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Nutley to Host Art on the Avenue

Board of Commissioners considering waiving the peddlers' license fees for the event.

Nutley is inviting artists, photographers, sculptors and painters to a new event – Art on the Avenue, tentatively scheduled for this October.

The idea was proposed by Commissioner Steven Rogers, who said he’d like to schedule Art on the Avenue for on Sunday, Oct. 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The art display would take place in the pedestrian walkways adjacent to municipal parking lots 1 and 2.

Artists will have the unique opportunity to display their works in the heart of Nutley’s downtown area with the option to sell to the public, he said. 

“There are so many talented artists in our area,” Rogers said in a statement.  “This event is a unique way of displaying their talents for our community’s enjoyment.  I also believe this is type of event is the perfect accompaniment to the Greenutley Farmers Market, and I hope that all come out to enjoy both events.”  

The Greenutley Farmers Market takes place every Sunday throughout the summer from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Municipal Parking Lot #1.  

Tuesday night Rogers asked Township Attorney Kevin Harkins if artists interested in participating would need to pay for a peddlers and solicitors license fee of $150, and Harkins said he did not think the ordinance applied, since Nutley is inviting the artists to come to town. 

"Since we're inviting the artists, I think the vendor's fee should be waived," Rogers told Harkins. "This ordinance is designed to stop peddlers from walking up and down streets trying to sell goods and services."

Harkins agreed, saying, "The ordinance addresses peddlers going from home to home, as opposed to a town organized event." Harkins said he would research the issue and have the township council vote on the issue in the future. "Let me look at it, and report back," he said.

Local artists are invited to participate and encouraged to contact the office of the Department of Public Affairs at 973-284-4976 if interested, Rogers said.  

Artists who who call will be asked to complete a registration form by an Oct. 1 deadline.

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