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Arts + Cars 2019 Sunday, September 15

Join us for a day of fun for the whole family from 10 AM–6 PM on Sunday, September 15! The Summit Downtown Art Festival has been combined with the Summit Classic Car Show with a new addition this year: a beer garden! Want to volunteer? Sign up here:

Art Festival: The Summit Downtown Art Festival is back! This is an outdoor, juried art show with plenty of art and wares for sale. The Art Festival will be located on Springfield Avenue between Maple Street and Summit Avenue.

Live Entertainment: The day kicks off with Summit’s own World of Rock Music Lessons! Enjoy a student showcase followed by the World of Rock Trio. Summit Street Sounds favorites, Cold Weather Company (12 PM) and The Baby Please (2 PM) perform next. The festival will be headlined by DANNY V’S 52ND STREET  BAND, a tribute to Billy Joel (4–6 PM). Thanks to headlining sponsor Regal Bank and musical sponsor Sunrise Senior Living of Summit for making these great performances possible.

Classic Car Show: Organized by the Summit PAL, hundreds of classic cars will be displayed on Union Place, Bank Street, and lower Beechwood Road. For more information on the car show or to enter your car, please visit

Chalk Artist: Renowned chalk artist Anthony Cappetto will be creating a chalk mural on the street during the festival! Walk down to the corner of Springfield Ave. and Summit Ave. to check it out!

Children’s Activities: Children’s activities will be provided by the Summit Area YMCA, The Connection, and other local nonprofits on Springfield Avenue. Come color the street with sidewalk chalk!

Food Trucks: Food trucks will include PizzaVita, Mexican Spice, Luigi’s Ice Cream, The Meat House Summit NJ, and other delicious options. Most downtown businesses also offer takeout that you can bring to the beer garden, too!

Beer & Wine Garden: For the first time ever, there will be a beer garden downtown in the Bank Street Parking lot! There will be several beer and wine options available beginning at 11 AM. A portion of proceeds will go to charity. People of all ages are welcome inside the Beer & Wine Garden, but only those with proof of age over 21 will be allowed to purchase drink tickets. No beer or wine will be permitted outside the Garden. Please have your ID ready when entering the garden. Drink tickets will be available to purchase for $7 each; cash only. Over 21 and want to volunteer to help? Sign up here: Special thanks to Peerless Beverage Company for supplying the beer!

Summit Farmers Market will be open at 22 DeForest Avenue from 8 AM–1 PM.

Apply Now for Downtown Summit Art Festival: Arts + Cars


Do you have art or crafts you want to show and sell? The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit Downtown, and Summit PAL are thrilled to be hosting an outdoor art festival in beautiful downtown Summit! The event will take place on Sunday, September 15, 2019 (rain or shine), 10 AM–6 PM and will work alongside local businesses and the Summit Farmers Market.  It will also include a car show, stage with musical performances all day long, and a new beer garden in order to attract large audiences to look at and purchase your works!

Arts + Cars is a juried arts and crafts festival. Download the application here. Apply for your space by completing and mailing in the linked form or handing it in at the Art Center. Deadline for entry is September 1. Please send questions/inquiries to


The Art Center to visit the Summit Farmers Market on July 7

The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey is proud to partner with artist and teacher, Amanda Thackray, at the Summit Farmers Market on Sunday, July 7, from 8 AM–1 PM. Thackray specializes in paper marbling, which is a method of aqueous surface design that can produce patterns similar to smooth marble or other kinds of stone. The patterns are the result of color floated on either plain water or a viscous solution known as size, and then carefully transferred to paper. Thackray will create work throughout the day while demonstrating the process for farmer’s market visitors.

“Part of our mission at the Art Center is to expand the creative experience and foster stronger communities by empowering people to see, make, and learn about art,” said Sarah Walko, the Art Center’s director of education and community engagement. “Each Sunday at the Summit Farmers Market, our community comes together for physical, creative, and spiritual nourishment. By embedding artists in this environment where they can share their creative process, we invite people to experience creative nourishment.”

The Summit Farmers Market takes place every Sunday through November 24, from 8 AM–1 PM. The market is held at Park & Shop Lot #2, at the corner of DeForest Avenue and Maple Street in Summit.

Amanda Thackray lives and works in Newark, NJ, and holds an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. She teaches at SUNY Purchase and Rutgers University. While she is trained in traditional and contemporary printmaking methods, her work ranges from installation and sculpture, to cast glass multiples, artists’ books, drawings, and mixed media works on paper.

Members Art Show & Collectors Week 2019

2019 Members Art Show and Collectors Week

The Members Committee is excited to announce the third annual Members Art Show & Collectors Week! Responding to feedback from last year’s participants, this year’s exhibition has been expanded to a 10-day celebration of art made by our members. The exhibition will be open to the public from June 21–30.

