Paint the Town: 2021 Spring Gala

Through Saturday, May 22 at 10pm

Don’t miss the 2021 Annual Spring Gala: Paint the Town, an online auction to benefit Visual Arts Center of New Jersey and help the Art Center continue its mission of bringing people and art together. Here’s your chance to own an original, beautiful piece of art for your home. The auction features more than 70 items including pieces created by NJ artists in mediums including oil, acrylic, and collage, as well as sculpture and photography. Or treat your kids to a Private Art Pod Party…or yourself to a big basket from Healthy Italia filled with everything you need to prepare an unforgettable authentic Italian dinner! 

Kevin Blythe Sampson, acrylic on canvas.

On May 22 at 7:30pm, Join in on the Gala via Zoom for Small-Party Pods. This inspiring evening will feature an artist talk, silent art auction, and other engaging performances and presentations. Registration is free…or consider being a local sponsor to show your supportfor the Center! Register for the event here. 


Patti Samper’s “Flowerpot.” Oil on wood board, framed.

Funds raised from the auction help to provide:
• high-quality arts education programs to more than 500 children every year who would not otherwise have access to the arts
• scholarships for classes and summer camps or children from low-income families
• classes for individuals from ourcommunity with disabilities
• seniors experiencing cognitive and memory challenges

Donations are also welcome. To make a donation to VACNJ, text ART21 to 44-321 or visit

Leslie Milsten, acrylic and ink on canvas.

About The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey
The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey nurtures the capacity for personal expression, expands the creative experience, and fosters stronger communities by empowering people to see, make and learn about art. Through exhibition, studio school, and community programs, the Art Center engenders connection, curiosity, and creative risk-taking among its constituents. To learn more about VACNJ, visit

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The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, 68 Elm Street, Summit, NJ 07901

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