Nov
24
10:00 AM10:00

In town: Small Business Saturday & Holiday Jubilee

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Support Small Business — Support Downtown Somerville! 

Small Business Saturday is all about you: Your time, your experience, and making sure that the gifts you give to those you love are personal and one-of-a-kind. Downtown Somerville merchants and eateries are here to make your holiday shopping joyful and relaxing, with plenty of extra-special surprises and unique offers. With the Holiday Jubilee (5:00 to 9:00 p.m.) and Division Street tree lighting taking place in the early evening, Small Business Saturday in Downtown Somerville is the perfect place to ring in the season! To learn more, click here.

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Nov
11
2:00 PM14:00

Workshop: Intro to Brush Calligraphy!

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Have you always wanted to learn calligraphy? Brush calligraphy is a great way to achieve those thick and thin strokes that make the lowercase letterforms so beautiful, but without the worry of nibs and ink. It’s also a great way to segue to pointed-pen calligraphy.

Given by the very talented Marjorie Politi, the workshop includes brush pen, tutorial and framed wreath that you’ll create. Beginners are welcome to this very chill and relaxed class that will jumpstart your calligraphy adventure! 

The three-hour workshop is $75 and includes all materials needed. Space is limited to 10 students only. Secure your place today by calling Gallery on Main at 908-722-4234.

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Nov
3
6:00 PM18:00

Opening Reception: Artist of the Month Dana Edelson

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Our Artist of the Month exhibition series continues with photographs by Dana Edelson. Join us for a free opening reception with the artist, including refreshments. A selection of Dana’s work will be on view and available for purchase.

Dana Edelson graduated from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania, with a degree in Fine Arts. In her senior year, she landed an internship with the NBC-TV photography department, working with Saturday Night Live and Late Night with Conan O'Brien. Upon graduation, she was offered a position as one of their still photographers. For the next sixteen years, Dana had the opportunity to offer her creativity in providing photography of hundreds of celebrities, and her portraits now line the walls of 30 Rockefeller Plaza. These photographs have been showcased on the cover of The New York Times, projected in the background of a Bee Gees concert, and exhibited in the heart of New York City on 5th Avenue.

When time allows, Dana, who lives in New York City, travels extensively and takes scenic shots in exotic locations. Her true passion is wildlife and nature, and she has always enjoyed documenting the beauty of the outdoors. This exhibition will focus primarily on images from Peru, Iceland, Spain, and Portugal. These locations are all vastly visually different but equally stunning.

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Oct
31
3:00 PM15:00

In town: Halloween Spooktacular!

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Back by popular demand! Somerville Recreation is pleased to be the presenting sponsor of this year's Downtown SPOOKTACULAR! They’ve been busy collaborating with merchants and other organizations to provide treats for the entire family. This isn't a trick! Stay tuned for further details about this sweet community event.

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Jul
7
5:00 PM17:00

Exhibition Opening Reception: Janet Rockware

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Meet this talented Annandale, NJ-based artist, see a selection of her work, and mingle with other artists and art lovers. Refreshments will be served.

An accomplished artist, Rockware was inspired by abstract expressionist Jackson Pollock’s drip method of painting. Her artistic talents are broad reaching in mediums, inclusive of watercolor, stencil work, acrylic, oil, ceramic, nature photography and, most recently, epoxy resin. Finding that the beauty in abstract art has a different meaning for each person appreciating it, Janet’s focus has currently been utilizing this form of composition as it is open to individual interpretation.

Admission is free and open to the public. The artist’s works will be available for purchase.

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May
5
5:00 PM17:00

Opening Reception: Artist of the Month – Dion Hitchings, “Portraits on Recycled Trash”

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Join us for an opening reception celebrating our May 2018 "Artist of the Month" exhibition, featuring mixed-media portraiture by Milford, New Jersey-based artist Dion Hitchings. Meet this talented artist, see a selection of his work, and mingle with other artists and art lovers. Refreshments will be served. Admission is free and open to the public. All of the works on view will be available for purchase.

