County, Art Educators of New Jersey partner to highlight the student creativity

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Photos Courtesy of Glen Frieson
Congratulating students from Abington Avenue Elementary School in Newark who participated in exhibit are adults, from left, art teacher Amanda Polumbo, Abington School Chief Innovation Officer Alejandro Echevarria, art teacher Marion Resciniti, New Jersey Art Educators Exhibit Chairwoman Cathy Kondreck, County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. and Abington School Principal Nelson Ruiz. Students attending the ceremony were, back row, from left, Kevelyn Matias and Marina Jerez, and front row, from left, Samuel Linares, Dalein Lugo, Alejandro Echevarria, Isabella Ruiz and Mark Cardenas. Students from the Abington School not present are Johanna Campos, Ashley Romero and Karla Quinteros-Gonzalez.
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New Jersey Art Educators Exhibit Chairwoman Cathy Kondreck, back left, and Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr., back right, congratulate Johnnie Cochran Academy in East Orange student Asiyah Hack-Russell, who participated in the exhibit. Not present was Johnnie Cochran Academy student Willie Odom.
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New Jersey Art Educators Exhibit Chairwoman Cathy Kondreck, back left, and Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr., back right, congratulate Garfield Jackson Academy in East Orange student Asiyah Hack-Russell, who participated in the exhibit.
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Congratulating students from East Orange Community Charter School in East Orange who participated in exhibit are, back row, from left, art teacher Joyce Schuckman, New Jersey Art Educators Exhibit Chairwoman Cathy Kondreck, County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. and Principal Harvin Dash. Students attending the ceremony are, from left, Uin Williams, Victoria Rose, Zamya Tucker, Maria Pablo Sosa and Laila Reeves.
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Congratulating students from Elliott Street School in Newark who participated in exhibit are, back row, from left, art teacher Ellen Tiedeken, New Jersey Art Educators Exhibit Chairwoman Cathy Kondreck, County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. and Elliott Street School Principal Nicole Johnson. Students attending the ceremony were, from left, Adianis Francisco, Jeremiah Boscano, Alexandra Gongora, John Arellano and Jonathan Pillacela.
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New Jersey Art Educators Exhibit Chairwoman Cathy Kondreck, back left, and Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr., back right, congratulate students from Liberty Middle School in West Orange who participated in the exhibit. Students attending the ceremony were Rose Murphy Braunstein, left, and Jack Mault. Students not present from LMS are Tiffany Ramnarine, Aaron Carerio and Anthony Chapman.
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New Jersey Art Educators Exhibit Chairwoman Cathy Kondreck, back left, and Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr., back right, congratulate students from Mount Pleasant Elementary School in West Orange who participated in the exhibit. Students attending the ceremony were Chloe Zeng, left, and Eliyahu Brickman. Students from Mt. Pleasant in West Orange not present are Jaxson Targonski, Catherine Topps and George Herbert.
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Back row, from left, New Jersey Art Educators Exhibit Chairwoman Cathy Kondreck, art teacher Carolina Rivera and Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. congratulate students from Belleville Elementary School No. 3 who participated in the exhibit. Students attending the ceremony were, from left, Brianna Cano, Stefan Valcuha and Segall Sanchez.
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Celebrating the success of the exhibit and the participating Belleville High School students are, from left, art teacher Joanne DeFlorio, students Madeline Canete and Jada Gadsden; New Jersey Art Educators Exhibit Chairwoman Cathy Kondreck; County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr.; art teacher Christine Driskill; and students Joseph Nguyen and Mibrar Reza Choudhury.

NEWARK, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. and the Art Educators of New Jersey welcomed 102 students from throughout Essex County to the Hall of Records in Newark for the Art Educators of New Jersey student art exhibit on March 28. This is the 12th consecutive year in which DiVincenzo has partnered with the Art Educators of New Jersey to present the student artists exhibit at the Hall of Records.

During the month of March, the first floor lobby of the Hall of Records was transformed into a student art gallery. Employees and visitors to the county building were treated to the colorful and lifelike portraits, paintings and drawings.

