Roselle Park Students Exhibit Work At Gallery

"Piano Angel" by Fernardo Gomez

ROSELLE PARK – Seven students from the Senior Advanced Art Class are exhibiting their works at the Roselle Park Casano Community Center Art Gallery through June 18.

This annual show, now in its second year, features 13 pieces by five seniors and two juniors. The art represented in this exhibit are the culmination of a year’s work in the Senior Advanced Art Class taught by artist and resident of Roselle Park, Nicholas J Florio. It is an opportunity for the students to share their art with the community.


This exhibit presents a diverse universe of themes, styles, and media. For some of these students, this portfolio quality artwork has become their stepping stone to college entrance and further journeys into the world of art to develop their style and direction.

There will be a reception to meet the student artists on Tuesday, May 11, from 4:30 – 6 p.m. in the art gallery.

"Sleeping Child" by Carolina Munoz

With the excellent training this class provides, former students have gone on to become successful illustrators and fine artists. This year’s artists are:

Camillo (Josue) Castillo, a junior, who is currently attending Union County Vocational School Fine Arts while also taking classes at Roselle Park High School. “Next year my plans are to work on my portfolio and apply to art school and college.”

Carolina Munoz, also a junior, plans on continuing her art interests next year with long range plans including college and most likely major in accounting. “However art will always be part of my interests and passion.”

Maghan Shadis, a senior, plans on attending Union County College to major in art education. “I have taken every art class available while in high school!”

Sean Hall, a senior, loves art and can always be found in the art room. He has taken on numerous art related community projects for the high school, recently the Trainers Room door mural. He plans to continue studying art at a county college.

Fernando Gomes, a senior, will be attending college in the fall to major in fine art and occupational therapy. “I have been drawing since I could walk and will continue while at college. I have enjoyed each and every art class while in Roselle Park High School.”

Vanessa Aldan , a senior, will attend Union County College to pursue a nursing degree. “Art has always been my favorite subject and I have taken every art class that I could fit into my schedule.”

Rebecca Vera, a senior, “discovered” art in her senior year and enjoys it very much. She will be attending college in the fall and is considering majoring in health and nutrition and physical training.

"Blue Eyes" by Megahan Shadis

The Casano Community Center is located in downtown Roselle Park at 314 Chestnut Street. It is a gathering place for the whole community with programs for senior citizens during the day, and activities throughout the year for all ages. The mission of the gallery is to give Roselle Park residents a venue to display their artistic works and connect with the community at large.

The Casano Community Center and the Art Gallery hours are Monday – Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The gallery accepts work from Roselle Park residents. Leona Seufert, the gallery curator, welcomes inquiries from artists and is looking for artists to display in 2010. Artwork must be two-dimensional; no sculpture or jewelry will be accepted. You can contact Seufert at 1-908-241-5874 or through e-mail

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