The and owner Julie Friedman will host the Morristown Art Walk on Sunday, May 6 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event will have artists from all over the area showcasing their work to the public.
Friedman, a local artist, organized this event with Kadie Dempsey, the local arts director for the Arts Council. Helping them were more than a dozen volunteers.
"The goal of the event is to create an art presence in the community, to let people know that we're here, and to bring business in to Morristown," Friedman said.
More than 50 artists from Morris County will display their work at nine different locations between Elm Street and the Green on South Street. The areas showcasing the work range from coffee shops, to clothing stores and churches. Some businesses that will take part in the Art Walk are , , and .
Janice Muken, a manager at Lauren B., said the artwork displayed in her store will be from jewelry makers who work in silver and other types of metals. She said that she thinks the event will be good exposure for new clients.
John Roderick, a manager at Tart and Tufo, had a similar thought. He said that he hopes for the store to get "more publicity and help the artists in getting their names out there."
Roderick said that the store will be displaying the artwork in both the front and back areas, as well as outside of the frozen yogurt shop.
The Morristown Art Walk is free and open to the public. At each location, there will be maps with sites and information on each artist. The locations will be marked clearly with balloons and signs to let people know where to go.
The idea of having artists come together isn't a new one for Friedman. According to a statement from the Arts Council, she created her ArtSpace Studio a few years ago as "a space where artists could come together to share their creative energy." Currently 11 artists share studio space in Friedman's studio.
The Morristown Art Walk will bring artists together from many towns, including Randolph, Livingston and Chatham. This event will allow both artists and the general public to join in and enjoy different styles of art.
"We're trying to make Morristown a real cultural place, and artists are sort of always behind the scenes," Friedman said. "It's nice to see everybody out in the open and in one place, you can really see the power of so much artwork at one time."