Dion Hitchings creates artistically sophisticated works using what he calls “untraditional media” — various children’s art supplies including crayons, magic markers, highlighters and colored pens. He explains, “Using consumer boxes, discarded furniture and  ‘trash’ instead of traditional drawing surfaces has enabled me to break down pre-existing print, images and textures, while allowing the type and pictures from the recycled object to become organically part of the portrait. During the creative process, I discovered the need to deconstruct then reconstruct the face to fit within the shape of the surface.”

Dion's inspirations are “varied and vast, everything from dreams and Indians, nuns and demons, the Jerry Springer Show and chickens to sins and celebrities.” He describes his art as reflecting his world: “Guaranteed to be colorful, self-revealing, emotional, childlike and an ‘eyefull.’”

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Apr
29
12:00 PM12:00

National Autism Awareness Month event: Performance by pianist Bob Hogarth, and sale of prints by artists James Hogarth and Simon Levers

In honor of National Autism Awareness Month, Gallery on Main presents a keyboard performance by pianist Bob Hogarth, a sale of prints and notecards by artists James Hogarth and Simon Levers, and a meet-and-greet with the artists. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

Bob Hogarth is a pianist with autism. He has been playing since the age of ten, and practices every day. Bob was taught by the late Connie Tarantino of Connie’s Music Center in Somerville. Connie’s patience and kindness helped Bob beyond what anyone thought was possible. Bob has perfect pitch and exceptional fine motor skills. He has performed at area nursing homes and at his church, Bridgewater United Methodist Church, where he also plays the bells. Bob attends the adult program at Princeton Child Development Institute. He works alongside a job coach three days a week at Sanofi in Bridgewater.

James Hogarth, Bob’s twin brother, is an artist with autism. He has been creating bright and cheerful pictures since the age of four, using pens and markers to render his intricately detailed pieces. His work has been featured on note cards and holiday card collections to benefit his school, Princeton Child Development Institute. He has illustrated numerous Toys ”R” Us cards and tote bags, and donated artwork to Autism New Jersey. James attends the adult program at Princeton Child Development Institute — a private, non-profit program offering a broad spectrum of science-based services to children, youths, and adults with autism. He works alongside a job coach at PEAC Health & Fitness, an athletic club in Pennington, NJ.

When Simon Levers was diagnosed with autism at 3 years old he couldn’t speak, but boy could he sing! This was the first hint at just how much art could alleviate his communication deficits. In an effort to expand his socially acceptable activities, teachers at Princeton Child Development Institute (PCDI) put a paintbrush in his hand and he was off. Now 14 years old, Simon has developed a beautiful impressionist style. PCDI has helped Simon greatly improve his social skills, communication and independence. As a thank-you, a percentage of the sales of his artwork will be donated by Simon and his mother to PCDI.

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Apr
21
10:00 AM10:00

In town: Shop 'Til You Drop Resale Extravaganza

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Don’t miss this one-day event loaded with discounts, prizes and fun! Shop each participating store for a chance to win! As part of this event, we'll be offering 25% to 50% off select items.

In addition to Gallery on Main, participating stores include:

  • Back Home Again
  • Elysium Antiques
  • Good As New
  • Incogneeto
  • New Start Consignment
  • Revive Consignments
  • Thrifts and Gifts
  • TNT Antiques and Collectibles

Download this printable flyer for further details and a map, and we’ll see you then!

You can scope out all the participating stores and the discounts that'll be offered here at SoVille.org.

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Apr
6
6:00 PM18:00

Opening Reception: Artist of the Month – Luis Sanchez

The opening reception celebrating Gallery on Main's April "Artist of the Month" exhibition features photography by Princeton, New Jersey-based artist Luis Sanchez. Meet this talented local artist, see a selection of his work, and mingle with other artists and art lovers. Refreshments will be served. Admission is free and open to the public.

Luis’s work is a reflection of personal situations experienced, or the observation of others’ experiences. He grew up in Queens, New York, where his inspirations came from the streets, with the city’s raw grittiness and graffiti art. When he moved to Princeton, it was a night-and-day change. His style continues to develop and evolve as he incorporates both worlds.

Luis’s work, including originals and prints, will be on view, and available for purchase, at Gallery on Main through April 28, 2018.

To learn more, call 908-722-4234 or follow facebook.com/GalleryOnMainSomerville.

