Gallery U Boutique, located at the circle in the Root building at 439 South Avenue West in Westfield, NJ, is proud to welcome Nancy Ori in our main gallery with her exhibit, “Familiar Voices,” depicting Women’s History in Union County. Nancy is an internationally recognized photographer and video producer. The exhibit will be open from November 4, 2016 until December 5, 2016. A public artists’ reception for this and our Art in the Boutique: Itty Bitty show, highlighting the smallest of works by 6 local artists, is scheduled for this Friday, November 4 from 6-8 PM. All are welcome.

This collection is part of a project originally made possible in party by the HEART GRANT (History, Education and Arts, Reaching Thousands) from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders. The body of work provides a balance between the architecture, furniture, costumes and artifacts of by-gone eras to reflect the women who lived, worked and played in Union County at earlier times. Some images are romantic in style and provide a contrast to the bold forms of kitchen tools and objects presented almost as sculptures. Some contain artistically composed room set-ups to provide more formal images.

Since their opening in September 2013, Gallery U has quickly positioned itself as an arts resource for the Westfield and surrounding communities by holding monthly art exhibits that focus on the talents of local artists, as well as showcasing original unique merchandise created by local artisans.

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Gallery U Boutique is a combination of a an art gallery along with a shopping boutique and exists as an extension of Universal Institute, Inc., a rehabilitation facility that services adults with traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Clients of Universal Institute who work at Gallery U Boutique take part in running all aspects of the business. Gallery U Boutique carries a beautiful blend of unique, hand selected wares from designer collections as well as curated art and goods by local artists and artisans.

Additional information about Gallery U Boutique: gallery-u.blogspot.com and www.facebook.com/GalleryUBoutiqueWestfield