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Essex County Seniors Recognized for Artwork

County executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr. hands out certificates, awards for winning paintings, photographs.

 

Their artwork included paintings — in oil, watercolor and pastels — as well as photos and sculpture. 

With 112 pieces of artwork entered in the competition this year, Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr. awarded 33 pieces of the best artwork by both professional and non-professional senior artists.

Essex County’s senior citizens were honored recently for their artistic talents at an awards ceremony attended by DiVincenzo at the Essex County Hospital Center.

“It’s so impressive to see what [our seniors] can achieve in such a short amount of time,” said DiVincenzo. “We have a lot to be proud of here in Essex County… Essex is the best county in New Jersey. Our strength is in our diversity.”

DiVincenzo congratulated the winners and posed for pictures with them after presenting them with plaques and certificates of achievement.

Of the 33 first-, second- or honorable-mention winners, four awards were given to Verona residents, while two Cedar Grove winners were recognized.
First place finishers’ pieces will go on to be judged at the state level competition this fall.

Joseph Marino from Verona won in the non-professional oil category for his painting titled “Farm Shed” and Caroline Biancamano won first place in the non-professional watercolor category for “San Fidele Lotus Pond.”

Biancamano said her pond scene was inspired from photographs she took in Italy and she composed the scene from three different ones.

Biancamano said she painted the scene vertically with most of the flowers at the top. When the framer got the painting, however, he assumed it was to be displayed horizontally.

“That’s the great thing about art,” she said. “Everything is open to interpretation. I ended up really liking it (displayed that way).”

Jane Ballinger of Cedar Grove finished second place in the non-professional watercolor category for “Quiet Time in Friendship Maine.”

This was her third year with an entry into the contest. She said she has been taking art lessons for many years now and painting is her favorite past time.

“I would encourage everyone to take art lessons,” she said. “Whatever your level, it makes you feel better because artists see beauty in everything.”

County officials recognized the following winners:

Belleville: Richard Togila won first place in the professional acrylic category for “Travels to a Dream State.”
Caldwell/North Caldwell: Robert Kaplan won second place in the non-professional photography category for “The Heron and the Fountain.”
Carmel Bongiovanni won second place in the non-professional mixed media category for “Horizontal Oval #7.”
Phyllis Huggett won first place in the professional mixed media category for “Self Portrait” and second place in the professional mixed media category for “View Point.”
Ben Squires received an honorable mention in the non-professional craft category for his unnamed work.
Cedar Grove: Jane Ballinger won second place in the non-professional watercolor category for “Quiet Time in Friendship Maine.”
Caroline Biancamano won first place in the non-professional watercolor category for “San Fidele Lotus Pond.”
Livingston: Laurence Agron won second place in the professional photography category for “Cigar Aficionado in Havana.”
Elaine Denton won first place in the professional pastel category for “Beacon, N.Y.” and second place in the professional pastel category for “Steel Pier Atlantic City.”
Harriet Hiller won first place in the professional drawing category for “Pencil Study.”
Morton Olin second place in the non-professional craft category for “Scattered Thoughts.”
Clarine Rabinow won second place in the non-professional pastel category for “The Musician.”
Marcella Sabo received an honorable mention in the professional oil category for “Gospel Singer.”
Sheril Silver won first place in the non-professional photography category for “Silvery Lily Pads” and received an honorable mention in the non-professional photography category for “Blowin’ in The Wind.”
Angela Wang won first place in the non-professional drawing category for “Happy 90th Birthday, Joe.”
Sheila Writt won first place in the non-professional pastel category for “Clouds.”
Maplewood: Jill Jackson won first place in the non-professional mixed media category for “Conjure.”
Arline Lloyd won first place in the non-professional acrylic category for “Back Street.” 
Montclair: Robyn Burns received an honorable mention in the professional watercolor category for “Peace Garden in Winter, Frost Valley YMCA.”
Loretta Diagnolo won second place in the professional oil category for “NY Fall.” 
Newark: Alvaro Amejeiras won second place in the non-professional acrylic category for “A Wedding in Venice.”
South Orange: Edward Hoffnar won first place in the non-professional craft category for “Mood.”
Verona: Terri Bartolo won second place in the non-professional oil category for “Brazilian Coast.”
Catherine Luzzi won second place in the professional acrylic category for “Western Run” and received an honorable mention in the professional acrylic category for “Cool Dude.”
Joseph Marino won first place in the non-professional oil category for “Farm Shed.” 
West Orange: Louis Giordano won second place in the professional drawing category for “A Proud People.”
Howard Knaure received an honorable mention in the professional photography category for “Dodge.”

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