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New Art Workshops for Adults Offered This Spring in Union County

The Union County Board of County Commissioners is pleased to announce a new series of acrylic painting workshops for adults will take place this spring on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. until noon at the Trailside Nature and Science Center, located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside.

“We are thrilled to offer our residents the opportunity to explore their artistic potential in the relaxing and breathtaking ambiance of Watchung Reservation through creative workshops like these,” said Commissioner Chairwoman Kimberly Palmieri-Mouded. “We encourage you to make your reservation today and prepare to be inspired. I hope to see you there.”

There will be a total of three workshops, each focusing on a different nature theme:

March 9th – Beautiful Flowers

April 13th – Scenic Landscapes

May 11th – Terrific Trees

The workshops will be taught by artist and long-time Elizabeth resident, Dario Scholis. Born in Quito, Ecuador, Mr. Scholis began painting at a young age. He graduated from the School of Fine Arts at the Central University of Quito and later attended the Corcoran School of Arts in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Scholis has taught art to adults and children of all abilities for over 20 years. In recent years, he has created interactive art projects emphasizing the importance of recycling and caring for the environment. Join Mr. Scholis as he teaches the basics and benefits of using acrylic paint. Using nature as their subject, participants will let their creativity flow as they produce one-of-a-kind works of art to take home.

Attendees must be age 18 or older. Pre-registration is required. To register, visit and follow the link to Union County’s secure online registration page. The fee is $20 per person per class and includes all materials.

Aside from special programs and events, Trailside welcomes all visitors free of charge every day from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., except for Mondays and major holidays.

For more information about the adult art workshops or other upcoming programs and events at Trailside, visit or call 908-789-3670. For quick links to all Union County environmental programs and activities, visit the Green Connection at  For more information about activities and programs of the Union County Department of Parks and Recreation visit online at, email, or call 908-527-4900.