The Summit Free Public Library and the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey announce an exhibition of botanical illustrations and photographs by award-winning artist Judith Scillia in THE GALLERY at the Summit Free Public Library, August 2 through September 30, 2010.

Her life-size illustrations of flowering plants are impeccably rendered in colored pencil giving her audience an intimate, detailed view of each specimen. The closely cropped compositions of her vibrantly colored floral digital images immediately capture your attention and hold your interest. "I create dramatic portraits of nature that compel people to give them more than a passing glance. I am thrilled by comments that confirm examination of my art awakens the artist's eye of my viewers."

Holding a degree in art education from Montclair University, Ms. Scillia retired from teaching in 2004. A full time artist, her work has been accepted in numerous exhibits in New Jersey and New York. She is a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists, the Visual Art Center of New Jersey and the Somerset Art Association.

The exhibit is open to the public during regular library hours. The Summit Free Public Library is located at 75 Maple Street, and is open Monday through Wednesday, 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM and Thursday through Saturday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Sunday hours (1:00 PM to 5:00 PM) are suspended during the summer, and resume after Labor Day.

For more information, go to www.summitlibrary.org or call 908-273-0350.