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Metuchen Junebug ArtFest is a one-of-a-kind festival created by artists for artists. Be part of this month long celebration of the arts
Metuchen Junebug ArtFest is a one-of-a-kind festival created by artists for artists. Be part of this month long celebration of the arts
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The Metuchen Junebug ArtFest is a one-of-a-kind festival created by artists, for artists. The event draws several hundred visitors to downtown Metuchen NJ every Friday night in June and transforms the streets of our vibrant community into a month-long celebration of the arts.

Now in its 8th year, the Junebug ArtFest is itself a work of art: it features 150+ visual and performing artists who participate in open air exhibits, window galleries, live music, interactive art events and open-mic sessions. In its prior seven years, the ArtFest has grown exponentially, both in the numbers of attendees as well as participating artists, who have evolved from primarily local performers and artists to visual artists and musicians from neighboring states.

The Junebug is a completely non-profit event…the all-volunteer planning team begins with a budget of $0 and ends with $0. Advertising and printing costs, along with materials, equipment rental and artist lecture fees are raised through sponsorship from local businesses in our small town. 

The Junebug Planning Committee has assessed our past success and future prospects and would like to raise the level of the ArtFest “a notch or two.” The 2015 event will feature the following activities:

1) Annual Junebug Sculpture – Graphic arts educator, illustrator and designer Lauren Rabinowitz (AKA Lauren the Cartoon Goddess) will create the signature “Junebug Sculpture,” which presides over the month-long event. Its unveiling on Friday, June 5th will signal the official start of the ArtFest.

2) 3D Chalk Art –Anthony Cappetto, an internationally travelled street artist, will create a unique exhibit using 3D illusionary art for the festival.

3) Juried Window Gallery Competition – This series of storefront displays leverages downtown window space to showcase the work of established artists throughout the month of June; Museum Directors, Gallerists, and other professionals in the visual arts are invited to tour the Galleries and award prizes.  

Our hope is that Kickstarter can help us take our ArtFest to the next level by raising additional funds, which will be used solely for event-related costs.

We hope that you will put the Metuchen Junebug ArtFest on your “must visit” list for 2015. We would love to have you not only help make this event happen with your donation but also join us for this amazing celebration of creativity of all types!

Risks and challenges

For the Junebug ArtFest, we need to coordinate many moving parts, ensure the artists and performers show up to their designated locations, and hope that the artists and store owners work well together. Our all-volunteer planning committee is very dedicated to putting together a high-class, fun art festival, and we are in constant communication between all parties so that if an issue does arise we can address it quickly.

In addition, we are at the mercy of the weather, as the festival will go on “rain or shine.” If it does rain, we have indoor back-up locations for performers, and the decision rests with the visual artists as to whether or not they still choose to show their work outdoors. For this year’s 3D street art exhibit, we plan on covering the art in the case of rain. Luckily, the month of June typically has warm, sunny weather in NJ, so we always just keep our fingers crossed!

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    A limited edition color floral still life by photographer Robert Hopkins. Each numbered, archival 5x7 print comes in an 8x10 mat and is signed by the artist.

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    A limited edition 5x7 print by whimsical artist Chris Reed. Each print comes in an 8x10 mat and is signed by the artist.

    An original painting by abstract artist Tegan James. Acrylic paint on 16x20" canvas, framed and signed by the artist. Only (1) painting available. The first $100 donation will receive this piece of art.

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    A meet and greet with artist Anthony Cappetto on Friday, June 12th at 7pm.

    One free hour of knitting or crochet lessons from the Metuchen Yarn Bomber. Location must be in Metuchen at a date to be determined.

    A limited edition color landscape by photographer Robert Hopkins. The print comes in an 11x14 mat and is signed by the artist.

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    One free hour of knitting or crochet lessons from the Metuchen Yarn Bomber. Location must be in Metuchen at a date to be determined.

    A pair of tickets to the ‘Art In the Garden Tour’ on June 14, 2015 in Metuchen, NJ.

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    One free hour of knitting or crochet lessons from the Metuchen Yarn Bomber. Location must be in Metuchen at a date to be determined.

    A pair of tickets to McCarter Theater in Princeton, NJ. The tickets are for the 2015-2016 theater season and are valued at $120.

    An original painting by abstract artist Tegan James. Acrylic paint on 24x30" canvas, framed and signed by the artist.

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