Newark art galleries will throw open their doors this weekend with series of “Open Studios” events

A number of Newark art spaces will invite locals to exhibit openings and closings, performances, and artist talks this upcoming Saturday, April 1st, as they throw open their doors for Spring Open Studios events.

From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Gallery Aferro and Index Art Center (IAC) will team up for Art Block!, which will see the two galleries, which are located on the same downtown block, invite people to tour their artist studios, view exhibits, and enjoy the Activate Market Street public art installations in Market Street storefronts.

IAC (237 Washington Street) will feature Art and Artifacts of Newark, an exhibit comprised of Newark artwork made from Newark artifacts by Newark artists, and curated by resident curator Matthew Gosser. The first featured Art and Artifacts artist will be Anker West. Also on view will be Landholdings, a multimedia exhibition focused on questioning the ownership and stewardship of land, and the Fern & Fossil exhibition, which will also feature handmade goods and plants for sale (and is vying for a $10,000 grand prize in this year’s Etsy Small Business Contest–vote!).

Around the corner at Gallery Aferro (73 Market Street), attendees will be able to tour more than 20 artist studios and hear a handful of artists give talks about their work, including artist Kevin Durkin, who will speak about his solo exhibition, Only Home, on display in the main gallery at Gallery Aferro.

Spring Open Studios at Gateway Project Spaces (2 Gateway Center) will come with a side of brunch. From noon to 5 p.m., three dozen artists and other projects and ventures, including coworking space Equal Space and Public Radio For All, will open up for tours. Special pop-up art installations and performances will also be featured.

Saturday will also see the opening reception for the Metro31 Redux group exhibition at City Without Walls (cWOW) from 5 until 8 p.m. The annual Metro show, now in its third decade, will feature 60 works of art by 49 artists. One exhibiting artist will be awarded the cWOW Excellence Award, and another two a cWOW Merit Award. Participating artists were selected for the exhibit by a three-person jury comprised of New Jersey State Museum Executive Director Margaret O’Reilly, ARTNOIR Co-Founder Larry Ossei-Mensah, and culture journalist Siddhartha Mitter.

Meanwhile at the Hahne’s building, Newark Print Shop will host its Open Studio alongside the closing reception for the Transitions group exhibit from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The inaugural exhibit at Newark Print Shop’s new location in Hahne’s, Transitions includes work from 14 former Newark Print Shop artists-in-residence, as well as murals by artists BaJa Ukweli and Layqa Nuna Yawar.

And on the fourth floor at Hahne’s, Paul Robeson Galleries artist-in-residence Kati Vilim will have open studio from 3 to 6 p.m. The Budapest native is Paul Robeson Galleries’ first resident artist.