Union County Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalski (L) congratulates Mary Paynter of Westfield on winning the professional category at the 2010 Union County Employee Art Show during the opening reception at the Elizabethtown Gas Company's Liberty Hall Center in Union.

The contest, co-sponsored by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and The National Arts Program Foundation, was open to Union County employees and their relatives.

The exhibit will be open to the public weekdays until May 31, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Elizabethtown Gas Company, located at Liberty Hall Center, 1085 Morris Avenue in Union Township.