Local Artists Exhibit At Blood Center Gallery

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SCOTCH PLAINS — The works of two local artists are presently on exhibit at the NJ Blood Services (NJBS) South Avenue Gallery at 2279 South Avenue in Scotch Plains. Whole blood and platelet donors are encouraged to give “the gift of life” this holiday season while viewing photography by Marilyn Espinoza of Scotch Plains and mosaics by Jan Sigmund, formerly of Cranford.

The blood center, which opened over a year ago, was designed to be much more than a facility to donate blood. According to Marie Forrestal, Director of Donor Recruitment & Retention at NJBS it has become a destination and community hub, not just a blood center.

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“The South Avenue Galley located within the center features the works of local artists which donors can view while donating blood and platelets,” she said.  “Traditionally during the holiday season, people are busy and do not take the time to donate blood and the need becomes critical.”

At this time there is a special need for O negative blood, which is the universal type and can be transfused into other blood types, as well as an on-going need for platelets. Since Union County boasts the highest concentration of donors in the state, NJBS is urging them to help in their mission to save lives, and to view the works of two talented artists.

For the next two months, donors can view Marilyn Espinoza’s photography of vistas of our national parks, sunrises and sunsets, and Jan Sigmund use of mosaics as a medium of personal expression incorporating aspects of her scientific background as inspiration.


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