BLOOMFIELD, NJ – If you are looking to get outside this week and enjoy the fresh spring air, Bloomfield Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs is holding an open-air gallery that includes art from professional and amateur local artists.
The gallery, on display now through the end of May, highlights over 50 local artists who submitted various types of art that was captured in high resolution photos and displayed on light poles along Broad Street and within Bloomfield Center.
“Our community is fortunate to have so many phenomenal artists, and now residents and visitors will have the opportunity to view that artwork as they drive or walk by,” said Mayor Michael Venezia. “This is a great way to support local artists in a socially distanced and safe way.”
Typically, the Bloomfield Art League holds exhibitions throughout the year, however, due to COVID-19 the annual Town Paints and Oakeside events were canceled and replaced by this contest.
Artists submitted various mediums including oil, pastels, acrylic, watercolor, sculpture, photography, printmaking graphic design and more. The winning art can be seen on the corner of Broad Street and Bloomfield Avenue.
“I’m so proud of our staff for always designing new and innovative programming that still complies with Covid safety protocols,” said Bloomfield Director of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Director Michael Sceurman. “In particular, Gabriela Guida, our Recreation Leader, should be commended for her vision and execution of this initiative. I hope everyone makes it a point to visit our Open-Air Gallery.”
The gallery is supported and partially funded by the Bloomfield Center Alliance and the 2021 Essex County Local Arts and History Grant.
Additional assistance and support on this initiative is provided by the Bloomfield Center Alliance, who secured the cash prizes and downtown business gift cards which were awarded to the top three submissions – Leroy White (first place), Brandon Franks (second place), and Vivian Schiff (third place).
“We are grateful that the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs reached out to us with the fantastic idea which so creatively promotes the arts here in Bloomfield,” said Ollyn Lettman, Director of the Bloomfield Center Alliance. “This outdoor gallery now on display in downtown Bloomfield is another representation of how our downtown is changing and growing in so many ways.”
To view the art virtually go to https://my.visme.co/view/jwpekgqq-broad-steps-open-air-art-gallery for English, or https://my.visme.co/view/vdkymjg3-broad-steps-galeria-de-arte-al-aire-libre for Spanish.