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Apr
5
8:00 PM20:00

Live Streaming Auction!

Join Gallery on Main for our first live streaming auction! You can watch and shop from the comfort of your home. It starts at 8:00 p.m. ET. To watch and / or bid:

  • Go to GO LIVE AUCTIONS on Facebook and click to join the page. It is FREE to join the group and watch and bid, but please be sure to join the group in advance so the moderators can approve you before the event starts.

There are NO BUYER PREMIUMS: What you bid is what you pay, plus the actual cost of shipping. Or you can save on shipping by picking your purchase up at the Gallery.

We'll be auctioning antique and vintage toys, advertising signs, petroliana, militaria, primitive tools, tins, artwork, and much, much more! We will ship to all of North America, and we accept PayPal, Visa, Mastercard and American Express. Looking forward to seeing you online!

If you have any questions, please call us at 908-722-4234, stop in during regular business hours, or email us. You can also follow this event on our Facebook page.

Please note: This is an online-only auction, the Gallery will not be open to visitors during this event.

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Opening Reception: Artist of the Month – Beth Ferris Sale
Feb
3
5:00 PM17:00

Opening Reception: Artist of the Month – Beth Ferris Sale

The opening reception celebrating Gallery on Main's February "Artist of the Month" exhibition features photography by Berkeley Heights, New Jersey-based artist Beth Ferris Sale. Meet this talented local artist, see a selection of her work, and mingle with other artists and art lovers. Refreshments will be served. Admission is free and open to the public.

A native New Yorker, Beth Ferris Sale explains her work by saying, “Visualizing life through a kaleidoscope has greatly contributed to my creative process. Forever-changing images, with each turn the colors and light present a unique quality, no two alike. Natural light significantly effects when and how I capture each image. The transformation of my work into digital art is one of the most gratifying aspects of my creative journey; transcending a vintage and nostalgic feel reminiscent of Kodachrome with deep saturated colors. My images are an extension of my whimsical approach to life — bringing more color, light, and humor into the world.”

Beth's work will be on view, and available for purchase, at Gallery on Main throughout February 2018. Read more...

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Jan
6
5:00 PM17:00

Opening Reception: Artist of the Month Natalia Pas

  Natalia Pas, "After the Solitude," acrylic and embroidery on canvas, 12 x 12 x 1.5 inches.

Natalia Pas, "After the Solitude," acrylic and embroidery on canvas, 12 x 12 x 1.5 inches.

The opening reception celebrating Gallery on Main's January "Artist of the Month" exhibition features works by Roselle Park, New Jersey-based artist Natalia Pas. Meet this talented local artist, see a selection of her work, and mingle with other artists and art lovers. Refreshments will be served. Admission is free and open to the public.

Natalia's work will be on view, and available for purchase, at Gallery on Main throughout the month of January. Read more...

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Dec
2
5:00 PM17:00

Opening Reception: Artist of the Month Zig Mantell

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Zig Mantell, “Crime Scene,” digital photo collage. © Zig Mantell.

The opening reception celebrating Gallery on Main's December "Artist of the Month" exhibition features a selection of digital collage works by Plainfield, NJ-based artist Zig Mantell. Meet this talented local artist and musician, see a selection of his work, and mingle with other artists and art lovers. Refreshments will be served. Admission is free and open to the public.

Zig Mantell's work will be on view, and available for purchase, at Gallery on Main throughout the month of December. Read more...

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Dec
2
1:00 PM13:00

In town: Somerville’s “Gift of Art” Holiday Art Crawl!

You’re Invited to a unique holiday experience, featuring 10 artists at 5 venues!

Gallery on Main – 30 West Main Street:
Mark Allen & Karen Caldwell

Gallery on Division – 15 Division Street:
Robert Metzger

Verve Lounge – 18 East Main Street:
Sien Lewis, Les Floyd, Diana Contine & Susan Antin

Three Hearts Home – 87 West Main Street:
Victoria Ramirez & Anne Choi

Country Squire Pottery – 26 West High Street:
Susan Amann

Shop for one-of-a-kind holiday gifts: Ceramics, jewelry, painted bottles, glass art, enameled gifts, small drawings and paintings, photographs, carved stone, woven tapestries and more.

