Coming Up: Artist Studio & Gallery Tour

The annual Open Doors gallery tour in Newark will take place this month, starting October 23. If you’re interested in the arts scene in Newark, this four-day event is the single best way to get familiar with the galleries in the city, meet the artists who are working here, and get acquainted with what the city has to offer.


The annual Open Doors gallery tour in Newark will take place this month, starting October 23. If you’re interested in the arts scene in Newark, this four-day event is the single best way to get familiar with the galleries in the city, meet the artists who are working here, and get acquainted with what the city has to offer.

I missed the opportunity to check out last year’s event, and don’t plan on making the same mistake again this year.🙂

As Newark’s art scene continues to grow with an influx of new artists, galleries and cultural outlets, the Newark Arts Council gears up for the annual Open Artists’ Studios and Available Space Tour presented by Chase, taking place October 23 – 26, 2008.

Following the remarkable success of last year’s event, the seventh annual celebration of the arts in New Jersey’s largest city will once again include tours of dozens of local galleries and participating artists’ studios, major exhibitions, a showcase of innovative available space, and creative, temporary gallery installations.

This year’s line up also includes a host of new programming including a crafts exhibition with artists and crafts from Peters’ Valley, Gospel performances, film screenings, and for children, a puppet workshop and exhibition. Events are free and open to the public.

NEWARK ARTS COUNCIL ANNOUNCES SEVENTH ANNUAL ARTISTS’ STUDIOS AND AVAILABLE SPACE TOUR

Exhibition Openings, Gallery Crawl, Artists’ Studios, Film Screenings and
Crafts Included in Four-Day Event

Newark, NJ – As Newark’s art scene continues to grow with an influx of new artists, galleries and cultural outlets, the Newark Arts Council gears up for the annual Open Artists’ Studios and Available Space Tour presented by Chase, taking place October 23 – 26, 2008. Following the remarkable success of last year’s event, the seventh annual celebration of the arts in New Jersey’s largest city will once again include tours of dozens of local galleries and participating artists’ studios, major exhibitions, a showcase of innovative available space, and creative, temporary gallery installations. This year’s line up also includes a host of new programming including a crafts exhibition with artists and crafts from Peters’ Valley, Gospel performances, film screenings, and for children, a puppet workshop and exhibition. Events are free and open to the public.

The Tour commences on Thursday evening, October 23rd at the historic National Newark Building located at 744 Broad Street, with an Opening Reception (5:00p – 8:00p) and group show of approximately 30 highly-talented Newark and International artists. Yoland Skeete, director of Newark’s Sumei Multidisciplinary Art Gallery, is returning curator of the aptly named Gallery 744. The show’s guests jurors are renowned artists Willie Cole and Ben Jones, both internationally revered artists. Selected artists were determined from submissions of entries, and include international participants from Gambia, Italy, Holland, Iraq, New York, Newark and throughout New Jersey, demonstrating that all roads really do lead to Newark.

Leading the way into Thursday’s opening is the “Walk on the Wild Side” puppet/art parade – a colorful and exciting new program featuring 10 life-size puppets, one of Shabazz Marching Band and a number of children with homemade masks made out of recycled materials. The Parade, which will begin at Broad and Bank at 5:30p, cross Broad Street, circle Military Park and come back up Broad Street ending at Gallery 744, is generated in partnership with the Barat Foundation and will create a public festivity in the streets of Newark, celebrating the integration of Newark’s residents and the showcase of the City’s art community. Cultural institutions such as WBGO, NJ Historical Society, NJPAC, Aljira and Redsaw, will be noted along the route. The festive march will consist of life size and smaller puppets made during puppet-making workshops facilitated by The Barat Foundation from October 1st to October 18th. Contact the Barat Foundation to assist with puppet making and to participate with the Parade, 973 534 5314.

Friday, October 24th is the annual Gallery Crawl, from 5pm – 10pm. Not to be missed, the Crawl features more than two dozen established galleries and experimental spaces, including Aljira, a Gallery of Contemporary Art; Gallery Aferro, Gallery 744, Gallery 21, the new JaJo Gallery, The Newark Museum, Redsaw Gallery, Rupert Ravens Contemporary and Newark Art Supply. Additionally a number of available store-fronts will be used to as temporary galleries for independent exhibits, such as 597 Broad Street for Newark-artist Kevin Darmanie’s X-RAY Vision, an installation of work by artists who work in the comic book format or have been greatly influenced by comic book art. Complimentary transportation is provided to all sites, many of which will feature opening receptions. Starting pick up location is 744 Broad Street.

Many exhibits will open on Saturday (25) including City Without Walls timely exhibit, “The Price of Freedom,” curated by Jeanne Brasile, an opening reception will take place 5p – 7p, transportation will be provided from Newark Penn Station to City Without Walls. Up the street in a new performance space at 482 Washington Street, Peters Valley Crafts Community will host a reception and crafts demonstrations from 4p -6p.

