Art Around Town

15th Annual
South Orange Maplewood Artists Studio Tour

Saturday June 2 and Sunday June 3, 2017
Sneak a peek into the hearts and minds of local artists through open access to studios, galleries, pop-up exhibitions and more. So much to see and do that its an entire weekend!

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This community-supported event provides you with a unique look at the vibrant and dynamic art scene in our towns. With over 70 emerging, mid-career, and established artists - 20% of whom are new to the tour this year - and numerous special exhibitions, art appreciators and collectors have the perfect opportunity to start or grow an art collection.

To plan your journey, the Studio Tour website ( lists all participating artists and has an interactive map that lets you filter by theme, medium, and other options. Local VIPs and notable personalities have provided printable Curated Tours on the web site, providing interesting options and starting points. Paper maps are available at participating venues and businesses throughout both towns, including The Baird Center and 1978 Arts Center.

Brought to you by the Pierro Gallery, the South Orange Department of Recreation and Cultural Affairs and 1978 Maplewood Art Center. Gold Sponsors: Jespy House; Silver Sponsors: Victoria Carter, Eventage, Natalie Farrell; Bronze Sponsors: The Able Baker, SOPAC, Maplewood Karate, The Tenth Muse Gallery, Mona Lisa Framing; and our many contributors and friends.

South Orange/SHU Digital Citizenship Collaboration

The Seton Hall Digital Humanities Committee has crafted a partnership between Seton Hall University, the Village of South Orange, the Pierro Gallery, and South Orange Public Library. “South Orange-SHU Connected” will explore citizen engagement in our increasingly digital, technology driven society. During March, April, and May of this year, a series of events at the University and throughout the Village will be hosted by this collaborative partnership and explore such topics as art in a digital world; stories, technology & preservation; technology and engagement; and citizenship and activism in a digital world.

“South Orange-SHU Connected” will kick off with “Preserving Personal and Community History in a Digital World” at the South Orange Public Library, March 10, 11:00am-2:00pm. This half-day event, sponsored by the South Orange Historical & Preservation Society, in partnership with SHU and SOPL, will include talks and hands-on workshops on such topics as “Searching & Researching your Family History” with Dustin Dumas, “Conserving Family History” with Alan Delozier of Seton Hall University, and “Your South Orange House/Your Village” with Lindita Cani and Ellen Columbus of SOPL. There will also be hands-on activities, where participants are able to make a family tree and record their oral histories for podcasting.

In addition, March 24, 11:00am-4:00pm, is Maker's Mayhem at South Orange Public Library. Titled “Creativity, Technology and Engagement,” this day-long event will feature intergenerational creations, collaborations and explorations that include a curiosity tent, 3D print/scan/design, Experience Light and Shadow, Robots, Origami and Kites, Podcasting, a Community Lego Wall, and Make a statement: Word Art.

Opening on April 19 and running until May 19, “tech (in)dependent” is an exhibit at the Pierro Gallery, second floor of the Baird Community Center, that features artists who have been inspired by and/or use technology in their art. Tech culture has inspired new visions for artists as well as new ways art can be made. tech (in)dependent explores the developments in modern culture that are the result of the digital age from the perspective of five contemporary artists. Exploring our personal attachment to devices and an almost universal dependency on them to carry out tasks both ordinary and extraordinary, tech (in)dependent poses the question: Obsession or Progress? tech (in)dependent explores human issues that have evolved through the ubiquity of social media, mapping, and surveillance and its effect on citizenship and technology in the digital age. Programs at the Pierro Gallery are made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Village of South Orange. The artists exhibiting are A.J. Bocchino, Lisa Ficarelli-Halpern, Rachel Knoll, Lauren McCarthy, and Jeremiah Teipen. The co-curators of this exhibit are Emily Brostek and Claudia Preza, students in Seton Hall’s Museum Professions Program. The Pierro Gallery is located in the Baird Center, 5 Mead Street, South Orange, NJ 07079. The exhibit opening will be on Thursday, April 19, 7pm-9pm.

“South Orange-SHU Connected’ will continue in May with a two-hour symposium, “Citizenship in the Digital Age,” hosted by Seton Hall University’s Digital Humanities Committee and featuring speakers from both the University and the Village, including Sheena Collum, South Orange Village President and Seton Hall alumna. The panel will consider the challenges and opportunities for digital citizenship and engagement, both now and moving forward. An essay contest open to middle and high school students in South Orange will ask students to address the same topic, as well as what it means to them to be a “digital citizen.”

Finally, this three-month series of events will close with a celebration at the South Orange Public Library.  

All events are free and open to all members of the Seton Hall University community and the public.

For more information, contact Mary Balkun and Marta Deyrup