MORRISTOWN, NJ - The weekend long event which brings together authors and readers in downtown Morristown revealed the first ever commissioned piece of art for the Morristown Festival of Books

The festival set to kick off in less than a week, was captured on canvas by Harding artist Tine Kirkland Graham, a first for the October 2 and 3 weekend event.

Graham, known for her whimsy and use of bold colors, was chosen to depict the spirit of the goings on in town. The oil painting was revealed at a cocktail reception for all donors at 70 South Street Gallery on Friday, September. 18. 

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“We are pleased to offer our gallery space for the reveal of this commissioned piece of art" said Myles Sandrian, Operations Manager of 70 South Street Gallery.  "70 South Street Gallery is delighted to see Morristown transforming itself into a cultural mecca, the kind of town where residents like to live, work and shop.”  

“My inspiration for this painting is the vibrant mood up and down South Street during the Festival weekend,” said Ms. Graham.  " Authors mingling with avid book readers in the heart of our community spoke to my creative muse.  I am celebrating the joy that the Morristown Festival of Books brings to the area around the Vail Mansion."

 “We are so lucky to have Tine donating her time and talent to enhance the Festival in our second year", said Linda Hellstrom, Co-Founder of the Festival.  "We plan to commission a piece of art annually going forward.  Readers can become art collectors, retaining a visual keepsake from the literary weekend.”

CPoster-size reproductions were signed by the artist and will be for sale for $25 each on Saturday, Oct. 3 from 12pm to 1pm under the main tent at Vail Mansion. 70 South Gallery is offering a discount to buyers of the Festival poster if they frame it there. The origianl oil painting was auctioned off during the cocktail reception.