Union County Residents Take Top Prizes at Senior Citizens Art Show

The Union County Board of County Commissioners is proud to announce that 12 Union County artists have been selected as award-winners in the 57th annual New Jersey Senior Citizens Art Show. The exhibit includes original works of art created by both professional and non-professional artists, ages 60 and up, from all 21 counties across the state. Every artwork in the statewide exhibit was first entered in the juried exhibit within the artist’s home county, and received a First-Place award in their media category.

“This year’s show is nothing short of spectacular,” said Commissioner Chairman Sergio Granados. “It’s inspiring to see Union County seniors receive recognition in this competitive state-wide show. We are proud that there are so many talented artists in Union County.”

Of 19 artworks by Union County seniors that advanced to the state show, those awarded at the state level are:

  • Luciano Felicio (Union) — 1st Place, Sculpture by a Non-Professional artist, for the artwork, “Scrap Metal Duck”
  • Lenny McDonald (Mountainside) — 1st Place, Digital Art by a Professional artist, for the artwork, “Two Wise Men”
  • William Gardner (Winfield) — 2nd Place, Digital Art by a Non-Professional artist, for the artwork, “Shattered”
  • Elizabeth Gillin (Westfield) — 2nd Place, Oil Painting by a Professional artist, for the artwork, “Costumes of East Asia”
  • Marianne Jennings (Mountainside) — 2nd Place, Craft by a Professional artist, for the artwork, “Forged and Flower Necklace”
  • Lydia Watson (Plainfield) — 2nd Place, Works on Paper by a Professional artist, for the artwork, “Solitaire, My Friend”
  • James Chelland (Cranford) — 3rd Place, Photography by a Non-Professional artist, for the artwork, “Mist on the Lake”
  • Karen Freudenberger (Berkeley Heights) — Honorable Mention, Oil Painting by a Non-Professional artist, for the artwork, “Glorious Sunflowers”
  • Diane Gallo (Summit) — Honorable Mention, Pastels by a Professional artist, for the artwork, “Red is a Lovely Color”
  • Anne Occi (Cranford) — Honorable Mention, Watercolor Painting by a Professional artist, for the artwork, “Pretty in Pink”
  • Peter Pagano (Clark) — Honorable Mention, Craft by a Non-Professional artist, for the artwork, “Segmented Wooden Vase”
  • Jeff Parsons (Cranford) — Honorable Mention, Watercolor Painting by a Non-Professional artist, for the artwork, “Lunch Break – Chrysemys Picta”

The 2023 New Jersey Senior Art Show can be viewed online at www.njseniorarts.com/gallery/. To see the show in person, visit the main building of Meadow Lakes Senior Living, 300 Meadow Lakes, in East Windsor. The public can view the artworks now through October 26 (Monday through Saturday, 10:00A.M. – 4:00P.M.).

Groups of six or more should contact Meadow Lakes in advance by calling 609-448-4100. Driving directions can be found on the Meadow Lakes website at https://meadowlakesonline.org/.

The New Jersey Senior Citizens Art Show Honors the imagination, skills, and artistic ability of the state’s oldest artists. It is a co-sponsored project of Mercer County’s Division of Culture and Heritage and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information about the New Jersey Senior Citizen Art Show, visit https://njseniorarts.com.

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