EDISON, NJ -  The Middlesex County Freeholder Board and the County Office of Aging and Disabled Services announced the winners of their annual Senior Art Contest.  This competition was open to all professional and non-professional Middlesex County artists over age 60.

Three Edison residents placed first in the professional categories.  Shelley Phillips placed first in the Oil category. Harvey Levine placed first in the Photography category. Thomas W. Martin placed first in the Watercolor category.

This year’s winners will be honored at an awards ceremony and reception on Friday, Aug. 17. The first-place winners in the County contest will also go on to compete in the New Jersey Senior Citizens Art Show this fall. “On behalf of the Board of Chosen Freeholders, I would like to congratulate all our senior artists,” said Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios in a news release issued by the Middlesex County Freeholder Board.  “I know they will continue to make us proud at the State competition. Most of all, they and their work represent Middlesex County as a place where seniors can have fun, stay active, and forge new friendships” said Rios.

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This year’s group of artists entered a variety of works in different styles and media, which were separated and judged in eleven different categories. The entries were judged by a panel of local artists and arts professionals.

The works entered in the contest are currently on display at the Studio Art Gallery at Middlesex County College’s Performing Arts Center, 2600 Woodbridge Ave., Edison.  The public is invited to view the art on display at The Studio Art Gallery through Aug. 16. The exhibit is open from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.