This year we introduced the Village Hallways Exhibition Space to be used as a new venue to display the work of local artists and artwork representative of the community.
It is located in the main hallway leading to the South Orange municipal offices at 76 South Orange Avenue. The current show depicts the work of an artist and longtime resident of South Orange who is both a wine connoisseur and an accomplished illustrator. His current surrealistic paintings depict both his love of wine and painting through the liberal use of humor and visual punning. The Village has chosen to remove one of the paintings after a citizen complained about its content and a social media controversy picked up the discussion. The painting will remain out of the exhibition until the Arts Advisory Council can review the complaint and recommend a set policy with the Village regarding art in public places based on location and context. Out of this activity, the committee intends to host a public program about arts subjectivity and the impact on a diverse community, art in public places, and responsibility. The artist has offered to donate a portion of the sale of the painting to help produce the educational program. The Village is grateful that the South Orange community engages in meaningful conversations with differing points of view and recognizes that art is often the catalyst that makes this happen.