SUMMIT, NJ - Artist Matthew Jensen will lead the first of three artist-led walks he has planned in conjunction with the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey's hosted multimedia exhibition 'Park Wonder'. The group will walk through The Great Swamp May 20, The second walk will be on June 10 in the Watchung Reservation, and the final walk will be on June 17 along the Passaic River. The public is invited to join him.
Jensen spent several months investigating four historic northern New Jersey parks, and his resulting site-specific artwork, is currently on display in the main gallery of the Art Center.
Jensen has an uncanny ability to see things that others miss, and on these walks, he will share his skills for scouring the landscape for artifacts and stories. Each walk will be no more than two hours long, and are free, although limited to 30 participants. Children accompanied by an adult are welcome. To register for the walk, and to get details on where the group will meet up, please contact Sarah Walko, Director of Education and Community Engagement at 908-273-9121, ext. 213 or via firstname.lastname@example.org. Spots are limited.
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For walkers who wish to explore on their own time, Jensen has shared his maps on the 'Park Wonder' web site located at matthewjensenwalking.com. Walkers are encouraged to share their experiences and photos, and they will be added to the blog on the site, becoming a part of the 'Park Wonder' conversation.
“This dynamic exhibition emphasizes local community, history, culture and nature,” said Walko. “It demonstrates how art has the power to create incredibly diverse experiences and conversations and extends far beyond the walls of museums.”
'Park Wonder' is made possible by a "Imagine Your Parks" grant award, a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Park Service to support projects that use the arts to engage people with memorable places and landscapes of the National Park System.