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Caldwell Merchants Association's Art on the Avenue Opens to Public June 3

CALDWELL, NJ — Many artists and fine art crafters will be exhibiting and selling oils, warter colors, pastels, photography, pet portraits, sculpture handcrafted jewelry, and metal and wood crafts at the eighth annual Art on the Avenue, presented by the Caldwell Merchants Association, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 3, on Bloomfield Avenue in central downtown Caldwell.

Community members of all ages are invited to stroll the Bloomfield Avenue sidewalks to view the show and enjoy Caldwell's shops and restaurants along the way. This year, some local artists include: Robert Szpila, of Fairfield; Lisa Palombo, Janet Markman and Allessandra Sutera of Caldwell; Steve Van Zandt of North Caldwell, and Ellen Galione of Roseland.

Professional art jurors will select pieces from the show to be displayed in the Winners' Circle on the Caldwell Green. Final judging for awards will take place from 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. and the Awards Ceremony, including more than $1000 in cash prizes, will be announced at 2:00 p.m. The show continues until 5 p.m.

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“Paint the Town” plein air local artists Marian Jones and Donna Lynch of Fairfield will be painting live at The Grover Cleveland Birthplace from Wednesday through Friday.

Guests will ealso enjoy “Food To Go” specials available at Bankok, Caldwell Seafood, Cedar Grill and Cloverleaf.  Fliers will be available at the four Caldwell Merchants Association (CMA) tables with all the details.

Additional entertainment at the Caldwell Presbyterian Church at 3 p.m. will include live from La Bella Musica on the corner of Park Avenue and Bloomfield Avenue.

Tickets for a 50/50 raffle to benefit the projects and initiatives of the Caldwell Merchants Association will be available at four CMA tables and winners will be announced on the Caldwell Green at 2 p.m.

In case of rain, the event will be on Sunday, June 4, from noon to 5 p.m. 

About the Art Jurors:

John Wolff of Livingston, NJ:

A signature member of the New Jersey, Garden State, Baltimore, Philadelphia and North East Watercolor Societies, John is a past president of the Essex Water Color Club.  He finds portraits especially appealing and like subject matter with strong contrasts of light and shadow. View his work at www.JohnBWolff.com 

Diana K. Gibson of Ringwood, NJ:

A Signature Member of NYPAP, Oil Painters of American and RAI, Diana has been the recipient of numerous awards including AAPL and RAI awards.  She has been featured in several articles in American Art Collector and is an active plein aire painter.  She is especially passionate about depicting the play of light in all her pieces. View her work at www.dianakgibson.com.

About Matt Gosser:

For the past 13 years, Matthew Gosser has been the gallery director and chief curator of the College of Architecture and Design (CoAD) Gallery at New Jersey Institute of Technology; creating dozens of art events and exhibitions- many of which have garnered critical acclaim in magazines and the NY Times.  Gosser has also served on the board of the Jewish Museum of NJ, curating over 10 exhibitions over the past 8 years.  In Paterson, NJ, Gosser helped create the Art Factory (an arts center carved out of 500,000 sq.ft. of textile mills in the Great Falls historic district) founded Dolphin Gallery and helped organize the Paterson Arts Council’s annual ArtWalk.  Gosser has also partnered extensively with Newark-based organizations such as Paul Robeson Gallery, Index Art Center, CWOW, NJPAC, WBGO, Newark Public Library, Newark Museum, and Gateway Projects on jointly sponsored art events/exhibitions, mentoring programs and public art projects.

Sponsors include: Toyota, Cloverleaf, Essex County Division of Cultural & Historic Affairs, PSE&G, Jack’s Foodtown, SMS Security, Caldwell Women’s Club, Kiwanis Club of the Caldwells, Codey-Jones Funeral Home and Alice and Gordon Gibson of West Caldwell, have signed on as event sponsors. 

Photos were taken at previous Art on the Avenue events. 

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