WESTFIELD, NJ – If downtown Westfield looks even more artistic than usual, there’s a good reason.

The Westfield Public Schools are celebrating the nationally acclaimed Youth Art Month with colorful and creative displays throughout the downtown area. Paintings, drawings, sculpture, and painted furniture designed by approximately 300 students from Westfield’s 10 public schools are displayed by 40 downtown merchants as well as The Westfield Memorial Library, who volunteered their window space for the month of March. 

“Youth Art Month is a time to celebrate the creative work of our children,” explained Linda King, Supervisor of Fine Arts for the Westfield Public Schools. “The artwork represents children of all levels of age and ability.  It is chosen by our art teachers for various reasons:  work ethic, commitment to the project at hand, proficiency, emotional uplifting, and appropriate medium for the chosen store. I am honored and pleased with the work of our dedicated educators, the children whose work is displayed, and the many supporting community members who give of their valuable time to make this event occur each year.”

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In coordination with Youth Art Month, RMC Studios in Garwood and Hip Thrift and Art Gallery in Westfield each are hosting an open house for the general public to view student artwork in unique gallery settings.

The Hip Thrift and Art Gallery at 407 South Avenue in Westfield will hold an open house to display student artwork on Thursday, March 15, from 5:30 p.m. until 8 p.m.