Press Release

For Immediate Release: October 21, 2021

See the World through the Eyes of Union County Artists

Eileen Bonacci of Berkeley Heights was awarded Best of Show by a Professional Artist for “Day at the Beach” in Union County’s Virtual Senior Art Show.

Union County’s Senior Citizens Virtual Art Exhibit showcases artists age 60 and up.

Union County, NJ – The Union County Board of County Commissioners is pleased to present the Union County 2021 Senior Citizens’ Virtual Art Exhibit, showcasing 125 original works created by residents aged 60 and above. The exhibit can be viewed on the Union County website at ucnj.org/senior-art.

“The Senior Citizens’ Virtual Art Exhibit provides senior artists in our community with an opportunity to reach new audiences, here in Union County and elsewhere,” said Commissioner Board Chairman Alexander Mirabella.

The 2021 exhibit showcases an array of work in the categories of Acrylic Painting, Craft, Digital Art, Drawing, Mixed Media, Oil Painting, Pastel, Photography, Sculpture, and Watercolor.

An independent panel of professional artists judged the show. The award for Best of Show by a Professional Artist went to Eileen Bonacci of Berkeley Heights for “Day at the Beach.” Tina Berlin of Scotch Plains was awarded Best of Show by a Non-Professional Artist for “Painted Girl.”

These entries, along with all other artworks awarded First Place in their respective categories, will represent Union County at the state level in the 2021 New Jersey Senior Citizens Art Show, opening online later this month.

Among the artists whose work is being showcased is Joseph Schott of Fanwood, a 99-year old veteran of the World War II. Mr. Schott resumed painting last year after a decades-long hiatus, and received a Second Place award in the category of Oil Painting by a professional artist. He is also credited with inspired his son, Robert Schott of Cranford, who received a Second Place award for an Oil Painting by a non-professional artist. 

The annual Senior Citizens Art Exhibit is coordinated and administered by the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, and made possible by funding from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information about programs and services related to the arts and history in Union County, contact the Union County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, a division of the Department of Parks and Recreation, at culturalinfo@ucnj.org or 908-558-2550 (NJ Relay users dial 711), or visit https://www.ucnj.org/cultural.

For more information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including free vaccination, free testing, emergency food distribution and other support services, visit ucnj.org/covid19. General information about COVID-19 is available through the New Jersey Department of Health at nj.gov/health.

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Joseph Schott of Fanwood was awarded Second Place in the category of Oil Painting by a Professional Artist.

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