An empty storefront in Princeton’s Palmer Square is being transformed into HomeFront’s ArtJam, a fun and funky pop-up gallery that brings together established artists, homeless artists who are finding their voices and the community at large in a celebration of creativity.
This show and sale, which starts on Thursday, April 21 and runs for three weeks, benefits ArtSpace, the art therapy program at HomeFront, will feature a rotating collection of art for sale, a jazz night with Al Oliver, meet-and-greets with the artists, the launch of the new ArtSpace book, New Ways of Looking at My World, and more.
The opening reception, which is being sponsored by Wells Fargo, is open to the public from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 19 Hulfish Street. Gallery hours from April 22 until May 11 are Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 6 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
Since its founding 25 years ago, HomeFront has worked to end family homelessness in Central New Jersey by breaking the cycle of poverty through the provision of shelter, skills for a self-sustaining life and hope.
HomeFront’s therapeutic art program,ArtSpace, provides a safe and encouraging environment where the positive spirit of clients is nurtured through making art. ArtSpace’s focus is to build self-esteem and confidence, while enhancing the physical, mental and emotional well-being of homeless women and men.
“ArtJam brings professional artists together with emerging artists who have experienced homelessness to inspire, to give hope and to nurture one another,” ArtSpace director Ruthann Traylor. “We are thrilled that this year, a total of 85 artists are coming together in this year’s ArtJam to show their support of HomeFront’s ArtSpace and the lives that are changed in that program.”
The creations that will be displayed at the show include paintings, pottery, glassworks, jewelry and hand-sewn items from SewingSpace, another HomeFront program. Visitors can shop for one-of-a-kind pieces while helping the artists with each purchase.
This year’s ArtJam highlights include works by Jon Sarkin from Rockport, MA, renowned for combining words with elaborate images in his drawings and paintings, as well as many Princeton artists who show nationally, including Shirley Kern, Cynthia Groya, Andrew Wilkinson, Ifat Shatzky, Charles McVicker and Lucy Graves McVicker. They will be displayed alongside the works of HomeFront clients, who may have limited means but enormous talents.
For more information about ArtJam, contact Traylor at RuthannT@HomeFrontNJ.org. For more information about HomeFront and its many programs, contact Judy Long, director of development at JudyL@HomeFrontNJ.org.