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Union County Presents Michelle Harpster Art Exhibit in Commissioners Gallery

The Union County Board of County Commissioners is delighted to showcase a captivating collection of artwork by Michelle Harpster at the Commissioners Gallery. This exclusive exhibit, featuring the diverse and inspiring creations of the esteemed New Jersey native, will run until January 26, 2024.

“Art has the power to illuminate, provoke thought, and connect us to the beauty that surrounds us,” said Commissioner Chairman Sergio Granados. “I encourage all of residents to take the time and visit our Commissioners Gallery and view Michelle’s beautiful artwork as its displayed.”

Michelle Harpster holds a B.A. in art education and an M.A. in studio art with honors, specializing in watercolor, from Kean University. Currently serving as the AP Fine Arts teacher at Governor Livingston High School in Berkeley Heights, Michelle imparts her passion for the arts through advanced placement and fine arts courses. Her work, deeply rooted in visual symbolism, draws inspiration from the rich tapestry of the world around her, reflecting a profound connection to her native New Jersey.

In 2019, Michelle Harpster was named the 3rd Place Recipient of the National Arts Program Exhibit, proudly representing Union County. Her artistic journey includes solo and group exhibitions at esteemed venues such as the Monmouth Art Museum, Studio Montclair, PES Studios in Newark, Hamilton Street Gallery, and most recently, the Commissioner’s Gallery in the Union County Administration Building. Michelle has been a consistent presence at Boonton’s Dog Days of Summer and Cool Cats public outdoor art exhibit, an annual event benefiting NorthStar Pet Rescue, Boonton Arts, and local schools. Her works have also been published in renowned fine arts-related journals and magazines, including Pikchur Magazine’s International and Halloween Issues, Artistonish: Contemporary Art Magazine, The UN Diversia Catalogue, and Jelly Bucket.

Exhibit Details:

  • Dates: Open now until January 26, 2024
  • Location: Commissioners Gallery, 6th floor, Union County Administration Building, 10 Elizabethtown Plaza, Elizabeth
  • Gallery Hours: Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

To follow more of Michelle Harpster’s work please visit or follow her on Instagram: @michelle_harpster.

“I want to thank Michelle for sharing her many pieces of artwork with the Union County community,” said Commissioner Bette Jane Kowalski, who is Liaison to the Cultural and Heritage Programs Advisory Board. “The paintings form a colorful, vibrant exhibit that showcases the beauty of different nature scenes and I encourage our residents to come and view the art pieces.”

The Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, part of the Department of Parks and Recreation, coordinates the exhibits displayed at the Commissioners Gallery.

For more information about this exhibit and other programs and services related to the arts and history in Union County, please contact the Office at 633 Pearl Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07202; telephone (908) 558-2550; or e-mail: NJ relay users dial 711.