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14th Annual SOMA Artists Studio Tour Expands to Two Days, June 3 and June 4

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Now in its 14th year, the annual SOMA Artist Studio Tour is expanding to a full weekend, Saturday, June 3, and Sunday, June 4. Artist studios and group venues are open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, and special exhibitions will be located throughout each town.

This community-supported event provides visitors a unique look at the vibrant and dynamic art scene in our towns. With over 70 emerging, mid-career, and established artists - 20% of whom are new to the tour this year - and over 12 special exhibitions - art appreciators and collectors have the perfect opportunity to start or grow an art collection.

To plan your journey, the Studio Tour website (www.studiotoursoma.org) lists all participating artists and has an interactive map that lets you filter by theme, medium, and other options. Local VIPs and notable personalities have provided printable Curated Tours on the web site, providing interesting options and starting points. Paper maps are available at participating venues and businesses throughout both towns, including The Baird Center and 1978 Arts Center.

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The SOMA  Artists Studio tour was initiated by volunteers to celebrate the artists among us and to help make affordable, local art available to all. This much-anticipated event is a mainstay of our community and is the perfect opportunity for locals and out-of-town visitors to get to know friends, neighbors, and local artists while also viewing and purchasing unique works of art.

Brought to you by the South Orange Department of Recreation and Cultural Affairs and 1978 Maplewood Art Center. Gold Sponsors: Jespy House; Silver Sponsors: Victoria Carter, Eventage, Natalie Farrell; Bronze Sponsors: The Able Baker, SOPAC, Maplewood Karate, The Tenth Muse Gallery, Mona Lisa Framing; and our many contributors and friends.

2017 Special Exhibitions & Events

Check the dates, some have already begun!

The Blue Scarf Collective: Art in a Time of Resistance
Light installations, photography, illustration, painting, fiber art, printmaking, and sculpture with guest artist and SOMA resident, Diana Fine. During the studio tour, participate in the Button Resist Project by designing your own wearable protest with donations benefitting the Rain Foundation of Essex County.
Gallery Hours M-Th 11-4pm & by appt. Open for the Studio Tour.
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 10, 6-9 pm
Free Artist Talk: Thursday, June 2, 7pm
Location: Pierro Gallery, 5 Mead Street, Second Floor, South Orange, NJ 07079, 973-378-7754

Art from the Heart
Artists from JESPY House.
Location: JUDI House, 110 Irvington Ave, South Orange, NJ 07079

Artists from GlassRoots
Glass Roots provides area youth with opportunities to create glass art, and develop entrepreneurial and life skills. glassroots.org.
Location: Mona Lisa Framing, 7 Highland Place, Maplewood, NJ

The Pet Project
Recent works from artists Chrissy McIntyre and Lara Tomlin featuring modern and eclectic pet portraits. Open all day long during the Studio Tour.
Exhibition runs 6/2- 7/6
Opening party: June 2, 7-9pm
Location: Pet Wants, 67 South Orange Ave, South Orange

Endangered! Group Show
Studio Tour Artists explore the theme Endangered.
Location: Mark Murphy Music, 15 Scotland Rd., South Orange

Pierro Outdoors & South Orange Village Alliance Valley Street Windows
An outdoor art installation
Location: The windows at the back of the building at 4-12 Village Plaza

Gateway Murals
Nine murals facing The Gateway luxury apartments. Oksana Berzinsh, Bill Billec, Mary Jean Canziani, Lawrence Ciarallo, Santiago Cohen, Kathleen Hong, Kevin O'Connell, Roberta Melzl, Franc Palaia.
Location: The Gateway, 9 West South Orange Avenue, South Orange

Inspired Minds: Young Artists Exhibition 2017
Drawings, paintings and photographs by Essex County's gifted high school artists.
Opening Reception: May 18, 2106 6-7:30pm; Open during the studio tour 11-5pm.
Location: Herb & Milly Iris Gallery at SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange

Arts Unbound Showcase
Shop and Gallery
Location: 100 Baker Ave. Maplewood, NJ

Digital Gallery: Sense of Place
Violetta Zuppa Watercolors
Gina Petrecca Photography
Location
: South Orange Public Library, 65 Scotland Road, South Orange, NJ 07079

Things that Matter
A written art project with thoughtful contributions from the community
Location: South Orange Public Library, 65 Scotland Road, South Orange, NJ 07079

3-D printing Demo
Saturday 6/3, 11am
Location: South Orange Public Library, 65 Scotland Road, South Orange, NJ 07079

Lighting Installation, Cat Tate Starmer
Inspired by South Orange Village Center’s campaign “Everybody Belongs Here”, this light installation will be on view after dark in trees near the pool oon June 2, 3, 4, during the studio tour.
Location: Cameron Park, South Orange

AP Studio Art and Art 4 students
An exhibition of the best of the visual arts at Columbia High School.
Location: Domareki Gallery at CHS, 17 Parker Avenue, Maplewood, NJ 07040

Tony Smith Tau
Permanent monumental work by native son, Tony Smith, owned by the Village of South Orange.
Location: Corner of North Ridge Road and Mead Street, South Orange

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Upcoming Events

Wed, May 23, 12:00 PM

Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel, South Orange

The Purposes and Rhythms of Jewish Living

Education Religions And Spirituality

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Wed, May 23, 7:00 PM

Par 440 Restaurant & Lounge, Short Hills

The Extra Rich In Class Dinner Show with E.R.I.C.

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink

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Fri, May 25, 7:00 PM

Par 440 Restaurant & Lounge, Short Hills

The Extra Rich In Class Dinner Show with E.R.I.C.

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink

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Fri, May 25, 7:00 PM

Par 440 Restaurant & Lounge, Short Hills

The Extra Rich In Class Dinner Show with E.R.I.C.

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink

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The police department has confirmed a death in the accident, which occurred shortly before 1:30 p.m. near the intersection of Latham Court and South Orange Avenue.

As of 4:30 p.m., detectives were still on the scene investigating the crash. A full report has not yet been released ...

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2nd Annual Theater in The Park Returns to Founders Park in South Orange on June 3

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Bring your blankets and chairs, grab some food and fun from one of our vendors and enjoy one or all of the performances by local talent. The event is free and open to everyone who wants to stop in and enjoy some entertainment.

Founders Park is located at 265 Valley St. in South ...

Career Change for Working Moms Presentation at Millburn Library

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