Artists and authors sought for Oct. 17 show

WESTFIELD – ArtWorks Westfield is hosting its 4th Annual Fine Art & Author Show Oct. 17 in downtown Westfield.

The show, which will be smaller in scale due to COVID-19, is from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on the sidewalk between School and Church streets and in front of the Olver Transit Pavilion in the Gaslight District.

The event coincides with Westfield on Weekends’ PumpkinFest Drive-in movie.

“Although the show this year will be considerably smaller than the previous events held in conjunction with the annual WOW PumpkinFest, our board of directors felt very strongly that providing safe and engaging cultural experiences for our community is especially important during these extraordinarily trying and isolating times,” said Bill Westerlind, founder and President of ArtWorks of Westfield Inc.

Westerlind said ArtWorks members wanted to continue the momentum of the arts in the city.

“Our experience with the Heroes Are Everywhere mural production this summer and World Art Drop Day in early September clearly demonstrated that folks are starving for safe, fun and friendly social engagement and interaction,” he said. “Our Fine Art & Author Show will be an excellent opportunity for everyone in the community to experience the creativity of local and regional artists and authors and explore all that downtown Westfield has to offer.”

Westerlind said there will be space for 12 artists and authors to display and sell their work. Display space ranges up to 10’ x 7’on the sidewalk between School and Church street and slightly beyond Blended Vintage Marketplace in front of the Olver Transit Pavilion.

Space will be reserved on a first come, first served basis and participants must be ArtWorks Westfield members. Interested artists should contact ArtWorks to become a member by emailing [email protected].

Show participants will provide their own tent, tables, chairs and other display vehicles. All artistic mediums and literary genres are welcome. There is no fee to apply. Deadline to apply is Oct. 10.

With many events cancelled in recent months, Westerlind said ArtWorks members are excited to bring an arts event to the public.

“This is an outstanding opportunity for local and regional artists and authors to showcase and share their talent and creativity with the community,” said Westerlind. “Our community and creators need this right now. And our downtown Westfield merchant supporters would love to see more visitors in the downtown area. Everybody wins!”

Artists should submit three samples of their work in jpeg format, their name, email, phone, medium and link to work online to [email protected] Authors should share similar contact information, a sample list of works and where they can be found online.

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