Montclair Public Library Gallery Presents John Monto Exhibit

BY  |  Tuesday, Aug 29, 2017 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Montclair Public Library Gallery, 50 South Fullerton Avenue, presents an exhibit by acclaimed artist John Monto. The display will be on view during library hours Sept. 1- through Sept. 29, 2017. A reception for the artist is scheduled for Thursday, September 26 from 6-8 pm in the gallery area.

John Monto is a Montclair, New Jersey artist recently relocated from Minnesota. He is part of a group of artists who were influenced by Willem De Kooning and spent time in his studio in East Hampton, NY. Much of his painting has been nonrepresentational art. The art in the show at the Montclair Public Library is an exploration into cut-outs, flat colors and graphic design.

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Tango Through Time: Capturing Montclair History through the Art of Vincent Tango

Sunday, Aug 27, 2017 2:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

“Tango through Time,” an exhibit of prints by Montclair artist Vincent Tango (Montclair High School Class of 1962), has been extended until September 30 at the Montclair History Center’s Crane House and Historic YWCA. Tango is renowned for his iconic images of Montclair, with a special emphasis on Montclair High School athletics, Mountie Football, ice skating at Edgemont Park, Bond’s Ice Cream, and many other recognizable Montclair locales. His unique Folk Art style and love of Montclair are reflected in this comprehensive display of his “Memories of Montclair” series, with his own memories of the image incorporated into the exhibit. The exhibit will be open on regular public tours dates at the Crane House & Historic YWCA through the end of September or by appointment during weekday office hours. For the public tour calendar, visit

Montclair Public Library Welcomes Encore Exhibit By Multi-Media Artist Robert Ferguson

BY  |  Sunday, Jul 30, 2017 10:15am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Montclair Public Library Gallery, 50 South Fullerton Avenue, welcomes an exciting encore exhibit by acclaimed multi-media artist Robert Ferguson. The display will be on view in the Montclair Public Library Gallery, 50 South Fullerton Avenue, during library hours from August 1 to August 29. The art reception is scheduled on Thursday, August 10 from 5-8pm in the gallery area. Continue Reading

“Jazz In Focus” Opens At The Gallery at Hillside Square, Thursday, 7/27

BY  |  Monday, Jul 24, 2017 10:30am

The Gallery at Hillside Square, Jazz House Kids and the Montclair Jazz Festival present “Jazz in Focus,” featuring the work of three noted jazz photographers — Richard Conde, Patrick Hilaire and the late Ed Berger. In this exhibit, each artist has a slightly different field of vision on jazz artists, either on the stage or at their leisure. The free art exhibition will be open from July 27 through October 27, 2017. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, July 27th from 6-9pm. This show leads up to the annual Montclair Jazz Festival, which is produced by Jazz House Kids with presenting sponsorship by Bravitas and the Silver Family Foundation. Continue Reading

More Murals in Montclair! BID Anounces Call to Artists for Mural Design Proposals

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 13, 2017 7:30am

One of the great murals in Montclair on Glenridge Ave. by Verdigreen Home. Montclair Center BID wants to place more murals throughout the downtown area.

The Montclair Center BID announced a Call to Artists for mural design proposals. The BID is seeking works of art that reflect the rich heritage, culture and vibrancy of Montclair – from yesterday, today and tomorrow. Murals will be placed throughout the downtown area in locations to be determined. The early deadline for consideration for a Fall 2017 mural is Tuesday, Sept. 5. Final proposals are due Monday, Oct. 2.

“This is a great opportunity for artists, schools and organizations to get their creativity working and out and about in downtown Montclair,” said Israel Cronk, Executive Director of the Montclair Center BID. “We can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with!”

Expect to see more murals in Montclair, like the Dallery Tulip mural.

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The Creativity Caravan Announces New Exhibit, “The Anarchy of Emotion” and Artist in Residence

BY  |  Sunday, Jul 09, 2017 12:30pm

“The Anarchy of Emotion,” featuring the work of Glen Ridge photographer Walter Oliver, debut this month at The Creativity Caravan (28 South Fullerton Avenue) and will run through August 5, 2017.

The collection of images reflect the human instinct to express emotion, and in this case to express it anonymously and public via street art or graffiti, even if it means flouting the law. As part of this exhibit, viewers will be invited to interact with the photographs in various ways, and several public programs in conjunction with the exhibit are planned for children and adults. Continue Reading

Montclair Art Museum African American Cultural Committee To Host Summertime Scavenger Hunt

BY  |  Monday, Jun 26, 2017 9:00am

This summer, discover new art for a good cause! The Montclair Art Museum’s African American Cultural Committee (AACC) has organized a Summertime Scavenger Art Hunt. A series of galleries and art destinations throughout the tri-state area have been selected. At each site, participants must decipher a clue about an artwork by an African American artist, find the work referenced, and take a selfie with it. Each photo is worth a certain point value, based on the difficulty of the clue. The first team to document all 10 clues wins! Continue Reading

Local Artists Needed To Paint Pianos for 5th Annual “Playin’ Around South Orange”

Sunday, Jun 25, 2017 10:10am

South Orange Performing Arts Center, the Village of South Orange, Seton Hall University and South Orange Village Center Alliance are pleased to announce that the application process for visual artists is now open for the fifth annual Playin’ Around South Orange, a public art project that features decorated pianos displayed in various locations throughout the Village. The project is supported in part by Valley National Bank. From Aug. 26 – Sept. 24, 2017 the pianos will be placed in highly trafficked outdoor spaces and will be available for the public to play at their leisure. Professional musicians will be scheduled to play the pianos on various days, encouraging community members to join in the “jam sessions” by playing an instrument or singing.

Local artists, or teams of artists, will paint pianos in or around SOPAC during the month of August. A diversity of styles to inspire the community around the themes of the performing and visual arts is encouraged. An honorarium will be supplied to the artist. The project is open to all artists or design teams, age 18 or over, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, military status, sexual orientation, marital status or the presence of a mental or physical or mental disability. More information about the project can be found Continue Reading

Weekend Arts & Entertainment Calendar: June 22 – 25

BY  |  Thursday, Jun 22, 2017 10:15am


Lots of great local events to enjoy this weekend. From live music and concerts, to comedy and theater, to films and social events, this is your guide to what’s happening this weekend:

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Summer Bucket List: See More Art

Tuesday, Jun 20, 2017 12:15pm

Cool down from the heat and check out Montclair artist Carrie Emma Pradieu’s exhibition of her paintings on display at Swoon, 12 North Willow street, Montclair, through the end of June. Her work can also be viewed at and on Instagram @carrieemma777.

Originally from England, where she studied at Cental Saint Martin’s School of Art, Pradieu came here initially to work in the fashion/print industry and was a senior print artist for several years before having her children who are now 16 and 12. In the last few years, she has taken to painting and has had five solo exhibitions in that time, two at Anthropologie, one in NYC and another at Montclair’s new coffee shop, Local on Watchung Ave.

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And we can get this project completed in time for Montclair's sesquicentennial when we can stick a fork into historic preservation as a public policy.

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