LIVINGSTON, NJ — Local artists have signed on to help students transform their winning sketches into finished paintings as part of The Arts Council of Livingston’s “Holiday Spirit” painting contest.

Students in grades two through eight have until Nov. 22 to submit sketches representing holiday cheer. Winning entries will be painted on plexiglass panels and displayed at The Fresh Market Shoppes at the Livingston Circle throughout the month of December.

The contest is supported by The Fresh Market and Eastman Companies, who own and manage The Shoppes.

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All entries must be on 8 ½ x 11 paper and dropped off in the labeled collection box located inside The Fresh Market at the Shoppes at the Livingston Circle, 277 Eisenhower Parkway. Professional artists from the Arts Council and ACL Art Gallery will join the student winners for the painting event on Saturday, Dec. 5 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Studio Workshop Gallery, also located at The Shoppes. The professional artists’ work will also be on view in and around the center.

The event is chaired by Irene Feigen, a past president of the ACL and director and curator of The ACL Art Gallery; and retired art teacher Hugh Mahon, president of the Council for the Arts in the Livingston Area (CALA) and an artist of the gallery.

The Arts Council of Livingston is a nonprofit arts coordinating group established by the Township Council to make the arts more visible in Livingston and the surrounding areas. For more information, contact Irene Feigen at (973) 994-1516 or by email at irene1170aclgallery@gmail.com.