This Friday, January 2, keep your eye out for art hanging in the most unusual spots in Montclair. Perhaps you’ll see a painting on a bench in Anderson Park. Or a photograph hung on a lamppost. Maybe a collage leaning against a storefront on Church Street. There will be random, beautiful works of art in places you wouldn’t expect. And they will be yours for the taking, because it’s Free Art Friday.
A Free Art Friday event is an art scavenger hunt started about 10 years ago by a British artist named My Dog Sighs, which then started popping up in cities around the world, and now, thanks to Jennifer Ley, it will happen in Montclair this weekend.
“I decided to launch Free Art Friday in Montclair after reading about the “movement” in the NY Times. I was able to see that other towns around the globe are doing this, and thought it would be a perfect activity for Montclair artists,” says Ley, a real estate agent who has also worked an online community builder in the art world since the late 90’s.
Ley feels confident that Montclair is just the town for this kind of event. “We know Montclair has its “modern” roots in being an arts community, just look at the legacy of the Montclair Art Museum and artists/founders like William Couper (whose house I sold 5 years ago on Upper Mountain) who came here years ago.”
Here’s how it works:
If you want to be a participating artist, place an artwork (done by yourself, or by someone else) in a location of your choosing in Montclair. Take a photo of it and upload with enough information to help someone find it on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram using the hashtag #FAFMTCLR.
It’s up to the “scavengers” to use visual or textual hints — a street sign or a piece of a mural — to figure out the location of the work and get there and grab it before someone else does.
“Starting it now was serendipitous — perfect time of year for a new, spontaneous, free for anyone who wants to participate to do so, activity that supports what I love about Montclair,” says Ley and adds excitingly,”It should be fun to see what happens on Friday!”
(Top photo: Flickr)