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Edison Arts Society Holds Opening of New Exhibit

Sam Garruto with his President's Award winning oil painting "Fall Color." Credits: Edison Arts Society
Fernando Silva with his first place water color picture "Brooklyn Bridge," Credits: Edison Arts Society
Harvey Levine, third place winner, for his photo montage "Yellow Dahlia." Credits: Edison Arts Society

EDISON, NJ - The Edison Arts Society held a reception to open its latest exhibit entitled “Beautiful Times are Meant to Be Shared.” The exhibit, on view in the Edison Arts Society Gallery, Third Floor of the Edison Municipal Building, 100 Municipal Boulevard, features the works of nine local artists in a variety of medium.

Those attending the opening were treated to music played by the Woodrow Wilson Middle School String Quartet, including Kyle Tu, Jenna Yan, Rachel Tam, and Alan Hsu, under the direction of Xiaming Liu. The students set the tone for the audience to enjoy the artwork on display.

The well known artist, Ray Skibinsky, was honored by being the judge of this juried event. The presitigious President's Award was bestowed on Sam Garruto for “Fall Color,” a stunning oil created with a pallet knife. The vibrant colors of Garruto's work light up the gallery. Garruto has been painting for over fifty years, but he noted that this was his first award.

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First place was given to the talented Fernando Silva for his water color depiction of the “Brooklyn Bridge.” Silva, a modernist, delighted the audience by sketching during the gala, inviting spectators to discuss his process as he worked.

Second place went to Tom Marton of Edison for “Portait of Sitter,” a contemplative piece done in egg tempura.

“Yellow Dahlia,” a photo collage by local favorite Harvey Levine, took the ribbon for third place. Levine, who has suffered some vision problems that have hampered his ability to work in a darkroom, has been able to continue his beautiful photographic compositions by moving to digital photography, which he can work with on a computer screen, by enhancing the size of the images to make them visually accessible to his artistic eye.

Other artists, whose work will be on display until the exhibit closes on January 20, 2015 are Christopher Bianco, Gloria Dittman, Margarita Vyosilieva, Rick Barcan, and Tonette Campbell.

President of the Edison Arts Society, Gloria Dittman, welcomed the guests, and thanked Principal Patricia Cotoia of Woodrow Wilson Middle School for her assistance in procuring the string quartet, Tejal Shah, the EAS Art Chair, and Pat Rubin of PM Studios, for their work in putting the exhibit together. She noted also that the refreshments for the exhibit opening were donated by Harold's New York Deli, located on Woodbridge Avenue in Edison. She also thanked Mayor Tom Lankey for his continued support of the EAS.

For anyone interested in upcoming events sponsored by the Edison Arts Society, click Edison Arts Society. The mission of the Edison Arts Society is to enhance community relations through exhibiting and celebrating the arts, including music, dance, literature, and artworks such as those on display in the Edison Municipal Building. The phone number for the Edison Arts Society is 732-548-9134 if you are interested in becoming a member of the organization.

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