September 2017: Arts in Montclair Banner Project
Studio Montclair is excited to launch its 20th anniversary celebration with the works of ten SMI artists professionally reproduced on 70 banners hung from poles on many of Montclair’s busiest streets.
Studio Montclair will launch its 20th anniversary celebration from September 4 to October 21, 2017 with the works of ten SMI artists professionally reproduced on 70 banners hung from poles on many of Montclair’s busiest streets.
The SMI celebration, sponsored in part by Keller Williams NJ Metro, will peak at the Saturday night, October 21st “Affair of the Art” fundraiser at 13 Label Street, Montclair. At that event, the ten original works of art displayed on the banners—selected by Montclair-based curator Kathy Imlay—will be auctioned. Early bidders may participate via the Studio Montclair website (studiomontclair.org).
The artworks run the gamut from painting and photography to carving/construction and mixed media. States Kathy Imlay, “For twenty years, Studio Montclair has made a place in the world for artists to exchange ideas with fellow creatives and to engage the public in relevant critical discussion, as well as in the pure joy of the visual arts. The ten banner artists selected showcase talent in a wide range of process, practice, and conception that reflects SMI’s pivotal role in within the community—and carries forward Montclair’s legacy as an artist colony.”
In addition, in keeping with SMI’s mission of promoting and providing greater access to visual art in the community at-large, the banners themselves will be available for separate purchase by the public.
All proceeds from the banner program, will help Studio Montclair fund its new home, establish grants for emerging visual artists, and finance SMI’s ongoing projects.
Kathy Imlay is an independent consultant, curator, and director of Imlay Gallery. Her exhibition program and off-site projects focus on emerging and established artists whose work carries both meaning and beauty. Ms. Imlay is also the founder and director of Vessels of Things Less Ordinary, an enterprise that uses art to give voice and support to at-risk women and girls throughout the world. Recently, she also co-curated the exhibition “Janet Taylor Pickett: The Matisse Series” at the Montclair Art Museum.