The Manville Art Council proudly announces our first mural installation will be at the Manville Public Library. The Manville Borough Council has approved the design by our President Heather Ball. The Manville Branch of the Somerset County Library System is more than just a place to check out books. This building acts as a community center for our town. Many community groups and organizations use the library as a place to hold their meeting and host events. The concept of the proposed library mural endeavors to showcase how the library supports our community.
This trompe l’oeil mural creates a nook where books and different items have been placed to represent many of the local groups as well as some of the library’s most popular programs over the past five years. Each time viewers look at the artwork they will see a new item they never noticed before inspiring them to discover what the item represents. We hope this mural will motivate the residents of Manville to find their own way to make positive impact within the community.
We can't wait to install the final result as the community comes together to create this mural. Stay tuned for upcoming announcements on how you can be involved.
On Friday, May 4th at 6 pm, the Manville Arts Council will open the Manville Public Library doors for the Opening Night Reception of its 3rd Annual Art Expo. With a record number of submissions, the Manville Arts Council has selected works from over 25 artists for this year’s showcase. Opening Night visitors will have a comfortable viewing area from which to enjoy a wide array of styles and media, along with an opportunity to meet and talk with the artists who created their favorite pieces. Sculpture and paintings, as well as photography and mixed media pieces, give this show its unique appeal. The festivities are open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Artwork will remain on display for two weeks, ending on May 18th.
“On behalf of the Manville Arts Council, we are honored that New Jersey based artists have embraced the Art Expo with such excitement and anticipation. This year we had a record 75 pieces submitted for consideration. This exhibit is truly a wonderful representation of the kind of talent that lives and thrives in the Garden State.”
— Heather Ball, Manville Arts Council President
“In three quick years, the Manville Arts Council’s Art Expo has become Manville’s premier showcase for talented artists in our area. The MAC’s vision of making the arts accessible to everyone has inspired artists, art lovers and our community alike. Each year the anticipation builds for this show and I am looking forward to viewing the art on display.”
— Mayor Richard M. Onderko
Come and enjoy a night of art and friends. If you can't make it on opening night, you can enjoy the art on display until May 18th. Hope to see you there!
Thank you to our Expo sponsors!
The Manville Arts Council strives to offer the community programs which inspire creativity. We are an independent 501c3 non-profit organization and rely upon private donations and community volunteers. Click here for more on the Manville Arts Council and programming offered throughout the year.
The Deadline to submit an application to our 3rd Annual Arts Expo is next Sunday, April 15th. Don't delay. Space is filling up quickly! We'd LOVE to see your art in our show!
CLICK HERE for the guidlines and application. Apply NOW!!!
The Manville Arts Council proudly announces the 3rd Annual Art Expo. Please join us by submitting your art in our show. The Art Expo is open to all New Jersey artists 16 years or older. Artwork will be on display for two weeks at the Manville Public Library beginning with an Opening Reception on May 4th and ending on May 18th. Click HERE to download the guidelines and application. Applications must be received by Sunday, April 15, 2018.
Our goal is to create a free and public event to improve accessibility to the arts within our borough. The Manville Art Council is focused on creating opportunities to spotlight local talent and further develop the arts culture in Manville. We hope you will be part of this great celebration of the arts.
Images from our 2017 Art Expo
Be sure not to miss out on voting for your favorite decorated Bright Lights house. You could win a prize too just for voting. Get voting guitar picks at the Manville Public Library during regular hours 9am to 9pm. Voting will end on Thursday, December 21 at 9:30pm. We will announce the winners on Saturday, December 23 via Facebook Live. Tune In!
To make it more fun, you could win a prize! Purchase voting guitar picks to place in the bucket of the home(s) you like best! Get the picks from the Manville Public Library or through the button below. The picks are in packets of 5 for $5. With every packet you can enter to win one of these fantastic prizes! Tickets to Liberty Science Center, iPlay America I Passes, or Passes to Lehigh Valley Zoo! Voting ends December 18th. Don't miss out on the fun!
Our long-awaited Manville Arts Council Coloring Book is finally here! The artwork within the book is one-of-a-kind original designs. Each unique to the artist. Each one to color and make your own. Thanks to all the artists who entered our contest. You truly are talented. The cover was drawn by Shannon Kerrigan! We loved the whimsical drawing that depicts a creative spirit. Also included is art from the following artists: Dr. Maria Auletta, Jaci Barney, Mason McDermott, Barbara Schneider and Weird Vanity.
Books are available for a donation of $10. Pick up your copy at the Manville Public Library or order HERE.
We hope you love the book as much as we do!
actUP and Dance It UP classes coming soon!
Manville Arts Council and Fresh Theatre Arts LLC has teamed up to bring the theatre arts to Manville. We have two classes available this fall: actUP and Dance It UP for students ages 8-14. Classes will meet at the Manville Library, 100 S10th Avenue, Manville. Check back in the coming days for more information and how to sign up!