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Members of the Contemporary Art Group participating in the current Gallery U Boutique Show:

Frances Azzara, Millicent K. Brody, Virginia Carroll, Michael Endy, Maryann Ficker,Diane Gallo, Maxine King, Howard Levine, M. McCrary-Anderson, Linnea Rhodes, Sharon Sayegh, Dorothy Siclare, Rosalia Verdun, Kerri Ann Wandlass, and Gail Winbury.

Folks wandering into Gallery U Boutique are beyond impressed by the enormous fully functional art space with multiple shelves, walls and areas devoted to a trendy shopping boutique. A mere visit will find you gazing at unique jewelry, clothing, pet merchandise, home goods, stationery, and fantastic artworks, some produced by clients through the Universal Institute Therapy Programs. Receptions are open to the public and offer an opportunity to meet local artists and become involved with the community. In addition to ongoing monthly  art exhibits, Gallery U Boutique holds music performances, a monthly poetry reading series and other free events that are open to the public.

Gallery U Boutique is an extension of Universal Institute, a rehabilitation facility that services adults with traumatic brain injuries (TBI). The venue serves as a vocational training program whose goal is to introduce people with TBI back into the work force and community. Clients at Universal Institute take part in all aspects of running Gallery U Boutique. Vocational, occupational and cognitive therapies are conducted in their workrooms. By becoming involved in the Gallery U Boutique, TBI clients are afforded an opportunity to become involved with the community, learn new skills, and experience the transformative power of art through exposure to existing art and the ability to create their own art.

Folks at Gallery U Boutique strive to take an active part in Westfield and surrounding communities by collaborating with local businesses, non-profit organizations, schools, libraries, creative arts programs, community outreach programs, and any other viable venues. Space is available to rent for a private party, special event, a solo art exhibit or meeting.

The Contemporary Art Group exhibit will be on display through February 6th, 2014.


The Somerset County Cultural and Heritage Commission opened an exhibition of artwork from members of The Contemporary Art Group on Monday, January 20th. The exhibit will remain in place to February 28th, 2014.

Participating artists include: Millicent K. Brody, Charles Miller, Maryann Ficker, Virginia Carroll, Margaret McCrary Anderson, Michael Endy, Mel Holston, Monica Otero Schaiber, Rosalia Verdun, Karen Castano, Maxine King, Don Kuhn, Tom Perri, Cynthia Weiss,Linnea Rhodes, Gene Prial, and Bess Birrell.

The Somerset Cultural and Heritage Commission Gallery is located in the Somerset Country Administration Building, 20 Grove St., and 40 N. Bridge St., Somerville.