Surf City Artist, Two Others to Receive Awards in Toms River

Apr 05, 2016

The Ocean County Cultural and Heritage Commission, in conjunction with Ocean County College and the Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation, will honor three county residents on Thursday evening, April 7, during the sixth annual “Salute to Ocean County: A Celebration of Arts and Heritage” event.

Surf City’s Cathleen Engelsen will be receiving the commission’s Lifetime Achievement in the Arts in Ocean County award, recognizing her “extraordinary achievements and contributions to the quality of life in Ocean County.” Engelsen is known throughout New Jersey for her historical paintings, which hang in restaurants, hotels and executive offices around the state.

Carl Jablonski of Beachwood, the founder and president of the Navy Lakehurst Historical Society, will receive the Pauline S. Miller Lifetime Achievement Award for Ocean County History. His award recognizes “his county-wide impact and advocacy of Ocean County heritage.” Jablonski has been preserving and promoting the history of Naval Air Station Lakehurst (the scene of the Hindenburg disaster) for over three decades.

Toms River’s Marshall Kern will receive Special Recognition for the Advancement of the Arts in Ocean County. Kern is being honored for being “a driving force in creating economic growth through the arts in downtown Toms River.”

The awards ceremony will be held at the Grunin Center for the Arts on the Ocean County College campus in Toms River. It will start at 7 p.m., with a dessert reception (refreshments will be provided by students from the Ocean County Vocational Technical School Culinary Arts Program) beginning at 6:30. It is open to the public and free, but people should RSVP by calling 732-929-4779.

The event will also feature entertainment by students critiqued for excellence as part of the 2016 Teen Arts Festival of Ocean County. Artwork from the visual arts category of the Teen Arts Festival will also concurrently be on display in the Ocean County College Gallery.

The Ocean County Cultural and Heritage Commission has also announced that the Spring 2016 issue of its “Out & About” publication is now available. “Out & About” combines several feature articles with a listing of events throughout Ocean County in April, May and June.

The publication may be accessed online by visiting the Cultural and Heritage of Ocean County website. A hard copy, including large print and audio editions, can be mailed to your home for free if you call 732-949-4779.

— Rick Mellerup

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