Two Exciting New Artists Debut at Toms River Library

In the Ocean County Library Toms River branch’s McConnell Gallery (101 Washington Street), a selection of dynamic mixed media and acrylic works by local abstract expressionist artist Zolbayar will be on display until August 31st. A native of St. Petersburg, Russia and alumna of Lakewood High School, Zolbayar pursued his studies at the prestigious Art Student League of New York. His explorations into art history led him to the Expressionist Movement, which he credits as a major influence on his development as a painter.

“Abstract art, with all its personal power of revelation, showed me a new way to pursue my passion,” states Zolbayar. “It has become a statement of the desire of my soul to explore the unknown with honesty and freedom.”

In the Second Floor Gallery, Irma Malave Sanchez will exhibit “Expressions”, a vibrant array of portraits and florals boldly executed in oils, acrylics, and pencil. An alumna of Georgian Court University – where she served as a past president of the Art Society and received the Geiss Award for Excellence in Art – Sanchez has exhibited previously at the University as well as at Lakewood’s Ralyn Art Center.

“My goal is for my artwork to evoke emotion, whether it be elation or sorrow,” she states. “I would like to make the viewer think, and through that, to make them part of the artwork itself.”

A meet-and-greet will be held for Ms. Sanchez on Thursday, August 9th, 6:30-8:30pm. Visitors are invited to join the artist in the Second Floor Gallery for light refreshments and a viewing of her exhibit.

These events are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the Toms River branch of the Ocean County Library at (732)349-6200 xt. 5112, or visit our website at


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