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Senior Artists of Union County are Showcased at Trailside Nature & Science Center

The mixed media artwork Finding Beauty in a World of Chaos by Michelle Thompson of Union Township is one of 108 works included in the 2022 Union County Senior Citizens’ Art Exhibit.

The Union County Senior Citizens’ Art Exhibit, featuring 108 original works in various media, is now on display at the Trailside Nature & Science Center, located in Watchung Reservation at 452 New Providence Road, in Mountainside.

Trailside is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. except for Mondays and holidays, and admission is free of charge.

“We are very proud of our senior artists, both professional and non-professional. The exhibit at Trailside is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a view of the world from their unique perspective,” said Union County Commissioner Chair Rebecca L. Williams.

The public is invited to visit the exhibit from Thursday, April 28 through Wednesday, May 11. Please note, the exhibit will not be available for view this Sunday, May 1.

The Senior Citizens’ Art Exhibit is an annual event that showcases artworks created by Union County residents, age 60 and above both professional and non-professional artists. Artworks include a variety of media categories including acrylic painting, oil painting, watercolor, pastel, drawing, photography, digital art, mixed media, sculpture and crafts.

Awards for outstanding entries in each media category for the 2022 Senior Citizens’ Art Exhibit were selected by professional artists Kortez Artise, Joseph Borzotta, and Michael Donato.

The Best in Show by a Professional Artist was awarded to Lynda Dubois-Jackson of Plainfield for her craft titled “Grandma & Friends.” Best in Show by a Non-professional Artist was awarded to Elizabeth Gillin of Westfield for her oil painting titled “Amanda Gorman, My Favorite Poet.”

All first-place artworks will go on to compete at the state level in the 2022 New Jersey Senior Citizens’ Art Show in East Windsor this fall.

The Senior Citizens’ Art Exhibit is presented and coordinated by the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, a division of the Department of Parks and Recreation. For more information, email msturm@ucnj.org, or call 908-558-2550 weekdays (relay users dial 711).

For more information about the Office, visit ucnj.org/cultural.

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Photo caption: The mixed media artwork Finding Beauty in a World of Chaos by Michelle Thompson of Union Township is one of 108 works included in the 2022 Union County Senior Citizens’ Art Exhibit.