SOMERVILLE, NJ - Artist, author and community activist Jerome Gonzalez’ latest collaboration with Gallery On Main is for the birds.

Children 13 and under are invited with their parents to join the artist outdoors in front of the gallery, 30 W. Main St., on Sunday, July 16 for a community beautification project that will involve assembling, painting and decorating wooden bird houses.

Gallery owners Michelle Pankowski Kassick and Shaun Daley will provide free acrylic paints and brushes. Children need only bring a smock and their imagination.

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“Kids can come in and paint them any way they want,” Daley said.

The free workshop is scheduled between noon and 3 p.m.

The artist and gallery owners are hopeful that the young artists will donate their decorated bird houses to the community beautification effort. Details are still being worked on, but the intention is to hang the birdhouses in the trees that line Main Street, according to Daley.

The artists do have the option to keep their birdhouses; if they choose to do so, parents will be asked to make a small donation which will be used for future community art projects, Daley added.

In September, Gonzalez worked on the sidewalk outside the gallery crafting a graffiti mural to promote a four-day arts show hosted by the downtown Arts on Division organization.

Further information is available by calling Gallery on Main at (908) 722-4234.