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New Arts Council Exhibit Features Works of Livingston Artist


LIVINGSTON, NJ – The Arts Council of Livingston’s latest exhibit, featuring oil paintings by Livingston artist Joan Speare, is currently on display at the Livingston Municipal Gallery until Feb. 26, 2018.

The Livingston Municipal Gallery is located on the first floor of Livingston Township Hall, 357 S. Livingston Avenue.

About the Artist:

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A native New Englander, Speare relocated to Charlotte, NC, to avoid the winters. While in North Carolina, Speare fulfilled a promise to herself to take up painting when she retired. She found a studio and studied with internationally acclaimed artists Lee Baumgarten and Denise Torrance.

Several of her oils have been shown in juried shows around Charlotte, NC. Some of her pieces are in private collections, and one, of a frog, is traveling around the world in a display to bring awareness to the danger of their extinction by chemicals.

But family ties beat sunshine—Speare moved to Livingston to be near her daughter and family when her son-in-law was diagnosed with and later died from pancreatic cancer. In order to help her daughter raise her two sons, Speare came to Livingston and quickly discovered the art world.

Speare then joined the Livingston Art Association as well as the Arts Council of Livingston, becoming its Vice President of Visual Arts. She took on the responsibility of publicity for the ACL Art Gallery as well as the Livingston Community Players.

She is currently studying with Laurie Harden at the Livingston Community Center. She is also participating in several local art shows, including the ACL Gallery, Studio Montclair and Gaelen Art. In a local show with the Livingston Arts Association, Speare won an honorable mention for an abstract in its Fall 2014 show.

Additionally, Speare is enrolled in the Rutgers University Master Gardeners curriculum, volunteering at various Essex County parks and the annual Garden Sale in the spring.

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Come to Livingston Car Wash at 111 E. Mt. Pleasant Avenue for a car wash and $2.50 will be discounted from the regular price.

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July 18, 2018

WEST ORANGE – A West Orange man was stabbed Sunday evening during an attack in The Valley section of the township, according to officials.

Police were called the 300 block of Valley Road around 5:45 p.m. on a report of an aggravated assault. The 28-year-old victim was stabbed during an attack by a group of individuals who later fled the scene, according to township spokeswoman Susan ...

Public Invited to Essex County Opioid Use Prevention Task Force Meeting

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