Gallery at the Park in Union City has re-opened

It features an exhibition of paintings by New Jersey artist Cara London

Figures at the Parthenon, by Cara London; Oil and charcoal on canvas, 48x60

The Gallery at the Park, a new art gallery at the newly renovated Park Theatre in Union City, re-opened on Sept. 30. It features an exhibition of paintings by New Jersey artist Cara London, which had opened in March, days before COVID-19 shut everything down.

The gallery is located at 560 32nd St in Union City, on the 2nd floor at the Park Theatre (also known as the Park Performing Arts Center).

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Gallery hours during the first two weeks are as follows: Wed. Sept 30, 3-8 PM; Thurs. Oct. 1, 3-8 PM; Fri. Oct. 2, 12-5 PM, Wed. Oct 7, 3-8 PM; Thurs. Oct. 8, 3-8 PM; Fri. Oct. 9, 12-5 PM. For the time being, specific days and hours will be posted and updated on our website.

For everyone’s protection, entrance to the gallery is by appointment only, so please call ahead (201) 565-3630, or email gallery@ParkTheatreNJ.org. Masks must be worn, and social distancing guidelines will be followed.

Cara London earned a BA in Art History from Brandeis University and an MFA from Parsons School of Design. She studied sculpture at the New York Studio School and painting with John Adams Griefen, which profoundly shaped her direction as an artist. London has attended numerous international professional workshops, including Triangle Artists’ Workshop, Vermont Studio School, Emma Lake the Leighton Foundation and most recently Chateau Orquevaux, where she received the Diderot Artist-in-Residence grant.

She was a founding member of SOMI Fine Art Gallery in Flemington. She has exhibited her work regularly and is in numerous collections. She also teaches drawing and painting to students of all ages and levels of experience. Ms. London is known for her painterly representational work. (website: CaraLondon.com)

The Park Theatre, a 1400 seat house was built in 1931 and had been an active performing arts venue for many years. The space also once housed a museum highlighting the history of embroidery in northern NJ. In recent years the Park had fallen into disuse and in need of restoration.

Under the management of John Lant, the Park Theatre (Park Performing Arts Center) is currently being refurbished, and is again becoming an active arts center.

In March, the Park opened its doors with an open-house and art gallery opening reception, only to close a few days later due to COVID-19.

While performances in the theatre will have to wait until sometime in 2021 when it is safe to do so, the gallery is re-opening following COVID guidelines. If you are interested in future booking of the Park Theatre for a performance or event, please contact John Lant at info@parktheatrenj.org.