SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. congratulated 27 Essex County artists who received awards in the Annual Essex County Senior Citizens Juried Art Shows, three of whom are from South Orange and Maplewood. The artists were recognized during an awards ceremony on Thursday, September 12th in the Robert O’Toole Community Center in Essex County Cedar Grove Park in Cedar Grove.

“I congratulate the winners and all the artists who participated in this year’s Senior Art Show. The talent displayed by our senior artists is truly amazing and the artwork is inspiring,” DiVincenzo said. “Essex County has a thriving fine arts community and our Senior Art Show enables our older residents, both professionals and non-professionals, to display their original creations where the public can see them. This is an excellent event for us to promote the arts and inspire our residents to use their talents,” he added.

Our Local Artists, and the awards they received, are:

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  • Nila M. Pusin of Maplewood who received second place in the non-professional sculpture category for “Anatomically Incorrect #1.”
  • Betty Harris of South Orange who received first place in the non-professional acrylic category for “Lion in the Wind.”
  • Cindy Wolf also of South Orange who received second place in the professional sculpture category for “Freedom” and second place in the professional mixed media category for “Into Eclipse.”

The Essex County Senior Art Show and Exhibit was open to all professional and non-professional artists ages 60 and older. The art work was judged on originality, composition, style, quality and creativity. Those Seniors whose artwork was awarded first place are automatically entered into the NJ Senior Citizens Art Show. The NJ Senior Citizens Art Show will be on display at Meadow Lakes Senior Living, 300 Meadow Lakes, East Windsor, from Wednesday, September 19th through Thursday, October 24th. Viewing hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment. A Closing Reception and Awards Ceremony will be held on Friday, October 26th at 10:30 a.m. 

It is notable that The Essex County Park System was created in 1895 and is the first county park system established in the United States. It consits of more than 6,000 acres and has 23 parks, five reservations, an environmental center, a zoo, Treetop Adventure Course, ice skating rink, roller skating rink, three public golf courses, two miniature golf courses, golf driving range, four off-leash dog facilities, a castle and the Presby Memorial Iris Gardens.