New Street Gallery Art Exhibit Features New Jersey Parks, People and Wildlife

NEW BRUNSWICK — The works of artist Lissanne Lake are on exhibit at the New Street Gallery, located within New Jersey Blood Services (NJBS) donor room at 167 New Street in New Brunswick.

NJBS will host an artists’ reception that is open to the public on Monday, Oct. 17 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the New Street Gallery. Those who would like to attend are asked to take time to donate a pint of blood before, or after, they view the exhibit and enjoy light refreshments.

Artist Lissanne Lake, who resides in North Bergen, has been an illustrator for over 20 years with over 100 book covers for best-selling artists to her credit. In addition, she has created numerous paintings for magazines, co-published a tarot deck, and has several juried shows on her resume.

Her exhibit at New Street Gallery features acrylics on canvas of people of all cultures enjoying many diverse activities in New Jersey parks, as well as common wildlife throughout our state refuges.

“Through these paintings I have created a tour of Green Worlds, an imaginary park in North Jersey that shows the diverse activities of people of all cultures that I have actually seen throughout New Jersey parks,” said Lake, adding, “ I was also so impressed how the diversity of local species, have increased in the last several years in our parks and wetlands.”

Lake’s art work, and others artists work are exhibited at NJBS donor rooms in New Brunswick and Scotch Plains, to bring awareness to the facilities. Local blood and platelet donors are invited to stop by the centers, view the exhibits, and take time to donate blood or platelets especially now when blood supplies are low in area hospitals.

Hurricane Irene, and the storms following the tragic event which caused flooding and power outages, have been an additional challenge to the summer blood shortage. Traditionally, donations are lost due to summer recess of high school and college students who comprise 25 percent of the blood supply.

In addition, the lackluster economy has caused many corporations to downsize, which has resulted in a significant drop in donations at employee blood drives. Also, many donors who give blood on a regular basis take vacations and do not take the time to give during the summer.

NJ Blood Services is urging all persons who are eligible, to donate blood. Donors must be 17 years of age, or 16 years with parental consent, weigh at minimum of 110 pounds and be in generally good health. Persons 76 years or older may donate with a doctor’s note.

To donate blood, call 1-800-933-2566 or visit

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