Art Festival set for July 22 in downtown

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POINT PLEASANT BEACH — The Point Pleasant Beach Cultural Arts Committee and Point Pleasant Beach Chamber of Commerce are teaming up to highlight the importance of art and the local business community.

On July 22, the first Beach pARTy Art Festival will be held from 4 to 9 p.m. in the borough’s downtown area along Bay and Arnold avenues. A rain date of July 29 has been planned.

“One of our arts committee members, Melissa Hood, was doing something called 100 Shore Things. People submitted their pictures to her and she painted everyday for 100 days. She and I were chatting about it and I loved the idea and the whole thing about it and said let’s do an art festival at the end of that so it will display all the work she has done over the last 100 days,” said Kristine Monticello, vice chair of the arts committee.

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 “We wanted to take it a step further so we teamed up with the Point Pleasant Beach Chamber of Commerce … so it has been a fun collaboration pulling it together.”

Community members of all ages are invited to come out and enjoy an evening of unique art, photography, fine crafts, music and more.

“So far we have over 65 vendor applications in. We are going to be closing down Bay Avenue and we are going to have music located in different locations throughout Bay Avenue and Arnold Avenue,” Ms. Monticello said.

She said some of the store owners will team up with artists at the stores that day, to draw traffic to the different storefronts. 

“We have some really good and different types of art. We have regular photography, oils. We have some regular painters. We have a lot of fine crafts and jewelers, so a good array of all different types of art coming.”

“At our arts committee table we are going to be offering a hands-on painting experience and anybody can come in and paint something. You don’t have to be an artist or painter to come but just enjoy doing this fun thing and expressing yourself with that so it’ll be really fun,” Ms. Monticello said.

“We are really trying to make it a great day for everybody so it should be a lot of fun. We have been working together lately on a few different events like this and we feel like that collaboration has really made a good impact in our town. So we are excited to bring in a lot of people.”

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