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Artists & Musicians Transform Somerville's Division Street - Even The Fat Lady Came to Sing

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Graffiti artist Elan Wonder's mural reads "Find Something You Love and Let it Kill You." Credits: Rod Hirsch
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Artist Howard Michaels, an art teacher at Lawrence Intermediate School in Lawrenceville, cuts stencils that he applies to his work surface before applying the spray paint. Credits: Rod Hirsch
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Leo Alban, an art teacher at an elementary school in Elizabeth works on his mural Saturday on Division Street. Credits: Rod Hirsch
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Eight-year-old Dylan Demcsak of Bridgewater competes in Saturday's drum competition on Division Street. Credits: Rod Hirsch
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Eight-year-old Dylan Demcsak of Bridgewater entertains the crowd. Credits: Rod Hirsch
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Credits: Rod Hirsch
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"Downtown Somerville" by Debbie Zeckman of Cottonwood Art & Design includes a customized police car on Somerville's Main Street. Credits: Rod Hirsch
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Dana Benner likes to photograph nature at its finest. Credits: Rod Hirsch
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Wooden bowls, benches and other handcrafted items made from wood were displayed by "Woodworking by Dave" of West Allenhurst. Credits: Rod Hirsch
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Credits: Rod Hirsch
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SOMERVILLE, NJ  - Arts on Division lived up to its advanced billing Saturday as thousands of visitors browsed through an eclectic selection of handmade, one-of-a-kind items created by crafters, artists and photographers,  spread out in displays beneath a rainbow swath of pop-up pavilions.

Graffiti and mural artists were out in full force demonstrating their art form the entire day, while the house band from the Somerville School of Music provided background music. The school also staged a drummers’ competition featuring some of its top percussionists.

Even the venerable Fat Lady came to sing, waiting patiently beside the stage in front of TNT Antiques.

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Cameron Kalik 14, of Bridgewater who’s been playing drums for 7 years was the winner of the competition; Dylan Cascante 15, of Manville, playing 3 years, took second place. Also competing were Dylan Demcsak 8, of Bridgewater, playing 3 years and AJ  Carlson 9, of Somerville, playing 5 years.

Participating artists in The Artisan Market: Artists and Artisans were James Kelewae and J. Mike Kuhn, 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, and Susyn Timko.

Featured artwork by members of the Printmaking Council of New Jersey as also displayed as well as artwork by students at Somerville High School and Immaculata High School.

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