Hunterdon County Seniors Celebrate 43rd Annual Art Exhibition

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The 43rd Annual Hunterdon County Senior Art Exhibition, Awards Ceremony and reception, were recently held at the Hunterdon County Senior Center on 4 Gauntt Place. Fifty-three artists created one hundred and fifteen works of art which are on display until June 28. The auditorium looks like an art gallery. It is a very exciting atmosphere where seniors are provided an outlet for their artistic endeavors. Exercise and dance classes continue to be held in the location where the exhibition is being displayed and the teachers and class participants are truly enjoying the atmosphere.

Seniors from twenty one municipalities are represented in the following professional and non-professional styles: Acrylics, drawings, mixed media, oils, pastels, photographs, sculpture and watercolors. During the Awards Ceremony, first, second and third places winners received certificates, while their ribbons are still on display with their artwork. Some categories awarded honorable mention certificates as well. All participating artists were encouraged to attend. Each piece of work was represented, in slide-show fashion, with a picture of the artist’s entry, title of their work and their name which was read by Laine Nauman, Director of Division of Senior Disabilities & Veteran Services.

Christine Hammerstone handed all award recipients their certificates, while Pia Rey- Doklan, took pictures of each artist next to their entry. A substantial crowd attended the warm, home-town event.

Pia Rey-Doklan, is the Field Representative for the Senior Citizens program and staff advisor and organizer of the art exhibition. Pia has been running the event since 2004. She invests many months every year, overseeing the program. “This is a great opportunity for Seniors to show the community their exceptional talents, display their art work and to possibly sell it. This affirms that retirement can be fun and productive!” said Rey-Doklan.

The 2016 Senior Art Committee is responsible for producing the exhibition. Along with Chairperson Carolyn Weger, the following folks are also members: Brenda Bally, Debbie Cortelyou, Ed Ham, Janice Denmon, Rosanna Hunt, Barbara and Bob Klementovich, Peggy Moskway, Roberta Maas-Wester, Jean Polasek, Norma Walako and Jonetta Williams. The judges were Audrey Selak and Peter Ferencze.

Each artist may enter two pieces of work and, if they would like, may also enter a piece in the Scenes of Hunterdon County section. All first-place recipients in each category will have their work sent on to be displayed and judged at the state level on September 18th in East Windsor.

The People’s Choice Award winner from last year’s submissions was announced, and Ed Ham won the popular vote for “Sunflower Girl.” Ed was awarded first place this year, for his non-professional pastel entry “Look at Me, I’m a Mermaid.”

The public may visit this fantastic “gallery-setting” exhibition for free, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3:30 to 4:30, and Fridays from 12:00 to 4:30.  The art work will be on display through Wednesday, June 28.  The exhibition is in the large auditorium, downstairs in the Senior Services building at 4 Gauntt Place in Flemington. The building is handicap accessible with a ramp outside and an elevator inside. The artist’s work has been on display since mid-April. Call the Hunterdon County Division of Senior, Disabilities, & Veteran Services @ 908-788-1361 with any questions.  The public may view the winners work in a slide show on the website: www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/seniors