MATAWAN, NJ - Paintings and drawings created by Monmouth County Arts High and Middle School students will be on display at the Middletown Arts Center, located at 36 Church Street, during the month of July 2010.

The exhibit features work completed by gifted and talented students who participated in the Monmouth County Arts High and Middle School program. The program, which are now in its 7th year, offers advanced arts classes in creative writing, dance, instrumental music, vocal music, acting and visual arts to public and private school students in Monmouth County. Students, admitted to the program through audition are released from their schools one afternoon each week to participate in the various courses which are taught by professional artists.

Work from fourteen Monmouth County students was selected for the exhibit this year. The students are Leighann Bosler-Keyport HS, Jonathan Bryant- Long Branch HS, Carla Cabbadu, Daniel Friedman, Jessica Reulbach- Long Branch MS, Peggy Chu, Shelby Goldsmith- Holmdel HS, Claire Connelly, Margaret Gibbon-Middletown HS South, Adrianne Cooper, Heather Ehlert, Allison Ferraro, Brianne Matthews, Michelle Mullins- Wall HS, Megan Donnelly, Anastasia Dudzinski- Middletown HS North, Allison Fisher- Frank Antonides School, Katherine Fonte, Maureen Griswold- Red Bank Catholic HS, Kelly Gibson-Home Schooled, Ryan Kazimir, Leah Sommons, Shannon Zygler-Howell Twp. MS North, Nastassia Lini- Wall Intermediate School, Courtney Mastrola- Howell Twp. Memorial MS, Abigail Russo- Markham Place School, Marissa Shea- Mater Dei HS, Jamieson Shippee, Alyse Storzieri, Jordan Wason-Henry Hudson Regional School and Melanie Weiner- Ocean Twp. HS.

For more information on the exhibit or the Monmouth County Arts High and Middle School programs contact the Arts & Education Center at 732-566-ARTS (2787) or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This program has been made possible in part by a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/ Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and the New Jersey Cultural Trust.