Saturday, November 16, 2019


Studio Montclair enthusiastically announces its third annual

Affair of the Art

WHEN: Saturday, November 16, from 7pm to 11pm
Montclair’s brand-new, art-focused MC Hotel located at 690 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair, NJ.
TICKETS: Tickets can be purchased on the Studio Montclair website

The event—exemplifying the stature of the arts as a cornerstone of the Montclair community—promises a lively evening of music, dancing, sketches in real time by local artist Ling Chen, and delicious food and drink catered by the MC Hotel.

This event also features a sale of artwork from Studio Montclair members—over 100 examples of outstanding painting, photography, mixed media, collage, sculpture, printmaking and art glass, that has been selected by Juror Shannon Bonifas. (Left: Jinnie May, A Method To My Madness, Acrylic, china marker, 38″ square)

The event is the first major event to be hosted by the new hotel that is open to the entire Montclair community. It will be held in Exhibition Ballroom located on the 2nd floor of the hotel.

The Affair of the Art is SMI’s biggest and most successful fundraiser, enabling the organization to support its three galleries, multiple programs, and services throughout the calendar year. As the first major community event to be held at the MC hotel, a large and diverse crowd of art lovers, supporters, and collectors is anticipated to attend. (Left: Jennifer Malone, Abstracted Pears, Oil on canvas, 12×16″)

Judy Typaldos and Stephanie Hutton, co-chairs of the event, said, “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to bring the community together to showcase some of the amazing artistic talent right here in our own backyard. Studio Montclair offers their members many opportunities for exhibiting art, networking, and professional development; it’s a great support system for artists. Our goal as co-chairs is for our guests to learn more about how Studio Montclair can benefit artists as well as our community as a whole. Studio Montclair brings art as a cornerstone to the economic development of the entire Montclair community through presence in their galleries spanning the area.” (Left: Jose Arvelo, Fuga, Reclaimed Wood Assemblage, 42″x42″x4″)

About the MC Hotel: Part gallery, part gathering place, the MC Hotel is in the heart of Montclair’s thriving art community. It displays the artwork of local artists throughout the hotel, in both guest rooms and public venues, and showcases the fine products of local vendors ranging from coffee and beer to bath products and candles. 

Artists participating in the Art Sale:
Jose Arvelo, Susanna Baker, Pooja Bakri, Donna Bassin, Amy Becker, Virginia Schaffer Block, Debrah Block Krol, Joseph Borzotta, Irene Brandle, Judith Brice, Amy Charmatz, Cara Cilento, RM Cimini, Dorothy Cochran, Paddy Cohn, Pam Cooper, Louis D, Elizabeth DeMarco, Beth DiCara, Maryann Didriksen, Erica Engfer Pizza, Susan Fidlon, Harriet Finck, Joan Gantz, Peggy Gardner, Stanley Gavidia, Dean Gilliland, Anita Gladstone, Allan Gorman, Donna Grande, Alice Harrison, Marsha Heller, Susan Holford, Mary Howe, Colleen James, Monica Janes, Paul Jervis, Patti Jordan, Catherine Kinkade, Keith Kleinick, Kathleen Kline, Joan Knauer, Joe LaMattina, Fran Legman, Eric Levin, Jennifer Levine, Yelena Lezhen, Carol Magnatta, Maya Malioutina, Jennifer Malone, Pam Malone, Evan Stuart Marshall, John  Masi, Katy Mavour, Jinnie May, Dan McCormack, Cheryl McNamara, Bud McNichol, Phyllis Merriam, Betsy Meyer-Donadio, Ol Mordue, Jennifer Anne Moses, Gina Murray, Leslie Nobler, Courtney Novak, Carol Nussbaum, Chas Palminteri, Katharine Philip, Sharon Pitts, Mark Pizza, Andrea Placer, Bobbie Polton, Gretchen Prater, Natasha Rabin, Keirsten Read, Wen Redmond, Hilary Shank-Kuhl, Isaac Stackell, Paula Stark, Linda Steinhardt Majzner, Lorenza Vidris, Laurie Waite-Fellner, Sue Eldridge Ward, Amy Whitman, Nalla Wollen, Johnnita Woods Parker, Audrey Yankielun, Tony Zaza

About the Juror: Shannon Bonifas is an independent, full service art advisor specializing in building and managing individual, estate, municipal, and corporate modern and contemporary art and design collections. With fifteen years of experience working in galleries and auction houses, as well as private and public consulting, Shannon’s intricate knowledge of both the primary and secondary art markets provides a platform for unbiased, client-centered recommendations. Her services include the acquisition and sales of fine artwork, sourcing of museum-quality fine art services, and implementing curatorial, design, and market solutions for collectors from the beginner to the highly established.

About Studio Montclair: Studio Montclair is a nonprofit organization of exhibiting professional artists and others interested in the visual arts. Its mission is to promote culture and education in the visual arts and encourage emerging artists. Founded in 1997, the organization includes over 550 members including artists from throughout the United States, as well as Europe and Asia. For more information, contact, or call 862-500-1447.