BLOOMFIELD, NJ – Under sunny skies on a beautiful morning, Town Paints, the annual Bloomfield art exhibition for local artists of all media, ages and skill levels, took place last Saturday, May 11 on the Historic Town Green on Broad Street.

“All of the credit for this event goes to Recreation Leader Gabriela Guida, as she’s really ramped up our Cultural Affairs Department over the past year,” Director of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Michael Sceurman told TAP.  “Town Paints is the Bloomfield Art League’s biggest event of the year, and it’s been going on for more than 87 years, and this is the oldest running Art League in the State of New Jersey.”

Councilman Gamble and Par-tee Fore the Arts! held a fundraiser in April which raised funds to provide Art Supply Packs for the first 35 students to enter their works of art.  Entry was free for children ages 6 through 17.

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“Bloomfield is a great place to live in partly because of the many talented artists who call this town home, and it is an honor to be able to support the arts through events like Town Paints,” said Councilman Ted Gamble.  “This is a great event that gets people out and we are lucky to have beautiful weather today, as the last few years we have to move the event indoors.”

Gamble added, “this year, we honor the winners of Town Paints by having their artwork displayed in the storefronts at The Green in May and June.”

There was also a disc jockey providing music and entertainment, a live art demonstration, and several projects for kids to work on throughout the morning and afternoon.

“Art is an extremely important component of this community and I am so thankful for the Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, along with Councilman Gamble, for initiating this art in the park event,” Councilman Nicholas Joanow told TAP.  “Bloomfield does so much for its residents – whether its art or music – and its events like this are the separations between Bloomfield and other places, and I’m grateful to be a member of this council.”

At the end of the event, all artists were evaluated for their works, with winners receiving awards, prizes and public recognition.

“Town Paints has become a wonderful Bloomfield tradition that people of all ages can enjoy,” said Mayor Michael Venezia.  “I would like to thank Councilman Gamble and the Bloomfield Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department for sponsoring this year’s great event.”