The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to present an exhibit of paintings by Ronald Aronds, Esq., of Clark in the gallery space at the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, located at 633 Pearl Street in Elizabeth. A selection of his work entitled “Gone: Extinct and Rare Birds and Animals” is on display at the Pearl Street Gallery until August 15. Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.
“We are pleased to have Mr. Aronds’ distinctive paintings of birds and rare wildlife on display,” said Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalski, liaison to the Union County Cultural and Heritage Programs Advisory Board. “The exhibit shows a unique perspective of wildlife and boldly colorful design.
Ronald Aronds is an Attorney at Law and a retired Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy. He is a self-taught artist who has loved painting since childhood. In October 2013, he exhibited at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark at the Lawyers for the Arts show.
Another life-long interest of his is bird watching. Having travelled around the country and the world, he combines his interests in these unusual paintings of rare and extinct birds, along with two other rare and elusive creatures: the Tasmanian Tiger (the Thylacine), and a lake monster found in Lake Okanagan, British Columbia, Canada.
Aronds uses oil paint on canvas. He likes to blend colors to create a vibrant look. Sometimes a whimsical approach is taken, but for the most part he instills the seriousness of the gaps left in the natural world with the death of an entire species.
Union County artists (whose works can be hung on a wall) interested in exhibiting in the gallery are welcome to apply. For more information about the Pearl Street Gallery or other programs,contact the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, 633 Pearl St., Elizabeth, NJ 07202. Telephone 908-558-2550. NJ Relay users can dial 711. E-mail to: email@example.com.