We have a winner!  The cover art for this year’s May in Montclair Calendar of Events was lovingly created by Rebecca Rosenheck, a member of Studio Montclair.  Her entry was one of nineteen submissions received from area artists this year.  Her painting celebrates the beauty and spirit of volunteerism and community that has been the driving force behind May in Montclair since it began over 38 years ago.  Her donation of this original painting for the Calendar of Events book cover is greatly appreciated.

Rosenheck’s work has been recently shown at Studio Montclair’s State of the Art 2017 and Ridgewood Art Institute’s 37th Annual Juried Show.  Her paintings of flowers at Van Vleck Gardens and Presby Iris Gardens were highlighted in the fall issue of Montclair Magazine.  Originally from Baltimore, her chemical engineering profession brought her to New Jersey, where she took her first pastel art class at the Montclair Art Museum. Years spent learning to paint at the Montclair Art Museum led to her Independent Study work.

Fittingly, Ms. Rosenheck’s tulip painting was done outside, en plein air, at the Avis Campbell Gardens in Montclair.  It is mixed media.  “Seeing the sparkle of sunlight pass through the petals of the tulips on that warm, sunny day inspired me to try to capture their gorgeous, luminous color in my painting. By immersing myself in the landscape, I hoped to convey the beauty and splendor of the tulips, exemplified by the May in Montclair project.”

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May in Montclair volunteers (including Peter!) distribute for free bulbs throughout town to local park conservancies, gardening clubs, houses of worship, schools, libraries, the Parks Department and business districts.  Park conservancy members, school groups and countless community volunteers make sure the bulbs get planted so that thousands of visitors to our town can enjoy them in the spring.  As the bulbs burst into flower ends local businesses and groups show their support by advertising in the Calendar of Events which lists the wide variety of public events happening throughout Montclair in May. 

This year the May in Montclair Committee dedicates its 38th year to longtime volunteer Peter Guiffra for his singular dedication to Montclair beautification.  If you’d like to make a donation to honor Peter or someone else in your life, donors are listed as “sponsors” in the May in Montclair Calendar of Events publication.  Donations can be made at www.mayinmontclair.org or mailed to May in Montclair, 41 Watchung Plaza, #308, Montclair, NJ  07042.  Checks should be made out to “May in Montclair.”  Print your name(s) as you would like it to appear in the book!

More information about supporting this project so we can continue our free donation of over 30,000 bulbs throughout town can be found at www.mayinmontclair.org.  Inquiries about advertising or publishing an event can also be directed to this year’s chair, Karen Shinevar, at karenshinevar@gmail.com.   And like us on Facebook at May in Montclair!