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Art “Live” Schedule of Events

The ArtFest features many creative, innovative and “hands-on” activities that engage visitors of all ages. These events are open to the public and take place at various locations in downtown Metuchen.

Saturday, June 3rd 

6:00 – 7:00 pm – Imma Barrera Photo Walk; Borough Hall (500 Main Street), main entrance, rotunda gallery - only 10 slots left; sign up in advance by sending an email to contact@imma.photo

  • Join Metuchen-based, award-winning photographer Imma Barrera on a free photowalk around Metuchen to learn ways to emphasize a story and compose an image to generate a stronger visual impact. Following the walk, participants can submit their best picture.
  • A jury will determine the top 3 images, which will be printed, displayed and announced during the awards ceremony on June 17 (7:30 pm - Main Stage).
  • 6:00 – 9:00 pm – Metuchen Library Community Nursery School – Emerging Artist Show @ 480 Middlesex Avenue

  • A presentation of Young Emerging Artists from Metuchen’s Community Nursery School Art Program (run by Audrey Kowalski) will be hosted by the Metuchen Public Library on Middlesex Ave.
  • The talented students of Community Nursery School will present work that is inspired by famous artists in the Library Gallery and the Children’s Library Wing on the 2nd floor of the library. Children in attendance will also be able to participate in creating some of their own art during the program using mixed media materials.
  • Children will also have the opportunity to participate in the chalk walk leading to the Gallery located on the sidewalk in front of the Library on Middlesex Ave. John Arthur, the Library Director, will be singing and playing music inside the Gallery during the event. Refreshments will also be served.
  • The Community Nursey School artists’ work will be displayed during the month of June in the Library Gallery as part of the Junebug exhibit.

    6:00 – 10:00 pm - Chalk Walk @ Borough Hall

    CAI’s CREATIVITY CORNER – Corner of Main Street and Hillside Avenue

    6:00 – 10:00 pm - Create Your Own Junebug Tie Dye T-Shirt

  • Visitors will create handmade tie-dye T-shirts using sharpie markers and rubbing alcohol. This activity is a demonstration of effect of a solvent on permanent markers: rubbing alcohol + sharpies = simple and cool faux tie dye – fireworks full of inspiring bursts of color! Check it out here: https://youtu.be/JTeN-fJTzQ4 White T-shirts with the Junebug logo are for sale for this activity.
  • 6:00 – 10:00 pm - Clicks n Bricks Demonstration

  • Young Junebug artists of all ages are invited to participate in a collaborative event with Clicks n Bricks instructors. Participants will be guided in a free play / open build session using lego and duplo blocks kits to construct buildings, car and robots. clicksandbrickslc.com/ev#5D6C70
  • Saturday, June 10th

    6:00 – 10:00 pm - Live Glassblowing Demonstration @ Borough Hall (500 Main Street)

  • During this live exhibition, ArtFest visitors will learn about the full process of glassblowing from East Falls Glassworks, Philadelphia’s only public access glassblowing studio. Participants will witness the creation of vases, ornaments, and other smaller pieces from start to finish. The artists may also make larger and more elaborate pieces and do more "performance-based" work like sculpting a dragon on the end of the blowpipe and having flames shoot from its mouth J.
  • Learn more by viewing this You Tube video: East Falls Glassworks - #5D6829
  • 5:30 – 10:00 pm – Art e Vino Kids and Adults Painting Party @ 416 Main Street

    • 5:30 – 7:00 pm - For children and young adults up to 16 years old who will be painting their own “Junebug” art. Parents are also welcome to participate. ($20 per participant)
  • 8:00 – 10:00 pm – The second session will be for adults 21 and over and include a complimentary wine tasting. Participants will paint an image representative of Metuchen. ($30 per participant)
  • All of the art created during this event will be hung at Art e Vino throughout the month of June and can be taken home as a 10th Anniversary keepsake at the end of the month.
  • Thank you to Metuchen-based photographer Imma Barrera for providing subject photographs for the adult session.
  • 6:00 – 10:00 pm CAI’s CREATIVITY CORNER – Corner of Main Street and Hillside Avenue

  • Create Your Own Junebug Tie Dye T-Shirt
  • Clicks n Bricks Demonstration
  • Open Mic Night @ Cai’s Café (indoors) – Hosted by Danny Adlerman
  • Saturday, June 17th

    5:00 – 6:00 pm – Meet the BLAME Filmmakers! @ Cai’s (420 Main Street)

    22-year-old Metuchen resident Quinn Shephard’s first feature film BLAME had its world premiere at the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival in April. It was one of ten films chosen for Tribeca’s US Narrative Competition from over three thousand feature film submissions to Tribeca 2017

    6:00 – 10:00 pm - Junior Bug: Kids Art Zone – Junebug Plaza, parking lot opposite Lollipop Land

