New Jersey artist combines the power of words and images in local exhibit

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The Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library is hosting an exhibit by acclaimed New Jersey artist Lavett Ballard during the month of May.

The series of work is titled “Artful Words – The Poets, People & Power of Words with Vision.”  Poets, prophets and literary pioneers served as Ballard’s muses for the series.

She said, “My goal with this series is to combine the context of words and their power with the visual.  I have been using varied forms of collaged media with painted images to produce my work.”

Ballard’s early artistic education included training at the esteemed Newark High School for the Arts and Parsons School of Design magnate art programs.  She received her Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art Painting and Art History from Rutgers University.  Her artwork has been exhibited in museums, galleries, and shows from New York to California.  Ballard resides in Willingboro, New Jersey.

The exhibit, which will be held in McConnell Gallery on the first floor in the Toms River Branch, is free and open to the public during business hours.

The Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library is located at 101 Washington Street in downtown Toms River, New Jersey.  For more information about this event, please call (732) 349-6200 xt. 5101.

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