Art exhibit will bring the history of the NJ music scene to Woodbridge

MOSAIC, Derek Jay Dent

For Immediate Release:
January 28, 2020

Monica Eppinger, Library Director
732-634-4450 x7099

Woodbridge, NJ—Woodbridge Main Library will open an exhibit of the art of New Jersey artist Derek Jay Dent entitled "MOSAIC: The History of the New Jersey Music Scene," named for the Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers composition. Art in the program will feature musicians, singers and entertainers of renown who hailed from New Jersey and the tri-state area.

Derek Dent is a local artist whose collage works have been featured in Union County art exhibits and libraries throughout the state. Mr. Dent has served as an instructor of art at Kean University, and this year will also be a featured artist in “The Bridge: The Second Annual Celebration of African American Artists,” which opens February 5th in The Gallery Space of Rahway.

Dent's annual library exhibits during the month of February regularly include text and images that highlight contributions of African American musicians, artists, poets and writers.

"In the pieces and in my commentary I want to give a short history lesson of the music scene and venues that existed in New Jersey," commented Dent on his work for the exhibit MOSAIC. "There is such a rich and important history that many people and especially our young people do not know."

MOSAIC will be Mr. Dent's third annual display at Woodbridge Public Library.

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