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“Somerville Perspectives” Gallery Exhibit Kicks Off 4-Day Celebration of Art and Music

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Only 50 of these posters were printed to commemorate Arts on Division 2016. They will be sold for $45 at Gallery on Main.
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SOMERVILLE, NJ – Thursday night’s opening of the “Somerville Perspectves” art exhibit at Gallery on Main, 30 Main St., will kick off a four-day celebration of the arts, culminating Sunday with the Central Jersey Jazz Festival.

Arts on Division is hosting the gallery show which will run from Sept.16–Oct.1 and features the works of 17 artists and photographers and their unique perspectives on Somerville. Thursday night’s reception with the artists begins at 6 p.m.

Exhibiting artists are: Rob Ambrose, Susan Antin, Dana Benner, Frank Bitetto, Jessica Demcsak, Leslie Floyd, Emiliano Gonzalez, Jack Howard, Dan LaMountain, William Metz, Nicole Miller, Olga Phelps, Lauren Pitcher, Luis Sanchez, Donna Souren, Terry Wagner, Elan Wonder.

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 Arts on Division continues Friday night, Sept. 16 with a 5:30 p.m. performance by the Slackjaw Blues Band on Division Street, followed at 6 p.m. by the official opening and welcome extended by Mayor Brian Gallagher.

The Whitehouse Wind Symphony performs on Division Street at 7 p.m.

Graffiti artists, cube artists and The Artisan Market: Artists and Artisans will take over Division Street on Saturday, Sept. 17, selling a variety of artwork from jewelry to photographs, ceramics, paintings and more from noon-6 p.m. See mural painting by James Kelewae and J. Mike Kuhn, and cube painting by Jerome Gonzales and friends.

Participating artists include Matthew Allouf, Dana Benner, David Gallina, John Giftus, Katie Gloede, Emiliano Gonzalez, Janet Hickey, Jezebel & Raven’s Grace, Dan La Mountain, Nicole Miller, Matthew Scottile, Jennifer St. Pierre, Marian Stewart, Susyn Timko.

Featured artwork by members of the Printmaking Council of New Jersey will be on display as well as artwork by students at Somerville High School and Immaculata High School.

The Division Street stage will also feature music performances by students enrolled at Somerville’s School of Rock from noon-2 p.m.; drum competition from 2-3:30 p.m. and music by Bryan Hanson from 3:30-6 p.m.

On Sunday, Sept. 18, it’s all about the Central Jersey Jazz Festival.

The all-star lineup of performers includes:

·         Javon Jackson Quartet

·         Vanessa Rubin with Special Guest

·         Don Braden

·         Isaiah J. Thompson Quintet

·         Additional Performances by Jazz House Kids

The Somerville Jazz Festival will be presented on the Somerset County Court House Green, at the corner of E. Main & Grove Streets. It's produced and hosted by Downtown Somerville Alliance and Sheila E. Anderson, author and on-air personality of WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM.

Further information is available online at artsondivision.com and centraljerseyjazzfestival.com

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