The 3rd Annual Maplewood ArtWalk & Music Fest is right around the corner — Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. — and the day promises to be chock full of art to see (and buy), things to do, live performances to listen to, and delicious goodies to eat, for the whole family.
The highlight of the day is a juried art show judged by two prominent members of the local art community.
“A great mix of art in all mediums from professional and nonprofessional artists from the tri-state area will be on view,” said Geralyn Robinson of Geralyn’s Art Studio, who co-chairs the event. “This is our third year and the organizers are confidant this year’s juried show will be the best yet.”
A full list of participating artists can be found on the Maplewood Village Alliance website.
For the youngsters, there will be over a dozen art and music related activities from recycled art projects with The Green Team to An Instrument Zoo with the Maplewood Community Band and just about everything in between.
A full list of artists, events and activities is attached to this article as a PDF.
“We’re excited to have more kid activities than in year’s past and we’re grateful to all the volunteers and local community groups for making these activities happen,” said Deb Yohannan, co-manager of event. “And of course, we can forget the music which brings popping energy to the event.”
Childrens’ activities, some of which are free and some that have an additional charge, include:
- Necklace Making with Alison Oxman, local artist and resident
- Sand Art with the Girl Scouts
- Fiber Art – spinning, knitting and crocheting with KnitKnack
- Puppetry with The Theater Workshop
- Art projects with the MAM Art Truck, Le Parc Place and Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey
- Chalk graffiti in the street
- Free Balloon Twisting with No 165
- Henna Art with Staynd Color
- Face Painting by Three Sisters
- Caricatures sponsored by Geralyn’s Art Studio
- Glitter Tattoos with Scrivener’s Toys
- Sing-a-long with Elsa at Scrivener’s Toys
- The return of the popular Community Art Mural sponsored by Atlantic Health | Overlook Hospital
Many local merchants are participating in the event. Some are planning special events to benefit local charities, including:
- Coda’s famous Taco Bar with all proceeds going to a battered women’s shelter
- $1 Cotton Candy sponsored by Village Trattoria with all proceeds going to Village Beautification projects
- $1 Popcorn sponsored by the Maplewood Theater with proceeds going to Downs Syndrome Research
- Sweet Leo’s Fundraiser at the Burgdorf Center benefiting kid’s with cancer
Live music will be performed throughout the day at three different locations: Ricalton Square, Highland Place and Baker Street.
“We are thrilled to have Vanessa Pollock Realty of KWR Midtown Direct and Mona Lisa Framing back as our presenting sponsors this year and to have all our supporting sponsors helping to make this event happen,” said Julie Doran, manager of the MVA, which hosts the event along with the Maplewood Department of Cultural Affairs. “There’s also a great mix of businesses offering activities, sales, yummy food and lots more. So we hope everyone takes some time to stop by and see what’s going on inside and out this Sunday.”