For more information and show previews, visit Arts on Division's Facebook page.

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Nov
25
5:00 PM17:00

In town: Holiday Jubilee

It's a magical time of the year in Downtown Somerville: There's festive music in the air, a warm glow from shop windows, and the delicious aroma of the area's best cuisine. Best of all, Santa is on his way to the Downtown Somerville Holiday Jubilee! Join in the Festivities, including live music, dancing, horse-drawn carriage rides, cookies and hot cocoa, and the tree lighting. Get the full schedule here.

Gallery on Main will be open extended hours for the Holiday Jubilee, from 9:00 am and 6:00 pm! So be sure to visit us!

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Nov
25
9:00 AM09:00

Shop Small Saturday

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Show your love for small local businesses and Shop Small this Saturday and throughout the holiday season for special and one-of-a-kind gifts! Downtown Somerville merchants and eateries are here to make your holiday shopping joyful and relaxing. With the Holiday Jubilee and Division Street tree lighting taking place in the early evening, Small Business Saturday in Downtown Somerville is the perfect place to ring in the season!

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Nov
4
5:00 PM17:00

Opening Reception: Artist of the Month – Conny Jasper

Join us for the opening reception celebrating Gallery on Main's November "Artist of the Month" exhibition, featuring a selection of recent works by Somerset, NJ-based artist Conny Jasper. Meet this talented local artist, see a selection of her work, and mingle with other artists and art lovers. Refreshments will be served, and the event includes live music by guitarist and banjo player Edmund Baranowski. Admission is free and open to the public.

Conny Jasper’s work will be on view, and available for purchase, at Gallery on Main throughout the month of November. Read more...

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Oct
27
to Oct 30

Artist of the Month exhibition "Dana E. Benner - Look Again"

Don't miss the last few days of our October Artist of the Month exhibition, and your chance to see numerous photographs (as well as a few new paintings) by the talented Dana E. Benner at Gallery on Main! Framed and unframed pieces are available for purchase. Stop by and add one (or more) to your collection! See more...

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Sep
2
5:00 PM17:00

Opening Reception: Artist of the Month - Dana E. Benner, "Look Again"

Join us for the opening reception celebrating Gallery on Main's September "Artist of the Month" exhibition featuring a selection of recent works by photographer Dana E. Benner. Meet this talented local artist, see a selection of her work, and mingle with other artists and art lovers. Refreshments will be served, and admission is free and open to the public. The works are available for purchase.

With this exhibition, Dana challenges the viewer to make and take time to see otherwise overlooked details, to find and enjoy unexpected beauty. She explains, "This selection of my photography focuses on the sublime and often subtle beauty and grace found in many things forgotten or left to ruin. Have you ever stopped long enough to observe nature's palette in the lush ivy draped across an old stone wall, or the crackling paint on a car from decades ago? Do you see color, texture, pattern and form? Do you see beyond what something is to the layers below?"

Dana's work will be on view throughout the month of September. Read more...

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Aug
5
6:00 PM18:00

Opening Reception: Artist of the Month — Susan Antin

Join us for the opening reception celebrating Gallery on Main's August "Artist of the Month" exhibition featuring a selection of works by Susan Antin. Meet this talented local artist, see her works on view, and mingle with other artists and art lovers. Refreshments will be served, and admission is free and open to the public.

Susan's work will be on view throughout the month of August. Read more...

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Jul
1
6:00 PM18:00

Opening Reception: Artist of the Month - Terry Comparetta Wagner

Throughout July, Gallery on Main's "Artist of the Month" series of exhibitions showcases photos by Dunellen, New Jersey-based photographer Terry Comparetta Wagner.

Meet Terry and see her work at a free opening reception at Gallery on Main on Saturday, July 1, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Admission is free.

Says the self-described "Jersey girl," "There is beauty everywhere. That beauty may be the result of Mother Nature, the careful design of a graceful machine, the rapture of a parent's face watching their child, or the simple carving of an old gravestone. My inspiration comes in many forms." 