Newark-artist and NJIT-School of Architecture professor Matt Gosser opens the “Westinghouse Project” at NJSOA Gallery. More than 40 artists have been working since early spring to make artwork inspired by, and often created from, the ruins of the recently demolished Westinghouse factory near Broad Street Station.

Several movie screenings will take place over the festival days, from Revolution ’67, produced by the Bongiornos, which will be shown on Wednesday (22) at New Jersey Historical Society; to the Newark Public Library honoring Hispanic Heritage month with Reel Diversity: Film in the Hispanic World, and screening 10 movies on five autumn weekends through December.
Also on Saturday at 3p, the Barat Foundation will screen “MORAL PANIC: More Heat than Light,” a documentary film on gangs and prisoner reentry directed by Akintola Hanif. The award winning film will be followed by a panel discussion.

The actual Open Artists’ Studios & Available Space Tour takes place on Sunday (26) beginning at 11am. Visitors have the opportunity to visit nearly 40 locations inclusive of galleries, providing visitors a wonderful and rare opportunity to visit artists working in their studios and to see first-hand the process of creating art in a variety of media. Complimentary transportation for the Crawl and Studios Tour is provided; the starting point: Gallery 744, 744 Broad Street, entrance on Clinton Street.

With support from Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District, Sunday (26) will feature a showcase of Gospel talent at 482 Washington Street, a new performance space in the Lincoln Park Arts District on the corner of Washington and Crawford Streets, the same location as crafts community Peters Valley. Gospel performances will take place every hour opposite crafts demonstrations. Performance and demonstration times will be available on the Arts Council website.

Guest curator Omar Lopez-Chahoud returns and is showcasing 30 artists from the Metropolitan area, approximately half of whom are from Newark. His show, Red Badge of Courage ReVisited is a continuation of last year’s tribute to Stephen Crane. This year’s artists are creating new work specifically for the highly anticipated show and main feature of “Open Doors” which is taking place in 14,000 square feet of raw space at Ivy Realty’s 570 Broad Street, 9th floor.

Red Badge of Courage ReVisited and Gallery 744 along with a number of additional exhibits will open during the Tour and remain open through the fall. Dozens of additional exhibitions, artists’ workshops, gallery openings and activities will take place throughout the multi-day event; a complete guide to the week’s events will be available at participating locations and online at http://www.NewarkArts.org

An exclusive advance preview reception of Red Badge of Courage ReVisited will take place on Tuesday, October 21st, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, at 570 Broad Street, 9th floor. Ticket cost is $75, includes a reception, sneak preview and tour of the exhibit with the curator. To reserve tickets contact the Newark Arts Council office, 973 643 1625.

Linwood Oglesby, Executive Director of Newark Arts Council, said that the Tour, which originated in 2001 out of meetings with the local artists’ community, has grown to attract artists and visitors from across the region. Oglesby added, “The Tour has become a highly anticipated event for the City and the region, contributing significantly to cultural life and economic revitalization. If you haven’t yet experienced Newark’s art scene – bring your party shoes and be prepared for a fun, major eye opener!”

Visit www.NewarkArts.org for more information on the Tour, the curators and a complete calendar of events.

Funders and supporters of the Newark Arts Council Artists’ Studios and Available Space Tour 2008 include: lead sponsor JPMorgan Chase Foundation; Prudential Financial; The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation; New Jersey State Council on the Arts; Port Authority of New York/New Jersey/PATH; 570 Broad Street – Ivy Realty Services, LLC; City of Newark, Newark Now, Newark Downtown District; WBGO; Greater Newark Convention and Visitors Bureau, Cablevision; Star Ledger and NJ TRANSIT.

About the Newark Arts Council (NAC)

At its 2007 Annual Meeting, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts presented the NAC with a Citation of Excellence acknowledging their efforts to support local and statewide artists via the Artists’ Studios and Available Space Tour. The Citation noted the NAC exhibits the highest standards of excellence in its artistry, operations, governance, public benefit and fulfillment of areas of Council priority.

The mission of NAC is to enhance the visibility of the arts in the community; to encourage cohesiveness among artists, arts and cultural organizations and the general public; to strengthen and perpetuate the role the arts can play to advance the City of Newark; and to help make Newark a thriving center for artistic and cultural activity. The goal is to share resources, promote advocacy efforts, assist in audience development and public awareness of arts and culture, and to serve as a cultural resource to the community.

The Newark Arts Council, a 501© (3) nonprofit organization, receives major funding for its programs and publications from The Prudential Foundation, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, Horizon Healthcare Foundation, Bank of America, City of Newark and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. This program is made possible in part by funds from The New Jersey State Council of the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

For additional information about the Newark Arts Council, please call 973-643-1625, e-mail info@newarkarts.org or visit the website www.newarkarts.org.

Author: Ken Walker

Husband, Father, Newarker, PCA Elder, Business Analyst. In a glass case of emotion since 1978.

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