SCOTCH PLAINS — The artwork of three local blood donors will be exhibited at an opening entitled “Visionary Volunteers,” at the South Street Gallery located within New Jersey Blood Services donor room at 2279 South Avenue in Scotch Plains.
An opening exhibit on March 30 from 5 to 7 p.m. will feature the works of artistic donors Marilyn Espinoza, and Hugh Crowe both of Union County and Karen E. Stober of Warren.
Espinoza is featuring photography of vistas of national parks, sunrises and sunsets, while Crowe, a retired teacher in his 80s focuses on paintings and drawings of animals and birds. Stober exhibits her love of nature through paintings and drawings in lead, color pencils, oils and acrylics.
All three talented artists are regular donors at the Scotch Plains blood center, which was opened because Union County boasts the highest concentration of platelet and whole blood donors in the state, and the need for both is so great. However, the center was designed to be much more than a facility to donate blood.
“Since its opening a year and a half ago, the center has become a go-to destination for area residents,” said Marie Forrestal, director of donor recruitment & retention at New Jersey Blood Services. “We also have a donor book club that meets in conjunction with the art openings. In return for a blood donation, donors who wish to participate are given a best selling novel to read and asked to meet at a discussion conducted by the book’s author, or a facilitator. Our Scotch Plains location has become a community hub and not just a blood center.”
She said that local blood and platelet donors are invited to stop by the center on March 30 between 5 and 7 p.m., to view the exhibit, enjoy refreshments and to take time to donate blood and help save lives.
To donate blood, call 1-800-933-2566 or visit www.nybloodcenter.org
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