Monday, August 31, 2015

WAA Brings 4,500 International Artist Sketchbooks to Union County on September 12

The Westfield Art Association (WAA), in collaboration with the Roselle Art Association, will be bringing the Sketchbook Project Mobile Library to Union County on September 12, 2015, offering the opportunity for the community to explore 4,500 sketchbooks by artists from across the world. This event is funded by a generous grant from the Borough of Roselle.  

The Sketchbook Project is the flagship endeavor of the Brooklyn Art Library, with a permanent exhibition space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The project is a crowd-sourced library that features over 40,000 artists' sketchbooks, contributed by artists from over 135 countries.

The Sketchbook Project takes its collection on the road each year to share sketchbooks with communities far and wide. Their mobile library, with over 4,500 sketchbooks on board, is currently on tour in Canada, but will be making its first-ever visit to New Jersey on September 12th in Roselle's Warinanco Park. For more information about the project, please visit them by clicking here.

On September 12th, from 1pm to 4pm, the Sketchbook Project Mobile Library will be located adjacent to the boathouse in Warinanco Park. Along with opening the library of artists' sketchbooks to the public, there will be picnic tables, tents and a welcoming environment in which to view the art. People of all ages are encouraged to attend and to touch with their own hands original art from around the world. There is a special enticement for children; each student will receive a free, blank artist sketchbook, compliments of the sponsor organizations. It is our hope that children will be inspired by this experience to explore their world and their imaginations and create their own artwork in their own books.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

WAA Got Jazzy This Summer

The Westfield Art Association participated in this year's summer event, The Downtown Sweet Sounds of Jazz. Sponsored by the Downtown Westfield Corporation, The Sweet Sounds of Jazz stations jazz bands throughout Westfield on Tuesday evenings for the community to enjoy. 2015 was their 19th session, which brought in many visitors from out of town as well as Westfield residents.

The WAA set up a pop up gallery for members to exhibit and sell their work each Tuesday night in July and August as part of the Sweet Sounds of Jazz. All members were welcome to participate. It was a wonderful opportunity for WAA members to talk about their art and engage with the community. It was the perfect opportunity for us to promote the arts in Westfield and we hope to do this again next year.

WAA pop-up gallery at jazz location on Elm St

We made the cover of the Westfield Leader the next day!


Gallery U in Westfield is currently curating their annual October exhibit Something Wicked This Way Comes: Artwork Celebrating the Gothic & Beautifully Macabre. All mediums and styles will be considered. Submission deadline is September 11. Please see our submission guidelines by clicking here. 

Coming in September: The Sketchbook Project

Save the date, September 12, 2015. More details to follow