Westfield, NJ -  Gallery U Boutique recently opened at 439 South Avenue W. in the newly constructed Root Building located at the corner of South Avenue and Westfield Avenue.  Gallery U Boutique features a creative and ever-changing selection of clothing, jewelry, handbags, home goods, and more.  They also carry collections by Alexis Bittar, Stephanie Johnson, Hayden Harnett, Pomeroy, Shiraleah, and Roost.  Gallery U is a combination of a fully functional art space and shopping boutique and hold monthly group art exhibits that highlight the talents of local artists and their clients.  In addition, they host a monthly poetry reading series and other free events.

Gallery U Boutique is an extension of Universal Institute, a vocational training program whose goal is to introduce adults with traumatic brain injuries (TBI) back into the workforce and community.  Clients of Universal Institute, which also occupies the newly constructed apartments upstairs from the gallery participate in running the boutique and also in vocational training in the gallery’s workrooms located in the rear of the store.

Gallery U also is taking an active role in the Westfield community by collaborating with local businesses, non-profit organizations, schools, art programs and others and offers their space for rent for private parties, art exhibits, and meetings.  For more information, call 908-232-1895 or visit Gallery U Boutique at gallery-u.blogspot.com or via email galleryuwestfield@gmail.com.