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Award-Winning Artworks by Union County Seniors Now on View in the Commissioners’ Gallery

Lydia Watson of Plainfield was awarded First Place for Works on Paper by a Professional Artist for her artwork titled “Ride or Die.”

The Union County Board of County Commissioners is proud to present an exhibit of artworks awarded First Place in their respective media category in the recent Union County 2024 Senior Art Exhibit, which celebrates artwork created by county residents age 60 or above. Awards were selected by an independent panel of professional artists.

“This collection of artwork highlights the incredible talent and creativity of our senior residents,” said Union County Commissioner Kimberly Palmieri-Mouded. “Their works enrich our community, and the artists inspire us all with their dedication and commitment to their artistic visions.”

These exceptional, award-winning artworks are on view in the Commissioners’ Gallery until June 28. The public is invited to visit the Gallery on the 6th floor of the Union County Administration Building at 10 Elizabethtown Plaza in Elizabeth on weekdays from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm throughout the month of June.

First-place works by Non-professional artists are: Nicholas Florio (of Roselle Park); Monica Hillman (Scotch Plains); Joe Manzella (Cranford); Debbie Painter (Rahway); Cheryl Payne (Hillside); Jody Pfeiffer (Westfield); and Tami Schneider (Summit). First-place works by Professional artists are: Veronica Dunscombe (of New Providence); Kim Eckstrom (Fanwood); Marilyn Espinoza (Scotch Plains); Paul Federico (Scotch Plains); Diane Gallo (Summit); Marianne Jennings (Mountainside); Betsy Kozlowski (Summit); Leona Seufert (Garwood); Dorothy Siclare (Plainfield); Lydia Watson (Plainfield); and Louise Wheeler (New Providence).

Additional artists whose works were awarded First Place but are not currently on view, are: Luciano Felicio (of Union), Tatyana Kardonova (Springfield) and Peter Pagano (Clark).

From all of the artworks entered, Best of Show by a Non-Professional Artist was awarded to Monica Hillman of Scotch Plains. Best of Show by a Professional Artist was awarded to Veronica Dunscombe of New Providence.

All of the first-place artworks, including 3D work, will go on to the exhibit and competition in the 58th annual New Jersey State Senior Citizens Art Show at Meadow Lakes in East Windsor, which will be on view October 5–30, 2024.

To learn more about the programs and events organized by the Union County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, call 908-558-2550 or email