Toms River’s Art In The Park

1st Place winner Lynn Whitfield (Photo by Chris Lundy)

TOMS RIVER – Similar to “A Sunday On La Grande Jatte,” a famous Seurat painting of people enjoying the Seine river, a group of artists converged downtown, setting up their works for art lovers to look at while strolling along the Toms River.

2nd Place winner Monica Schottinger.(Photo by Chris Lundy)

Approximately 42 artists and crafters had signed up for the event, said John Delaney, from TRAC, the Toms River Artist Community.

“I wanted to give artists an opportunity to show their art in their town instead of Red Bank and Asbury,” he said of the event, now in its fifth year.

Artists had a variety of works on display, from watercolor and printmaking, to realistic portraits and mixed media. There were also more avant-garde pieces, such as figures made of clear packaging tape, blended with poetry and images, which wound up winning the show.

3rd Place winner Mackenzie Hawk. (Photo by Chris Lundy)

There was a juried portion, with David Holtzman from the Holtzman Galleries in Atlantic City and Margate picking the following winners: 1st Place Lynn Whitfield, 2nd Place Monica Schottinger, 3rd Place Mackenzie Hawk, and Honorable Mention Carol Stauffer.

There were also five musical acts throughout the day: The May Darlings, Tam Garcia, Marty Schmidt Band, Andrew Santora, and Jake Tavill.

A variety of art was on display at Art in the Park, in Downtown Toms River. (Photo by Chris Lundy)
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Chris Lundy is News Editor at Micromedia. He has covered Ocean County news and features in various publications since 2003. Lundy worked for Gannett with articles in The Beacon, Observer and Asbury Park Press. He's also written for the Community Connection, Patch and ShoreBeat.