Gallery U, a combination of a fully functional art space and shopping boutique located at 439 South Avenue West in Westfield, NJ, is proud to present an exhibition of small works just in time for the holiday season. The exhibition includes various styles and mediums such as pastel, watercolor, oil, acrylic, photography, encaustic, mixed media, needle point, etc. “Piccolo: A Group Exhibition of Small Works” will be on exhibit from November 6 - 30, 2015. A public opening reception is scheduled for Friday, November 6, 2015, from 6-8 PM. All are welcome. 

“Piccolo” will feature new work by artist Laura Petrovich-Cheney who recently closed a solo exhibit of larger works at Kean University Galleries. Laura has been creating sculptures—in the tradition of quilt making—with salvaged wood from Hurricane Sandy and we are pleased to be exhibiting some of her new smaller pieces.  We will also be including new works from photographer Michael Endy’s new “Polaroid Jersey” series that includes iconic images of NJ from the Polaroid era. 

Over 50 other pieces of art representing 30 artists, both established and emerging, will be also be exhibited including work by Dorothy Bellew (South Plainfield), CJ Berzin (Branchburg), Mike Brennan (Whitehouse Station), Laura Brown (Westfield), Virginia Carroll (Westfield), Beth Colletti (Westamption), Diane Gallo (Summit), Michelle Greco, Christine Johanns (Jersey City), Lauren Kaiser (Montclair), Martha Kelly (Point Pleasant), Avi Kiriakatis (Kenilworth), Harriet Kushins (Livingston), Cathleen McCoy Bristol (Maplewood), Charlann Meluso (Berkeley Heights), Tricia Miho (West Orange), David Nicolato (Verona), Shalini Prasad (Scotch Plains), Phyllis Raffelson (Cliffside Park), Ana Paula Rodrigues (Newark), Lynn Ronan (Midland Park), Leona Seufert (Garwood), Takenya (Livingston), Brad Terhune (Nutley), Jenn Tiongson (Plainfield), Kerrie Ann Wandlass (Cranford), Kristen Zachares (Montclair), and others. "Piccolo" is curated by Robert P. Langdon. 

Gallery U is an extension of Universal Institute, a rehabilitation facility that services adults with traumatic brain injuries (TBI). The venue serves as a vocational training program whose goal is to introduce people with TBI back into the work force and community. Clients at Universal Institute take part in all aspects of running Gallery U. Vocational, occupational and cognitive therapies are conducted in the back workrooms. Working at Gallery U provides an opportunity for adults with TBI to rejoin the workforce, engage with the community, learn new skills, and experience the transformative power of art through exposure to existing art and creation of their own artwork. Gallery U Boutique is located at 439 South Avenue West in Westfield, NJ.