Over the last few years, Maplewood has emerged as a thriving center for the arts as well as a hub of unique, independently-run shops and restaurants. So it was only a matter of time before someone figured out how to bring the two together.
The result is the first annual , which will take place on Saturday, May 5 from noon until 5 p.m. Streets throughout the Village will be brimming with art, music, live performances, food and shopping. The event is co-sponsored by the (MVA) and the (MAC).
"Everyone agrees that Maplewood is a town filled with amazing artists and arts organizations - but at the Art Walk, we'll get to see what it means to have so many of them in one place," said Marcy Thompson, Director of Cultural Affairs for the Township of Maplewood. "I think people will be truly astounded at the breadth and depth of the work going on here."
More than 20 acclaimed local artists will display their work at artist tents on Baker Street and Highland Place (both of which will be closed to traffic) and at selected businesses around town. Just in time for Mother's Day gifts!
Merchants including , and among others will participate in sidewalk sales and will offer special deals inside. Various restaurants will offer special menu items and some outdoor dining -- look out for Highland Place's outdoor cafe.
There will be trunk shows and light refreshments at , face painting and kids crafts at and a Community Mural activity on Highland Place. Be sure to enter baby contest. For a complete list of participating merchants, click here.
Ricalton Square will be the scene of live performances and showings from many non-profit arts organizations including the , Lydia Johnson Dance, , , The Maplewood Glee Club, and , among others. For a complete schedule, click here.
The highlight of the day is a juried fine art show, featuring some of the finest visual artists in the area. Their work will be on display and available for purchase.
"This is a partnership between MVA and MAC which is a first and is very exciting," said Village Alliance Manager Julie Doran. "Several volunteers need to be mentioned: local artists Jeremy Moss and Erin Pickering, both of whom will be participating in the event and whose work will be for sale; Geralyn Robinson of Geralyn's Art Studio, Michele Bessey from and Rick Hauser of the on Ridgewood Road. Rick especially deserves a special shout out for his work. He is not a member of the Alliance, but as a local artist and business person he knows firsthand about the benefits of the the art and business community working together for the good of the community."