WOODBRIDGE – “Community & Summertime” are the twin themes of Woodbridge Artisan Guild’s autumn exhibit opening Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Woodbridge Artisan Guild, 353 Fulton Street, Woodbridge.
Artists on exhibit include Constance Elek (ceramics), Paul Moran (pastels), Glenn Murgacz (metal sculpture), Michele Mastrangelo, Jim Sullivan, Phyllis Wilkinson and Lois Nagy-Hartnack (paintings) Rose Sullivan, Michael Tucci, Maggie D’Angelo and Roger Jacobs (photography).
The Sept. 12 opening is from 6-9 p.m. and is free and open to the public. The “Community & Summertime” exhibit runs through Oct. 9. See www.woodbridgeartisan.com for more information. For further details on joining the co-op as an artist member for supporting patron, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Inspiration for the Guild evolved early this year during a meeting of the Woodbridge Committee for the Arts, a citizen advisory group sponsored by Woodbridge Township Mayor John E. McCormac to support efforts to use the arts in helping revitalize the Township’s business districts.
“If we want people to visit downtown and spend money, we have to give them good reasons to come downtown,” says Glenn Murgacz, a sculptor who serves as the Guild’s president. “We thought a gallery would be a great way to encourage foot traffic, show the Township’s creative side and support merchants in the area.”
Murgacz and a half dozen other Woodbridge area artists quickly formed a non-profit corporation to function as the Guild’s legal entity. When a storefront vacancy opened up just a half block off Main Street behind the new PK’s Under the Bridge restaurant, the Guild seized the moment and the space; a bit of fresh paint, new track lighting and refurbished window treatment made the gallery a go.
Membership in the Woodbridge Artisan Guild is open to any artist regardless of where they reside. It’s even open to non-artists, who can join as supporting members and get a discount when purchasing gallery art. And the Guild has a special student member rate for young people, in hopes of making sure the co-op always has a fresh perspective.
“We want the gallery to give artists not only a place to sell their art but the chance to see other artists’ work and interact with each other,” says Guild member Lois Griffin. “That’s the best way to build a bigger arts community in Woodbridge.”
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