Arts & Entertainment

Somerville Hosts Broad Spectrum of Artists and Crafters on Division Street

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Somerville Mayor Brian Gallagher checks on the progress of the graffiti artists on Division Street Saturday. Credits: Rod Hirsch
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Graffiti art - work in progress. Credits: Rod Hirsch
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Graffiti art - work in progress. Credits: Rod Hirsch
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Graffiti art - work in progress. Credits: Rod Hirsch
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Watercolor artist Aida Birritteri works in front of Gallery on Division. She is one of the artists whose works are featured in “Conception,” the premiere exhibit at the gallery. Credits: Rod Hirsch
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The Bob Lanza Blues Band performs on Division Street. Credits: Rod Hirsch
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Somerville Mayor Brian Gallagher, left, stops to chat with Rick St. Pierre, owner of Verve Restaurant and the prime organizer behind Arts on Division and the Central Jersey Jazz Festival.
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SOMERVILLE, NJ – Hardcore graffiti artists with an urban flair were busy tagging 8-foot cubes set up for that purpose at either end of Division Street, while a Cuban immigrant who made her way to the bucolic countryside of Hunterdon County worked from a palette of pastels in front of Gallery on Division creating a colorful image of her contemporaries at Saturday’s Arts on Division exhibition.

Stretching in between the graffiti artists the length of Division Street were vendors displaying their crafts and handiwork – photographs, prints, original art, jewelry, woodenware and textiles while the 3-piece Bob Lanza Blues Band provided musical entertainment.

Saturday was Day 3 of AOD ’17, a convergence of visual and performing arts, a precursor to Sunday’s Central Jersey Jazz Festival, with live music from 1-6 p.m. on a stage adjacent to the historic Somerset County Courthouse on East Main Street.

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Watercolorist Aida Birritteri arrived in the United States from Cuba in 1968 when she was just 3 ½ years old and began drawing soon after that..

She lives in High Bridge with her husband and two daughters.

Birritteri is one of the artists whose works are featured in “Conception,” the premiere exhibit at Gallery on Division, which had its Grand Opening Thursday night.

Art All Day ran from 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m., an Artisan Market featuring the works of 18 artists; Cube painting Session #1 featuring artists Elan Wonder, Mimi, Jenna Morello, and Brainpaste; Cube Painting #2 featuring Leon Rainbow, Pest, El Gento, and Jerome Gonzalez; the Whitehouse Wind Symphony from 3:30-4:30 p.m. and Mail Order Bride performing from 5-7 p.m.

AOD ’17 concludes on Sunday, Sept. 17 with the Central Jersey Jazz Festival on East Main Street adjacent to the Historic Somerset County Courthouse from 1-6  p.m.  Artists will have drawings, paintings, jewelry, ceramics, photographs, and clothing available for purchase.

Arts On Division is dedicated to building community in Somerville and the region through the arts and arts education by promoting the advancement, development, and support of the visual, musical, physical, and literary arts.

Sunday's All-Star jazz lineup includes Davell Crawford, Claire Daly and Marion Cowings. Call (908) 541-1600 for further information.

The music is free. Visitors are advised to bring their own lawn chairs for the concerts.

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