Galley U Boutique, a combination of a fully functional art space and shopping boutique located at 439 South Avenue West in Westfield, NJ, is proud to present an exhibition of work by members of art collective Contemporary Art Group (CAG). Various mediums and artistic styles that represent the broad spectrum of work by members are included in this exhibition.

Contemporary Art Group (CAG) is a nonprofit organization of active artists in North Central New Jersey that began as a special interest group within the Westfield Art Association. CAG redefined “contemporary” to mean “alive and currently producing art.” Participating artists include Ruth Brown (Edison), Virginia Carroll (Plainfield), Alicia Flynn Cotter,  Paul Federico (Westfield), Mel Holston (Plainfield), Maxine King (Woodbridge), Donald Kuhn (Morristown), Sheilia R. Lenga (Union), Charlann Meluso (Berkeley Heights), Kathleen Nademus (Ford), Tom Perri, Christina Poruczynski, Linnea Rhodes (Westfield), Dorothy Siclare (Millington), Cecily Sullivan (Somerset), and Barbara Uhr (Westfield). An opening reception will be held on Friday, February 5, 2016, from 6-8 PM. All are welcome. Artwork will be exhibited thru February 29, 2016. This exhibition was curated by Robert P. Langdon. 

Since their opening in September 2013, Gallery U Boutique 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.

Gallery U is an extension of Universal Institute, a rehabilitation facility that services adults with traumatic brain injuries (TBI). The venue serves as a vocational training program whose goal is to introduce people with TBI back into the work force and community. Clients at Universal Institute take part in all aspects of running Gallery U. Vocational, occupational and cognitive therapies are conducted in the back workrooms. Working at Gallery U provides an opportunity for adults with TBI to rejoin the workforce, engage with the community, learn new skills, and experience the transformative power of art through exposure to existing art and creation of their own artwork.