July 8, 2014 at 12:59 PM
DDC/MACA Sidewalk Gallery: A Public Art Project brings glorious art to downtown Madison with support from Borough employees and volunteers .
The DDC/MACA Sidewalk Gallery is a vibrant exhibit, showcasing the work of twelve talented New Jersey artists. Conceived in 2013 as a joint project with the Downtown Development Commission and the Madison Arts & Culture Alliance, the exhibit quickly became one of the most talked about art events in the area. This unique public art exhibition truly is a collaborative effort by a small group of local community-minded people and the 2014 exhibit has proven to be bigger and better than last year.
Much of the success of this is due to Craig Erezuma, Architect - AIA, LEED-APD and a DDC commissioner who was one of the first to propose the idea of a massive public art display. He also designed and crafted the unique banner poles that display the artwork, and once again this year he used his ingenuity and creativity to fine-tune the installation process.
Erezuma, noted that, “Dan and Mike from DPW have been an asset and a driving force in the success of this program. The art poles are not a stock item and these caring men have worked hand-in-hand with me in making the program successful. My design was sound but their thoughtfulness, time and enthusiasm is what helped bring the program to reality.” “I’m proud of the results and have always had a deep respect for Dan, Mike and all the men of the DPW. In the end, these projects are a win-win-win for the DDC, the Borough and the people of Madison.”
In the inaugural year, finding artists who would participate in a large experimental project that was unlike anything they had ever done was challenging. Deborah Farrar Starker of the Madison Arts & Culture Alliance, fortunately had experience staging large exhibitions and working with artists and so was able to convince a very talented group of artists to participate.
After a successful inaugural exhibition in 2013, the organizers knew that the 2014 public art project would be a bit easier to coordinate and manage. Indeed, this year we are fortunate to have twelve artists (five of whom participated last year) who have created 24 imaginative, vibrant and exciting works of art that add incredible energy and beauty to Madison’s downtown. The participating artists are: Medy Bozkurtian, Danielle Auriemma-D’Amico, Dan Fenelon, Susan Gepford, Tine Graham, Amy Thompson Hill, Chris Kappmeier, Sally Lebwohl, Maria Lupo, Gail Marfdin, Dennis McKee and Kris Pfeifer.
The Madison Arts & Culture Alliance (MACA), is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit coalition of arts organizations, cultural institutions, historic societies, colleagues and friends, dedicated to encouraging collaborations among the wide ranging cultural offerings in Madison. Their ongoing mission is to help strengthen our community through arts participation, recognizing that Madison, New Jersey is a town with rich and diverse cultural activities.
The Downtown Development Commission (DDC) was initiated by Mayor Elizabeth Baumgartner and the Borough Council in October of 1981, following a study by Projects for Public Space, funded through a Dodge Foundation Grant. The DDC is focused on coordinating redevelopment activities in the downtown district to foster a closer working relationship between all segments of the Madison community. The group works closely with the Chamber of Commerce, Historic Preservation Commission, Madison Arts & Culture Alliance and other groups to enhance the beauty and ambiance of Madison’s shopping areas.
All the art banners are located on Main Street and Waverly Place in downtown Madison and will be on exhibit through the end of September. After September, the works will be removed from the banner poles and made ready for public auction. The Gala Auction event is scheduled for Friday, October 17. More details about the auction will be forthcoming, but it is an event that you won’t want to miss.
For more information about the exhibit, the participating artists, the sidewalk gallery or the Auction, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website www.madisonartsnj.org and click on the link for DDC/MACA Sidewalk Gallery.