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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

  • 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.
  • 12 people maximum (ages 16 and up); sign up in advance by sending an email to contact@imma.photo ; bring your own camera.
  • 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

  • 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 - The first of two sessions will be 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.
  • CAI’s CREATIVITY CORNER – Corner of Main Street and Hillside Avenue

  • 6:00 – 10:00 pm - Create Your Own Junebug Tie Dye T-Shirt See description above under June 3rd
  • 6:00 – 10:00 pm - Clicks n Bricks Demonstration See description above under June 3rd
  • 6:00 – 10:00 pm - Open Mic Night @ Cai’s Café (indoors) – Hosted by Danny Adlerman
  • Saturday, June 17th

    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)

    • This activity features 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 - Junior Bug: Kids Art Zone – Parking lot opposite Lollipop Land 

    To celebrate our special “street closure night,” we are transforming the Metuchen Savings Bank parking lot into a hub of kid’s art and entertainment! Activities will include the following:

  • Pop up mural
  • Face Painting (YMCA program)
  • Balloon Art
  • Live game of Candy Land
  • Performances (Fencing)
  • Gigantic LEGO Sculpture, sponsored by Clicks & Bricks
  • Hub City Fencing Academy presentation.
  • 6:00 – 10:00 pm - Junebug Red Carpet Exclusive: Meet the 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.

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

  • 6:00 – 10:00 pm - Create Your Own Junebug Tie Dye T-Shirt See description above under June 3rd
  • 6:00 – 10:00 pm - Clicks n Bricks Demonstration See description above under June 3rd
  • 6:00 – 10:00 pm - Open Mic Night @ Cai’s Café (indoors) – Hosted by Danny Adlerman

    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. Applicants will be selected to display 1 to 2 pieces (depending on finished sizes and space availability) throughout June in the Library Gallery. The sale of displayed artwork is not permitted during the exhibit.

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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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