SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – The South Orange Avenue retail store formerly known as Robyn Ross is being re-opened and re-imagined as South Orange Jewelry and Art Exchange (SOJAX) by Robyn Ross co-owner Ross Fields.
“I wanted to figure out how I could still utilize this space, to transform it into something this community would really welcome,” said Fields. “We had built up a good jewelry business, and what I thought would go hand-in-hand with that would be art.”
Fields will be creating a multi-vendor store featuring different local artists and art dealers under one roof. These will be independent businesses operating in a cooperative environment.
There will be a grand opening event on Thursday, May 22 from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. featuring wine and hors d'oeuvres.
“I'm thrilled to announce that we will have seven retail businesses, including my own, displaying their pieces,” Fields said.
Here are the initial retailers to be included:
Compelling Images Fine Art presented by Jacquelyn Roesch-Sanchez:
A contemporary fine art gallery featuring limited edition prints from the NY art scene 1975-2008 in our inaugural exhibition. Works on display by James Rosenquist, Janet Fish, April Gornik, Raymond Pettibon, Dana Schutz & Elizabeth Peyton among others. A great acquisition opportunity for art collectors and art lovers alike.
Arts Unbound Inc. : A non profit organization dedicated to the artistic achievement of youth, adults, and seniors with disabilities. Through their mentoring program they assist in releasing each individuals artistic side which allows them to compete in the retail art market.
Michelle Billete Design: Using precious stones, antique findings and baroque pearls to design unique statement pieces. Also on hand will be vintage Cartier and Hermes time pieces. Also specializing in custom designs.
Pamela Bloom Jewelry : Jewelry that is sophisticated and relaxed, timeless and chic. Classic and versatile pieces for everyday wear that can be worn alone or layered.
The Exceptional Artisan: Hand crafted one of a kind writing instruments. Each unique pen can be personally engraved.
Ross Fields (Robyn Ross Designs): We will have a beautiful collection of fine 14kt and 18kt gold jewelry as well as a beautiful line of sterling silver. We specialize in diamonds and custom designs.
Goldstein Jewelers : Both contemporary and traditional jewelry that is both versatile and timeless.
Amy Goldberg of ASG CREATIONS: Kids create while you shop! Drop your kids, ages 6 and up, off with Amy from ASG Creations and they can choose from a variety of colorful, sparkly beads to design and create their own memory wire bracelets.
South Orange Jewelry and Art Exchange (SOJAX): 67 South Orange Avenue; 973-913-1100.