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Free Thursday Event Enjoyed By West Orange and Other Community Residents at Montclair Art Museum

Art from Saya Wolfalk: The Empathics Exhibit Credits: Kate Davenport
Glen Ridge Volunteer, Bruce Anderson and MAM employee, Kimberly Fisher, collected flatware for the raffle. Credits: Kate Davenport
 The Montclair State University Jazz Ensemble. Credits: Kate Davenport
Guests enjoy drinks and socialize at the event. Credits: Kate Davenport


WEST ORANGE, NJ - Montclair Art Museum is offering free admission on the first Thursday of every month during the Winter and Spring months.  'Free Thursdays' began in October and will continue into June. The event is a wonderful way for members of the community to come out, socialize, and view many of the lovely and intriguing galleries and exhibits at Montclair Art Museum.

Each month Exhibition Tours are offered.  Tonight's tour was Saya Woolfalk: The Empathics. The evening began at 5:00 pm and ended at 9:00 pm, and tour times were offered at 5:30, 6:30, and 7:30. In addition to the tours, the Montclair State University Jazz Ensemble regularly performs, and a cash bar is run by Egan and Sons of Montclair. Book Club Meetings are also held.  Trunk Shows, featuring various artists' works for sale, are located in the Museum Shop.  The featured artist of the evening was Meghan Patrice Riley, whodisplayed lovely handmade jewelry.. To find out more information about the the Trunk Shows, visit

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Special events of the evening included a performance by the Montclair High School A Capella group and a Flatware Raffle that offered the chance to win a free Contemporaries Membership. The flatware collection during the raffle from the community will be later be use to create an art piece by Jean Shin for the Montclair Art Museum. Jean Shin is known for making contemporary pieces created by everyday objects and pieces that represent the community.

 Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Catherine Mastrangelo, who is part of the team that makes these community outreach events a possibility, said, “We launched in October and over 400 people showed up. Unfortunately we had to cancel November due to the storm. I’m very happy to have an event that brings  the community into the museum and gives them a chance to enjoy themselves.”


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