Exhibition of a group of retired teachers at the Gourgaud gallery

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SMART ART: Paintings by members of the New York City United Federation of Retired Teachers will be exhibited at the Gourgaud Gallery in Cranbury from June 2-27. An artists’ reception will be held on Sunday, June 5 from 1 to 3 p.m.

The Gourgaud Gallery in Cranbury will host an exhibition by members of the New York City United Federation of Retired Teachers from June 2 to June 27. Many of the exhibiting members were in a painting class hosted by the United Federation of Teachers as part of the SI Beagle Program, a program designed to be part of lifelong learning by the New York City Teachers Union, which was located in Manalapan as part of the union’s awareness program.

Classes are currently virtual. Chapters are in all five boroughs of New York and outreach programs in various states and countries around the world. Linda Gilbert, president of the Gourgaud Gallery and member of the Cranbury Arts Council, was the original teacher, followed by Deborah Rosen. Gilbert started the painting class in New Jersey in 2010.

Artists include Gilbert, Rosen, Donna Rittner. and Frances Gunther, all of whom have previously exhibited in various exhibitions at Galerie Gourgaud. They also welcome newcomers to this exhibit, who are also retired teachers from New York.

An artists’ reception will be held on Sunday, June 5 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Gallery. The exhibiting artists will be present. Light refreshments will be served. On the day of the reception there will be a basket of unframed paintings ranging from $25 to $35.

The Cranbury Arts Council offers arts-focused programmes, workshops and performances aimed at enriching the cultural experiences of the community and sustaining the creative spirit in adults and children. Their mission is to encourage, support, educate, inspire and promote artists and the appreciation of art in the community.

As part of a not-for-profit Cranbury Arts Council, the Gourgaud Gallery donates 20% of art sales to the Cranbury Arts Council and its programs that support the arts in the community. Checks payable to the artist or cash are accepted as payment.

The Gourgaud Gallery is located on the second floor of Cranbury Town Hall at 23-A North Main Street in Cranbury. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, visit cranburyartscouncil.org.

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