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West Orange Residents’ Artwork Raises Monies for Charity

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Virginia Zimnick Dynan and Alan Dynan  Credits: Alyssa Maltese
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Elizabeth Ginsberg and her Artwork Credits: Alyssa Maltese
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Art Exhibit Credits: Alyssa Maltese
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Elizabeth Ginsberg Mingling Credits: Alyssa Maltese
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LIVINGSTON, NJ - Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’ Livingston and West Orange Offices presented Arts in Autumn: A Multiple Medium “Art for Charity” on Oct. 1, featuring artwork by Elizabeth Ginsberg, a West Orange multi-media artist and the late Bill Dynan, a West Orange artist. The exhibition is available for view from Oct. 1 to Nov. 14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekends.

Ten percent of the proceeds from the artwork will go to The Sunshine Kids, which is a charity that organizes group field trips for sick children with cancer. Coordinator Annette DeCicco described the charity as Make-A-Wish for a larger group of children instead of just one child. The New Jersey division of Berkshire Hathaway has raised over $1 million for this charity in the past year.

“This is our third art show,” said DeCicco, “We wanted it to be more community minded and charity oriented.”

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DeCicco said that eight paintings were sold on the opening night, raising $400 for The Sunshine Kids, adding to the $2,500 raised in the Feb. and June art shows.

“Art, charity and humanities all seem to be interconnected,” said DeCicco, “People like to support local artists, businesses and charities.”

The large space of the Berkshire Hathaway Realty building provided Ginsberg with an opportunity to showcase a wide assortment of her artwork. Ginsberg’s distinctive works embrace both the abstract and natural world. Her pieces at the exhibit include a range of paintings, prints and photography.

She said she believes that in order to be an artist and a creative person, one always has to be exploring. Many of her pieces are influenced by her travels across the world including Japan and Venice. She said she is able to work on her pieces best based on the feeling of being in a certain place. Her pieces span from 15 years ago to present day. And, her work maintains a certain balance of architecture, history, painting and photography.

“Art is like looking through a window,” said Ginsberg. “It may remind you of something or it may help you look forward to the future.”

This show also honors Bill Dynan’s artwork just six weeks after his passing. He was able to be a part of the show by starting to gather his pieces for the event and looking at the space before his passing.

Bill Dynan was self-taught and loved to share the joy of his artwork. His wife of 60 years Virginia Zimnick Dynan said, “He [painted] for his own enjoyment. If other people enjoyed it too then he would be surprised, but happy.”

He was a former educator, community service advocate and U.S. Army photographer.

Virginia Zimnick Dynan said that he “instilled so much in children after the 40 years that he taught. There were so many lives that he touched.” 

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