MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Maplewood Village Alliance (MVA) and Maplewood Department of Cultural Affairs will host the second annual Maplewood Art Walk & Music Fest on Sunday, Sept. 29, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Maplewood Village.
The street of downtown Maplewood will be teeming with around 40 local artists, photographers, and jewelry makers displaying and selling their original work.
This year’s event will also will feature live music by local bands performing at Ricalton Square and other locations throughout the Village.
"Last year's inaugural event drew hundreds of people from Essex County and beyond who came to the Village to buy and view art and enjoy live entertainment and restaurant specials,” said Julie Doran, Manager of the MVA. “We wanted to build on that excitement and energy by expanding the Art Walk to also highlight the talents of local bands.”
Vanessa Pollock of Keller Williams Midtown Direct Realty and Mona Lisa Framing are the event’s presenting sponsors. Geralyn’s Art Studio is sponsoring the Children's Community Mural. Village Trattoria and No. 165 are sponsoring the Balloon Sculpture and Cotton Candy stands. There will also be activities just for children, including an interactive chalk mural artist, face painting, and temporary tattoos.
More than 30 local merchants and cultural organizations are participating. The Able Baker, Scriveners Toys & Collectibles, Perch Home, Shed and The Tenth Muse Gallery each are sponsoring individual artists.
Overlook Medical Center will be providing shuttle service for Art Walk & Music Fest attendees who also wish to visit the South Orange Street Fair, which is taking place the same day.
The main event, a juried fine art show, has entrants that include some of the finest visual artists in the New York City area. This year, the judges are three prominent members of the art community: Jim Oliver, the director of Mary Boone Gallery; Ann Schaffer, who serves on committees and boards for arts organizations including the Guggenheim Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art; and artist Tara O'Leary, who trained at the School of Visual Arts in NYC.
The winner of “Best in Show” will receive a $200 cash prize, and the runner-up will receive a $100 gift certificate from Restaurant Lorena’s. Winners will be announced at Art Walk sponsor Highland Place/Crane's, 5 Highland Place, immediately following the show.
“Our area is blessed with an abundance of artists working in many disciplines, and the Art Walk & Music Fest reflects that,” said Doran. “We look forward to welcoming people to an exciting, family-friendly event that will showcase the best of what Maplewood has to offer.”