Discover a one-of-a-kind art experience when Manufacturers Village Artist Studios, located in an 1880s industrial complex building in East Orange, NJ, hosts its annual event Open Studio. Visitors will get open access to the studios of over 60 different artists on Saturday and Sunday, October 16 and 17. The enclave, just minutes from Thomas Edison’s original workshop houses artists working in a variety of mediums. Visitors will be welcomed into the studios of professional painters, sculptors, woodworkers, quilters, printmakers, photographers, multi-media artists, and more. Artwork will also be available for purchase.
“I love Visiting Manufacturer’s Village. First, there are the buildings, with the great catwalks, secret stairwells, and whispered industrial histories. Walk into one of 60 studios and find each room its own hub for manufacturing works of art, mapping out thoughts and dreams. Step in further and you can enter into conversation with the artists themselves – an enlightening experience to hear first-hand how ideas are translated into physical works of art, and to gain an understanding of the artistic processes (so unique and varied), materials, influences, and future plans. It’s an afternoon resplendent with discovery (and the possibility to acquire a new artwork for your home). The artists in this Village are exceptional, participating in exhibitions at the community, national and international levels. The once-a-year Open Studios at Village is truly not to be missed!” says Alice Momm, proprietor AMCS, Curatorial Services, and Visual Artist, New York, N.Y.
The self-guided tour of studios also includes an opportunity to view the East Orange Community Black Lives Matter Mural, one of the state’s largest and most beautiful murals. Painted in the spring of 2021, this 9,000 square foot mural was created by sixteen artists of color from the greater East Orange Community, some of whom will be present at the event. Local food trucks will also be on site!
Open Studio weekend at Manufacturers Village
MASKS ARE REQUIRED. We appreciate your support but if you are not vaccinated we ask hat you don’t attend for everyone’s safety.