UNION, NJ – A new exhibit, “Obsolescence”, opened at the Les Malamut Art Gallery on Saturday, featuring the work of artist Steffany Ojeda.

“A lot of this work is based around my interests in understanding how we interact with each other in social environments and the natural world,” said Ojeda. 

Ojeda received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Illustration and Art and teaching certification from New Jersey City University in 2016. She is lead art educator at Barak Obama Green Charter High School in Plainfield.

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Ojeda completed her first artist residency at the Mana Contemporary in 2018 with the Eileen S. Kaminsky Foundation. She was awarded Teacher of the Year in 2019. Though predominantly a painter, her art takes many forms. She currently works as a visual artist from her studio in Irvington in addition to teaching.

She said the exhibit reflects the impact people have on the environment and animals listed by the World Wildlife Fund as endangered.  Twenty percent of her work sold on Saturday will benefit their conservation programs to help save those animals, Ojeda said.

“This is really fabulous,” said museum curator Leslie Jenkins, “because what Stef’s pieces do is open up a dialogue.  It’s an open dialogue and it talks about how globally rich we are in culture.  It’s amazing.”

“Take a walk through this exhibit and freshen up your day,” said Township Committeeman Manuel Figueiredo.  The “Obsolescence” exhibit will be at the Les Malamut Gallery until December 30.  The gallery is located in the bottom floor of the Union Public Library, 1980 Morris Avenue.