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Van Vleck: Calling All Artists

Submissions must be received by Friday, Sept. 21.


Van Vleck House & Gardens is accepting artist submissions for an indoor, illuminated, sculptural tree exhibition, which will take place during VVH&G’s annual Deck the Halls fundraising event.

Interested artists and enrolled art students (age 18 and older) will find the
“Call for Artist” show guidelines and application on the Van Vleck House & Gardens website, www.vanvleck.org.

Submissions must be received by 5 pm, Friday, Sept. 21. A jury of three local art experts will select 12 proposals for this three-week holiday tree
exhibition and silent auction opening Nov. 15.

Jurors include Lora Urbanelli, Director of the Montclair Art Museum; artist Pat Lay, Professor and Founding Director of Montclair State’s MFA Program; and artist Virginia Schaffer Block, director of Studio Montclair Virginia S. Block Gallery. Selected artists will be eligible for a $500 cash award for Best in Show.

Van Vleck House & Gardens’ Deck the Halls events begin Wednesday, Nov. 14, with an Artists’ Reception. A Preview Luncheon featuring a presentation by Maine sculptor and jewelry designer Sam Shaw will take place on Thursday, Nov. 15. On Friday evening, Nov. 16, tree sculptures and other items will be auctioned at a Cocktail Party.

Festivities on Saturday morning, Nov. 17, will include a Photo with Santa.   Public Viewing Hours on Thursday and Friday offer the rare opportunity to see the interior of the Van Vleck house, decorated for the holidays.

A Pop-Up Boutique, featuring unique gift items created by local artisans and designers, will be open between Nov. 15 and Dec. 8. Deck the Halls typically attracts over 1,000 visitors. All proceeds benefit educational programs and maintenance of the gardens.

Van Vleck House & Gardens is owned by The Montclair Foundation, an organization supporting non-profits in our community. The
Foundation is dedicated to preserving the historic Van Vleck property
for public enrichment and for horticultural education and research.

Continuing the Van Vleck family’s commitment to the community, the house serves as a center for non-profit events and is home to several New Jersey foundations. The gardens are open to the public daily. For more information about education programs, volunteer opportunities, workshops and events, please visit www.vanvleck.org.

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