ELIZABETH, NJ – An exhibit featuring the paintings of Summit artist Mary Kooi is current on display in the gallery space at the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, located in St. John’s Parsonage in Elizabeth. Her work, entitled “County Clare to Cuenca,” will be on display at the Pearl Street Gallery through March 31.

Originally from the Chicago area, Kooi came to Summit in 2000. She has been a student of art most of her life, earning a minor in Art at St. Joseph’s College in Indiana and a BFA in Textiles from the Art Institute of Chicago.

Kooi continues her studies under the instruction of Valeri Larko at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey Center, and has had the opportunity to travel to Monhegan Island, Maine, Maryland, the Cape, Delaware, Ireland, Italy and Spain with fellow artists to find inspiration for canvases like those displayed in this exhibit.

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Mary’s painting reflects her love of light and color, particularly as reflected in outdoor scenes. Her work has been exhibited extensively in one-woman and group shows including: the Papermill Playhouse, the Arts Center, Edward Hopper House, and Summit Free Public Library,

The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular gallery hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. The Pearly Street Gallery is located at 633 Pearl Street in Elizabeth.