07 Sep ESSEX COUNTY EXECUTIVE DIVINCENZO CONGRATULATES ARTISTS IN ANNUAL ESSEX COUNTY SENIOR CITIZENS JURIED ART SHOW 17 Senior Citizens Receive Recognition for Their Artistic Talent

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Cedar Grove, NJ – Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. congratulated 17 Essex County artists who received awards in the Annual Essex County Senior Citizens Juried Art Show. The artists were recognized during an awards ceremony on Wednesday, September 6th in the Robert O’Toole Community Center in Essex County Cedar Grove Park in Cedar Grove.

“I congratulate the winners and all the artists who participated in this year’s Senior Art Show. The talent displayed by our senior artists is truly amazing and the artwork is inspiring,” DiVincenzo said. “Essex County has a thriving fine arts community and our Senior Art Show enables our older residents, both professionals and non-professionals, to display their original creations where the public can see them. This is an excellent event for us to promote the arts and inspire our residents to use their talents,” he added.

Artists, and the awards they received, are as follows:

Bloomfield

Irma M. Perez received first place in the non-professional drawing category for “A German Shepherd.”

Caldwell

  • Robert Kaplan received second place in the non-professional photography category for “Under the Fountain.”

Cedar Grove

  • Victoria Augustine received first place in the non-professional watercolor category for “Grandmother’s Flowers.”
  • Bill Oswald received first place in the non-professional sculpture category for “Predator and Prey.”
  • Marie Matarazzo received first place in the non-professional pastel category for “Western Sunset.”
  • John Shiever received first place in the non-professional photography category for “July Sunset.”

East Orange

  • Lester James Johnson received first place in the professional sculpture category for “Nested Spheres.”

 Fairfield

  • Robert Szpila received first place in the professional photography category for “Hudson Terminal.”

Livingston

  • Sheila Writt received first place in the non-professional oil category for “Ziggy.”

Montclair

  • Joyce Goldman received second place in the non-professional mixed media category for “Flash.”

Nutley

  • Anthony J. Andolino, Sr. received first place in the non-professional acrylic category for “Lemonade” and first place in the non-professional mixed media category for “Sydney Harbor.”
  • Nina R. Del Collo received first place in the professional print category for “Timeless.”
  • Theresa Ruffo received first place in the professional watercolor category for “Summer Bliss.”

Parsippany

  • Chas Palminteri received first place in the professional acrylic category for “Janis” and first place in the professional pastel category for “Hanna.”

South Orange

  • Victor Esquilin received first place in the professional drawing category for “Turning 40.”

West Caldwell

  • Marcia M. Branca received first place in the professional mixed media category for “Bouquet.”

West Orange

  • Robert Maclay received second place in the non-professional sculpture category for “Lift-Off Duck.”

The Essex County Senior Art Show and Exhibit was open to all professional and non-professional artists ages 60 and older. Art work was judged on originality, composition, style, and quality and creativity. Seniors whose artwork was awarded first place are automatically entered into the NJ Senior Citizens Art Show. The state exhibit will be on display at Meadow Lakes Senior Living, 300 Meadow Lakes, East Windsor, from Thursday, September 21st through Thursday, October 19th. Viewing hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.. A Closing Reception and Awards Ceremony will be held Friday, October 20th at 10:30 a.m.

The Essex County Park System was created in 1895 and is the first county park system established in the United States. The Park System consists of more than 6,000 acres and has 23 parks, five reservations, an environmental center, a zoo, Treetop Adventure Course, ice skating rink, roller skating rink, three public golf courses, two miniature golf courses, golf driving range, three off-leash dog facilities, a castle and the Presby Memorial Iris Gardens.