Cultural Arts Commission to Propose Public Art Space

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Members of the Cultural Arts Commission are planning to propose to the Borough Council that the Rotunda of Borough Hall become a gallery space. They have provided a "virtual gallery" slideshow of what it might look like:


Please take a look. If you have any questions or concerns you'd like the Commission to address, please send your comments. If you'd be interested in supporting their plans, please consider attending the Borough Council meeting when they make their proposal (date to be announced) or contacting the mayor about it beforehand.

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The link worked for me today. Gardens of the Garden State sounds cool.

This is a reply to the Feb. 16 comment: first, I soundly apologize for the misspelling. We discussed that at the Commission...I was sure I had double-checked it on spell-check. I was wrong. Thanks for noting it again.
Also, it must have just been a "virtual fluke" with edisonarts.org; I just visited that site and it is there and quite fine. I invite you to visit.

I think artists would like their work to be seen and would expect a certain amount of decorum from people leaning on walls. I don't think anybody would be leaning on them directly. We don't live in the jungle.

Linda, When I tried to go to www.edisonarts.org I got the following error message.

Sorry, 'www.edisonarts.org' does not exist or is not available.

Also, on your slide show, Rotunda is spelled wrong.

Have you ever seen the crowd of people there for municipal court? Dozens of people leaning against the walls. If I was ar artist, I would be concerend that my artwork could be damaged.

So what if I don't like the art displayed at the library, but I need to use the library? How is that any different?

I believe there should be a public space to display art in all forms, no matter how controversial. I do not believe that the rotunda is the space for this. I believe the rotunda should be used as a place for information, such as the history of Metuchen. The borough hall is a place where all the towns’ people have to do business. They will not be given a choice not to view the art. It will be in their face. We have to remember we live in a multi cultural world where a piece of art can be beautiful to one person and immoral to another. This is not to say art work cannot be displayed. Generic type painting that depict flowers and musical instruments are fine, but if we are to truly appreciate art, we need to give the artists a space with free rein and people the choice not to view it.

Well, I agree with you that more art in public places is a good idea. But not with the rest of your musing.

Wow--that was beautiful. And I wholeheartedly agree! MORE ART!

forgive me for this random musing, but it seems to me that Art at its very best is devoid of manipulation, and is purely a reflection of the artist's true internal emotion, made public out of confession, but without intention to deceive or unduly influence. In the face of a lagging economy, general disillusionment with our collective culture, and selective extreme reactions (i.e. to the removal of two trees on earth), I think we need MORE ART! so please, by all means, proceed with these plans!!! While it Paines me to day this, Give me Art, or give me Death!

The Office of the Edison Arts Society is located in Raritan Center, right on Raritan Center Pkwy. The annual Boardroom exhibit is there as well as the Foyer Gallery. Visit www.edisonarts.org to learn more!

Ok, now I see it. Thanks. I wondered what those things in the corners were. Where is the Edison Arts Society?

It is actually a brand new piece currently hanging as part of the Spectrum Exhibit at the Boardroom of the Edison Arts Society. Titled "The Glorious Morning Sun Gently Kisses a Pond," it is meant to embody "yellow" and incorporates various objects related to ponds: a large frog in the center, water lilies,fish, and yes dragonflies! Additionally, in each corner is a natural stone, wire-wrapped and hanging free in an opening cut in the clay. Thanks for asking about it.

Linda, What is the large yellow sculptural work? I see what looks like a couple dragonflies. Is it a flower?

Guess I don't like Picasso!

The library does it already, so why not in boro hall too.

With the exception of one piece, the large yellow sculptural work at the beginning which is my own, all the rest are Picassos!

It would be terrific to have such a wonderful space in which to see a variety of art. This support will go a long way to making Metuchen an art friendly town.

Looks good. But how about a reproduction from the Sistine of the Almighty and Adam each on either side of the bronze dedication plaque. The symbolism one being an R and the other a D reaching out to touch each other. Now that is progress.

I like the idea, though not the art in the slide show.

Looks great!! Can't wait to hear more about the idea from the Cultural Arts Commission when they present to the Council. Thanks to them for all they do for Metuchen.

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