Arts & Entertainment

Press Releases

“Art from the HEART” on Exhibit at Freeholders Gallery


UNION COUNTY, NJ - The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders presents a selection of artworks from the Art from the Heart fine arts program. The exhibition is a partnership between The Visual Arts Center of NJ and Sage Eldercare in Summit, NJ. The Freeholders Gallery is located on the 6th floor of the Union County Administration Building, Elizabethtown Plaza, in downtown Elizabeth. Gallery hours are 9 am to 5 pm, weekdays. The exhibit will be displayed through February 14, 2017.

“We’re pleased to display these lovely works of art, that celebrate the power of the human spirit and demonstrate that people can create fine art at any age,” said Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalski, liaison to the Union County Cultural and Heritage Advisory Board.

In partnership with Summit Area Gerontology Endeavor (SAGE), the Art from the Heart program serves Spend-a-Day seniors through weekly arts workshops conducted by an art therapist. Through engagement with the creative process, Art from the Heart provides benefits to participants including increased self-esteem and mental acuity. Now in its 16th year, Art from the Heart is made possible in part by a HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders. 

Sign Up for E-News

The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey is dedicated exclusively to viewing, making and learning about contemporary art, comprising a renowned studio art school and a thriving education, exhibition and programming schedule. Its service mission includes a commitment to creating access to the arts for a range of constituents, from at-risk children and youth to people with special needs to senior adults. To learn more about Art Center programs, visit or call 908-273-9121.

SAGE Eldercare supports the independence, well-being and quality of life of older adults, their families and their caregivers, through the provision of client-centered health, social and support services. SAGE is proud to offer a wide range of programs and services that support seniors in the challenges they face during the later stages of life. Serving approximately 7,000 people annually, SAGE is one of the oldest eldercare agencies in New Jersey, and one of the few nonprofit eldercare agencies in the United States offering comprehensive services under one roof. For more information about SAGE, visit or call 908-273-5550.

For further information, or to learn more about exhibiting at the Freeholders Gallery, contact the Union County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, 633 Pearl Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07202; telephone, 908-558-2550; or email NJ Relay users may dial 711.

For all Union County programs and services visit, call the Public Info Line, 877-424-1234, email or use the online Contact Form.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


Upcoming Events

Mon, March 19, 7:00 PM

Cranford Community Center, Cranford

Agents of Change: Women in NJ History


Wed, March 21, 5:00 PM

The Lobby, Elizabeth

GECC Business After Hours March 21

Business & Finance Food & Drink

Teacher Training at Trailside

March 12, 2018

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ  - Teacher Training programs at Trailside will be offered this spring for teachers of students in Kindergarten through grade twelve starting March 15.

Project WET, a teacher training program for teachers K – 12 will be offered on Thurs. March 15 from 9 a.m.. to 3 p.m.  This workshop will provide the necessary tools, resources, and lessons for teachers ...

Daylight Savings Time Begins this Weekend - Remember to Turn Your Clocks Forward

ELIZABETH, NJ - The winter months are about to come to an end. You know spring is definitely around the corner when Daylight Savings Time begins. A reminder to everyone to turn your clocks forward one hour tonight when you go to bed. Daylight Savings time officially begins at 2 a.m. Sunday morning. 

While many will dread losing that hour of sleep, that extra hour of daylight will be ...

Elizabeth Rotary to Hold “Pancakes to the Beat” Fundraiser

ELIZABETH, NJ - The Rotary Club of Elizabeth is holding their 44th Annual Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, March 24 from 8 a.m. to noon in the cafeteria at Victor Mravlag School #21, located at 132 Shelly Avenue, Elizabeth.  

Entertainment will be provided by School #21’s, Third Grade Recorder Ensemble. Tickets are $8 and include a full pancake and sausage breakfast. The ...

23-year-old Linden Man Indicted for First Degree Murder

March 13, 2018

LINDEN, NJ - A Linden resident has been indicted for the fatal daylight shooting of a 27-year-old Linden man late last year, prosecutors announced Monday.

According to the Union County Prosecutor's Office, Shansey Abernathy was charged with first-degree murder and two related second-degree weapons offenses in connection with the death of Alphonso Pearson.

The Union County ...

Totowa Rapper Accused of Trying to Bring Loaded Gun Through Security at Newark Airport

March 12, 2018

NEWARK, N.J. – Rapper Juelz Santana, a resident of Totowa, faces weapon charges after allegedly trying to get a loaded firearm through security at Newark Liberty International Airport, according to U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito.

The rapper, whose real name is LaRon L. James, 36, surrendered to police this morning. He has been charged with  one count of possession of a firearm by a ...

Still Searching - A Follow Up on the Boxer Found in Roselle is Owner from Elizabeth?

March 5, 2018

ROSELLE, NJ - A call to all surrounding towns. Is this Your dog? The search continues for the owners of a female boxer found on East 7th Ave. near Chandler Ave. and given to Roselle police on Feb. 16. The dog was transported to the Newark Humane Society and was put on hold for the owner to claim. 

The hold time has expired and the dog has not been claimed. She was transferred to the ...

Law Enforcement Against Drugs( L.E.A.D.) Hosts 21st Century Drug and Violence Prevention Training Conference and Marijuana Symposium Featuring National Leaders and International Experts

March 16, 2018

United States Associate Deputy Attorney General Steven H. Cook to Give Keynote Address at

21st Century Drug and Violence Prevention Training Conference and Marijuana Symposium

Featuring National Leaders and International Experts

March 18-20, 2018 In Atlantic City, Hosted By L.E.A.D.


Hear about DOJ drug crime policies

Critical topics for New Jersey:  How To Address ...