The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to present an exhibit of paintings by Francesca Azzara in the gallery space at the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, located at 633 Pearl Street in Elizabeth.

A selection of her work entitled “An Artist’s Journey” is on display at the Pearl Street Gallery until December 27th. Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

“We are pleased to have Francesca Azzara’s work on display at the Pearl Street Gallery,” said Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski. “Ms. Azzara is a talented artist who expresses herself beautifully through the unique medium of encaustic wax painting.”

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Francesca Azzara earned a BFA in Studio Art from Kean University, and an Associate of Applied Science in Design from FIT in New York City.

For over 20 years Ms. Azzara has worked with encaustic paints and is often asked to do demonstrations and lecture on this challenging yet forgiving medium. She has taught numerous classes at the Newark Museum, NJ Center for Visual Arts, the Arts Guild of NJ and the Old Church Cultural Center in Demarest. She is also a past recipient of two HEART grants. Today she works out of her studio in Westfield and shows extensively throughout NJ and occasionally in NYC.

Ms. Azzara’s artwork has been on display in local galleries and exhibits throughout New Jersey. Her “Imagined Landscapes & Encaustic Workshops” are available on YouTube. To learn more about Francesca’s artwork, visit francescaazzara.com .

Union County artists interested in exhibiting at the Pearl Street gallery space are welcome to apply. Artists’ works must be able to be hung on a wall.

For more information about the Pearl Street Gallery or other programs, please contact the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs at 908-558-2550 or email culturalinfo@ucnj.org. NJ Relay users can dial 711.

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

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