“Essex County has some very creative and talented student artists at all age levels from elementary to high school. The original artwork that is included in our exhibit is truly inspiring,” DiVincenzo said in a press release. “I am proud to have been a partner with the Art Educators of New Jersey for a decade presenting this exhibit. This is an opportunity to promote our students’ positive achievements and enables the general public to see the talent in our schools.”

“This is a wonderful observance to emphasize the value of art education for children of all ages and encourage support for art programs in our public schools,” Catherine Kondreck, chairwoman of the 2016 New Jersey Art Educators of New Jersey Essex County Exhibit, said in the release. “These students have worked very hard and it is wonderful to have them receive this recognition. Kudos to them and our county leaders for continuing to put Essex County and our children first!”

This year’s show featured original works of art created by 102 students, ranging in grade from elementary to high school; the students came from 22 Essex County schools. The students whose drawings and paintings were featured in the exhibit are as follows:

  • Abington Avenue Elementary School in Newark: Isabella Ruiz, Samuel Linares, Marina Jerez, Kevelyn Matias, Johanna Campos, Mark Cardenas, Ashley Romero, Dalein Lugo, Alejandro Echevarria and Karla Quinteros-Gonzalez;
  • Abundant Life Academy in Nutley: Gehrig Gucciardo;
  • Belleville High School: Courtney Augusto, Mibrar Reza Choudhury, Julianne Antero, Joseph Nguyen, Emely Mendez, Krystal Diaz, Madeline Canete, Jada Gadsden, Evelyn Ortiz and Kristine Lopez;
  • Belleville Elementary School No. 3: Stefan Valcuha, Brianna Cano and Segall Sanchez;
  • Burnet Hill Elementary School in Livingston: Bennett Fong, Allison Ritch and Jasmine Zhao;
  • Mt. Pleasant Elementary School in Livingston: Emma Xing and Mitchell Snow;
  • East Orange Community Charter School in East Orange: Uin Williams, Zamya Tucker, Victoria Rose, Laila Reeves and Maria Pablo Sosa;
  • Elliott Street Elementary School in Newark: Alexandra Gongora, John Arellano, Jeremiah Boscano, Adianis Francisco and Jonathan Pillacela;
  • Essex Valley School in West Caldwell: Yasin Branch, Zuri Norfleet, Ingy Kaleny, Rashanna Andrews-Spencer and Davon Strickland;
  • Garfield Jackson Academy in East Orange: Asiyah Hack-Russell;
  • Glen Ridge High School: Sara Swett, Bryanna O’Keefe, Olivia Steele, Elizabeth Hauschild and Chase Moriarty;
  • Glenfield Middle School in Montclair: Nicki Rose, Ellary Jenkins, Victoria Raines, Jackson Martin and Gus Moore-Manakas;
  • Glenwood Elementary School in Short Hills: Suved Wali, Kayla Cormier, Selena Yu and Audrey Meehan;
  • Johnnie Cochran Academy in East Orange: Joleen Eugene and Willie Odom;
  • Liberty Middle School in West Orange: Rose Murphy Braunstein, Tiffany Ramnarine, Jack Mault, Aaron Carerio and Anthony Chapman;
  • Merit Preparatory Charter School in Newark: Jeanethe Joseph, Vernethe Joseph, Nalani Carter and Emani Barrett;
  • Mount Hebron Middle School in Montclair: Kathryn Brutzman, Alex Stubin, Elijah Valentine, Rachel Phillips, Sheila Estrada, Madeline Reath, Yabesera Yemane, Lucy Ziesing and Chris Last;
  • Mt. Pleasant Elementary School in West Orange: Eliyahu Brickman, Jaxson Targonski, Chloe Zeng, Catherine Topps and George Herbert;
  • Rosa Parks Community School in Orange: William Morocho, Anthony Pinder and Wilson Morocho;
  • Roseville Community Charter School in Newark: Rosbelys Azcona, Juniel Esmeralda Carpio, Shirley Ochoa Mundo, Aracelly Alvarez and Eibbeyam Vega;
  • Trinity Academy in Caldwell: Ysabelle Francisco, Ruby Angelina Palombo Faust, Paul Conklin, Isabella Calello and Michelle Malagiere; and 
  • West Essex Regional Middle School in Caldwell: Gillian Wolf, Brianna Puorro, Skylar DiFabio, John Fiore and Sydney Fishman.

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