WAYNE, NJ - Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum will host an exhibit of paintings by César Jerez from October 6 through October 31 at the Knippenberg Center for Education at Laurelwood Arboretum, 725 Pines Lake Drive West, Wayne. The opening reception for the exhibit will be on Sunday, October 6 from 2:30 pm to 4 pm. Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend. For anyone who wishes to see the exhibit at another time, the Knippenberg Center is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 12 noon to 4 pm.

On Sunday, October 13 at 2:30, Jerez will demonstrate his technique of painting by creating a Laurelwood scene. Requested donation for the demonstration is $10.

Jerez, a longtime New Jersey resident, was raised in Montclair and now lives in Butler. He graduated from William Paterson University and then studied at the Art Students League in New York City and at the Ridgewood Art Institute in New Jersey. Jerez travels to sketch and paint landscapes and seascapes from Maine to Hawaii and from Spain to the Dominican Republic, where he was born. He uses light effects in his plein-air paintings to create a sense of distance and drama while capturing both the weather conditions and the specific time of day. He paints often at Laurelwood Arboretum.

Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum is the non-profit organization that helps preserve and manage the 30- acre arboretum in partnership with Wayne Township. For additional information about the exhibit or other upcoming events, go to www.laurelwoodarboretum.org, send an email to info@laurelwoodarboretum.org or call 973-831-5257.