. Block and Ms. Ori contribute their expertise by serving as an instructor and an adjudicator, respectively at the Union County Teen Arts Festival.

 “I have gotten tremendous solace and pleasure from visiting the many parks in our county and photographing them to use as references for my mixed media collages, which have become my seminal works of art,” Block said.

Ori added: “I feel that continuing to exhibit these images can make a difference in our community by opening the eyes of residents to the many wonderful natural resources we have in Union County.”

Serving as a source of inspiration, Union County boasts 36 parks and 6,200 acres of parkland.

For lectures, workshops, and further information about Kat Block and Nancy Ori; please visit their websites at www.katblock.com and www.nancyoriworkshops.com.

The Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, part of the Department of Parks and Recreation, coordinates the exhibits displayed at the Freeholders Gallery. For further information about this and other programs and services related to the arts and history in Union County, contact the Office at 633 Pearl Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07202; telephone (908) 558-2550; or e-mail: culturalinfo@ucnj.org. NJ relay users dial 711.

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