SOMERVILLE, NJ - The deadline for artist submissions to the “Somerville Perspectives” art show has been extended from Sept. 1 to Sept. 5.
The show is just one of several arts initiatives sponsored by Arts on Division the weekend of Sept. 15-18.
The four-day visual arts festival will also feature an all-day Crafts Festival Sept. 17 and, for the first time this year, will share the good vibes of the annual Central Jersey JazzFest, which brings thousands to downtown Somerville with lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy a full day of jazz across from the historic Somerset County Courthouse.
The Central Jersey Jazz Festival culminates with the final performances in Somerville on Sunday, Sept. 18. On Friday night, Sept. 16, the jazz festival will feature performances in Hunterdon County and in New Brunswick on Saturday, Sept. 17.
The Division Street pedestrian mall will be transformed into a visual arts mecca on Saturday from noon to 6 p.m., with a crafters’ and artisans fair, static displays, a photo booth and live artists painting murals that will be displayed in the downtown Somerville shopping district.
Graffiti artists have been invited and will add their creativity to the street murals, according to Deirdre Rosinski, an Arts on Division board member and art teacher at Immaculata High School in Somerville.
Student art club members from Immaculata and Somerville High School will display their works, as will artists from the Center for Contemporary Art in Bedminster and the Printmaking Center of New Jersey in Branchburg, according to Rosinski.
“Somerville Perspectives” is expected to benefit from the surge of out-of-towners that join local residents for the live jazz in Somerville, according to Rick St. Pierre, organizer of the jazz festival and president of Arts on Division.
Organizers put out a call for entries to artists two months ago.
Their letter reads:
“Artists are invited to enter artwork expressing any facet of Somerville life - the diverse population, interesting architecture, downtown, parks, town events, historic sites – any part of the community that has a particular meaning for you.”
As space is somewhat limited Arts on Division will only accept hanging works that are no larger than 12 x 18 inches, framed.
All types of media are acceptable - paintings, drawings, prints, collage, photographs. Artists may submit a print of their original work. Prints for the portfolio bin will also be accepted, no larger than 12 x 18 inches.
Those entries accepted will be displayed at Gallery on Main, 30 West Main St., with a grand opening and reception Sept. 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. The non-juried show will run through the festival weekend and continue for another two weeks, through Oct. 1.
Artists are expected to be selling prints of their original “Somerville Perspectives” artwork.
“The show will allow us to present several different perspectives of Somerville in a confined space. We expect that will be inviting to people, who we hope will buy the prints and help promote Arts on Division and all that is good about Somerville,” St. Pierre said.
The entry form may be downloaded online at http://artsondivision.com/