MATAWAN, NJ – Paintings, drawings and photographs created by Monmouth County Arts High and Arts Middle School students will be on display at the Hazlet Township Public Library, 251 Middle Road, Hazlet, and at the Eastern Branch Library, 1001 Route 35, Shrewsbury, for the month of March, 2013.

The exhibit features work completed by gifted and talented students who participated in the Monmouth County Arts High or Arts Middle School. The programs, now in their 9th year, offer advanced arts classes in creative writing, dance, instrumental music, vocal music, acting and visual arts to students from public and private, and home schools in Monmouth County. Students, admitted to the program through audition, are released from their schools one afternoon each week during the spring semester to participate in the various courses that are taught by professional artists.

Works from twenty-nine Monmouth County students were selected for the exhibit this year:  Tide Trogu – Belmar Elementary School; Laryn Lewallen – Joseph R. Bolger MS; Gabriella Mercado – Freehold Intermediate School; Catarina Breithoff, Amy Conrad, Krupa Lanka, Hannah Moses, Abigail Smith, Madeline Williams – Henry Hudson Regional School; Jennifer Lent – Holmdel HS; Kelly Gibson – Home Schooled; Nadia Syed – Keyport HS; Daniel Friedman – Long Branch HS; Dylan Segalewitz – Manalapan High School; Xander Bossone – Manasquan Elementary; Jessi Lembo, Rachel McCarthy – Manasquan HS; Brianna DeRose – Marlboro HS; Stephany McDonald – Middletown HS North; Cori Dussman – Middletown HS South;

Molly Leech, Chudney Patterson – Monmouth Regional HS; Alex Melendez, Olivia Nash, Brandon Waller – Neptune HS; Bailey Foreman – W.R. Satz Intermediate School; Joanne Chung – Tinton Falls Middle School; Cullen Finlayson – Voyagers Community School; Dakota Fein – Wall Intermediate School.

For more information on the exhibit or the Monmouth County Arts High or Arts Middle School programs, or to obtain an application contact the Arts & Education Center at 732-566-ARTS(2787), email [email protected], or visit our website at

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.

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