    To celebrate our special “street closure night,” we are transforming Junebug Plaza into a hub of kid’s art and entertainment, featuring: a live game of “Candy Land” by Lollipop Land; Pop Up Mural and Selfie Station by Creative Twist Events; Face Painting (YMCA); Hub City Fencing performance; interactive sculpture created by Robyn Russo; an art project for the Metuchen-Edison Community Dog park

    6:00 – 10:00 pm - 4-on-1 Painters on Canvas: The Surrealist Vision - on the street next to The Greek (on New Street itself)

  • Featuring four local artists who will be painting live: Easton Davy, Ed Wetzel, Billy Seccombe and Enrique Zaldivar. These painters are influenced by abstract, realism, figurative and contemporary styles bringing an exciting melding of visuals on canvas.
  • This improvised collaboration of 4 artists with 4 completely different styles will be exciting to witness as they combine their styles on one canvas! Something we feel that the "father of Surrealism," Salvador Dali, would be proud of calling true SURREALISM!
  • 6:00 – 10:00 pm - Junebug Red Carpet Exclusive: Meet the CARBON Filmmaker! @ Alleyway next to Classic Travel (483 Main St.) Metuchen resident, Claire McClanahan, is the writer, producer and lead actor in a new independent feature film called CARBON. The movie was a finalist for the Tribeca Film Institute All-Access and Sloan Foundation Grants and is also a semi-finalist in the 2016 Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting competition.

    Hailey’s Harp & Pub Beer Garden @ 400 Main Street, featuring the best of local craft beers on tap

    Novita Wine Bar @ 25 New Street (corner of New & Pearl Streets) featuring specialty wines and Junebug Sangrias, in honor of the David Cendeno Salsa Orchestra that will be performing just up the street on the Main Stage

    Woodmont Metro Food Grove (Woodmont Properties) – New Street, between Novita and Lollipop land; relax and dine, picnic style, with other art and music fans in a communal setting

    Junebug Grab & Go Meals - Take advantage of the Metuchen Downtown Alliance-sponsored Junebug Grab n Go menus and purchase a special prix fixe meal from participating restaurants . . . making it easy to order and eat so you can enjoy Junebug nights with your family in downtown Metuchen! Go to https://www.downtownmetuchen.org/junebug-grab-go/ for details.

    Saturday, June 24th

    6:00 – 10:00 pm - Pottery Wheel Exhibit – On main street sidewalk next to Carpet Maven and Junebug Sculpture, near Metuchen Savings Bank

  • During this interactive pottery session, local potter Kathryn Jerabek Davis will demonstrate how to use the potter's wheel to create functional forms like bowls and platters that we all know and recognize as well as sculptural pieces. If you are brave and don't mind a little clay, you may even get to try it yourself!
  • Kathryn teaches ceramics at the duCret school of art in Plainfield and helps to manage the ceramics studio at The Center for Contemporary Art in Bedminster. In 2014, she opened Jerabek Pottery, a production business. http://www.jerabekpottery.com. Kathryn graduated with a degree in Ceramic Art from Syracuse University and has been a member of the local community for more than 20 years.
  • 6:00 – 10:00 pm - Dancing with Bubbles @ Borough Hall – 500 Main Street

    Closing Junebug with an iridescent flair, children and adults are invited to help create giant bubbles . . . large enough to embrace an entire family!

    6:00 – 10:00 pm CAI’s CREATIVITY CORNER – Corner of Main Street and Hillside Avenue

  • Create Your Own Junebug Tie Dye T-Shirt
  • Clicks n Bricks Demonstration
  • Danny & Jeremy Acoustic Duo (indoors)

    Window Gallery Competition

    One of the ArtFest’s featured events, these window displays showcase the work of 20 established artists in highly visible locations in downtown Metuchen throughout June. Our business partners offer their Main Street storefront windows as individual galleries, each displaying the work of a single artist during this carefully curated month-long exhibit. Two curators representing the Brooklyn Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art will jury the galleries and award prizes at 7:30 pm on the Main Stage, Saturday, June 17th.

    Metuchen Public Library – Junebug Art Gallery

    For the second year in a row, the Metuchen Public Library is hosting an exhibit of the works of Junebug artists throughout the month of June in the Library Gallery.

    During the ArtFest on Saturday evenings, the Library Gallery will remain open until 8pm.

    Junebug T Shirts For Sale

    T shirts will be sold throughout June inside of Cai’s Café, corner of Main Street and Hillside Avenue and at the Junebug Information Center (20 New Street) each Saturday evening.

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    Sculpture 2017!

    Introducing sculptor Dan Fenelon. Learn more about this talented artist, muralist, illustrator, and graphic designer.

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    Volunteer. Get a shirt.

    We are seeking community members to help visitors find their way around the ArtFest, no artistic talent required! See the volunteer page for more info.

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