Exhibition Opening: Friday, June 21 from 6–8:30 PM awards presented at 7:30 PM
Closing Toast & Art Pick-up: Sunday, June 30, 3:30 PM

Want to exhibit your work? Here’s how!
All Art Center Members are welcome to hang one original work of art on a first come, first served basis. Stop by the Art Center’s Main Gallery at 68 Elm Street, Summit, New Jersey, with your work on Wednesday, June 19, 10 AM–8 PM. Want to sign up in advance? Click here.

  • $20 entry fee
  • One artwork per member. Maximum size: 40” x 40” for 2D work (including frame); 24” x 24” x 36” for 3D work.
  • Artist must be a current member of the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey. Member must be an adult.
  • A guest juror will select five works to receive awards.

The Fine Print:

  • Works must be dropped off in person during the installation period: Wednesday, June 19, 10 AM–8 PM (or until exhibition is at capacity).
  • Works must be picked up in person Sunday, June 30 after 3:30 PM; Monday, July 1, 12–7 PM; or Tuesday, July 2, 10 AM–5 PM.
  • Artist may send a representative for drop off or pick up but must have a letter signed by the artist authorizing them to submit and/or pick up artwork.
  • Space is allotted first come, first served.
  • Wall mounted works must be wired and ready to hang. A limited number of pedestals and tables will be available for 3D works on a first come, first served basis.
  • If you are displaying hand-crafted jewelry or other small items, you must provide your own display case.
  • All artworks must be family-friendly in content. The Art Center retains the right to refuse an artwork for any reason.
  • Artists can choose to have their artwork for sale. Commission is 20% to Art Center and 80% to the artist. Artist can choose to donate all proceeds to the Art Center’s programs.
  • Sold work can only be picked up by the purchaser during the designated pick-up times listed above.
  • Any artwork that is not picked up by 5 PM on Tuesday, July 2 becomes the property of the Art Center.

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The Art Center and The Film Society of Summit Partner for Film Series

This spring, in collaboration with The Film Society of Summit, the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey will present a series of documentary screenings of films focused on the contemporary art world. “It’s important for the Art Center to partner with other community organizations,” explained Sarah Walko, Director of Education and Community Programs. “Events like these offer different avenues into the conversation on contemporary art. Films, specifically, show the details of artists’ lives, artistic processes, and stories surrounding the work in a format that is informative and entertaining. Further, pairing the film series with the Art Center’s winter/spring exhibitions creates a complementary experience for people who are interested in art.”

As part of the spring 2019 documentary series, the following films will be presented:

Kusama Infinity, directed by Heather Lenz, will be screened on Friday, March 1, at 8 PM at MONDO in Summit (426 Springfield Avenue). The subject of the film, Yayoi Kusama, has been a working artist for more than six decades and has gained worldwide recognition as a result of creating her Infinity Mirror rooms, which have exhibited to record numbers of visitors across the globe. The film features the artist and art experts discussing her life and work, beginning with her modest beginnings in Japan through becoming an internationally renowned artist. Art historian Midori Yamamura, who is featured in the film, will lead a post-screening discussion.

Exhibition on Screen: Young Picasso, directed by Phil Grabsky, will be screened on Friday, April 5, at 8 PM at MONDO. This film looks at two key periods in Picasso’s early career—the so-called Blue Period and Rose Period—taking us all the way to 1907 and the creation of Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, a painting that both shocked and irrevocably changed the art world. Working closely with Spain’s Museu Picasso and Museo Picasso Málaga, as well as France’s Musée national Picasso-Paris, the film explores Picasso’s rise to the top of the art world.

306 Hollywood, directed by Jonathan and Elan Bogarin, will be screened on Saturday, May 4, at 7 PM at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey (68 Elm Street, Summit). This film follows the sibling filmmakers’ archaeological excavation of their late-grandmother Annette Ontell ‘s Hillside, NJ, home; a process which transformed the dusty fragments of an unassuming life into an epic metaphor for the nature of memory, time, and history. The Bogarins bring the viewer along on a journey to find what life remains in the objects we leave behind. Ultimately a profound reflection on how we examine and deal with the past, the film can also be viewed as a quirky instruction manual on how to live in the present. The screening will be preceded by a wine and cheese reception, as well as a curator-led tour of the Art Center’s current exhibitions. Following the screening, a Q&A session will be held with one of the filmmakers.

Tickets for Kusama Infinity and Exhibition on Screen: Young Picasso are $12 in advance and $14 at the door. Tickets for both films can be purchased in advance as a package for $20. To reserve advance tickets, please email

Tickets for 306 Hollywood and the related activities occurring before and after the screening are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased here.