EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Township of East Brunswick, in conjunction with the East Brunswick Arts Commission, will be unveiling an art gallery in the lobby of the Community Arts Center featuring the work of long-time East Brunswick resident, Don Bloom. The opening will be held on Sunday, March 18 at 2:30pm. Featuring speakers that were close to Mr. Bloom, as well as his family, attendees will get to learn about the artist before seeing his work presented. Additionally, there will be a special video, courtesy of EBTV, of the artist discussing his style, technique, and love of painting in an interview setting.

Don Bloom was a professional painter, cartoonist, and illustrator for over 60 years. His lengthy biography has appeared in Who's Who in American Art since 1970. As a painter, he worked in oils, watercolor, collage, ink, and a variety of mixed media. He has been awarded numerous national prizes in painting and editorial cartooning. His work has been selected for the Whitney Annual of American Painting, and he was a 1960 recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Painting. He was also named in Who's Who in the East and Who's Who among American Educators. Don taught in the Piscataway School System from 1958 until 1992, when he retired. He was an Art Supervisor, Grades K-12, and was also an Instructor at Trenton State College. Additionally, he served as an Editorial Cartoonist for Greater Media Newspapers from 1978-90; winning national awards in the category of Best Editorial Page Cartoon. Don was commissioned to do artwork for many cachets or "first day covers"--miniature artwork that is on the envelope associated with a new stamp.

The township invites those interested to attend this celebration. Refreshments will be served.

For additional information, please call the East Brunswick Department of Recreation, 732-390-6797.