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Junebug Venues

Visual and performing artists working in all media are invited to take part the 2017 Junebug ArtFest, which will be held from 6:00 – 10:00 pm every Saturday evening in June (June 3, 10, 17 and 24 ) throughout the streets of downtown Metuchen New Jersey. This annual event draws several hundred visitors and transforms our community into a month-long celebration of the arts!

Visual artist venues (the first three listed below) are juried by the Junebug ArtFest Committee or jurors chosen by the Committee (including the Metuchen Arts Council, Borough of Metuchen, or the Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce). 

Outdoor Sidewalk Exhibitors 

Visual artists are invited to present and sell their work between 6:00 – 10:00 pm on Saturdays in June via our “open air” sidewalk exhibitor space. If accepted by the Junebug ArtFest Committee, participants will be assigned a sidewalk location in front of a participating Metuchen store / business. Exhibitors must provide their own table, may not use tents , and must ensure that all entranceways, sidewalks and all public thoroughfares remain easily accessible at all times. Please click here (will add link to the registration materials) to fill out an application.

Junebug Window Gallery Competition

This series of Main Street storefront displays is a collaborative effort between the Junebug ArtFest Committee and participating business owners to showcase the work of established artists throughout the month of June. Selected artists will work in concert with business owners, and in some locations collaboratively with fellow artists, to creatively develop the donated window space to showcase their selected artwork. Museum Directors, Gallerists, and other professionals in the visual arts will be invited to tour the Galleries and award prizes. Please click here to fill out an application.

Metuchen Public Library – Junebug Art Gallery

A first for Junebug, the Metuchen Public Library has agreed to host an exhibit of the works of Junebug artists. Approximately 24 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. Please click here to fill out an application.

Interactive Events

The ArtFest features many creative, innovative and “hands-on” activities that engage visitors of all ages – including a community mural project, drum circle, plein air painting, art technique demonstrations, face painting, and garden club events. These events are open to the public and take place at Boro Hall, the Senior Center, Lollipop Land and the Forum Theatre. Please contact ___ with questions.

Live Performances

Come enjoy 30+ unique performers showcasing their talents in rock & roll, jazz, pop, alternative/folk, dance, martial arts, magic shows and open mic sessions. These performances take place in several locations every Saturday night, including our Main Stage, Boro Hall, the Old Franklin School, Brewed Awakenings, What’s the Scoop, Hailey’s Harp Irish pub, the Senior Center, the Metuchen Library and 2 Chicks with Chocolate. Please contact ___ (Grace Shackney?) with questions.

The Junebug is a great opportunity for artists of all types to showcase their work to an art-conscious audience!

Be sure to join us and become a part of our one-of-a-kind festival, which grows in the number and variety of artists and visitors from all across central New Jersey and neighboring states with each passing year.

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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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