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Jun
4
3:00 PM15:00

Opening Reception: Artist of the Month — Bret Salvatore

Join us for the opening reception celebrating Gallery on Main's June "Artist of the Month" exhibition featuring a selection of works by Bret Salvatore. Meet this talented local artist/illustrator, see his works on view, and mingle with other artists and art lovers. It will be an opportunity to see some of his original work that has never been on display before. Refreshments will be served, and admission is free and open to the public.

Bret's work will be on view throughout the month of May. Read more...

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May
27
9:00 AM09:00

In town: Watch a new outdoor sculpture being installed on Division Street

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In celebration of community, Memorial Day and the 77th Tour of Somerville Cycling Classic bike race, Arts on Division presents the live construction of an interactive outdoor sculpture on Division Street, in the hub of downtown Somerville (across the street from Gallery on Main). New Jersey artist and arts educator Bob Richardson conceived and designed the sculpture, and has been creating its components with the participation of students from Immaculata High School in Somerville, Somerville High School, Middle Earth (a nonprofit agency providing services to teens and adolescents in Somerset County), and Richardson's own students from Arts High School in Newark, where he has been a teacher for 19 years. The public is invited to watch Richardson and the participating students assembling the sculpture on-site.

After the sculpture has been assembled, other students and community members are invited to use a black or red permanent "Sharpie" marker to add their own contribution to the sculpture on the themes of "community, Memorial Day, and/or the Tour of Somerville." Markers will be made available, or bring your own.

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May
11
5:00 PM17:00

In town: Girls' Night Out

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The second annual Girls’ Night Out in Somerville is your ticket to a fabulous evening filled with shopping, dining, laughter, and surprises, all designed just for you and your besties by the Downtown Somerville Glam Squad! Get the full celeb treatment, from a photoshoot at the end of the red carpet to a glam bag full of essential goodies hand-picked by Downtown Somerville style and beauty experts. Your ticket comes complete with access to mini-makeovers, creative hair tips, complementary cupcakes, hand-crafted jewelry shows, honey tastings, and tons more. Hop in the limo for a trip over to the West side of town, vibe with the DJ on Division Street, and have a blast with pop-up entertainment across Main Street. With an extra hour added, you can enjoy all of the consultations, shopping, demonstrations, and workshops you want and still have time to indulge in the special menus and drinks crafted for the evening by award-winning downtown restaurants. Oh, right, and the prizes...don’t forget about the show-stopping prizes that will keep the party going long after the evening ends!

Tickets for the signature event of the season sell out quickly, so make sure to reserve yours fast. Priority tickets -- which include a special check-in line and keepsake ticket -- are on sale now, only in-person at select stores in Somerville. Online ticket sales begin April 14. All tickets are $20.

Click here for details, including a list of participants, online ticket sales (beginning April 14) and a list of stores selling priority tickets. Be sure to stop by Gallery on Main for 20% off custom framing!

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May
5
6:00 PM18:00

Opening Reception: Artist of the Month — Darlene Foster

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Darlene Foster, photographic montage, 2017. Image © Darlene Foster.

Join us for the opening reception celebrating Gallery on Main's "Artist of the Month" exhibition featuring a selection of photograph montage works by Darlene Foster. Meet this talented local artist, see her works on view, and mingle with other artists and art lovers. Each of Darlene's pieces has a story to tell, and you will have the opportunity to ask her in person for her story behind the work. Refreshments will be served, and admission is free and open to the public.

Darlene's work will be on view throughout the month of May. Read more...

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Apr
30
12:00 PM12:00

Guest artist James Hogarth

In honor of National Autism Awareness Month, Gallery on Main presents a meet-and-greet and sale of artwork by James Hogarth, an artist with autism. Original pieces as well as notecards and prints of James' artwork will be available for purchase. The artist will donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of his work to benefit his school, Princeton Child Development Institute, a private, non-profit program offering a broad spectrum of science-based services to children, youths, and adults with autism.

James Hogarth has been creating bright and cheerful pictures since the age of four, using pens and markers as his medium. His work has been featured on notecards and holiday card collections to benefit Princeton Child Development Institute, which he and his twin brother both attend. He has also illustrated numerous Toys 'R Us cards and tote bags, and donated artwork to Autism New Jersey. To see more of James' work, visit www.JamesHogarth.com.

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