Art Around Town

13th Annual
South Orange Maplewood Artists Studio Tour

Sunday June 5, 2016
Sneak a peek into the hearts and minds of local artists through open access to studios, galleries, pop-up exhibitions and more.

This year’s Studio Tour features the homes of two collectors, Pat Bell and Raleigh Ceasar, offering a rare view into their extensive private art collections. Both collectors focus on contemporary art, or as Pat Bell likes to say, “the art of now”. And while their collections include national and international art stars, they also include many local artists who are or have been part of the studio tour in the past. Among them are: Ann Vollum, Luis Alves, Raleigh Ceasar and Judy Targan. The Studio Tour provides a special opportunity for new and experienced art collectors.

Whether you visit artists’ studios to learn more about their work and their processes, to buy a unique work of local art, or to simply get to know your neighbors, the 13th annual South Orange Maplewood Artists Studio tour is a great place to start.

Brought to you by the South Orange Department of Recreation and Cultural Affairs and 1978 Maplewood Art Center. Gold Sponsors: EEA Industries, Silver Sponsors: Victoria Carter, Eventage, Natalie Farrell, JESPY House, Whole Foods. Bronze Sponsors: The Able Baker, Raleigh Ceasar, The Framing Mill, SOPAC, The Tenth Muse Gallery and our many contributors and friends.

SouthNext Festival

June 17- June 19

Like nuclear fusion, ideas can collide and create an explosion of something new born from separate components. Experimenting with the meeting and colliding of minds and ideas is at the heart of the second annual Create and Collide Festival: SouthNext, to be held at multiple venues in downtown South Orange, including South Orange Performing Arts Center, Fri- Sun June 17- 19.

The Festival is a project of the Village of South Orange, and sponsored by Saint Barnabas Medical Center. SouthNext will feature 20 creative and interactive sessions, 12 musical performances, and a "Creative Midway" of participatory happenings and community art projects available to the general public.

Event founder and South Orange Village Trustee Stephen Schnall said the theme of the festival draws on the community's strengths. "Create and Collide" is a natural theme for South Orange, where so many different types of people, ideas, and sensibilities collide everyday to make something incredibly wonderful" said Schnall.

Visit the SouthNext website to purchase all-access wristbands and for full details on the schedule of events. Join the fun on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #SOUTHNEXT.