Local Seniors Awarded For Artistic Talent

Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. recently congratulated 28 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 Mon., Aug. 29, at the Essex County Hospital Center in Cedar Grove.
“I congratulate the winners and all the artists who participated in this year’s Senior Art Show,” DiVincenzo said. “The talent displayed by our senior artists is truly amazing and the artwork is inspiring. 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.”

 NJ State Senator and Deputy Chief of Staff Teresa Ruiz said, “It’s a great treat to see the creativity and expression by our older residents, who are our greatest resource. The purpose of government is to provide something different segments of our population and this is a shining example of that.”
Cedar Grove artists awarded include Victoria Augustine, Jane Ballinger, Gail Benson, Angelo Casarola, Roseann Martin, Marie Matarazzo and Bill Oswald.
 Livingston artists awarded include Walter Beck, Richard DiGiovanna, Harriet Hiller and Sheila Writt.
Also awarded was Joseph Mango of Roseland, Nirmala Shah of Short Hills and Lynne Palmer of West Caldwell.
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.

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