Maplewoodstock 2009 this Weekend
Nancy Tobin, a Maplewood artist who exhibits in Newark (among other places), alerted me to an event this Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 to 9:00pm in her 'burb, which adjoins my part of town (Vailsburg), "Maplewoodstock". Its website describes it as a "peace, music & arts festival". The hippie-sounding title is reinforced by hippie-style graffics at the website. I am old enuf to have gone to Woodstock, but am very glad I did not. The hippie era was not a time of "peace and love" but pro-Communist agitation and drugs that killed a lot of people, here and abroad. I hope the Woodstock tie-in is only a playful use of the "wood" part of "Maplewood". I don't expect to see hordes of zonked-out, naked hippies rolling orgiastically in the mud as in the original Woodstock, which took place 40 years ago this August.
Here's their poster, which I assume they will not object to my showing here, since it will give them a little publicity. (But of course if they do object, I'll remove it.)
Nancy Tobin will have a booth in the vendors area. The festival takes place in Memorial Park, Maplewood, on the other side of Valley Street about a half mile south of Columbia High School. Here's a sample of her work (the painting on the right), as seen at Rupert Ravens Contemporary the nite of the Glocallynewark.com launch party. The sculpture on the left is by (Ms.) Les Ayre.
Nancy writes a feature about the arts "West of Chelsea", that appears in the group blog on the New York Times's blogsite, "The Local" for South Orange, Maplewood, and Millburn.