ELIZABETH, NJ – Two Cranford residents, Clarisse Kant and Linda Rosen placed first in the Union County Senior Citizens Art Contest and Exhibit.

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs announced that the First Place hanging art works from the 2015 Union County Senior Citizens Art Contest and Exhibit are on exhibit at the Freeholders Gallery located on the sixth floor of the Union County Administration Building at Elizabethtown Plaza in Elizabeth. The winning pieces can be seen weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibit will run until Wednesday, Aug. 19.

The annual Union County Senior Citizen Art Show is open to artists who are 60 years of age or older and reside in Union County. The show is held from early June to mid-July in the atrium of the Elizabethtown Gas Company in Union.

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The non-professional artists whose two-dimensional art works are included in the Freeholders Gallery exhibit are: Molly Brown of Rahway (Acrylic); Clarisse Kant of Cranford (Drawing & Prints); Marilyn Karr of Elizabeth (Mixed Media); Peggy Comegys of Roselle Park (Oil); Marjorie Picard of Scotch Plains (Pastel); William Gardner of Winfield Park (Photography); and Barbara Morano of Springfield (Watercolor).

The professional artists in the exhibit are: Genadiy Rozhkov of Springfield (Acrylic); Libby Reid of Rahway (Drawing & Prints); Frank Marshall of Roselle (Mixed Media); Avi Kiriakatis of Kenilworth (Oil); Anita Gladstone of Springfield (Pastel); Wolf Kretlow of Roselle (Photography); and Angelito David of Linden (Watercolor).

The first place winners for Sculpture and Craft are not on display at the Freeholders Gallery, but will also go on to compete at the New Jersey Senior Citizens Art Show. They are: Lynn Shereshewsky of Westfield (Non-Pro Craft); James Temple of Scotch Plains (Non-Pro Sculpture), Linda Rosen of Cranford (Pro Sculpture).

The first place winners, non-professional and professional, in each of the categories will move on to compete at the New Jersey Senior Citizens Art Show. The State show will take place at Meadow Lakes in East Windsor, New Jersey, this fall.

For further information and to learn more about exhibiting at the Freeholders Gallery, please contact Nicole DeAugustine, Curator, at the Union County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, 633 Pearl Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07202; telephone, 908-558-2550; or email: culturalinfo@ucnj.org.