PLAINFIELD --- On Friday, April 21, The City of Plainfield Community Development Office, Yendor Productions and Landmark Developers hosted a pop-up art gallery reception at 144 North Avenue in the North Avenue Historic District. The gallery proved to be the first such pop-up gallery in the city's history and was a massive success, with the walls of the victorian storefront packed wall to wall as the evening progressed. The reception was full of diverse crowds from the area and as far away as Newark. Artists had the opportunity to sell their art directly, with some paintings priced as high as $3,500.
The gallery featured many artists from Plainfield and Newark, including Plainfield's own Pedro Baez. Baez is known for being a contributing artist to the city's utility box installations around town that went up in 2016. Baez thanked everyone for supporting him and teaming up with the City and Yendor to bring something so "special" to Plainfield. He praised Plainfield's long history and called it a "cool place".
Shep Brown, Director of Community Development for the City, thanked Mayor Mapp for the opportunity to make the pop-up gallery possible. Brown, Landmark and Yendor worked together to come up with something to captivate artists. Yendor Productions provided art management assistance to the office and organized the event. The company hails from Newark, NJ and has been the prevalent source of murals throughout Newark, NJ.
The gallery runs from April 21- May 19th and is open Thursday-Sunday.