ROSELLE, NJ— Residents of Union County were treated to a special event on Saturday. The Sketchbook Project Van visited locals at Warinanco Park, delighting artists and art admirers alike with a worldwide selection of art. Guests also had the opportunity to create their very own sketchbook to add to the collection for next year’s travels.

Barbara Dixon, a resident of Roselle and the president of the Roselle Arts Association, was on hand to host the event along with Michael Endy, the president of the Westfield Art Association, Laura Brown and Sharon Read. The event was funded through a Community Enhancement Grant. 

Barbara Dixon was "very grateful for the support shown by the Union County Freeholders.” Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalski was on hand to show support for the Sketchbook Project and experience the program personally.

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Steven Peterman, one of the founders of the project, referred to his webpage “The Sketchbook Project began in 2006 in Atlanta, GA and moved to New York City in 2009. Since that time, our small organization has grown into a worldwide community of more than 70,000 artists. By focusing on the intersection of hands-on art making and new technology, The Sketchbook Project nurtures community-supported art projects that harness the power of the virtual world to share inspiration in the real world.”

Sharon Read of the Westfield Art Association shared in the sentiment saying “almost anyone can be artistic in their own way, whether it is sketching, painting or arts and crafts.”

The Roselle Arts Association meets on Mondays at 10 am at the Amalfe Center at 1268 Shaffer Avenue. All are invited to attend. The event is open to all Union County residents and features guidance from Union County College’s Anthony Nicoli, Professor of English/Modern Language/Fine Arts.

For further information, call Barbara Dixon, (president) at 908-245-2359 or Marilyn Savidge, (secretary) at 908-354-6925.

Since 1922, the Westfield Art Association, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, has provided art education and public exhibitions, and continues today to actively encourage its many members in the pursuit of individual artistic goals and growth. Additional information on the Westfield Art Association can be found at: Westfield Art Association.