SUMMIT, NJ - The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey will host its inaugural Members Art Show & Collectors Weekend September 8 - 10, the three-day event celebrating the Art Center’s members and their artwork.

The event will be open for public viewing on September 8, from 10 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. and September 9 and 10, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The exhibition’s official opening will take place on September 8, from 6  - 8:30 p.m., and will include an awards presentation at 7:30 p.m. The closing toast and art pickup will occur September 10 at 3:30 p.m. 

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All current Art Center members are welcome to hang one original work of art, on a first-come, first-served basis. No advance signup is necessary, with members able to bring their work to the Art Center’s main floor gallery on September 6, from 12 - 8 p.m. or September 7, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

A $20 entry fee is required, and all artwork submitted must be smaller than 40” x 40” for 2-D work and 24” x 24” x 36” for 3-D work. The submitting member must be an adult. 

Jurying the Friday night event will be photographer, artist, and teacher Nancy Ori, who holds classes and workshops throughout the United States and internationally and taught for eight seasons at the Ansel Adams Workshop, in California, after being taught by Ansel Adams himself. She holds a B.A. in Fine Arts and an M.S. in Visual Communications from Pratt Institute. Along with her workshops, she is currently teaching at several local museums in New Jersey and continues to shoot on assignment.

The weekend will also feature an open house event on September 10, from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Both members and the public alike can watch Art Center instructors demonstrate some of the things they will be teaching during the Studio School’s fall session, which begins on September 17. Highlights include a Raku firing demonstration by Peter Syak and Lisette Bedoya, a quilting demonstration with Sue Erdreich, and a drawing demonstration with Stephen Yavorski. Rebecca Roman will also be offering art projects for children. For more information, visit

The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey is located at 68 Elm Street.