already sports hipster cred for its shear genius, but since the beginning of the year the space has also doubled as an art gallery of sorts.
Right now the works of Maplewood’s own are adorning the walls of the Springfield Avenue hotspot, letting folks view head-turning art even as they get their head-turning cuts.
“We’ve gotten a great response,” says owner . “Susan has been coming here for years and I really love her – and her work.” (Fringe also keeps Susan’s sons on the best-tressed list.)
Susan, too, is pleased as punch to share her art, something she feels is very much Maplewoodish:
“Maplewood is a bona fide art colony,” says Brand. “I feel lucky to have maintained my art spirit for the last eleven years just by participating in the community. Meeting other artists and seeing their work is an everyday thing in Maplewood.”
And if you're looking to embrace your inner art aficionado — or the art of local artists — look no further than this weekend’s 8th ‘Artists Studio Tour’!
As per the wonderfully worded release:
“This Sunday, June 5, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., artists will be opening their studios to visitors and exhibiting at the many art venues throughout Maplewood and South Orange. The community-wide, day-long event is a celebration of SOMA’s vibrant art scene.
"Presented by and the of South Orange, this self-guided tour allows viewers to meet local artists in their workspaces, explore the many galleries around town, and have the opportunity to purchase art from more than 60 participating painters, sculptors, photographers, printmakers, jewelers and craftspeople, many of them new to the tour this year.”
“It’s truly wonderful to see the high quality of art being produced locally,” says co-organizer Sandy Martiny of Pierro Gallery. Or, as local art legend – and prized personality — puts it, “Maplewood is fast-becoming the Paris of New Jersey.”
C’est la belle vie! (Well, maybe except for the taxes and all…)
Art will also be on view at many local businesses, at 1978, the Baird Center and Pierro Gallery, and at the Maplewood Municipal Building and Walsh Gallery at Seton Hall University. For ticket locations and images of the artists’ work, visit the Studio Tour website — www.studiotoursoma.org.